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Information Systems Specialist (Project Manager)

Information Systems Specialist (Project Manager)

Requisition ID 
Job Category  
5170 - Information Systems and Techno
Job Status 
Temporary Appointment (Contract)
Hiring Range 
$74,976 - $102,023

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Term: 1 year


The Project Manager (PM) is accountable to the Manager, Project Management Office (PMO), in Information Systems & Technology (IST). The incumbent will work closely with Human Resources (HR) and other departments on campus to manage the implementation project for the new HR/Payroll enterprise system. This project is a component within an overall program in which the incumbent will be accountable for working within the program structure for project deliverables.


The PM is responsible for maintaining a strong partnership with Human Resources and managing the Workday implementation project(s) according to the project definitions, processes, and methodologies set out by the PMO and the implementation partner. As a PM, the incumbent realizes approved project objectives, goals, and benefits by leading the project(s) through the project management life cycle, while managing time, budget, and scope to the required quality and success criteria expectations .


The role is accountable for executing effective project management practices, ensuring appropriate communications within and across appropriate teams and contributes to the success of this project. Incumbents must be able to work with minimal supervision, and demonstrate exceptional leadership, communication, change management, time management, risk management, planning, problem-solving, conflict management, requirements management, stakeholder management, benefits management, and analytical skills. The incumbent will work collaboratively with teams, senior leadership, governance committees, and other stakeholders at all levels of the University within a matrix environment where functional/resource managers are responsible for resourcing and solutioning. The PM may also be asked to contribute to other services offered by the PMO such as consulting, mentoring, health checks, training, and education.


  • University degree, or equivalent post-secondary education and/or essential experience required. PMP certification, or equivalent training required
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Project Manager on progressively larger and more complex IT projects, with HR/payroll experience an asset
  • Demonstrated experience with organizational change required
  • Experience with methodologies such as waterfall, iterative, incremental, and agile required
  • Exceptional skills towards tracking deliverables, schedules, and dependencies required; familiarity with program management, portfolio management, business analysis, and process analysis an asset
  • Experience in Higher Ed IT projects preferred
  • Computer skills in all aspects of MS office, including Sharepoint; familiarity with portfolio and project management tools; familiarity with application architectures and technical layers