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About University of Providence

The University of Providence is a four-year, private, Catholic liberal arts university with a main campus located in Great Falls, Montana offering both face-to-face and distance-based programs. The University is committed to its mission of preparing students for living and making a living. Founded by the Sisters of Providence, the University is a ministry of Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) and continues to create academic programs to address current and future workforce needs for the healthcare system and industry. Shared values of compassion, dignity, justice, excellence and integrity shape the missions of both the University and PSJH. The University of Providence consists of two schools: School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Health Professions.


The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ (SLAS) programs support the holistic formation of students by helping them achieve academic, personal and professional success. Our students graduate as leaders prepared to address complex issues today. Students are engaged, active partners in their learning and whole-person growth journey in the University’s inclusive environment.


The School of Health Professions’ (SHP) programs are designed to meet the needs of healthcare leaders and caregivers within Providence St. Joseph Health and other healthcare organizations that are seeking a career or seeking advancement in healthcare. Our students are prepared to be leaders in healthcare. Our unique partnership with Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) offers students the opportunity to receive a premium quality education with a direct connection to the healthcare industry.


Position Summary

The Project Manager, Institutional Growth & Strategic Partnerships leads and manages complex project functions related to institutional growth, outreach and strategic initiatives from the Office of the President.  The position will work closely with UP faculty, staff and outside University partners to drive projects from conception through execution and evaluation. This position will actively encourage and promote the Office of the President’s initiatives and plans. The role will work on multiple projects of different scale and scope at any one time.


  • Actively pursue partnerships with educational institutions, businesses, healthcare providers, military, professional bodies and others that are mutually beneficial, both locally and nationally.
  • Perform the full range of project management cycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Lead projects requiring functional integration. Complete sub-project and/or stand-alone elements.
  • Direct development of an action plan, and estimate requirements for resources, including management, labor, materials, and time required to complete the project.
  • Direct development of an action plan, and estimate requirements for resources, including management, labor, materials, and time required to complete the project.
  • Manage a portfolio of complex initiatives that span one or multiple lines of business/departments.
  • Ensures that Office of the President projects are successfully implemented with strong communication, training, and change management.
  • Set and continually manage project and program expectations while delegating and managing deliverables with team members and stakeholders.
  • Provide status reporting regarding project milestones, deliverable, dependencies, risks and issues, communicating across leadership.
  • Develops/recommends process improvements to support increased efficiencies for all programs/projects.
  • Develops and maintains effective and efficient processes for monitoring and tracking projects.
  • Effectively communicates complex project details in abridged format for quick and easy comprehension by outside parties.
  • Builds strong, collaborative relationships with various parties throughout the university
  • Serves as a change agent and champion for Office of the President initiatives. Ensures change management activities holistically address faculty, staff, and administration needs and also support the creation of a culture of transformation.
  • Accesses, compiles, analyzes, and distributes data needed to inform the university.
  • Plans, coordinates and facilitates events, and meetings as required to support objectives from the President and Chief of Staff.
  • Full project life cycle ownership: successful project delivery will include full implementation from initiation to deployment for one major or several minor initiatives simultaneously.
  • Creates and distributes meeting agendas, minutes, status reports, department documents, and other documentation as needed.
  • Establish practices, templates, policies, tools and partnerships to expand and mature these capabilities for the university.
  • Other duties as assigned


Essential Position Competencies and Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent level of education and experience is required.
  • Education/training in Project Management methodology based on Project Management principles and/or PM certification preferred.


  • The position requires 4-5 years demonstrated professional work experience in organizing, facilitating, and leading programs or projects.
  • The position requires demonstrated experience with change management, communication, problem solving and training methodologies.


  • Models a passionate commitment to the Mission, values and work of the University of Providence through self-understanding, authenticity and spiritual grounding and inspires others to bring forth their best.
  • Models high standards of honesty, integrity, trust and ethical behavior.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong leadership, diplomatic and motivational skills including the ability to lead up, across and down multiple business and technology organizations
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Self-motivated, decisive, with the ability to adapt to change and competing demands
  • Excellent organization, focus on details, and multi-tasking ability, even in a fast-paced and often high-pressure environment.
  • Demonstrates independence, requiring minimal supervision to accomplish assigned task or projects and manage time effectively
  • Ability to prioritize workloads.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a variety of individuals and personalities within and between departments.
  • Ability to exercise judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Skillfully translates complex internal programs into concise communications via email, program reports, and graphics
  • Demonstrates critical thinking and the ability to problem solve with sound recommendations and consultative skills.
  • Delivers results by implementing with persistence, and follows through on both strategic and tactical objectives.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity while driving for results.
  • Is reflective and instills trust through openness, respect and honesty with others at all times.
  • Is nimble and flexible, and manages competing priorities effectively.
  • Provides superior customer service and motivates others to ensure the same customer-focused intensity.
  • Handles conflict effectively.
  • Proven ability to interact professionally with employees at all levels of the organization in a courteous and cooperative manner.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative and collaborative work environment.
  • Proficiency with automated and integrated software systems and Microsoft Office products.


Position Details

Position Type: Staff
FTE: 1.0
FLSA: Exempt
Location: University of Providence Campus

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, UP application and three professional references to hr.up@uprovidence.edu


Employment Application (PDF)
Summary of Benefits (PDF)

The University of Providence is a Catholic, student-centered, mission-focused university. For more information, please contact Human Resources at 406.791.5976.

For more information, please contact Human Resources