Manager, Information Technology Project Management Office

Vancouver Island University

September 23, 2014

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Job Category: 
Management and Operations
Job Specialization: 
Project Management
Company Overview: 

Known as a centre of excellence, Vancouver Island University (VIU) produces quality graduates who are in demand by employers across the country and around the world. VIU offers a supportive campus community focused on innovative teaching methods, undergraduate research opportunities, and creating an exceptional learning experience for our students.

VIU’s rich history and connection with its communities dates back to 1936 when Nanaimo’s first vocational training school opened its doors. Today, VIU offers an extensive range of programming, from industry-responsive trades and applied training to academic undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

VIU has evolved into a dynamic, internationally known university that supports a student population in excess of 17,000 full-and part-time learners, including 1,500 international students, over 2,000 Aboriginal students, and employs over 2,300 faculty and staff.

VIU operates four campuses, including a main campus in Nanaimo and regional campuses in Duncan, Powell River and Parksville•Qualicum. VIU is also the proud owner of Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach, named one of the top 10 public gardens in Canada as well as the Deep Bay Marine Field Station.

Located on British Columbia’s spectacular West Coast, VIU offers the opportunity to live and learn in one of the most beautiful university settings in Canada.

Job Summary: 

At Vancouver Island University, we don't just hire employees; we hire people. Imagine a future with a job that you love and a life that you want to lead – imagine that future at Vancouver Island University.

At VIU, we offer a solid compensation package that includes a comprehensive benefits plan; several weeks of holiday time each year, plus a weeklong break at the end of December; professional development opportunities and a desirable pension plan that takes the worry out of retirement. As part of our campus community, you will work with supportive colleagues, be presented with interesting challenges within an encouraging environment and be provided with tools and training that inspires variety and promotes learning. All while you enjoy the pace and quality of life on beautiful Vancouver Island. Consider becoming a part of our team, the Information Technology department currently invites applications for the position, Manager, Information Technology Project Management Office.

Once the PMO is established the Manager, PMO will have the responsibility to:

  • Provide expert leadership and assistance to the IT department in the implementation of significant technology projects.
  • Directly undertake the project management of enterprise or departmental IT initiatives as directed by the CTO.
  • Support the IT department in applying good project management methodologies based on standard project management tools and processes such as project charters, work plans, governance plans, work breakdown structures, communication plans, risk analysis and standard forms and templates.
  • Track projects to ensure they are on course and following approved methodologies.
  • Maintain a portfolio of projects with key metrics such as progress to plan, budget and human resource utilization, anticipated value and risks.
  • Provide a centralized, customer focused office that plans, negotiates and analyzes projects as well as redressing project-related concerns of clients, sponsors and staff.
  • Develop IT department competencies through training and mentoring.
  • Provide an in-house consultancy services to project teams on project-related issues.
  • In consultation with the CTO, preparation of all reporting, documentation, agenda items and meeting materials for regularly scheduled IT Governance meetings.

This temporary, full-time appointment is subject to Administrative Job Evaluation and will be made effective as soon as possible.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field from an appropriately accredited institution; experience including:

-  10+ years of experience progressively advancing experience in IT project management roles;

-  5+ years of experience in management roles;

-  3+ years hands-on design and planning experience addressing large scale integration challenges; and

-  2+ years managing a project portfolio and managing and developing project managers

Further, the Manager, PMO will have an understanding of the unique business drivers including problems, opportunities and constraints associated with systems and processes supporting the delivery of higher education and have an ability to train, motivate, and inspire teams.

A Project Management Professional (PMP), credential from the Project Management Institute or equivalent qualification in project management is required, along with advanced knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspects of project management; a proficiency in project management software; and the ability to transition effortlessly from planning to hands-on execution as situations demand.

Proven experience in: people management, strategic planning, risk management, change management.

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How To Apply: 

Application Information:

The posting period for this career opportunity, competition #14-1010, will close on October 15, 2014.

Please Submit:


Cover Letter

Copies of relevant transcripts/credentials/qualifications identified on resume

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.

Vancouver Island University supports an online application system.  Visit to access this employment opportunity and VIU’s online application system.  Requests for information or assistance can be directed to

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.