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Project Manager

Position: Project Manager

Salary: Commensurate with experience

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

Location: Washington DC

Other: Please submit a cover letter that includes any salary requirements

 

Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris acts as a catalyst to systematically disrupt the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. By working with government leaders, the world’s leading technology corporations, and local partners, Polaris equips communities to identify, report, and prevent human trafficking. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what we do—helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate. Polaris is headquartered in Washington, D.C., operates on a $9 million budget in 2017, and has approximately 100 staff members.    

 

Polaris Project seeks a high-performing Project Manager for the successful delivery of projects and product releases that support the initiatives that transform and streamline the organization.  Through methodical planning, rigorous execution, and continuous oversight, the Project Manager will ensure that multi-disciplinary projects are completed on-time and on-budget, and that releases are timely, impactful and of high quality. The Project Manager reports to Chief Operating Officer as part of an established team of seasoned, disciplined, accountable and self-motivated 
professionals.

 

The successful candidate will have ability to manage and coordinate cross-functional project teams to meet mission critical deadlines. S/he will be able to efficiently and effectively document and communicate project plans, schedules, decisions, status, risks, issues and implement corrective action plans. The Project Manager must confidently interact and communicate clearly and concisely with project team members and stakeholders, delivery partners, functional leaders and senior executives.

 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Plan, schedule, execute and monitor projects of varying scope, sizes and durations;

  • Conduct initial project assessments, coordinate with stakeholders, and conduct independent  research to refine requirements, develop initial cost estimate, schedule and budget which supports project work cycle;

  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of one or more cross-functional project teams;

  • Help develop, track and control budgets, resource plans, release plans and system changes;

  • Support the prioritization of work to ensure alignment with business goals and objectives;

  • Lead and coordinate rollout activities including: release and deployment plans, go/no-go 
    readiness meetings, go-to-market work streams, and launch success criteria and 
    checklists;

  • Proactively manage risks and issues; develop and execute risk response plans, run point on project escalations and monitor issues to resolution;

  • Measure, monitor and report work progress to ensure high-quality deliverable are produced on-time, within budget, and meet or exceed commitments and expectations;

  • Document and support the implementation of project management process improvements;

  • Prepare and deliver presentations in collaboration with relevant departments;

  • Provide training for various project management components as need; and

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum three years of experience hands-on project management;

  • Proven command of Scrum/Agile, project management and software development lifecycles;

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including MS Project, PowerPoint and Visio;

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and coordinate cross-functional project teams to meet mission critical deadlines under pressure;

  • Ability to efficiently and effectively document and communicate project plans, schedules, decisions, status, risks, issues and implement corrective action plans;

  • Ability to interact and communicate clearly and concisely with project team members and stakeholders, delivery partners, functional leaders and senior executives;

  • Strong team player able to influence the outcome of projects in a matrix organization;

  • Demonstrate cooperation, judgement, creativity, initiative and discretion; and

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Project Management Professional; and

  • Experience in nonprofit work environment.

 

Other

  • Survivors of human trafficking encouraged to apply;

  • Subject to a criminal background check;

  • Subject to a probationary term contingent on training performance; and

  • Request for three professional and/or personal references.

 

Values Statement

The work of Polaris is grounded in a set of values and organizational beliefs that provide a common starting point for all of our activities. At Polaris, we look for talented individuals who are passionate about combating all forms of human trafficking and who will strive to embody and model these values within the Polaris community and in the anti-trafficking field. Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with these values and our mission statement before submitting your application. You can find a full description of our values here.