Senior Project Manager (Academics)

Location US-IL-Downers Grove
Job ID
DeVry University
DeVry Works
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
FLSA Status

Opportunity at a Glance

This position reports to the Vice-President of Program development and manages multiple projects and implementation activities for the Academic Department.  Projects are primarily focused on Skills Gap Training (SGT) and other non-degree product implementation efforts as well as the management of the National Advisory Committees but may include other business initiatives. Will work closely with DeVryWorks, academics colleagues, and other functional groups to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of solutions in support of business goals and objectives.


  • Analyzes projects to determine functions and resources involved, implications to the Business, and issues.
  • Identifies necessary approvals related to planning and implementation activities.  Provides guidance to business leaders on how to seek approvals.
  • Researches and interprets policies, guidelines, etc. and incorporates these into implementation plans and execution efforts.
  • Conducts project prioritization efforts based on various factors including revenue goals, resource scheduling, marketing and recruitment window (“runway”), process readiness, etc.  Makes recommendations on resulting priority sequences.
  • Ensures implementation of prescribed regulatory compliance/accreditation requirements, academic policies, student disclosure requirements, student finance regulations and policies, catalog and website policies, policies and procedures for marketing, recruitment, IT, career services, operations, etc., and other critical policy requirements.
  • Assesses readiness of all items required for approval (e.g., OK-to-Recruit or other official communiqué), and recommends their approval to the appropriate senior officer (e.g., DeVry University President, VP of Academic Affairs, etc.).
  • Initiates, authors and provides thorough and timely communications regarding the planning and status of multiple projects to Implementation Team members and appropriate stakeholders.
  • Analyzes and researches issues and problems; identifies and recommends solutions; implements.
  • As Central Services representative, actively participates on Product Steering Committee and related work.
  • Manages project teams and related implementation activities according to project plans in a matrix organization.
  • Coaches and develops team members in support of the achievement of the project.
  • Manages other projects as assigned by Central Services management.
  • Communicates project progress and issues to clients, especially related to impact of changes in project resources, scheduling, scope and delivery.
  • Works closely with the groups involved to ensure smooth implementation.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • BS/BA degree required; Masters in Business or Project Management desirable.
  • 5 10+-years of experience in project management in an educational environment or professional services firm
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to resolve issues and determine effective business and alternative solutions.
  • Demonstrate initiative and ability to advance projects while managing multiple initiatives. - Strong leadership and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to interact with all levels within the organization and work in a fast paced environment with many initiatives.
  • Ability to manage a variety of business resources.
  • Ability to work independently and make sound decisions with minimal supervision and direction.
  • Capability to influence and instill credibility in sponsors peers and subordinates by meeting project milestones, deadlines and budget.
  • Experience in an academic enterprise is definitely a plus.
  • Strong business acumen skills.
  • Relationship-oriented, customer-focused.
  • Must be willing to travel when needed.

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

Who We Are

Since our founding in 1931, DeVry University has focused on delivering a different kind of education – one based on experiential learning with real-world applications. When you join our team, you’re choosing an institution that serves students who are different, too: a diverse group of go-getters from all walks of life.


We know our colleagues are integral to the success of the institution. At DeVry, we’re guided by our culture of care, and we embrace values that teach us to care for students, self and colleagues. It’s one way we position our colleagues for success.


We are looking for engaged, caring colleagues to join our organization in serving our students. We take extra pride in our dedicated support teams, as well as our outstanding faculty members who have often worked for years in the fields that they teach. We believe all our colleagues deserve opportunities to reach their goals. Whether it’s career advancement, maintaining a healthy lifestyle or saving for retirement, our comprehensive benefits and professional development offerings can help you meet your goals.


If you want to be a part of an institution focused on providing high-quality education, care and attention, we invite you to apply for a position today.


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