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Software Project Manager

Arlington, VA, USA

NatureServe is hiring a project manager to guide software solutions from proposal development to delivery. The ideal candidate will have at least three years of professional experience managing software projects using an agile development approach.

NatureServe is growing our team to support an expanding portfolio of technology projects involving new and existing software applications. Some of the applications we build allow scientists to collect and manage information about rare and endangered species and ecosystems. Other applications provide conservation professionals and planners with tools that analyze this data and help guide their conservation decisions. Finally, we build websites that present this information to educate the public on the natural world that surrounds them, allowing them to explore the challenges that face it and discover the ways in which they can help.

NatureServe is not a traditional software development company. We are a non-profit primarily comprised of scientists and conservation professionals. As a software project manager, you will join a team of talented, dedicated software engineers and scientists who work together as members of agile teams.

NatureServe offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
• 401K savings and retirement plan with matching contributions
• Health and dental insurance
• Short and long-term disability
• Annual and sick leave
• Life insurance
• A 35-hour work week

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

The software project manager will pursue, manage and promote a variety of projects involving delivery of customized software applications. Candidates with several years of professional project management experience are strongly preferred, though we will consider individuals with more limited experience who can demonstrate their ability to learn quickly.

The software project manager responsibilities include establishing work plans and coordinating team activities to ensure that project goals and objectives are accomplished within the prescribed time frame and funding parameters. Position responsibilities also include understanding the potential customer market for NatureServe technology projects, pursuing new business leads and developing proposals that are responsive to customer technical requirements, schedule and budget constraints. Candidates with experience working in a non-profit setting and constrained budget environment are encouraged to apply.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Work with project stakeholders to define project scope and objectives, and ensure technical feasibility
• Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget
• Lead or coordinate development of project proposals, including schedule and budget details
• Develop and share comprehensive project plans with clients and team members to assign project team and client responsibilities, guide and track progress
• Manage the client relationship, and maintain a regular schedule of meetings with the client to review progress of deliverables and clarify requirements as needed
• Closely monitor progress and adjust project scope, schedule or costs
• Coordinate resource availability and allocation for both internal resources and third-party vendors for successful project execution
• Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation
• Report and escalate critical issues to management as needed
• Develop product marketing strategies to attract new client prospects

The essential job functions listed above are not meant to be all-inclusive and may be subject to change at any time.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
• Minimum of three years of project leadership experience focused on engaging others in the delivery and execution of IT solutions and service deliverables
• Bachelor’s degree
• Solid technical background and proficiency with software programming concepts
• Experience managing software projects using an agile approach
• Excellent client-facing and internal written and verbal communication skills
• Experience organizing and conducting online meetings using web conferencing tools, e.g. GoTo Meeting
• Proficiency with issue tracking software and help desk ticketing systems, e.g. Jira and Freshdesk
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office
• Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and ability to multi-task
• Established leadership skills
• Ability to manage more than one project at a time

OTHER USEFUL SKILLS:
The following skills are not requirements, but would be very beneficial.
• Background in conservation biology, ecology, or natural resources management
• Experience using or developing web mapping applications
• Project Management Professional certification
• Proposal and grant writing experience
• Fluency in Spanish, French or Portuguese
• Scrum Master Training

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
• Ability to work during standard office hours
• Ability to move or adjust light computer and peripheral equipment
• Requires frequent communication, verbal and written
• Ability to hear well and speak clearly to engage effectively with staff
• Requires ability to visually or otherwise identify, observe or assess
• Ability to travel independently
• Ability to stay focused and maintain composure handling multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment

NATURESERVE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
m/f/vets/disability

Apply online at natureserve.applicantpro.com/jobs/705727

NatureServe
4600 N Fairfax Dr., 7th Fl
Arlington, VA, 22203 USA

Posted 2018-01-12 under Manager