Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A8038 / Executive Project Director
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 17
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 integrated direction, management, and leadership in the administrative and business planning, budgeting, and automation efforts of a portfolio of major projects impacting multiple, strategic core functions and components across the University and/or strategic institutional priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directs and integrates the activities of multiple, major project operations; ensures that project efforts are generally cohesive, consistent, and effective in supporting the University's mission, goals, and strategic plan.
  2. Develops and establishes policies, strategies, and operating objectives consistent with those of the organization to ensure efficient and effective implementation of major cross-University projects and/or projects tied to strategic institutional priorities.
  3. Participates in and oversees the development, implementation, and maintenance of individual project objectives and short- and long-range plans; develops tracking and evaluation programs to assist in the accomplishment of established project goals and objectives.
  4. Manages and administers a large, diverse team of professional/technical and support staff, both directly and through lower level managers and supervisors.
  5. Manages the working relationships between project leadership, University administration, principle business and operational stakeholders, and high-level external constituencies.
  6. Consults, coordinates, and serves as principal liaison with senior University officials on strategic matters of policy, interdivisional interaction, and capital development, improvement, and management.
  7. Collaborates with University leadership and administration to establish programmatic goals and priorities for business and technology solutions to meet individual component and institutional needs.
  8. Develops, administers and manages complex, multi-faceted budgets and business plans for component units, as it relates to project development and deployment at an institutional level; performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  9. Recommends and participates in the development of University policies and procedures; may serve on University planning and policy-making committees.
  10. Maintains currency of knowledge with respect to the University's strategic directions and plans, and relevant state-of-the-art systems and technology.
  11. 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 examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Project Management Body of Knowledge.
  • Knowledge of University business practices and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions.
  • Knowledge of current developments and trends in university best practices, project management, and related technology.
  • Skill in business and financial planning and management.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully direct, coordinate, and strategically integrate multiple developmental, enhancement, and/or modification projects at an institutional level.
  • Ability to effectively manage a large, diverse team of technical managerial/supervisory, professional, and support staff.
  • Knowledge and understanding of organization structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement short- and long-range systems, capacity, technology, and operational plans.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • 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: 01/19/2020