Project Manager/Business Analyst for Academic Innovation and New Ventures

Fairfax, VA
The salary for this position is $70,000-$80,000 and commensurate with education and experience.
Oct 09, 2019
Oct 21, 2019
Full Time
Project Manager/Business Analyst for Academic Innovation and New Ventures

The George Mason University Office of the Provost invites applications for the position of Project Manager/Business Analyst for Academic Innovation and New Ventures. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

George Mason University is on the move to be a leading higher education innovator in 21st century education. This includes the development of online programming and the delivery of personalized, customized education and student services to students who wish to attend Mason at our three campuses in northern Virginia, our campus in South Korea, and/or online. As the largest public institution of higher education in Virginia, we are envisioning new ways of providing students with access to a Mason education.

Academic Innovation and New Ventures is building a team of individuals that can help launch and manage new initiatives that will take the university into the future.

The salary for this position is $70,000-$80,000 and commensurate with education and experience.

Responsibilities: The Project Manager reports to the Executive Director of Academic Innovation and New Ventures and is responsible for identifying evaluating, and supporting the launch of new university-wide projects and initiatives that innovate the delivery of educational services. The incumbent is expected to plan, manage and help evaluate and analyze new, transformative efforts from inception to launch through program oversight. The Project Manager/Business Analyst will work with campus stakeholders and key external partners to promote and ensure strategic and operational success. Duties include:

* Create plans, facilitate working groups, and establish goals and targets for projects, as well as conduct market analysis and support business case development; * Collaborate with academic leadership, information technology services staff, enrollment service managers, budget office personnel and external strategic business partners to launch, plan, develop and deliver New Ventures projects; * Develop project plans, ensuring that project management timelines and requirements are clear and clearly communicated from project inception to completion; * Collect, analyze and present data from internal and external sources to help mobilize support for New Ventures and foster a better understanding of opportunities both inside and external to the university; * Ensure that project management timelines and requirements are clear and clearly communicated from project inception to completion; * Identify and analyze opportunities and risks, and develop contingency plans to mitigate potential risks or critical path delays. Incorporate that opportunity and risk analysis into project communication protocols; * Maintain consistent and accurate status information, data, documentation and an audit trail for each project. Implement and use a standard communication protocol for keeping university leadership and stakeholders informed of progress; and * Support a continuous improvement program for project management by incorporating best practices in "post-mortem" review, project delivery assessment, root cause analysis, etc. and incorporate changes as appropriate.

Required Qualifications: * Masters or equivalent combination of education and experience; * Demonstrated experience in project, program, or product management experience in a business and/or higher education environment; * Demonstrated experience with data analysis and presentation; * Demonstrated experience with client service and change management; * Effective written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to collaborate with individuals at all levels of the organization; * Excellent analytical and visual presentation skills; * Passion to innovate, solve problems, and meet the challenges and opportunities in Higher Education; * Excellent skills in establishing priorities and managing resources; * Attention to detail; * Demonstrated organizational and time-management skills; * The ability to work with a diverse population of faculty and staff; * Proven ability to self-motivate in team-oriented, high-pressured environment; and * Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and project management tools.

Preferred Qualifications: * Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification; * Experience with data visualization techniques; * Work experience that involves higher education; and * Workforce experience.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA51Ez at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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