Director of Project Management

Job Description:

O’Donnell Learn seeks a Director of Project Management to develop and train a team of project managers; and to manage them to deliver projects that align with scope, schedule, cost, and quality metrics. 

We Seek Someone Who:

  • Is tenacious and persuasive in driving project managers and teams toward ODL’s common vision of excellent project management, in the support of our mission to be the leader in learning experience design in North America.​​

  • Has experience managing teams that achieve exceptional outcomes.

  • Is a dynamic team player who thrives in a flexible and fast-paced environment. 

  • Enjoys working collaboratively with an entrepreneurial, agile team that is charting a new path to rapidly grow and scale a successful company.

  • Is an exceptionally driven self-starter with a can-do attitude.

  • Has a passion for education, innovation, and technology.

  • Instinctively creates an environment—and a culture—for success.

  • Is a great coach, and achieves success through the project talent you build, guide, nurture, and hold accountable.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Implement and promote consistent PMI methodologies/standards and practices across all projects.

  • Refine and implement a consistent, high-quality system of project management that would encompass all projects.

  • Oversee all work done by ODL project managers/team leads to ensure quality and consistency in project management.

  • Ensure project teams achieve the defined business goals.

  • Track project schedules and budgets for all projects and report to senior management.

  • Build strong rapport and a collaborative environment across project teams.

  • Exhibit strong team leadership with ability to delegate responsibility to team with accountability for deliverables.

  • Create a strong reputation for ODL of consistently successful execution of projects.

  • Ensure project managers, team leads, and other staff follow ODL’s project management system on all projects.

  • Use in-depth understanding and flexibility in the application of PMI methodology to tailor processes to meet the demands of each project.

  • Develop and conduct project management training that addresses the needs of our projects and the varying levels of our project managers.

  • Lead, coach, and motivate project team members, vendors, and other internal/external resources.

  • Build and maintain a library of PM templates and best practices.

  • Provide feedback and updates with strong interpersonal skills to deliver tough conversations and manage relationships across the team.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Must have a working knowledge of and experience with practical aspects of project management.

  • Experience with higher education, including online course development and assessment development.

  • Experience successfully managing multiple strategic projects, priorities, and timelines.

  • General knowledge of business to determine the most effective means to accomplish tasks within the parameters of the organizational structure, processes, systems, and policies.

  • Strong communication, leadership, problem solving, and analytical skills.

  • Excellent writing skills and serious attention to detail.

  • Ability to develop and maintain positive business relationships and foster an environment of mutual respect, understanding, and support.

  • Flexibility to adapt/adjust planned work through analyzing work demands, competing priorities, and tight deadlines.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Google docs, Slack, and cloud-based project management applications like Clarizen, Accelo, and

  • PMI Project management certification (CAPM or PMP) or commensurate demonstrated experience.

  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years project management work experience in a similar position, or equivalent experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • Position requires working from the O'Donnell Learn office in Stamford, Connecticut 2 days/week