Web Development Project Manager

Reports To: Web Development Project Manager Team Leader

About Position

Useful Group is looking for a Project Manager to help our development team manage multiple web projects and ongoing tickets.

Reporting to our Web Development Project Manager Team Leader and collaborating with our team of 5 web developers, this role includes project scoping, task assignments, client communications, timeline management, and ensuring project teams have what they need to deliver results. While some repetitive tasks are part of this position, week-to-week tasks will vary based on the needs of the business. The most important responsibility of the Project Manager is ensuring agency projects are completed with a high level of efficiency, timeliness, and effectiveness.

While the ideal candidate lives in Chicagoland, that’s not required as this position will be working with colleagues across time zones. Typical hours for this role are regular business hours, Monday to Friday. On occasion there will be a need to travel or work additional hours on evenings or weekends, but this is an exception to the norm.

Company Overview

Useful Group exists to make great missions more effective. We’re a team of strategists, creatives, and problem solvers serving organizations and individuals committed to making the world a better place. We specialize in strategy, branding, marketing, web development, and creative production. Learn more at UsefulGroup.com.

Responsibilities

  • Manages and coordinates multiple projects from beginning to end
  • Develops and maintains project plans, activities, and schedules
  • Communicates requirements and ongoing process to ensure work is advancing
  • Monitors deadlines and provides clear notice if delivery dates are in jeopardy
  • Looks for roadblocks and friction points, proactively working with leaders and stakeholders to solve issues in advance
  • Keeps documents and folders organized across multiple projects
  • Prepares status reports with the metrics needed to determine project health
  • Coordinates team briefings, internal reviews, and other meetings as needed
  • Serves as a liaison between company teams
  • Models company values to enhance strong collaboration across teams

Qualifications

  1. Agency Knowledge: While experience in every aspect of the job is not required, the person in this role should have an understanding of the inner workings and complexities of the agency environment, as well as a grasp on the capabilities of the departments common to creative and web agencies (content, design, development, marketing). This experience will reduce onboarding time and allow the candidate to quickly integrate into Useful Group.
  2. Quality Communication: The PM must be an excellent communicator, in both written and oral form. This includes being able to take a large amount of information and summarize it quickly both in writing and orally on a regular basis. You must also be able to track communication (and be very responsive) across multiple channels without losing any details. Those channels could include in-person meetings, virtual video calls, Basecamp messages, text messages and/or emails. Basecamp is our primary tool for internal communication and project management.
  3. Discretion: Since PMs regularly work with confidential information, discretion and sensitivity regarding business and financial information is essential.
  4. Team Player: This person will be working with team members across our organization. They will need to be able to collaborate and communicate well with multiple personalities, maintaining a supportive, positive spirit and not gossiping, complaining, or making excuses.
  5. Anticipating Needs: The PM will strive to anticipate needs and eliminate friction points whenever possible. This means they know how to stay several steps ahead of their teammates, clearing the path for them to make their greatest contributions.
  6. Affinity for Technology: The PM must be comfortable using a Mac computer and not be intimidated by learning new technology. Proficiency in the following tech platforms is ideal: Basecamp, WordPress, Mac OS, Google Suite, Trello (basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, JS, PHP would be a bonus but not required).

Skills & Culture

The person in this role must be a collaborative, quick learner with the ability to adapt in an ever-changing landscape. They think proactively to reduce friction for other team members in completing their work. They take initiative to solve problems and work independently with minimal direction. They value feedback and are eager to learn and develop their skills.

Candidates should share Useful Group’s mission and be comfortable working with diverse people regardless of race, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and culture.

At Useful Group, we believe the most fulfilling life is the one most useful to others. Everything we do is useful to someone or something bigger than us. But this also means we care for our colleagues inside the company. We push each other to create the best product possible, but we also remember that time away from work is good and needed—whether that’s a vacation or a short break because it’s been a rough day.

Good work doesn’t have to come at the expense of a good time. We have a lot of fun at Useful Group and we think it helps us do our jobs better. If all this sounds like you, we hope you’ll throw in your application!

Benefits

Useful Group offers …

  • Competitive salary
  • Health and dental insurance plans available for you and your family
  • Flexible work hours
  • Work from anywhere
  • The prioritization of healthy work-life balance
  • Generous, flexible vacation policy
  • Project timelines that take your capacity and capabilities into account
  • Work with a wide range of clients in various industries

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