Manager, Technology Program Office, UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Office of the Chief Information Officer
August 10, 2020
Berkeley, California
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UC Berkeley is searching for a strategic leader with project management expertise to lead the Technology Program Office (TPO) as the Manager, Technology Program Office. This role will oversee the office in planning, fostering, and coordinating strategic information technology (IT) projects that serve the needs of the campus community.

UC Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

Department & Position Overview

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) includes nine departments and functions that directly report to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (AVC-IT & CIO). These reporting units include more than 350 staff and 30 student employees. The AVC-IT & CIO directly manages an operating budget of approximately $90 million which includes about $25 million of recharge revenue.

As a key member of the OCIO, this position manages the Technology Program Office (TPO) which serves as a central project management resource for the effective and efficient management of IT projects on the UC Berkeley campus. The position reports to the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff in the OCIO. The TPO coordinates the management of multiple resources including staff, funds, knowledge, tools, and methodologies to reach project objectives for IT on campus. This position will supervise 6+ technical project managers to create effective ways to bring new services and solutions to campus through well managed IT projects. This is a unique opportunity to help strengthen the structure of a central program office and to collaborate with many other units across a large, complex, and dynamic campus. Someone with management capabilities will also have the opportunity to coach and mentor other project management professionals in support of the research, teaching, and public service of the university.

Key Responsibilities

The TPO Manager will manage a team of project managers for product development programs or projects across campus, collaborating with cross-functional teams focused on the delivery of broad, complex IT systems from the design process to finished state. The TPO Manager will be responsible for reviewing and approving recommendations for functional programs, as well managing, preparing, administering, and directing resources for campus projects to ensure they are completed on time and within budget.

As the leader of the TPO office, this role will also be responsible for selecting, developing, and evaluating staff, working to create a culture of teamwork, effective collaboration, and timely achievement. The manager will work with staff on performance reviews and other staffing efforts to ensure that the TPO is operating efficiently and effectively towards departmental goals and objectives, as well as ensuring the team functions with autonomy while maintaining accountability and stewardship of university resources, in compliance with departmental and campus wide goals and objectives. The TPO Manager will also lead continued development of project and program management methodology throughout the Berkeley campus, create communities of practice and professional development opportunities for campus project management professionals, and maintain and update campus Project Management Policy.

Candidate Profile

Successful candidates should possess experience and success in leading, managing, and developing a team of technical project managers and creating a collaborative team environment. This person should have years of experience managing a portfolio of projects/programs and will need to possess the skill to delegate and oversee projects and ensure successful and timely completion. The manager understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion, as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization and the ability to work with a dynamic, diverse faculty, staff, and students. They should have demonstrated effectiveness in meeting goals in matrixed, budget constrained environments. To successfully lead and partner across campus, the successful candidate will need excellent communication and listening skills, a service orientation, and a collaborative approach. This person should have demonstrated ability to establish effective relationships across a complex organization and proven skills to communicate with and understand diverse stakeholders. The Manager should have a passion for technology and a demonstrated ability to work in a continuously changing and evolving technological and organizational environment and for thinking strategically and innovatively to conceive and develop new system solutions and procedures. The successful candidate should possess a PMP certification to effectively lead the program office and lead project management policy work.

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