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Temporary Project Manager

Apply now Job no: 505745
Position Type: Temporary
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Office of the Chancellor

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

Reporting to the Senior Project Manager in the Project Management Office, the temporary Project Manager will advise, consult and guide the project management process for large scale, complex, cross-organizational projects. The person in this role will work closely with stakeholders in defining the project scope, schedule and budget and will oversee the entire project lifecycle.

This temporary, contract position will be a key member of the Project Management Office, working with the team to determine best practices, develop templates and establish standardized, repeatable processes.

This position requires confidence, self-discipline, a sense of urgency, and the ability to be innovative, make decisions and take responsibility for them. As a Project Manager, you will need to react and adjust quickly to changing conditions, identifying risks and recommending solutions. This position requires strong analytical and technical abilities and demands fast, but carefully thought-out results to guide project teams to meet goals and delivery high quality work. The job demands a factual, direct style of communication and significant self-discipline with attention to detail. There is a strong demand for high quality, organized and repeatable results. The responsibilities are broad in scope, encompassing a wide variety of activities requiring rapid shifts in priorities.


Project Management Lead 90%

  • Collaborate with project sponsor and stakeholders to assess the business case for a project against divisional goals and assessment criteria.
  • Collaborate with all relevant stakeholders in the definition of project scope and objectives
  • Articulate complex projects into detailed project documentation, identifying structured phases and sprints to prioritize speed, improvements and enhancements.
  • Monitor and track progress of projects, reporting on performance using appropriate tools and techniques
  • Formally manage changes to the project scope, schedule and budget.  
  • Formally identify and manage project risk, reporting and escalating issues to management as needed.
  • Manage the relationship with the sponsor and all stakeholders ensuring the implementation of a formal communication plan.
  • Manage project resources, making adjustments and improvements to project delivery  to address constraints.
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget  

Project Management Office 10%

  • Support the Project Management Office, including the development and refinement of project management methodology, implementation tools and practices 
  • With the Senior Project Manager, contribute to the development and delivery of project management training materials
  • Serve as a mentor to project management office staff, acting as a resource for divisional staff assigned to informally lead projects on behalf of their respective departments.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-10 years of leading complex projects.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) preferred
  • Proven working experience in a variety of project management concepts, practices and procedures.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills
  • Strong planning skills applied using Smartsheets and other relevant software

Additional Information:

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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