Project Manager

Marquette University

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Wis., that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. A Marquette education offers students a virtually unlimited number of paths and destinations and prepares them for the world by asking them to think critically about it. Along the way, we ask one thing of every student: Be The Difference.

Position Details

Project Manager
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Director of Business Services in University Relations, this individual will be responsible for the management of high-level University Relations projects, programs, and initiatives from conception through execution. Working closely with the Vice President of University Relations & General Counsel, the University Relations Leadership Team, and senior leaders within the various units and functions across Marquette, the role will support and coordinate initiatives, promoting effective and efficient execution and foster collaboration among cross-functional teams.

Marquette University offers a rich and competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 403(b) with up to 8% company match, 5 weeks of time off to start, and tuition benefits for employees, spouses, and dependents with no payback requirement! View details of our total rewards package here.

We support our employees on their career journeys through diversifying their skills, deepening their expert knowledge, encouraging a healthy work-life balance, focusing on personal wellbeing, providing leadership training, and sustaining a culture of respect and inclusion.

We prioritize student success, access to education, and service in our work to educate well-rounded servant leaders who transform their fields, our society and the world. Our Catholic, Jesuit approach emphasizes student engagement with world around them and formation of the heart and mind.

We believe in our mission: The search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the fostering of personal and professional excellence, the promotion of a life of faith, and the development of leadership expressed in service to others. These core values guide our relationships with our students, each other, and our community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Translate strategy into a project charter, including budget, stakeholders, timelines, milestones, deliverables, etc and oversee implementation of plan.
  2. Project management of key activities and initiatives, including determining and assigning roles to project team members, facilitating strategic conversations and project meetings, managing timelines, project scope and project deliverables, and developing executive reports of project initiatives.
  3. Determine and implement appropriate method or tool for data collection when project requires research, i.e., surveys, audit, focus groups. Synthesize and report information into understandable and useful findings to inform project direction.
  4. Raise issues to project owner in a timely manner, facilitating the timely resolution of project challenges.
  5. Provide ongoing project communications, ensuring that stakeholders are informed of strategy, budgets, milestones, and deadlines.
  6. Establish effective mechanisms to communicate and report on progress of initiatives, projects and programs.
  7. Prioritize projects among competing demands to ensure proper focus and allocation of time and resources.
  8. Act as a resource to the Vice President and other University Relations staff in preparation for key meetings and events.
  9. Work collaboratively with cross-functional, high-performance teams, maintaining collaborative relationships with stakeholders.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the areas of business management, project management, communication, marketing or a related discipline. 
  • Two years of project management experience requiring professional experiences navigating, connecting and managing cross-functional project groups
  • Experience in driving project management tasks, including and tracking project charters, project plans, status reports and mitigating business risk by highlighting critical issues to program leadership early. 
  • Highly structured work style; able to translate strategic concepts and direction into discrete actionable plans. 
  • Confidently engage others, establish strong relationships, rally people around a common goal, and maintain effective partnerships with a wide variety of people and senior leaders, both internally and externally. 
  • Ability to handle sensitive situations, confidential information, and to manage conflict effectively. 
  • Strong presentation and communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Demonstrated ability to use curiosity and problem-solving skills to obtain necessary information to connect components of the project charter, including identification of stakeholders. 
  • Able to work effectively in a rapidly changing and ambiguous environment. 
  • Working knowledge of project management and research tools and techniques. 

Marquette University offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 403(b), paid vacation and sick time, and tuition remission.

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