Project Manager

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
Penn State Human Recources
Operational Excellence
Full/Part Time:


Penn State Human Resources is searching for a Project Manager to join a newly formed team, Operational Excellence. The Operational Excellence team is responsible for ensuring the delivery of high-quality HR programs and services by using technology and data to increase user experiences, drive strategic decision making, and improve overall efficiency of the operation. The HR Project Manager will provide project management leadership for HR-related projects. Projects typically incorporate the review and modification of existing business processes and therefore require effective integration of organizational change management techniques and resources. This role will work with Human Resource departmental staff, business analysts, IT, as well as other University units to understand detailed project requirements, establish success metrics, assess and address risks, develop timelines, assist in the development and implementation of communication and change management plans, monitor progress, and report status to key stakeholders. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will have strong knowledge of Project Management methodologies (Waterfall and Agile), experience collaborating across organizational boundaries, and proven success delivering outcomes aligned with client expectations. Candidates must be able to build relationships with stakeholders and exercise independent judgment and discretion. Strong problem-solving skills and proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite is highly desired. Formal project management training and industry certification (e.g., PMI) is preferred but not required. Competencies critical to success include organizational skills, adaptability and flexibility, team and meeting facilitation, the ability to work well with others, and the ability to communicate effectively (both oral and written). This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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