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Project Manager for Academic Innovation and New Ventures

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For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA29Ez at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Position Information

Position Information

Department Provost
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Academic Innovations and New Ventures

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Job Category Admin or Professional Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Project Manager for Academic Innovation and New Ventures
Working Title Project Manager for Academic Innovation and New Ventures
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number FA29Ez
Recruit Number Faculty - 6897
Working Hours
Location Fairfax
Pay Band
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Project Manager for Academic Innovation and New Ventures

The George Mason University Office of the Provost invites applications for the position of Project Manager for Academic Innovation and New Ventures. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

George Mason University is on the move to be a leading higher education innovator in 21st century education. This includes the development of online programming and the delivery of personalized, customized education and student services to students who wish to attend Mason at our three campuses in northern Virginia, our campus in South Korea, and/or online. As the largest public institution of higher education in Virginia, we are envisioning new ways of providing students with access to a Mason education.

The office is building a team of individuals that can help launch and manage new initiatives that will take the university into the future. This position will be one of the first hires of a new Academic Innovation and New Ventures program management team that will help achieve the university vision of innovation, growth and access.


The Project Manager reports to the Executive Director of Academic Ventures and is responsible for managing and supporting the launch of innovative projects and initiatives. The incumbent is expected to identify, vet, implement, and manage these new and transformative efforts to drive them from inception through launch to program oversight, working in conjunction with campus stakeholders and key partners to promote and ensure operational success. This position will work closely with administrative units such Enrollment Management, Information Technology Services, Mason Learning Solutions, Academic Units, the Office of Digital Learning, the Budget Office, and partner universities and companies. Responsibilities include:

  • Work with academic leadership, Budget Office personnel, instructional designers, Information Technology Services staff, enrollment service managers, and external strategic business partners to launch, plan, develop and deliver Academic Innovation and New Ventures projects;
  • Ensure a focus on student success and establish a clear value proposition for the university for new initiatives;
  • Ensure that all appropriate project management standards are met from project inception to completion;
  • Maintain high standards for project quality control and customer service on all programs and projects;
  • Ensure and implement sound project business plans; funding opportunities are identified; statements of work are current, accurate and followed; timelines are defined and deadlines are met; and key performance indicators (KPIs) are identified and used;
  • Maintain consistent and accurate status information, data, documentation and an audit trail for each project; and implement and use a standard communication protocol for keeping university leadership and stakeholders informed of progress;
  • Identify opportunities and risks, and develop contingency plans to mitigate potential risks or critical path delays;
  • Incorporate opportunity and risk information into the communication protocol;
  • Assist with proposal writing as appropriate; and
  • Implement a continuous improvement program for project management by incorporating best practices in “postmortem” review, project delivery assessment, root cause analysis, etc.; and incorporate changes as appropriate.

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree or training and work experience at a level that equates to an advanced degree;
  • Substantial demonstrated experience in either project, program, account or product management experience in a business and/or higher education environment;
  • Substantial demonstrated experience in two or more of the following: client development, staff development, customer relations, process design, innovation management and/or change management;
  • Ability to innovate and solve problems to meet challenges and opportunities;
  • Demonstrated skills in managing resources and establishing priorities;
  • Demonstrated organizational and time-management skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Proven ability to self-motivate in a team-oriented, high-pressure environment; and
  • Ability to work with a diverse population of faculty and staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification;
  • Work experience with educational technology innovation; and
  • Experience successfully managing multiple strategic external partnerships.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA29Ez at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: December 8, 2016
Posting Date 11/08/2016
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly? Yes
Mason Ad Statement

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
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