Convocation Project Manager

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

ID: 7091122
Posted: December 28, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Convocation Project Manager

As the #1 school of public health in the country and the oldest independent, degree-granting school of public health in the world, the Bloomberg School of Public Health offers unparalleled opportunities for mission-driven creative work at the highest levels.

We are seeking a Convocation Project Manager who is responsible for the successful launch and completion of the school's 2022 convocation ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 21st. This position will reside in the Office of External Affairs and be responsible for creating and assigning a step-by-step schedule and coordinating efforts.

Under the direction of the Senior Administrator, the Convocation Project Manager will work closely with school leaders, faculty, and staff as well as colleagues in university events. The position may also work with external groups including consultants and vendors. This full-time position will last seven months (December 2021 - June 2022).

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

• Create, plan, and direct a timeline for convocation and ensure all details are carried out according to schedule
• Monitor for accuracy, charges being applied to the JHSPH budget from the University's central Commencement Management that's overseeing the graduation ceremonies for the Divisions
• Create RFPs to ensure the most competitive contracts with all vendors
• Chair the Grad Group commencement committee
• Implement and manage emergency event procedures

• Recruit, assign, train and manage staff volunteers which entail conducting training sessions (if needed) and creating instructions and volunteer assignment documents
• Arrange and contract transportation for faculty and guests (if needed)
• Ensure scripts and detailed instructions for use by the dean and other principles, including marshals have been created
• Plan and schedule rehearsal for principles
• Coordinate ceremony procession and recessional with volunteer coordinators

• Work effectively with internal teams, both at the School and University, such as security, parking, custodial services, communications and marketing, alumni relations, and student affairs/registrar
• Meet with university events team to communicate plans and coordinate with the event production company
• Initiate and lead an internal kick-off meeting to bring all responsible parties together
• Lead and conduct periodic project review meetings for work progress and deadline status checks
• Publish and distribute periodic project status reports to ensure the various groups are advised of schedules and progress

• Circulate follow-up documents that outline roles and responsibilities, follow up with team leads to ensure tasks are on track.
• Trouble shoot during convocation ceremony, when needed, to ensure event runs smoothly

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

• Bachelor's Degree required
• Three years related work experience required

* Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

• This position requires a highly organized individual with excellent written and oral communication skills, intense attention to detail, the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, is deadline driven, and can set priorities for self and others
• Familiarity with and the ability to maintain work within a project management/tracking system is required
• The successful candidate for this position will meet with colleagues across the school and university and must be able to move around the campuses
• This position requires a professional manner, the ability to effectively function in an extremely fast-paced environment

Physical Requirements:

• All applicants are expected to uphold the university's core values which includes diversity and inclusion
• In the Office of External Affairs, all staff treat people with dignity and respect by being fair and consistent
• We demonstrate an open-minded approach to understanding people regardless of their race, gender, age, national origin, religion, ethnicity, disability status or other characteristics
• We show respect for the beliefs and traditions of others; encourage and promote practices that support cultural diversity; and discourage behaviors or practices that may be perceived as unfair, biased, or critical toward people with certain backgrounds

Classified Title: Project Manager External Affairs
Working Title: Convocation Project Manager
Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PC
Starting Salary Range: ​​​​​​​$51,210 - $70,480 annually (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Limited
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: ​​​​​​​School of Public Health
Department name: ​​​​​​​External Affairs
Personnel area: School of Public Health

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at mailto:[email protected] For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

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