Director, UW-IT Project Management Office

Last updated: July 26, 2023

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The Opportunity at a Glance

Position details

Department:

UW Information Technology (UW-IT)

Position level:

UW-IT Senior Leadership Team

Location:

University of Washington
Seattle, Washington, USA

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University of Washington Information Technology (UW-IT) is not just one of the largest IT organizations among public universities in the US. It’s also a thought leader and a respected organization in higher education. To keep us on top and to continue to serve not just UW-IT but also our university at large, we’re accepting nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Project Management Office (PMO). 

 As the central information technology organization for the UW, UW-IT is responsible for strategic planning, oversight and direction of the University’s IT infrastructure, resources and services. The PMO director strategically manages UW-IT’s project portfolio for major projects. However, as we reimagine the future of UW-IT, we also expect this position to quickly evolve into much more. We’re seeking a proven leader with vision and a can-do attitude, someone who can help us strengthen our relationship with IT partners across the University and help them to successfully deliver their projects to the finish line at all three UW campuses and various other locations — on time and on budget. 

 Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Strategy & Operations, the new PMO director will lead and oversee an energetic team of dedicated professionals committed to project success. Transitioning this group of professionals into an enterprise-wide PMO team that will seamlessly serve UW-IT as well as IT partners in departments and units across the University will be a measure of success.

Our University

Many people walking through The Quad with a fast facts graphic on the right: $9.5 annual UW budget, 60,000 2022-23 enrollment, 6th global ranking among all universities.Since our founding in 1861, the University of Washington has been a hub for learning, innovation, problem solving and community building. Driven by a mission to serve the greater good, our students, faculty and staff tackle today’s most pressing challenges with courage and creativity, making a difference across Washington state — and around the world.

UW is recognized as one of the most innovative public universities in the world, and consistently ranks among the top public universities as well. We are home to seven Nobel Prize winners, 17 MacArthur Fellows, 189 members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and 193 fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. We are also the top recipient of federal research dollars among public universities.

“#10 Best Big Cities in U.S.,”-Condé Nast Traveler, 2022 Reader’s Choice Award

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to our students and their success. This spring, more than 65,000 students applied to become a Husky, one of the largest applicant pools in the school’s history. This makes us a people-driven university, with public service and positive impact deeply ingrained in our culture.

“I’m often asked about my vision for the UW, and my answer has always been simple: to be the top public university in the world in terms of positive impact,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said.

In this unique setting, project management at the enterprise level is not simply about information technology and security — it is about people. With more than 100,000 students, faculty, and staff across three campuses, medical facilities and global research operations, we are looking for a strategic thinker and source of innovative ideas to strengthen our PMO team to better support teaching, learning and research across the University’s three campuses.

Our Home

Image of the Seattle skyline with Fast Facts on the right: 4.3 Million metro area population, 8 major sports teams, and 200 mile of shoreline.In the last decade, more than 600,000 people moved to the central Puget Sound metropolitan area — and more than 100,000 of them to Seattle, the hub of one of the most economically powerful regions in North America.

These new residents came for various reasons, many of them attracted by the region’s natural beauty and its significant leadership role in education, technology and medical research. Even the large Silicon Valley tech companies have opened offices in Seattle, going after a large pool of homegrown talent.

The UW plays a significant role in the daily life of the city. Some might say we are a city in our own right, with tens of thousands of people coming and going from campus every day. There are other universities in the metro area, but none is more ingrained in the hearts of our residents than the UW. We are all Huskies who wear purple and gold.

What can you expect from living and working here? An international city with a worldly outlook, a hub of technology respected across the globe. Our region is home to Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile USA, Starbucks, Costco, Nordstrom, Alaska Airlines, REI, Zillow and Tableau. Did you know UPS got its start in Seattle? So did Paccar, the truck company, and the legendary Boeing Company, which still builds planes in the region.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, our neighbor and often partner in research, pioneered the treatment of blood cancers, and has three Nobel laureates. The list goes on and on.

Of course, we are not just about work. The UW encourages a healthy life-work balance, and the beauty of the region provides plenty of opportunities for all kinds of fun activities, from the mountains to the sea. Seattle and its neighboring cities have a rich sports, culture and arts scene, with plenty of live music, theater and festivals all year round.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The University of Washington is deeply committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture where everyone in our community can thrive. In this spirit, we acknowledge the unique and enduring connections to the land and waterways of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Duwamish, Suquamish, Snoqualmie and Muckleshoot nations, whose ancestral territories encompass the Puget Sound region.

As we pursue new leaders, we recognize the importance of cultivating strong, collaborative relationships with tribal governments and honoring their sovereignty.

UW is dedicated to advancing various DEI initiatives that support our community’s unique needs. Some of these initiatives include the Race & Equity Initiative, which engages the entire university community in critical conversations and actions to create a more just and equitable campus; the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, which aims to increase diversity, ensure access and promote success for underrepresented students and faculty; and the UW Tribal Relations office, which works to strengthen and sustain the partnerships between the University and tribal nations, Indigenous communities and Native organizations in the region.

The University also offers numerous affinity groups, cultural and resource centers and training programs that focus on fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. The UW’s commitment to DEI also extends to its hiring practices, staff development and decision-making processes.

We actively encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous peoples and those with experience working with tribal communities, to apply. By embracing diversity and fostering respectful partnerships, we aim to create an enriching environment that supports the University’s mission and upholds our commitment to equity and inclusion for all.

More About the PMO Director Position

The Project Management Office within UW-IT provides project, program and portfolio management, tools and infrastructure to support resiliency, enterprise architecture services and cloud computing to support the UW broadly. 

We have the expertise and know-how in place to deliver projects to success, which is why increasingly our PMO team is being asked to lead IT work that currently falls outside of UW-IT’s purview. We expect the new director to establish a formal mechanism to address these growing demands and to deliver enterprise-wide solutions to project management.

We expect the new PMO director to strategically manage the project portfolio of major projects, streamlining technical change initiatives to help our organization manage projects in the most effective and efficient manner. But this position is not just about moving projects to fruition. Our work is technology-based but we never forget who we serve: students, faculty and staff. We want someone in this position who deeply understands the interactions between information technology and the people we answer to. 

You can find the full set of requirements for the PMO Director position at UW Hires. If you think you have what it takes to take our PMO team to an enterprise-wide, people-focused future, we encourage you to apply now.

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