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$87,000 - $144,800 /year
Torrey Pines Center South
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#110747 Director Project Portfolio Management Office

Initial Review Date: Mon 8/9/2021

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UC San Diego is ranked the 9th best public university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and is the largest employer based in San Diego County.

Reporting to the VC-CFO, Information Technology Services (ITS) delivers Enterprise information technology services to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) under the leadership of the campus Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Information Technology Services (IT Services) uses world-class services and technologies to empower UC San Diego's mission to transform California and the world as a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. As a strategic member of the UC San Diego community, IT Services embraces innovation in their delivery of IT services, infrastructure, applications, and support. IT Services is customer-focused and committed to collaboration, continuous improvement, and accountability.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are core values at UC San Diego and within Information Technology Services. Crafting a culture around these values allows us to more deeply connect with and appreciate our employees, students, and campus partners. Information Technology Services is continuously working to build a community where we all feel safe, empowered, and encouraged to bring our authentic selves to work. We do this not only because it is what’s right, but because we know that diversity drives insight and innovation. We are proud to partner closely UC San Diego’s Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as their dedication to this mission helps us all to drive change.

Project Portfolio Management Office (PPMO) is responsible for the overall direction and management of project and program portfolios, optimization of investments and resources on projects, informing the strategic direction for campus-wide implementation, coordination, business analysis, systems analysis, ROI reporting, as well as delivery of agreed small, medium, and exceptionally large and complex IT projects.

We are seeking a Director of PPMO to join the University’s IT Service team and manage the portfolio of major programs consisting of 150+ IT projects and enterprise-wide programs each with its own project manager, timeline, and executive stakeholder body. This role is responsible for directing and defining the PPMO office, managing initiatives through all project phases while having holistic visibility across larger program initiatives to ensure cross team dependencies are accounted for, and to ensure consistency across the portfolio of work. The Director will assist with business transformation strategy, roadmap planning, governance and the budget process.


  • Overall strategic direction of Projects and Programs with University-wide and system-wide impact.

  • Establish objectives and work plans for enterprise-scale initiatives, and delegate assignments to subordinate project managers

  • Work with University executives, CFO, CIO, IT Services Senior Management Team, and governance bodies to manage, analyze and constantly improve the state of the programs.

  • Apply advanced technical project management concepts and expertise with a full understanding of project management practices and IT policies and procedures to manage complex projects.

  • Lead and mentor a team of technical project managers.

  • Drive robust workload and resource management processes across the organization, resulting in predictable, measurable services

  • Lead the efforts for defining and exposing project-related data using advanced visualization tools and dashboards.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area; and/or equivalent experience/training.

  • Two to five (2 - 5) years of experience managing an information technology organization.

  • Mastery of best practices in project management discipline required. Knowledge of project management principles, theories, and concepts. Demonstrated experience with managing complex, large, and long-term IT projects.

  • Thorough knowledge of subject area sufficient for strategic planning, technology assessment and direction.

  • Is able to establish priorities, goals/objectives and timelines.

  • Requires strong conceptual and planning skills. Strategic planning capability, with skill in conceptualizing IT work and proposals for business understanding.

  • Demonstrates ability to delegate and oversee assignments to ensure successful and timely completion as well as to obtain the cooperation of others within and outside the unit. Works in a collaborative manner to achieve results.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce. Click here for Details

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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