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Associate Director, Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO)

Royal Roads University
Victoria, British Columbia V9B 5Y2
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Have you created or managed an organizational EPMO?  Do you have a strong commitment to project management discipline?  Are you interested in being part of the RRU experience, aligning with our “life.changing” mandate from an enterprise perspective? This is an exciting new position for the University. Join us, bring your energy, knowledge and experience, be part of a caring and creative organization, and work in an atmosphere that inspires!

Royal Roads University is committed to being a leader for the sustainable stewardship of the historic Royal Roads lands by building and operating activities in a way that balances social, economic, environmental and institutional considerations.  The university has been a leader in sustainability, lowering its carbon footprint since 1995, while at the same time continuing to support a growing and diverse academic program and student population.   More recently, the university has also made a continuous effort, through the maturing of its enterprise risk framework, to manage resources and prepare the organization to mitigate risk and take advantage of emerging opportunities.

By integrating the sustainability function with the evolving enterprise risk management framework and capital program, the relevance and long-term impact of these programs will be enhanced, while positioning the university to be a more resilient organization.

Reporting to the AVP Operations and Resilience, with day-to-day leadership and management responsibilities for the Enterprise Project Management Office and Resilience, the Associate Director, EPMO will be accountable for the implementation and ongoing operations of a new EPMO, including support to the coordination of the university’s capital program, evolution of the enterprise sustainability function and routine oversight of the resilience team.  

Specific to the EPMO, the Associate Director is responsible for developing and implementing an enterprise portfolio governance structure and framework which will provide oversight and reporting on all enterprise portfolio initiatives.  The position will organize and track all enterprise level initiatives of varying complexity and will directly oversee a team of project managers, both internal and external.  The Associate Director’s role is critical in providing support to the enterprise-wide coordination and collaboration of priority initiatives, while promoting a risk-intelligent, resilient and efficient approach to planning and completing all work assignments.

The Associate Director will also provide routine oversight support to the resilience portfolio including enterprise risk and emergency operations planning and management.   

Oversight of all enterprise initiatives is critical to ensure they are tracking against each set of outcomes in the annual operating plan and ensuring the organization is aligned with the university’s five-year business plan. The Associate Director provides support to organizational planning and performance management processes and takes the lead on development of all EPMO monthly and quarterly reporting requirements. 

Working collaboratively with the AVP Operations & Resilience, the Associate Director is expected to seek out and develop strong collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders (internal and external), “clients” and key decision makers.



-    A relevant post-secondary credential in the discipline of commerce/business administration, finance or risk management, or equivalent and a minimum of 10 years management experience in complex organizations with progressively increasing levels of responsibility, including supervision of professional staff/teams
-    A recognized project management credential (PMP Certification from the Project Management Institute or other recognized project management certification eg. PRINCE2, PMAC)
-    Five or more years of direct experience working at a management level in a project management office
-    Ability to think critically, make difficult decisions and be accountable for outcomes
-    Demonstrated experience in business and financial planning, budget management and stakeholder relations management 
-    Ability to assess the viability of enterprise initiatives and proposed projects, and use sound judgement when dealing with budget and contract management matters
-    Experience with business process improvement work – identifying gaps, options for change 
-    Advanced communications skills and the ability to convey complex concepts in clear and concise language
-    Excellent administration skills, with ability to create and implement effective processes, trouble-shoot emerging issues, and where appropriate cross-train with others
-    Superior interpersonal and communication skills and strong track record of effective coordination and collaboration with other business units/departments and stakeholders  
-    Ability to be a “coach”, inspire support and manage conflict that may arise amongst line and matrixed team members in service to the overall portfolio goals
-    Advanced writing skills with a strong appreciation for the value of effective communications and associated best practices 
-    Well-developed work ethic and attention to detail
-    Demonstrates an ability to identify and take initiative when appropriate, and when to escalate questions or emerging issues
-    Uses tact and discretion in the work place, and understands its importance in relation to the broad responsibilities of the both the operations and resilience and the broader VP&CFO portfolios
-    Extensive experience managing ambiguity, working in a fast-paced, frequently changing work environment
-    Demonstrates a positive, professional and engaging approach to work, and the work place with an unwavering dedication to quality
-    Proficiency with Microsoft products/software and other technology applications and aptitude to assess and deploy new and advancing forms of technology in routine workflow

Additional assets will include:
-    Sound knowledge of the BC post-secondary system and more specifically, RRU’s mission, vision, business strategy and current program offerings
-    The commitment to and interest in managing a broad array of duties spanning from repetitive, routine tasks to complex matters
-    A Microsoft Excel “super user” and/or experience with MS Project
-    Experience working on business process reengineering initiatives, and/or LEAN or Six Sigma training
-    A recognized portfolio, program or risk management credential would be an asset for this role

Salary Details

This is a regular, full-time position working 37.5 hours per week. This position has been evaluated at ME-B with a salary range of $88,502 CAD (minimum) to $104,121 CAD (midpoint) to $119,739 CAD (maximum) per annum. Employment offers will normally be made between the minimum and midpoint of the range and are determined by knowledge, experience and internal equity. The University is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefit package.


Posted: 2020-01-23 Expires: 2020-03-08

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