Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A7123 / Strategic Project Director
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16
HR Review/Approval:COMP

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides direction, leads, and manages the development and implementation of a major, high-profile systems oriented technical project, or a family of associated projects, with direct impact on core operations and processes of the University. Directs, coordinates, and/or administratively supervises the activities of an operating unit or implementation team consisting of functional and technical staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Leads, directs, and coordinates the project management team in the design of the overall project, and in the development of the implementation plan and project timelines.
  2. Identifies and develops working relationships with affected constituencies at all levels; ensures that constituent representatives are kept appropriately informed of project activities and are encouraged to participate as appropriate.
  3. Advises process teams representing constituent needs regarding cross-functional considerations, workflow integration and coordination, and optimization of best practices.
  4. Provides and ensures communication with and between project and constituent management at critical points in the implementation of the project plan.
  5. Identifies, secures, and coordinates implementation of internal and external resources and expertise as appropriate to achieve project objectives.
  6. Ensures that projects are proceeding according to timelines, meeting targets and expectations, and adhering to established operating parameters; negotiates changes in project resources as necessary to achieve objectives and timelines.
  7. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the goals and objectives of the unit; recruits, trains, oversees, and deploys technical and functional staff as appropriate.
  8. Oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion and enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
  9. Develops and manages operating budgets as appropriate and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of relevant university business and operating systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of organization structure, staffing patterns, and job design.
  • Advanced project management and leadership skills.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to identify and assess business needs and coordinate effective operating and systems solutions
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Skills in workflow analysis and management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively at all levels in a collaborative team environment.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 09/01/2022