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PRODUCER-PROJECT MANAGER

Req #: 59465
Department: CENTER FOR SERIOUS PLAY
Job Location: UW Bothell
Posting Date: 12/10/2009
Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Shift: TBD
Notes: This posting is for a Project Appointment, which is a professional level temporary job. It is scheduled to start at the beginning of January, 2010, and is expected to last 12 monhts. The number of hours per week will vary depending on projects.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nations premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The purpose of the Center for Serious Play (CSP) is to transform education and foster community development by bridging the gaps between innovative design, development, teaching and application of interactive media technologies. Building on UW Bothells signature strengths in interdisciplinary inquiry and hands-on learning, the CSP will bring together faculty, students, and industry partners to make a serious impact in diverse fields such as P-12 and higher education, health care, and sustainable environments. The CSP will foster the development of innovative products, services and processes through team-based projects and partnerships with industry and educational communities. The program is the first to link the design and development of interactive media with both the educational and business communities. The resulting synergy builds a dynamic learning community, where students can work with industry mentors in creating virtual worlds, educational games or other tools and innovations with real-world purposes. This provides a rich environment for outreach and collaboration with P-12 educators and students, which in turn builds student interest and college-readiness skills in areas related to regional needs and opportunities.

Under the guidance of the Center Director, theProducer-Project Manager will administer the Centers operations, relieving the Center Director of operating and administrative detail. These duties include: Act as a project manager with delegated decision making authority. Plan, coordinate and implement program operations and services ensuring program objectives/goals are reached. Appropriately allocate resources, prepare budget requests, compile information to plan and project future program needs which will be reviewed and used by senior officials.

Additionally, the person in this role will provides overall project management of multiple, significant, interdisciplinary, multi-funded, student-based projects at the Center for Serious Play. Participate in developing the design, methods and strategies for project management. Coordinate multiple projects, which may include other collaborating agencies or institutions. May recruit and assemble project teams, develop and monitor reports and work with industry partners.

This position acts as project liaison and representative to internal and external constituencies (for example, Center admin and fiscal staff, vendors, industry partners, contractors and consultants, etc.) on behalf of the Center Director. This position ensures the timely completion of project deliverables and adherence to institutional guidelines and deadlines. This work includes working independently and with others to consistently meet documented deadlines and objectives, coordinate operations on multiple projects, analyze data (quantitative, qualitative, and/or fiscal), craft written products, and disseminate the products.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for all aspects of each project over the entire project life (initiate, plan, execute, control, close) (60%)
    -Ensure adherence to quality standards and review project deliverables
    -Implement, sustain and teach (as needed) Scrum methodologies within the team
    -Identify weaknesses in the process and propose best practice solutions
  • Responsible for identifying and assembling project teams, assigning individual responsibilities and developing a schedule that ensures timely completion of project (10%)
  • Plan, monitor & report the cost, schedule, scope and technical performance of projects. (10%)
  • Responsible for internal and external stakeholder management. Interfaces with all areas affected by the project including development, publishing and industry (10%)
  • Develop and support a consistent and effective communication process around projects, including communicating with Center Director and functional area managers regarding the status of specific projects. (10%)

Requirements: A Bachelors degree and/or relevant work experience (e.g. held project management positions at one or more videogame, media or social network organizations) is required.

Minimum of 3 years of technical project management experience in the game industry working on multiple projects along with management, with oversight of negotiations and deliverables (as applicable). Must have solid experience delivering products or service engagements in a fast-paced technical environment as well as experience with Scrum methodologies. Experience in a product company required. High energy, result-oriented, self-starter with excellent communication skills. Candidates must exercise good judgment and be able to work independently with minimal direction and as part of a diverse team.

Ability to work well in a fast-paced, complex environment. Strong ability to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, and set priorities. Attention to accuracy, detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties is essential. Candidates should be well organized and able to handle multiple projects and competing priorities in a busy deadline-driven environment.

Desired: Teaching experience is preferred.A passion for gaming, especially online gaming, a plus.

Condition of Employment: This position requires a flexible schedule and will entail work beyond the normal workday and, because products are deadline driven, may sometimes require work that goes beyond the normal workweek. There also will be some weeks with less than 40 hours of work.

A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.

Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes two required assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process: a Cover Letter assessment, where you will have the opportunity to provide a cover letter for this specific position; and the Employment Eligibility Assessment. (If you have taken the Employment Eligibility Assessment already while applying to a job at the UW, you won’t need to take it again.) The assessment(s) will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select “Apply to this Position” on this job announcement. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready.Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessments are complete.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) ordso@u.washington.edu.

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