Project Manager, Department of Human Resources

Location: Winston Salem, NC

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Job Description Summary

The Project Manager (PM) is responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating projects within Human Resources. This position reports to the Vice President, Human Resources & Sustainability, and performs a wide range of complex project management duties in an engaging and inclusive manner, with strong attention to detail and deadlines. This position collaborates with HR Leadership and a broad array of stakeholders across campus to manage projects with university-wide reach.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Supports the VP in the development and execution of short- and long-term projects, in alignment with University priorities.

  • Communicates effectively with stakeholders to ensure transparency and understanding of the deliverables.

  • Facilitates and/or contributes to team or project meetings to convey project timelines, milestones, and updates.

  • Prioritizes and manages multiple projects simultaneously and follows up on time-critical issues. 

  • Develops full-scale project plans, including defining project tasks, resource requirements, estimating work scope, establishing timelines, and tracking project progress. Identifies risks, project requirements, and project activities to ensure on-time and high-quality delivery. Delivers project results predictably, on time and on budget.

  • Demonstrates hands-on, detail-oriented ability in managing the projects associated with the dynamic responsibilities and priorities of the team and campus stakeholders. Proactively identifies resource gaps necessary for project completion, and offers solutions.

  • Conducts research and in-depth analysis on relevant topics. 

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree and two to four years of relevant experience to include at least one year of project management experience.

  • Knowledge of practices and procedures involved in project management, including, but not limited to, research, benchmarking, best practices, planning, and execution.

  • Ability to anticipate project needs, plan ahead, and proactively and strategically meet those needs in a timely manner. 

  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and incorporate feedback into an interactive process.

  • Ability to work independently with attention to detail and sound judgment.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.

  • Ability to organize work flow, manage and track multiple projects, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to be versatile, learn and act on new information, while holding sensitive information confidential. 

  • Proficient using Google Suite applications such as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. 

  • Knowledge of and experience implementing project management software. 

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • General knowledge of HR functions such as: recruiting and employment services, benefits and compensation, training and development, equal opportunity and compliance, and HR Information Systems.

  • Experience in higher education environments.


  • Responsible for own work

Additional Job Description

Time Type Requirement

Full time

Note to Applicant:

This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. 

Winston Salem, NC 27101, US