Job Description :
The IT Project Manager-Child Welfare will provide project management support and oversight for the SHINES application, a statewide, web based automated child welfare system that serves as the comprehensive case management tool for the agency’s users. The Project Manager is required to work with software vendors, service providers, business units and interfacing partners to manage multiple complex enhancements to the current SHINES system including:

Implementation of expanded eligibility criteria
Implementation of federally mandated functionality
Implementation of state legislature mandated functionality
The position is accountable to the Project Management Officer and the supported system business owners.

Responsibilities Overview:

Provides IT management with improved visibility into the vendor’s progress and quality of their project effort
Facilitates the resolution of system development issues
Perform vendor optimization (reduce spend), Third Party Oversight and Vendor Relationship Management tasks
Under general supervision performs project management verification and validation tasks for one or more medium to large-sized project(s) of moderate to high complexity and risk
Manages and/or provides project management consultation for all aspects of the project through the project management and software development life cycle
Works closely with the resource manager, vendor, business analysts, and subject matter experts on the Child Welfare support team
Manages the project oversight as scoped by the project steering committee
During initiation, helps clients determine the best approaches for reaching objectives; during planning, develops project management tools including plans for scope management, risk management, communications, change control, and performance measurement and tracking
During execution, monitors performance and reports to management project status and pertinent issues, including major milestones and potential project risks. Provides continuing direction to the project team, conducts status meetings, assesses proposed changes in scope, and recommends courses of action to project sponsors during the execution phase
Near the end of the project, uses the product verification process to make sure that the vendor has delivered what the client expected and performs a lesson learned for all projects
Job Duties:

Closely consults with the business owner to provide all needed project management support and oversight for the SHINES project’s and enhancements.
Oversees vendor time and cost estimates, project plans/schedules, budgets and vendor billing.
Facilitates vendor’s critical process assessments and redesign effort for process improvements.
Work with the project steering committee and vendor senior project management to resource the tasks of the project.
Work with OIT PMO, Chief Architect, SHINES Application Manager and Quality Assurance team to use agency’s established project standards, procedures, and quality objectives.
Manages project collaborative meetings between vendors, business and other state technical project teams.
Works with senior project management to identify specific opportunities or weaknesses within assigned projects and makes specific change recommendations to structures, processes, or people to improve project performance.
Monitors and reports on the performance of vendors to ensure delivery in line with contractual obligations and performance metrics.
Keeps management aware of all situations key to the delivery of project scope, schedule and cost.
Assesses variances from the project plan, gathers metrics, and develops and implements changes as necessary to ensure that the project remains within specified scope and is within time, cost, and quality objectives
Conducts formal review with business sponsor at project completion to confirm acceptance and satisfaction
Provides the team with constructive feedback as it pertains to project performance
Develops and maintains a productive working relationship with project sponsors, vendors, and key clients.
Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in related field or specialized training and three years of IT project management or equivalent IT team leadership experience
PMP certification from PMI or equivalent certification
3 years'' experience leading projects of moderate to high complexity (must have occurred in the last 5 years)
Experience within the last 3 years leading/coordinating vendor managed projects
Hands-on experience with MS Project, SharePoint, and MS Office experience
Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience with child welfare systems, projects, and business processes
Demonstrated strong vendor management skills
Experience working in state government
7 years'' experience leading projects of moderate to high complexity (must have occurred in the last 5 years)