Agile Project Manager

Industry: Education


Less than 5 years

Posted 29 days ago

A nonprofit, non-governmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange.  For 70 years CIEE has been committed to bringing the world together through meaningful international exchange programs to help humanize international relations – all students, all nations.  Driven by this purpose, CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.  Serving over 400 U.S. College and University consortium members, CIEE operates sixty-five study centers in forty-five countries that support study abroad programs for over 10,000 students annually.  In addition, as the largest sponsor for U.S. Department of State J-1 Visa programs, CIEE helps nearly 30,000 international students participate in U.S. based exchange programs annually.  CIEE programs and services span study abroad, teach abroad, international faculty development seminars, and inbound exchange study, work, and internship programs for today’s high school and university students, professionals, and educators.

Summary of Position:

As a valued member of the company’s IT Project Management Office (PMO) based in the CIEE Portland office, the Agile Project Manager (APM) is responsible for planning, leading, organizing, and motivating agile project teams to achieve a high level of performance and quality in delivering agile projects that provide exceptional business value to users.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • At a team level, playing a consultative role to help put in place the appropriate people, process, and tools and coaching members of the team as needed to optimize the efficiency of the project team
  • Work with business stakeholders and IT Team to define project scope and release plan while focusing on regular and timely delivery of value
  • Provide guidance and assistance with business case development
  • Manage customer expectations for project deliverables
  • Organize and lead status and team working sessions
  • Prepare and distribute progress reports
  • Manage risks and assist the team with removing roadblock to optimize delivery
  • Participate in vendor research and associated contract negotiations
  • Mentor and develop team members, including 3rd party vendors as an integral part of the project team
  • Assist with implementing an effective system of project governance
  • Manage a well-defined project management process and champion ongoing improvements for best practices in Agile Project Management
  • Promote empowerment of the team, ensure that each team member is fully engaged in the project and making a meaningful contribution, and encourage a sustainable pace with high-levels of quality for the team


  • Bachelors degree or relevant professional qualification or acceptable industry experience
  • 3 to 5 years of IT project management experience
  • Experience with both Agile and traditional project management principles, practices and tools
  • A proven track record of successfully implementing software or web development projects
  • Experience overseeing multi-function project teams including 3rd Party Vendors, Developers, Business Analysts, and QA Personnel
  • Balanced business/technical background:
    • Sufficient level of technical background to provide highly-credible leadership to development teams and to be able to accurately and objectively evaluate complex project risks and issues
    • Ability to provide leadership to business analysts and collaborate with customers and develop strategies and solutions of high business value
  • Strong interpersonal skills including mentoring, coaching, collaborating, and team building
  • Strong analytical, planning, and organizational skills with an ability to manage competing demands
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and experience interacting with both business and IT individuals at all levels including executive
  • CIEE strives to lead a robust community of international program providers and sponsors through innovation, exemplary service, and exceptional efficiency. Our success depends on having the very best professionals. We are committed to recruiting and retaining the best people in the industry, particularly those who are passionate about international education, are self-starters with high levels of energy and autonomy, and are dedicated to exceed expectations in every challenge. We foster excellence through tapping the skills of a diverse workforce and promoting a dynamic environment where talented individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds work together to advance our mission. CIEE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications by ethnically diverse and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.