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Project Manager (Project Manager #1756)
Springfield or Chicago
Research & Evaluation
$67,051 - $92,195
$67,051 - $117,339
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
September 4, 2020
Open Until Filled

Reporting to the Research & Evaluation Officer, is responsible for managing a variety of projects and deadlines related to the Center for Research & Evaluation; works collaboratively with staff in center and across agency centers to develop and manage a myriad of projects with deadlines.

  • Performs necessary tasks to accomplish assignments and responsibilities including, but not limited to: partnering with external stakeholders and vendors, developing new processes, building communication plans, developing simple tools via Excel or O365, scheduling weekly meetings, building cross-functional teams, taking notes, initiating and developing processes and procedures to improve center and departmental performance and productivity, etc.
  • Manages the data governance process within the agency.
  • Responsible for managing all contracts in the Assessment and Data Strategies & Analytics Departments, and some contracts in the Research Department.
  • Monitors associated work flows, queues, and project timelines within the center.
  • Manages the Data Share Request process.
  • Collaborates with the center leadership as well as other department staff to develop and implement efficient processes within the center.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or equivalent certification(s) required. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • One of the following degrees required: Master's or Bachelor's Degree in Project Management, Business Administration, Finance, Management Information Systems, Information Technology (IT) or Computer Science; or Bachelor's Degree in any field plus four years of experience as a project manager in the last eight years; or Associate's Degree in any field plus six years of experience as a project manager in the last eight years.
  • Two plus years of experience leading or managing cross-functional teams.
  • Experience managing projects and delivering outcomes on time.
  • Experience with analyzing and developing performance metrics.
  • Strong team building and stakeholder engagement skills.
  • Skilled in mentoring project team members.
  • Skilled at keeping teams organized, informed, focused, and on task.
  • Skilled in establishing and maintaining teams with clear roles and responsibilities.
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure, lead and manage projects in a fast-paced, dynamic, and time-sensitive environment.
  • Skilled in understanding and navigating complex processes.
  • Skilled in determining scope and clarifying ambiguity.
  • Skilled in long-term planning and scheduling.
  • Skilled in written and oral communications.
  • Skilled in analytical/critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Skilled in budgeting, time management and resource management.
  • Skilled in facilitating meetings with clear objectives and following-up with resulting action items.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively both individually and in a team environment.
  • Ability to learn new tools and technologies.
  • Experience in education.
  • Ability to create and inspire cohesive and energetic project teams.
  • Ability to foster and facilitate creative thinking in a team environment.


$67,051 - $92,195

How to Apply

To view full posting and apply electronically, please visit http://www.isbe.net / Careers at ISBE.  Interested parties must submit the required application, cover letter, resume, and transcripts (unofficial until recommended for hire).  The subject line should include the position number(s) you are interested in.

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