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Project Manager IV, Transformation

Western Governors University

Western Governors University

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Remote · Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2024

The salary range for this role takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs.

At WGU, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role, and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is:

Pay Range: $102,600.00 - $159,100.00

If you’re passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country—and you’re committed to working hard to play your part in building that future—consider WGU as the next step in your career.

Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

* Hybrid position based in Salt Lake City with three days onsite and two days remote*

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with other professionals both inside and outside of the university to promote a positive, student-obsessed atmosphere.

  • Responsible for maintaining effective communication and coordination within project team.

  • Manages all phases of assigned projects (i.e., initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling, and closing).

  • Keeps stakeholders and departmental leadership informed of project statuses, including, but not limited to, milestone achievements, toll gate progress, risks, and any issues that may adversely affect project schedules.

  • Keeps project management records and systems accurate and up to date.

  • Produces timely and accurate reports as directed.

  • Develops realistic project plans and schedules by analyzing organizational process assets, enterprise environmental factors, task dependencies, resource requirements, work breakdown, and departmental strategy and priorities.

  • Documents project deliverables, outputs, and notes that capture why key project decisions were made.

  • Understands departmental strategic priorities and influences the actions and work efforts of team members in line those priorities.

  • Provides leadership, mentorship, and training support to teams, project managers and associate project managers.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Excellent leadership and project management skills.

  • Works well in a team environment.

  • Ability to influence change and motivate others.

  • Strong oral and written communications abilities.

  • Solid technical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to plan and meet schedules.

  • Ability to use all related computer equipment and applications

  • Understanding of Business Process Architecture Mapping.


Organizational Impact:

  • Responsible for implementing initiatives and projects established by university or department leadership; establishes operational plans for department, function, or office with short-term impact on results. ​

  • May deliver input into new processes, standards, or plans that impact overall university or department results.

Problem Solving & Decision Making:

  • Leverages a systems-thinking approach for improving existing processes and systems within the department using significant conceptualizing, reasoning, and interpretation.​

  • Problems and issues faced are numerous, difficult, and require detailed information gathering and analysis. Typically affect multiple areas or specialties. Problems and issues span a wide range of challenging and unique situations.

Communication & Influence:

  • Collaborates cross-functionally with parties within and outside of the department and may occasionally communicate with external parties. ​

  • May influence others to accept the job area’s views, practices, concepts, and approaches and conduct briefings with leaders within the University or department.

Leadership & Talent Management

  • Responsible for providing guidance, coaching, and training to other employees in the department, Function, or Office. ​

  • Provides direction to project team members, including feedback on performance.​

  • Demonstrates the WGU leadership principles in all aspects of service to students, employees, and partners of WGU.

Job Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of related experience with a bachelor's degree, or 4+ years and a master's degree, or a Doctorate or Terminal degree with 2+ years of experience.

Department Specific Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Masters or Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Quality, Computer Science/Software/Information Management, or Business Management. Education must be from an accredited institution.

  • Minimum 7 years’ professional experience in a role that required extensive Project/Change Management skills in a large and distributed organization (5000+ employees).

  • Excellent understanding of Change Management theory/techniques, and implementation into a project plan.

  • Excellent understanding and skills in the change management process.

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive project management & business transformation experience.

  • Project Management qualification (PMP) or equivalent.

  • Professional experience in strategic planning, risk management.

  • Proficiency in project management software tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • May have broad knowledge of project management.

  • Black Belt or Master Black Best certification

  • Lean Silver or Gold certification

  • Experience with ServiceNow Project Portfolio Management Software

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

*Current WGU employees must submit their internal application prior to 1/24/2024 to be considered for this position*

Disclaimer: This Job Description has been designed to indicate the general nature, essential duties, and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification. It does not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications that are required of the employee to do this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. This Job Description does not constitute a contract of employment and the University may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.


As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people. We are committed to diversity.

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