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Project Manager

Location: 

New Haven, CT, US, 06511

Category:  Information Technology

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The Knights of Columbus is a tax-exempt Catholic fraternal benefit society that provides financial security to members and their families through our life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, investment and annuity products. Charity is at the core of our missions: our profits are donated to help those in need and to support our faith - $1.73B over the past ten years.

 

While we have many employees who are not Catholic, we follow the Church’s teachings in our investment strategies and our employee benefits. As part of our religious mission, we support the pro-life cause by contributing to the March for Life and pregnancy resource centers, we oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia, we are evangelists for the Catholic faith, and we help Christians who are facing religious persecution in the Middle East.  We all work together to support our two million members as they volunteer to help others in their parishes and communities around the world.

 

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Overview

The Project Manager is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of specific projects ensuring consistency with company strategy, commitments and goals. This includes managing resources and coordinating the efforts of team members, business stakeholders, and third-party contractors or consultants to deliver projects according to plan, and within defined timelines and budget. The Project Manager will direct multiple projects involving one or more project teams utilizing Agile, Waterfall, Iterative, or Hybrid methodologies. They are responsible for the adoption and adaption of project management methodologies based on the context of the project and selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches. The project manager will also define the project's objectives and oversee quality control throughout its life cycle. Responsible for preparing and communicating status reports on the health of the project.

Core Responsibilities

  • Define, document and successfully complete of projects.
  • Adopt and adapt project management methods and tools, selecting appropriately from plan-driven/predictive approaches or more adaptive (iterative and agile) approaches.
  • Ensure that effective project control, change control, risk management, design, development, and testing processes are maintained.
  • Monitor and control resources, revenue and capital costs against the project budget, and manage expectations of all project stakeholders.
  • Align project objectives with company goals, and make sure project team is clear on objectives.
  • Work with Solution Managers to staff initiatives with appropriate skill sets.
  • Communicate project status, progress and issues effectively and appropriately, including periodic report creation and distribution.
  • Drive vendor selection activities, using established RFP process.
  • May be assigned Statement of Work (SOW) activities as appropriate.
  • Provide ongoing facilitation and coaching that enables the team to excel at Agile development.
  • Manage sprint velocity-related metrics and goals.
  • Run scrum ceremonies, e.g., daily huddles, backlog grooming, sprint planning and sprint retrospectives to actively manage risks and external dependencies.
  • Facilitate discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution while promoting joint accountability for results and problem solving.
  • Assist Product Owners to shape the product road-map and vision.
  • Work multiple projects simultaneously.

Skills Qualifications

Required:
  • Expertise in project management methodologies and techniques with proven teamwork and influential skills including Agile, Waterfall, Iterative, and Hybrid methodologies.
  • Documented ability to contain project scope, and act as owner for all project outcomes.
  • Practical experience in managing agile development projects.
  • Experience with Agile techniques: User Stories, Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, Paired Programming and Automated Testing.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Persuasive, encouraging and motivating.
  • Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including upper management, clients and other departments.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Experience working in highly fast paced team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Experience implementing technology projects.
  • Effectively participates in teams and moves the team toward completion of goals.
  • Ability to effectively resolve conflicts.
  • On-Call and/or after-hours work required System/Technical Knowledge:
  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Visio, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
  • Experience with PPM and Agile tools such as Confluence, Clarity, Wrike, JIRA, Rally etc.,
  • Basic Technical understanding of the digital platform, cloud applications, web services, server-side components and APIs

Education

Required:
  • BA or BS in Business, Project Management, Computer Science, or another business-related field
  • 5 or more years of project management experience including at least 2 years working with Agile Preferred:
  • PMP Certification, Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and/or Professional Scrum Master (PSM) certifications preferred

Physical Demands

Must be able to remain in a stationary position for a majority of the workday.

KofC Cares

Our mission is focused on family and faith, and we support our employees in seeking a balanced life.

 

Employee benefits include:

 

Time Away: 13 paid holidays per year in addition to vacation and paid sick leave, and flexible workweek schedules.

 

Professional Development: Certifications, designation, and tuition reimbursement.

 

Retirement Benefits: 401(k) retirement savings plan with matching company contributions, and cash balance retirement plans fully funded by the company.

 

Health and Wellness:

 

  • Short-term disability and term life insurance fully paid for by the company;
  • Up to 12 weeks of childbirth leave under STD policy.
  • One week of fully paid parental leave for all new parents, including adoptive and foster parents.
  • A variety of health insurance options, including premium-level family coverage and a pre-tax Health Savings Account with employer contributions. The Order's health plans do not cover abortion, sterilization, or contraception, and the Order has helped advocate for other employers who do not want to provide coverage.
  • Long-term disability insurance;
  • Dental insurance;
  • Vision insurance;
  • Health club membership reimbursement;
  • Employee Assistance Program

 


Nearest Major Market: New Haven
Nearest Secondary Market: Hartford