Project Manager via Idealist

Great Lakes Commission

Ann Arbor, MI, United States 🇺🇸

The Great Lakes Commission is looking for an experienced professional to lead projects in the Commission’s information management and delivery service area. The Commission leads the development and advancement of policy and programs to achieve the collective interests of the ten states and provinces in the Great Lakes basin. A major focus of our work centers on synthesis of data, translating information and supporting decision-making. This position is responsible for managing projects that support the Commission’s overarching regional mission and mandate. The Project Manager will have a lead role in developing new services that have a transformative impact on the way Great Lakes leaders and decisionmakers use information to set priorities and allocate resources.

Specific Responsibilities

This position will be a key member of the Commission’s Information Management and Delivery team, managing information and knowledge management programs spanning data acquisition, transformation and delivery. Key responsibilities include:

  • Leading project teams of Commission staff and outside consultants to successfully achieve project goals balancing cost and delivery timelines;
  • Establishing project goals and success factors, developing project plans, budgets and schedules with input and buy-in from key stakeholders and team members;
  • Providing technical expertise to Commission staff on data acquisition, integration, aggregation and delivery in support of program goals; integrating industry best practices into the Commission’s processes; and acting as a strong partner in developing the Commission’s information management and delivery strategy;
  • Participating in negotiations for complex and sensitive agreements with partners and contractors.

Skills and experience

  • A strong track record of management and leadership in a multi-disciplinary environment supervising staff and coordinating project resources across organizations;
  • A Bachelor’s degree (an advanced degree is preferred) in an appropriate field with at least seven years of progressive experience including two as a project leader;
  • Experience working with analytical tools, data and IT professionals to deliver information services;
  • Demonstrated success planning and delivering projects that meet stakeholders’ requirements, while coordinating resources across organization boundaries;
  • Experience working with budgets and producing cost/benefit and risk analyses;
  • Strong working knowledge of the MS Office suite and data analysis tools. Exposure to ARCGIS or other mapping tools is preferred.

Personal attributes

  • Excellent organizational and communications skills, both oral and written
  • Critical thinker with demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Cooperative team player with the ability to lead as well as follow
  • High level of maturity with the ability to work cooperatively with people having diverse interests
    and personalities
  • Willing to travel

Other considerations

Consideration will be given to candidates who have a familiarity with, and interest in, Great Lakes issues.

Benefits

The Great Lakes Commission offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and optical insurance. The Commission also has an outstanding retirement program.

About the Great Lakes Commission

The Great Lakes Commission was established in 1955 with a mandate to “promote the orderly, integrated and comprehensive development, use and conservation of the water resources of the Great Lakes basin.” Founded in state law with U.S. federal consent, with membership consisting of the eight Great Lakes states and associate member status for the provinces of Ontario and Québec, the Commission pursues four primary functions: communication and education, information integration and reporting, facilitation and consensus building, and policy coordination and advocacy. Each Member jurisdiction is represented by a delegation consisting of three to five members who are appointees of the respective governor or premier, legislators or senior agency officials. A board of directors, consisting of the chair of each delegation, is the Commission’s executive body. In carrying out its initiatives, the Commission works in close cooperation with many partner organizations, including U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, binational institutions, tribal/First Nation governments and other regional interests. Representatives appointed by partner entities participate extensively in Commission activities through a formal Observer program. The Commission is supported by a professional staff in Ann Arbor, Mich. Learn more at www.glc.org.

Note: The Great Lakes Commission, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination. It is the policy of the Great Lakes Commission that no person shall be discriminated against, as an employee or applicant for employment, because of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, height, weight, sexual orientation, marital status, partisan considerations or a disability or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position.

The Great Lakes Commission was established in 1955 with a mandate to “promote the orderly, integrated and comprehensive development, use and conservation of the water resources of the Great Lakes basin.” Founded in state law with U.S. federal consent, with membership consisting of the eight Great Lakes states and associate member status for the provinces of Ontario and Québec, the Commission pursues four primary functions: communication and education, information integration and reporting, facilitation and consensus building, and policy coordination and advocacy.


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED