The Technical Project Manager reports to the Director of Digital Media and works closely with the digital product team and WAMU stakeholders to help manage digital workflow. We are looking for someone who feels comfortable in a servant-leader role and is passionate about Agile methodologies. The team member must possess solid knowledge of web application development life-cycles, understand visual design workflows, have excellent communications skills, and be highly adaptable. The project manager must work independently with team members and stakeholders to resolve ambiguity, define project requirements, remove impediments, and reach milestones. Scrum Master experience is not required, but candidates must have a strong desire to learn Scrum methodologies independently, should they not currently possess that experience. The Project Manager will
Work with cross-functional teams to plan and drive successful execution of digital projects.
Identify bottlenecks that inhibit work progress and collaborate with the Director of Digital Media and the digital services team to implement solutions.
Work closely with business units to ensure they receive timely and clear information related to digital projects impacting their teams.
Work with the Director of Digital Media to prioritize work among business units.
Assist with quality assurance testing.
Facilitate backlog grooming.
Track teams’ progress against prioritized work.
Identify project risks and contribute strategies to resolving or mitigating their impact.
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Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
1-3 years of relevant work or internship experience managing projects on a day-to-day level
Proven experience managing simultaneous projects in a detail-oriented, deadline-driven environment
Understanding of software development life cycles and workflows
Strong written, verbal, presentation and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
Experience using project management tools such JIRA, Asana and Basecamp
Understanding of usability best practices and a capacity to communicate best practices and technical logistics to non-technical stakeholders
Web engineering/design/development experience
Experience using Agile project management methodologies
Familiarity with content development and newsroom environments
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
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