Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is a community of Information Technology professionals committed to delivering service and technological solutions in support of teaching, learning, research and administration. We are recruiting an IT workforce that has both breadth in their ability to collaborate and innovate across disciplines – and depth in specific areas of expertise. HUIT offers opportunities for IT professionals to learn and work in a unique technology landscape and service-focused environment. If you are a technically proficient, nimble, user-focused and accountable IT professional who also connects with the importance of collaborating well in a team environment, we are looking for you!
This is a fully benefited, full-time Harvard University position that has been funded for two-year through 6/30/25. There is the possibility of renewal, contingent on funding, university priorities and satisfactory job performance.
Reporting to the Manager of Project and Portfolio Management in Library Technology Services, the Senior IT Project Manager (SIPM) is a member of a high-performing, cross-functional team of library domain trusted advisors, project managers, business analysts, quality assurance experts, user experience and design experts, and technical analysts. The team stewards and manages a diverse portfolio of library technology services and platforms through effective project management, business analysis, Agile process, application design, and outreach and engagement with Harvard Library and other academic stakeholders at the University and beyond. Our focus is on delivery of world-class solutions to fulfill the core objectives of the Harvard Library: To advance scholarship and teaching through the collection, creation, application, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge.
The SIPM will plan, conduct, and supervise the completion of complex information technology projects benefiting the Harvard Library and relating to other University IT priorities. These projects require high levels of functional integration and involve multiple disciplines to be managed.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for assembling project teams, assigning individual responsibilities, identifying appropriate resources needed, and developing schedules to ensure timely completion of project
Work collaboratively and build strong relationships with colleagues to ensure successful project completion
Develop project plans, document key business requirements, and facilitate decision making amongst stakeholder groups & content to facilitate discussions in project meetings and document outcomes
Serve as expert regarding scope and project objectives, solution’s value and technology, as well as the role and function of each team member
Ensure work completion within schedule, budgetary and design constraints
Leverage steering and executive committees and other governance vehicles for decision-making, change management, and communications
Make decisions about analysis, design, and testing; solve complex technical problems; and, when necessary, provide alternative methods for achieving goals, and independent decisions as needed within the confines established by sponsors/business owners
Participate in and help support an affinity group of project managers and Agile facilitators to foster the sharing of best practices and promote strong project management standards in LTS
Apply Harvard University’s IT technical standards and best practices
Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT Code of Conduct
HUIT actively supports hybrid work where business needs allow. All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA).
Travel to campus may be necessary based on business needs and the nature of work. Examples include bi-annual or quarterly Town Halls, critical business meetings or other work events. There will be times when being on campus is expected and advance notice will be provided. Additional detail will be discussed during the interview process.
Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University’s COVID-19 Information Website.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.
Harvard University Information Technology is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
This position has a 180-day orientation and review period.
More about HUIT:
Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) is responsible for the strategy, planning, and delivery of information technology across the University. Our mission is to assure Harvard’s leadership in IT. We strive to make it easier for faculty, students, and staff to teach, research, learn and work through the effective use of information technology.
HUIT’s core values are:
IT Academy (designed for IT Staff):
HUIT’s IT Academy aims to enable each IT staff person to grow professionally and become a trusted partner to her or his team. The IT Academy is built on the belief that every IT staff member across the University (including technology employees at each school and campus) can grow in her or his area of expertise as well as building strong people and project management skills. Learn more here: https://itacademy.harvard.edu/
Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.
Harvard University IT plays an important role in supporting Harvard's commitment by seeking to create, procure and deploy technologies that are accessible to all, including and especially those who live with disability. Harvard welcomes individuals with disabilities to apply for positions and participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact our University Disability Resources Department.
Minimum of five years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills:
The following Additional Qualifications are strongly preferred. If you meet some, but not all, you are still encouraged to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn.
Experience working on technology projects in academic or research libraries or archives
Knowledge of information technology applications, processes, software, equipment and advanced IT project management principles (e.g. Agile) and software, Agile methodologies, processes, and tools, and Harvard or in a complex higher education institution
Proficiency with presentation and collaboration tools
Demonstrated cross-functional project management experience, the ability to influence without direct responsibility/control, and team performance skills, service mindset approach, and the ability to act as a trusted advisor
Change management experience, of similar scope and size as Harvard’s, across a large set of diverse stakeholder groups