The Kansas Corporation Commission is seeking a Project Manager. The Project Manager will conduct needs assessments, scope work for internal IT projects, and ensure that project timelines, milestones, and deliverables are met for internal projects and upgrades to existing internal systems. This is a full-time, unclassified position, non-exempt position, with competitive benefits and starting salary of $70,000, salary is dependent on experience.
The Kansas Corporation Commission is a multi-faceted agency responsible for regulating public utilities including electric, natural gas, telecommunication and water companies as well as motor carriers, oil and gas pipelines and oil and gas natural production. The Commission’s headquarters is in Topeka with the central Conservation office in Wichita and four Conservation district offices located in Chanute, Dodge City, Hays and Wichita.
Duties of the Position: Collaborate with the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) Commissioners, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Management Team, Information Technology (IT) staff, and designated project sponsor staff to implement the agency vision for IT projects, which includes defining the project scope, goals, and deliverables. This position is responsible for all phases of project management including planning, budgeting, scheduling, communications , assembling the project team, quality assurance, risk management, and reporting to the CIO and Commissioners. Duties to generally include but are not limited to:
- Utilizes appropriate software, which may include Microsoft Word, Project, and Excel to create needed documentation.
- Maintains the Master Project List and collaborates with KCC Management and IT staff to establish project priorities for the agency.
- Plans, executes, and finalizes projects according to deadlines and within budget. This includes acquiring resources, assembling a team and coordinating the efforts of team members and third party contracts or consultants in order to deliver projects according to plan.
- Plans, documents and schedules project timelines and milestones.
- Prepares for KCC Management approval and submits the project plans that are in accordance with the standards set by the Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO).
- Responsible for monitoring the projects, including planned and adjusted costs, work breakdown structure, deliverables, change management, and risk management.
- Sets and continually manages project expectations with team members and other stakeholders.
- Responsible for the reporting and budgeting of IT projects to KCC Commissioners, Management, and others as appropriate.
- Responsible for preparing required reports and may be the agency liaison for questions.
- Develops the Post Implementation Evaluation Report (PIER).
Ensures successful delivery of information technology projects by managing the development, review and maintenance of project plans, project status meetings, status reports, and identify and resolve problems. Generally this includes but is not limited to:
- Directs and manages project development from beginning to end.
- Effectively communicates project expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion.
- Works with project team throughout the project life cycle, including the design, development, testing, and implementation of the project and determines solutions to problems that arise.
- Identifies and resolves issues and conflicts within the project team.
- Reviews the project plan and tracks project milestones and deliverables.
- Prepares documentation and conducts bi-weekly project status meetings and reports.
- Effectively documents and communicates with the KCC Commission and Management any project schedule change or overrun and what actions have been initiated to achieve resolution.
- Drafts and recommends project budget changes where necessary.
- Determines and assesses need for additional staff and/or consultants and as authorized makes the appropriate recruitments if necessary during project cycle.
- Develops best practices and tools for project execution and management.
- Responsible for establishing Project Management standards and training KCC department staff to ensure standardization throughout the agency to bring projects to a successful completion.
Improve and maintain internal IT processes. Document procedures and report status for system performance, problem management, inventory, budgeting, and resource allocation.
Education Required: A minimum of an Associate Degree rooted in or related to the computing sciences or an equivalency of actual work experience. A degree in Technology Management is preferred. This position requires Kansas Project Management Methodology (PMM) Certification or equivalent Project Management Methodology Certification or obtaining certification within one year of employment. Annual IT security training is required and obtaining a security clearance may also be required.
Experience Required: Independent work experience in information technology management.
Required Skills and Abilities: Must have experience with Windows applications and the Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Visio and Microsoft Project or equivalent project management software. Familiarity with process improvement techniques and project management concepts and methodologies recognized and approved by the State of Kansas. Must have a general knowledge of programming languages, databases and network technologies.
HOW TO APPLY: The application process has 3 STEPS.
STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form at http://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/job/why-register (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)
STEP 2: Complete the official State of Kansas application form at http://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/sec-home/state-employment/apply and submit to the Corporation Commission
STEP 3: E-mail these additional required documents to Sandra Rak at email@example.com . Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.
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KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. Applicants are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.
Recruiter Contact Information:
Name: Sandra Rak
NOTE: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification documentation upon hire.
How You Will Be Evaluated: Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum and any necessary special requirements. Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on preferred competencies and criteria for the position.
What To Expect Next: After your application is evaluated and ranked, you may be referred to the hiring manager fo