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Project Manager (Higher Ed)


PowerSchool | Higher Education | Austin, TX

As Project Manager, you will be responsible for initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling software implementation projects, with new and existing customers, with the overall accountability for the success for projects.



  • Driving effective hand over from Sales
  • Executing kick-off meeting with customer


  •  Review standard project plan and refine as required to meet the needs and desired outcomes
  • Ensure proper staffing on tasks 
  • Discuss critical project success factors with the customer and gain their buy-in 


  • Regular engagement and communication with project teams to ensure project is progressing as planned
  • Proactively identify and manage key project issues & risks

Monitoring & Controlling

  • Regular review of project plan and other available information to gauge project status
  • Regular review of time reporting to ensure actual work is in line with planned work
  • Execute regular internal and external project status meetings
  • Provide regular written project status updates o Proactive and disciplined escalations of issues and risks that may put the project at risk

Post Go-Live (completion and closure)

  • Execute post project review meeting to identify lessons learned
  • Execute project surveys to obtain the voice of the customer feedback and overall customer satisfaction with the project


  • Proactive engagement and contribution in building and continually improving methodologies, processes and documentation 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Core attributes and skills

  • Positive, Proactive, Accountable, Assertive, Flexible, Adaptable
  • Desire and willingness to learn
  • Strong communicator (verbal and written)
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and at a rapid pace
  • Strong executor

Project Manager Skills - An ability to:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with project team members
  • Influence project team, internal, and/or external stakeholders
  • Understand project stakeholder needs, interests, and influence for project success
  • Manage multiple, concurrent projects at any point in time
  • Practically apply project methodologies and practices to execute project, manage changes, and facilitate achievement of project deliverables on-time, and with quality
  • Ensure team alignment on project goals, objectives and business outcomes
  • Identify project obstacles, proactively mitigate risks and escalate and resolve issues effectively
  • Effectively identify and communicate project problems to stakeholders
  • Proactively develop solutions to project challenges
  • Engage in project initiating activities such as identify stakeholders, identifying project management approach, defining roles and responsibilities, etc.
Skills & Requirements

Training and Experience

  • A college degree in a technical or business field of study
  • 3+ years of Project Management experience
  • Experience in HR software, and/or SaaS software implementations preferred
  • PMP or related certifications is a big plus.