• Manage IT projects: project timeline, scope, budget, communication to stakeholders, tasks, milestones, and deliverables
• Collaborate with school districts, charter schools, vendors, state agencies and education partners in projects that advance digital equity in K12
• In-state and out-of-state travel may be required for this position
• Accountable and responsible for managing the complete life cycle of IT projects from initiation to transition to operations, for multiple medium to large-sized projects
• Manages projects based on repeatable standards and practices where possible, but also may require defining new approaches
• Develops detailed project management plans and manages all phases of the project including project resource allocation, scheduling, financials/budgets, progress status tracking, KPl's/value focused metrics, facilitates the definition of project missions, goals, tasks, and resource requirements
• Resolves or assists in the resolution of conflicts within and between projects/functional areas/teams; Monitors project or area progress and escalates as appropriate; Proactively and routinely identifies, mitigates, and reports project risks and issues; determines overall health of the project using best practices and methodologies
• Partners with key stakeholders and program area personnel to build project plans, identify key milestones and priorities for project completion, effectively communicates objectives, risks, and project progress; spearheads meetings, presentations, and project meetings with the project team; Demonstrates leadership in managing diverse teams within several project areas
• Works with external constituents, including local education agencies, to capture high level requirements for services or products
• Translate requirements into potential project opportunities to be recommended to IT leadership for consideration
• Develops process flows and process documentation to sustain the operationalization of services post project closure
Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• Knowledge of IT operations in K12, including the management of devices for students, teachers and staff, and inventory management
• Knowledge of student information systems, learning management systems, and other applications used in K12
• Data privacy standards
• Working knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspects of IT project management
• Five plus years participating or managing medium to large IT projects in the education space
• Proficiency in diverse project management methodologies including waterfall and Agile
• Working knowledge of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
• Define and manage project budgets and resource allocation
• Working knowledge of RFIs, RFPs, Change Management controls
• Working knowledge of procurement practices and vendor management
• Working experience in process improvement methodologies
• A Bachelor's degree plus 5 or more years of experience as an IT project manager (or equivalent working experience) is required.
• Facilitate the definition of project missions, goals, tasks, and resource requirements
• Manage project budget and resource allocation
• Outstanding stakeholder and product owner customer service
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication
• Identify opportunities for use of solutions to improve efficiency and reduce waste
• Communicate activities and results as appropriate
• Prioritize and plan work activities
• Professional communication with external constituents
• Manage multiple small to large-sized projects
• Lead planning and/or implementation of projects
• Manage projects based on repeatable standards and practices
• Work collaboratively and build strong relationships inside and outside the organization
• Resolve or assist in the resolution of conflicts within and between projects or functional areas
• Set goals and objectives
• Use time efficiently
• Lead team(s) to design new processes, services, or solutions
• Balance, prioritize, and organize multiple tasks
• Synthesize feedback and adjust plans accordingly to meet business expectation
Preference will be given to those applicants with:
• Project Management Professional (PMP)
• Arizona State Project Management Certification
• Lean Six Sigma Certifications
• Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
• Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.
ADE’s comprehensive benefits package includes:
• Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
• Tuition reimbursement program available for education/professional development advancement
• Hybrid schedule (combination of telework and in-office) may be available for some job roles
• Top ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
• Deferred compensation plan
• Accrued sick leave and vacation leave
• Ten paid holidays per year
• Wellness plans
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
You will be required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) upon your 27th week of employment, subject to waiting period. On or shortly after, your first day of employment you will be provided with enrollment instructions and effective date.
The Arizona Department of Education is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADE Human Resources office at (602) 542-3186 or via e-mail at HumanResourcesGroup@azed.gov.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.