Senior Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


F&A Financial Systems Transformation

About the Department

The Finance and administration (F&A) Division enables the University of Chicago to fulfill its mission through decision support, technology, operational support, and strategic expert guidance in a variety of areas including Financial Services, Information Technology Services, Risk Management, Internal Audit, Compliance, and Human Resources. We provide world class service and leadership to unleash the vast capabilities of our students, faculty, and staff to positively impact our local community and the world.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Finance and Administration (F&A), the Senior Project Manager for Strategic Initiatives supports the Office of the CFO by managing the implementation of the University's financial, strategic, and operational priorities, offering high-level project support for a wide variety of projects and assignments related to strategic initiatives.


  • Plans, manages, and reports on complex projects and assignments related to strategic initiatives in collaboration with all members of the Finance and Administration senior leadership team, Provost's Office, and other academic and administrative divisions across campus.
  • Leads project management delivery for major University initiatives, including planning, communication, and execution, with cross-functional teams across administrative and academic units.
  • Enables knowledge-sharing and quality assurance throughout the project life-cycle.
  • Creates and maintains comprehensive project documentation including detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports.
  • Defines project milestones, establishes timelines, monitors and tracks project progress, solving complex problems within established guidelines and escalates risks and issues to management as needed.
  • Organizes and sets clear expectations in regard to tasks and deliverables required. Manages the timely progression of the project.
  • Drafts and publishes communications content through authorized channels, such as website and email, to ensure content is up-to-date and accessible to key stakeholders.
  • Works as liaison/communications hub between all team members and partners.
  • Gathers and analyzes data from multiple sources across campus to inform decision-making (i.e., define and quantify the impact of various options for senior leaders).
  • Analyzes quantitative and qualitative data to identify relevant insights; synthesizes insights and identifies areas for further analysis and gaps.
  • Manages reporting and data visualization processes to monitor service and project delivery across the Finance and Administration Division.
  • Leverages shared intellectual capital of project team and campus partners to improve ability to advance project-based strategic initiatives.
  • Is responsible for tracking progress, conducting analysis, as well as preparing for and facilitating project meetings.
  • Acts as a resource for a project team and provides analytical guidance. Interprets complex project issues and provides analytical guidance to a project team.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Graduate degree in related field.


  • PMP Certification.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Administration & Management

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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