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Project Manager

Job ID: 59988


This position works remotely requiring a telecommuting agreement and adherence to the UCSC Telecommuting/Remote Work Guidelines. The employee shall be available in a full-time capacity during assigned telecommuting work hours (specific hours to be discussed with supervisor). While telecommuting/remote working, the employee is responsible for ensuring a worksite environment suitable for accomplishing their regular job duties during scheduled hours of work and, if applicable, arranging for dependent care just as they would if they were working at the regular UCSC worksite.



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The IRD for this job is: 10-17-2023


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The Project Manager applies skills as a seasoned, experienced project management professional with a full understanding of multiple project management frameworks and methods (e.g. waterfall, Agile, etc.). The incumbent demonstrates competency in selecting methods and techniques to manage projects of diverse scope, size, impact, budget, and project team size. The Project Manager applies relevant policies and procedures to resolve a wide range of issues related to the initiation, planning, execution, and closing of the project and manages documentation and mitigation of project risks and resolution of project issues.


Budgeted Salary: $82,300 – $102,753/year. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.
Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to post a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. The salary shown above is the budgeted amount the University reasonably expects to pay and the salary extended should not exceed this posted amount.

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:

  • Full-time, Fixed
  • Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
  • Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
  • Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: Remote

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: 004473 (PROJECT MGT PROFL 3)

Travel: Up to 25% of the time


60% – Project Initiation and Planning

  • As part of the project intake process, lead cross-team efforts to develop feasibility analyses to identify risks, constraints, and necessary resources for project work.
  • Work closely with the product management team to develop execution strategies that incorporate project milestones and deliverables into the product development life cycle.
  • Facilitate internal and external stakeholder understanding of requirements, key deliverables, project schedule, risks, etc.
  • Manage the development of project charters, including documentation of value proposition, project requirements, success criteria, budget, resource needs, etc.
  • Manage the identification and documentation of project requirements, elaborating from business requirements through stakeholder requirements to solution/technical requirements.
  • Lead the planning process with cross-functional teams to build project schedules and/or task backlogs to meet project requirements and success criteria.
  • Lead the process of identifying and documenting project risks and mitigation strategies.

40% – Project Monitoring and Execution

  • Apply advanced project management principles to manage complex projects.
  • Direct project activities with the goal of completing the project on schedule and within budget constraints.
  • Facilitate internal and external stakeholder understanding of project schedule, key deliverables, and risks.
  • Monitor project budget actual spend vs. planned budget.
  • Create and maintain all project management documentation throughout the project lifecycle (e.g. project schedule, task tickets, risk log, action log, diction log, etc.).
  • Manage project issues, escalating as needed.
  • Present monthly status reports (e.g. risks, issues, upcoming milestones, etc.) to executive-level staff for all assigned projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Advanced knowledge of project management principles, theories, and concepts.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate critical information across disciplines. Understanding of how projects relate to other business strategies and initiatives.
  • Demonstrated capacity to identify risks and plan for contingencies.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Effective organizational skills; demonstrated ability to determine relevance and prioritize tasks.
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills with all levels of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated competency in selecting and implementing project management methods and techniques.
  • Effective problem solving skills.
  • Proven leadership ability. Demonstrated ability to put forth persuasive arguments.
  • Effective skill at tracking effort and project progress.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead efforts to effectively identify and document project requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience using project management tools (e.g. Microsoft Project, Jira, and Confluence).
  • Experience ensuring that organizational practices, services, and behaviors support and promote diversity among staff.


  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM).


  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.
  • This is a fully remote position, and the selected candidate must be able to work successfully from a home/remote office and be able to fulfill the requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
  • Ability to work overtime including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays to meet operational needs, and work an alternate work schedule shift as required.
  • Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.
  • Ability to travel nationally.
  • Ability to maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional setting.


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.


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