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Project Manager

Date: Nov 18, 2020

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

<span style="font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif">Division and Unit Overview
<span style="font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif">The Washington IT Division of the American Chemical Society provides to its members and the worldwide scientific community a comprehensive collection of high-quality information products and services for the practice and advancement of the chemical sciences. The Society and Administrative Technology (SAT) department is responsible for the Society and Administration systems and applications within the Wash IT Division. Through the use of industry best practices, it is our responsibility for providing high quality, highly available, intuitive and secure applications to support ACS members, volunteers, and ACS staff.   We intend to exceed the expectations of our business partners by anticipating, understanding and validating their business needs; providing useful, cost-effective solutions and support in a timely manner; adhering to established guidelines and standards; and continuously adapting to the evolving environment.

Position Summary
The Program/Project Manager is responsible for managing assigned SAT projects, utilizing and adhering to Project Management and Agile best practices as defined by PMI and established department policies to ensure successful completion of projects.  This position oversees multiple concurrent projects of varying size and complexity, in a designated application area, to provide centralized IT project management support to selected areas of the business. The ideal candidate will have a blend of program and project manager skills and will excel at team building and collaboration, process improvement, and communication. The candidate must have experience in the Agile methodology and related management tools for Agile development operations (e.g., JIRA).

Work design: Manages a program area and shapes the approach to get the desired outcomes through to delivery. Follows established organizational policies. Develops procedures; recommends policies. Decisions involve translating the Division’s goals and objectives, defined work assignments and projects; conducting and implementing actions; and establish short-term and long-term plans.

Required Skills

<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">·     Ability to run programs/projects using Agile Methodology

<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">·     Leads the overall approach for the program and project delivery, including major time frames and the definition of its major deliverables to address and meet the desired goals and outcomes of the key stakeholders.
·     Define project scope, goals and deliverables that support business objectives in collaboration with senior management, portfolio managers and stakeholders.
·     Work effectively with SAT staff and business partners to understand and inform project management and planning assumptions, scope, costs, benefits, risks and constraints.
.     Define project success criteria and disseminate them to involved parties throughout project life cycle.
·     Leads regular interactions with the steering committees and project teams.  Informs, alerts, negotiates and maintains a continuing good relationship and shared vision for the program outcome.
·     Effectively communicate project expectations and progress to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion; convene meetings and plan agenda to ensure key issues are aired and resolved.
·     Coach, mentor, motivate and supervise project team members and vendors, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work.
·     Establishes and ensures appropriate governance functions for the program in accordance with ACS and SAT policies, practices and on behalf of the executive sponsor(s).
·     Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations.

<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">·     Acts as an advisor and builds and maintains relationships across the wider stakeholder community.
·     Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential risks, and devise contingency plans.
·     Monitors and coordinates dependencies across the projects/program and resolves conflicts.

<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Required Experience

<span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">College degree or equivalent experience; usually has an advanced degree (relevant field) or equivalent experience. 10+ years of related experience. Degree in Information Systems, Computer science preferred. PMP and Agile Scrum Certification is highly desired. Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills required. Excellent writing and editing skills are also required.


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CAS uses intuitive technology, unparalleled scientific content and unmatched human expertise to help companies create groundbreaking innovations that benefit the world. As the scientific information solutions division of the American Chemical Society, CAS manages the largest curated reservoir of scientific knowledge, and for 111 years, has helped innovators mine, assess and apply that information to keep businesses thriving. The CAS team is global, diverse, endlessly curious and strives to make scientific insights accessible to innovators worldwide

Position Summary

CAS is currently seeking a Project Manager.  This position will be located in our headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.


Bachelor’s Degree required and Master’s/Advanced Degree desirable in business, management, information systems, computer science or a related field

Project Management Professional certification (PMP) highly desired

10+ years’ experience Project Management

Solid leadership, communications and project management skills with the ability to successfully mobilize diverse resources and project teams across technology division

Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Word and Excel). Knowledge of project management software preferred.

Possess critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills

Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills



Manages technology projects, develops and distributes quality project-related documentation to all interested parties, including project plan and schedule, project charter, communications plan, requirements document, design document, deployment plan, test plan, maintenance transition plan, and notification of project end.


Determine the scope, budget, and resources for assigned projects based on historical information, input from other staff, and high level technical understanding of project tasks.


Hold project meetings to ensure proper level of project-related communication, including project kickoff meeting to establish/confirm roles, regularly scheduled project team meetings to track progress, stakeholder meetings to provide status, post-implementation meeting with customers to ensure that project criteria have been fully met, and lessons learned meeting to gather feedback for use in future projects.


Ensure measures are taken in projects to increase quality and mitigate risk, including risk analyses, impact assessment, needs assessment, requirements signoff, code reviews, test planning and execution, fallback plans, and deployment plans.


Measures and reports project performance, project mile


CAS offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation plan, medical, dental, vision insurance plans, and employee savings and retirement plans.  Candidates for this position must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future.  EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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