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American Public University System
  • Position Number: 5008190
  • Location: Charles Town, WV
  • Position Type: Other Administrative Positions

Academics Project Manager

Requisition Number: ACADE005496
Location: Online / RemoteOnline / Remote

Academics Project Manager
American Public University System

The Academics Project Manager manages projects and initiatives in support of the University's mission. This individual works closely with the Associate Provost for Quality and Innovation, the Academics and Instructional Technology (AIT) group, and other stakeholders, including external contractors. The Project Manager assists with the implementation of new and revised capabilities and processes designed to mature business process automation and improve teaching and learning effectiveness. The position requires initiative, self-discretion, and the ability to maintain confidentiality.

This position reports to the Associate Provost Quality and Innovation within the Academics Department of American Public University System. The position manages projects and initiatives; it does not involve formal, direct management of employees. Work responsibilities are performed remotely, although attendance at University Commencement and professional conferences may be required.

  • Manages Academics projects and initiatives, using principally a hybrid Agile Scrum iterative methodology, including:
    • Planning, organizing, and monitoring projects' scope, dependencies, impact, timeline, documentation, and effective use of resources.
    • Defining work-breakdown structures and schedules (sprints dashboard).
    • Maintaining project requirement backlogs.
    • Coordinating and guiding requirements and design workshops using online collaboration tools.
    • Resource management (assigning tasks to individuals).
    • Activity monitoring, including collaborating with project leads to guide task completion and helping clear roadblocks.
    • Stakeholder management (leading standups/meetings, disseminating status reports).
    • Drafting and sharing project documentation.
    • Development of project dashboards relative to needs of project team members and stakeholders.
    • Risk identification and mitigation.
    • Project closeout activities, including leading retrospective meetings.
  • Manages vendor-related activities associated with projects, including contracts, deliverables, and invoice payments, per established company policies and procedures.
  • Creates and maintains a repository of Project Management Office (PMO) artifacts, documentation, and tools that assist others in Academics who manage projects and initiatives.
    • Collaborates with and provides feedback to others who manage Academics projects.
  • Matures business process automation for Academics, leveraging Microsoft Power Automate and Microsoft 365 tools.
    • Creates and edits business process documentation.
  • Coordinates, monitors, and tracks departmental budgets, as requested by the Associate Provost.
  • Prepares reports and content, as needed, including material for Board presentations, accreditation, and other initiatives.
  • Protects the privacy of students through compliance with Federal student privacy law (FERPA).
  • Maintains productive working relationships with APUS departments and individuals, including Student Services, Accreditation, Marketing, Deans, and Department Chairs.
  • Completes appropriate training, as requested and coordinated, to ensure relevant skills are developed and continually matured.

  • Minimum 8 years of professional office experience.
  • 3-5 years of Project Management Office (PMO) experience, including leading projects via Agile Scrum.
  • Advanced experience in use of Microsoft 365: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, SharePoint, and Outlook.
  • Advanced experience in use of project management software such as Microsoft Project, Jira, Trello, or other project management tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop project management dashboards that provide project-relevant information and metrics in summary form for project personnel, stakeholders, and other required or interested parties.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Budget creation, tracking, and performance reporting.
  • Ability to function within a fast-moving, dynamic environment.
  • Must be able to work independently, use initiative, and make substantive decisions quickly.
  • Professional experience in higher education.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Power Automate.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Mural, the online visual collaboration platform.

  • Bachelor's Degree - Master's Preferred
  • Certifications: Project Management or Agile Scrum required

About Us:

American Public University System (APUS) is an Online University based in Charles Town, WV. Our company has over 100,000 students. Our emphasis is educating our nation's military and public services communities with quality and affordable education. APUS provides partnership and commitment in helping students realize the dream of a higher education and the opportunities that brings.

It is the policy of American Public University System (APUS) to afford equal opportunity to all qualified persons. We treat all qualified individuals equally as to their recruitment, hiring, assignments, advancements, compensation, and all other terms and conditions of employment. American Public University System (APUS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, or sensory disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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