Applies industry best practices to the management of projects throughout the full project life cycle, from initiating to closing, including work management, resource management, scope and timeline management, quality management, risk management, communication and stakeholder management, etc., across projects as assigned.
Essential Job Duties
Facilitates project team meetings and coordination across functional leads and with internal and external partners to ensure all aspects of the project are delivered on schedule, within budget, and within scope.
Maintain a comprehensive view of assigned projects and the status of all project components.
Support project leadership in overall management of projects by anticipating deadlines, establishing change control, routinely reviewing scope, collecting information, and writing status reports; proactively anticipate and identify challenges to achieving project milestones and benchmarks and initiate actions to facilitate resolution of issues.
Create and manage timelines, deliverables and workflow balance throughout all project phases; develop and manage work plans using a variety of work planning tools.
Collaborate with project teams to ensure team members have the resources and capacities needed so that projects are delivered on schedule.
Provide support to team members in advancing deliverables and participate in meetings with content, program, policy and research experts to advance project goals.
Develop project budgets in collaboration with assigned project teams.
Develop new systems and processes to guide and define new work (e.g. define and clarify roles and decision sets, gain buy-in in, implement and assess processes, etc.)
Perform other job-related duties as requested.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of Smartsheet, Microsoft Project, or similar project management software and sophisticated Excel skills; proficiency using Microsoft Office suite.
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to understand, analyze, interpret and make decisions about information received. Must be able to effectively manage multiple projects in various stages of development.
Highly developed communication skills for interacting with diverse internal and external constituents and ability to work effectively with a variety of levels within and outside the organization.
Must have excellent command of English language and grammar, verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and exercise independent judgment and accomplish assignments in a timely manner.
Ability to keep projects on-task, on-budget and on-quality.
Creativity and innovation and the ability to develop new and unique ways to improve operations; experience developing new systems and processes to guide and define new work.
Excellent analytical skills and strong attention to detail.
Experience in cross-functional teams; must have strong collaboration and relationship skills, proven ability to collaborate with and facilitate an interdisciplinary team.
Bachelor's degree required
Three to five years of experience in project management.
Project Management Professional Certification preferred.
Please apply for this position at the Ounce of Prevention Fund at the following link:
Since 1982, the Ounce of Prevention Fund has persistently pursued a single goal: that all children living in America—particularly those born into poverty—have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life.
Children born into poverty begin life with the odds stacked against them. That’s not just unfortunate for them. It’s a problem for all of us—one that can and must be solved.
The Ounce is demonstrating effective solutions every day. Our work is anchored in a growing body of scientific evidence about early brain development. We use private dollars to apply that science in developing innovative programs, and then leverage public funding to support their implementation and replication.
Here’s what we do:
-- We serve more than 4,000 children and families directly through birth-to-five programs we fund and operate in Chicago as well as through our network of voluntary home visiting programs throughout Illinois.
-- We integrate the latest research and best theories into our program development efforts.
-- We train nearly 3,000 community-based early childhood professionals in Illinois each year.
-- We advocate for state and federal fundi...ng for early childhood services that reach hundreds of thousands of children across the country.
-- We partner with advocacy organizations in 17 states and Washington, DC, to build their capacity to advance policy change and increase public investments in effective birth-to-five programs.
-- We communicate through publications and other resources to ensure that what we know is translated into understanding that leads to action—in homes, schools, board rooms, and on Capitol Hill.
-- We design and develop models, curricula, education materials and other programs that help prevent the academic achievement gap and the social problems it can create, including school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, juvenile crime and chronic health conditions.