Information Technology Project Manager 4 (Program Director)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Information Technology
Strategic Operations
Full/Part Time:


Reporting to the Senior Director for Strategic Operations, the RIT Program Director will direct and coordinate all aspects of the Penn State Reimagining IT program which will involve a series of complex information technology projects to ensure that program goals are accomplished within the established time frame and funding constraints. The Program Director may also manage smaller projects or phases of larger IT efforts. The Program Director will confer with other personnel, such as project managers, to resolve issues, develop business processes to meet project requirements, and coordinate all program and component project activities with business teams to ensure all goals are met. Most importantly, the Program Director will partner across Penn State to ensure that stakeholders are engaged and informed. Specific duties include but are not limited to: Consult with leadership and review project proposals to determine goals, time frames, funding limitations, and procedures for accomplishing project, staffing requirements, and allotment of resources. Prioritize projects within the scope of the larger program, including determination of dependencies. Coordinate organizational change management efforts for the program with the larger organizational change management of the RIT initiative. Oversee comprehensive communication and marketing plan development and execution for the program. Develop program plans specifying goals, strategy, budgets, staffing, scheduling, risks, contingency plans, and allocation of available resources to support highly complex information technology projects. Direct and coordinate activities of program personnel including project managers, to ensure that individual projects progress on schedule and within budget. Review status reports prepared by project personnel and modify schedules and plans as required. Prepare program status reports and keep leadership and others informed of program and component project status and related issues. Serve as a spokesperson for the program in a wide range of settings and with diverse set of stakeholders and constituencies. Confer with project personnel to resolve issues. Coordinate and respond to requests for changes from original specifications. Develop business processes that ensure developed application meets all program requirements. Oversee coordination of project activities with business teams to ensure goals and requirements are met. Coordinate integration of vendor tasks, and track and review vendor deliverables. Keep abreast of program and project management methods and techniques to assess trends. Travel to Penn State campuses will be required. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Qualifications include: IT program management experience. Must be familiar with standard program and project management methodologies. Ability to manage all aspects of multifaceted information technology programs. Advanced oral, written and presentation skills. Demonstrated capacity to communicate broadly with a large community of diverse stakeholders. Proven ability to influence and leverage the skills of others. Ability to determine goals, funding limitations, procedures for accomplishing program objectives, staffing requirements, and allotment of resources. Experienced in building and managing project schedules with input from multiple IT and business functions based on durations and dependencies. Experienced in risk management and the facilitation of mitigation strategies with IT and business stakeholders. Ability to develop business processes that ensure developed application meets all project requirements, and develop and execute quality assurance test plans. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from individuals and groups of managers and personnel in order to keep management and others informed of program status and related issues. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088