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Senior IT Project Manager - Remote Opportunity

Company: KinderCare Education
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: October 5, 2021

Job Description:


About KinderCare Education®


KinderCare Education operates more than 1,380 early learning centers, and more than 560 Champions sites, supported by a corporate team of nearly 600 headquarters employees in Portland, Oregon. In 2019, KinderCare Education earned their third Gallup Great Workplace Award – one of only 39 companies worldwide to win this award. 



  • In neighborhoods with our?KinderCare®?Learning Centers?that offer early childhood education and child care for children six weeks to 12 years old


  • At work through KinderCare Education at Work™, family benefits for employers including on-site and near-site early learning centers and back-up care for last-minute child care


  • In local schools with our?Champions®?before and after-school programs.


Job Summary\:

The Senior Project Manager position is to provide direction and leadership to project team members for small-to-large sized application and/or infrastructure projects that range from moderately to highly complex. The Sr. Project Manager will ensure project results contribute positive business value and meets agreed upon scope, cost, schedule, and quality business results.  Manages projects within the KCE Project Management Framework (Agile/Scrum, Iterative, and Waterfall) from initiation through project close while providing methodology guidance and expertise on project execution. The SPM establishes inspires the team with a positive and collaborative leadership style and engages with executives, business stake holders, and partners throughout all levels of the company to manage assigned projects.


Job Responsibilities\:       

  • Direct the initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, controlling and close of an entire project 
  • Ability to contribute and champion usage of structured project management methodology (to include Waterfall, Agile/Scrum, Iterative, etc.) 
  • Knowledge of application and / or infrastructure development life cycle (SDLC)
  • Lead team members in achieving desired outcomes of deliverables
  • Manage project dependencies, milestones, and critical path 
  • Analyze, manage, and report project performance financial reporting, resource allocation, task delegation and stakeholder management 
  • Analyze multiple types and sources of information to generate insight on project performance 
    Ability to provide financial forecast and on-going reconciliation of resources and other project related expenditures 
  • Clearly define roles and responsibilities of Stakeholders, Project Team Members, Business Partners and Business Users for the project 
  • Develop and executes an overall project schedule, including tasks, duration, dependencies, and resource assignments 
  • Control and tracks changes to scope, time, cost, quality, issues, and risk 
  • Elevate risks and issues to leadership level as needed
  • Mentor junior level project managers
  • Manage multiple medium sized projects at a time
  • Provide weekly status reports including project KPIs in order to ensure successful delivery
  • Evaluate risks and issues and assesses possible outcomes to determine solution in a timely manner
  • Request and on boards needed resources for the project 
  • Ensure adherence and execution of all gate approvals as defined in the Project Management Framework
  • Ensure team understands the business benefits of the project and connects the project to the broader organizational goals 

Skills/Abilities/Leadership Requirements\:

  • Track record of success in delivering highly complex IT technologies (application, infrastructure, web, and/or cloud) on time, within budget, and with quality that meets or exceeds business customer expectations.
  • PMP Certification preferred
  • Excellent judgment and decisions making skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Possess IT and formal program/project management knowledge as well as ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines based on logical work breakdown structures aligned to critical path 
  • Excellent influencing and communication skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate and explain technically complex concepts to non- technical project team members and vice versa
  • Demonstrate financial acumen to control costs and think in terms of profit, loss, and added value. 
  • Planning and organizing
  • Ability to remain calm in high stress situations
  • Strong customer focus


KinderCare Education employs more than 32,000 team members across 1,700 locations nationwide. Our devoted family of education providers leads the nation in accreditation and includes KinderCare® Learning Centers, KinderCare Education at Work®, Champions® Before- and After-School Programs, Cambridge Schools, Knowledge Beginnings® and The Grove School®.


KinderCare Education is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.

Keywords: KinderCare Education, Santa Clara , Senior IT Project Manager - Remote Opportunity, Other , Santa Clara, California

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