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Strategic Project Manager

Company: Goodwill Industries of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc.
Location: Milwaukee
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

The Strategic Project Manager supports enterprise-wide strategic planning and implementation, focused on maintaining project progress creating long-term organizational impacts.


This role supports enterprise-wide strategic planning and implementation, focused on maintaining project progress creating long-term organizational impacts. This role will be responsible for leveraging strong business knowledge, clear and informative communication, and industry standard project management skills to develop and communicate project objectives with cross-functional teams, manage strategic relationships, and facilitate robust discussions and workshops. This role will work closely with the Director of Strategy Implementation, the Financial Planning & Analysis team, and senior leaders from across the organization. Typically works on a portfolio of projects related to long term strategy and objectives


1. Build productive project teams that foster engagement in each project. Provide positive leadership and effective coaching methods which include building rapport with team members, creating an environment of trust, providing and asking for feedback in a timely manner and listening and encouraging team members to learn and grow.

2. Develops and implements effective project plans utilizing current project management tools and practices with the objective to stay on time, within scope, and meet expectations. The project manager shall work with the project teams and owners to define and prioritize project work, estimate resource needs, assess risks, define roles and responsibilities, track and report on critical milestones, and ensure measurable project effectiveness. Provides status reporting to the project team, Director Strategy Implementation, and the Executive Team.

3. Partner as a strategic advisor to business unit and functional leaders on a wide variety of strategic initiatives. Have strong business acumen to understand the company, its business units, and basic business concepts.

4. Adhere to project quality control policies and practices to drive high performance in project deliverables.

5. Facilitate open communication among project teams, key stakeholders, and senior leadership; identify and articulate issues and negotiate resolution with a sense of urgency and high business acumen.

6. Identify, assess, and minimize risk through the project lifecycle. Effectively manage any project roadblocks or impediments. Resolve or escalate issues in a timely fashion.

7. Technical Skill: Advanced knowledge of professional principles and skills. Comprehensive knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of particular field of specialization. Responsible for developing and communicating project objectives with cross-functional teams, managing strategic relationships, and facilitating robust discussions and workshops.

8. Project and Change Management: May serve as a team member, or subject matter expert, for formal or department projects. Contributes ideas and helps develop solutions, while balancing demands of project work and routine job responsibilities. Engages effectively in change affecting her/him, communicating appropriately with supervisor. Follows through on learning, skill building, and practice necessary to adapt to change.

9. Problem Solving: Light supervision; works independently. Periodic review of work by manager or direct customer. Researches, analyzes, and evaluates situations and reports on findings. Solves advanced problems.

10. Leading and Developing Talent: May partner with coworkers to advance their development.

11. Community Engagement: Champions Goodwill's community engagement initiatives. Aware of Goodwill's community partner organizational and participates in volunteer opportunities as pertains to role and interest. Participates in industry/knowledge groups.

12. Responsible for completing other duties/responsibilities as assigned.


1. Two years of college education or experience equivalency, Bachelor degree preferred, and a minimum of 5 years' experience.

2. Project Management Certification strongly desired, Project Management Professional (PMP) preferred.

3. Demonstrated experience in project management processes and methodologies, including knowledge of PMI standards. Individual must maintain current knowledge of industry standards and best practices

4. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

5. Experience with project and resource budgeting and estimating.

6. Strong computer skills including MS Office and ability to learn new systems quickly.


1. Customer Focus: Independently anticipate and meet customer needs, while searching for ways to improve customer service. Internalize customer feedback, and follow up with customer to ensure problems are solved by providing innovative ideas to meet their future needs.

2. Values Differences: Seeks out the diverse perspectives and talents of others, striving to work effectively with others who have different perspectives, backgrounds or styles. Behave with sensitivity towards differences in cultural norms, expectations, and ways of communicating. Challenge stereotyping or offensive comments.

3. Communicates Effectively: Shares information and updates with others, while ensuring a clear, concise and professional communication through reports, documentation, written and other communications. Listens with interest to what others have to say.

4. Situational Adaptability: Demonstrates flexibility of responses to different situations through adapting to the changing needs, conditions, priorities or opportunities. Monitors how well an approach is working to see if a change is needed, recognizing cues that suggest a change in approach or behavior is needed.

5. Drives Results: Demonstrates a strong drive to achieve meaningful results, through driving tasks to successful completion and closure. Sets high standards for own performance, showing determination in the face of obstacles and setbacks.

6. Ensures Accountability: Takes responsibility and ownership for successes and failures in own work. Monitors progress of performance and changes approach accordingly, following through on commitments.


Job requires the following: remain stationary for sustained periods of time; ability to move about to accomplish tasks; must be able to operate a computer or similar technology, which typically involves substantial motions of wrist, hands and/or fingers; visual acuity to perform activities such as preparing data, operating equipment or review thoroughness of work; ability to communicate with others and exchange information. Travel to various worksites. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Keywords: Goodwill Industries of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc., Milwaukee , Strategic Project Manager, Executive , Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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