Career Paths – Project Management

Career Path for Project Management Roles

There are two job descriptions in the project management career path for our IT department.  The entry level position is Project Manager.  This role supports the Director of Information Technology with small project management functions. The next and final level is Senior Project Manager.  This role continues to provide all the small project management functions of a Project Manager and also works more advanced functions in  Change Management and Planning/Organizing.

This is the set of competencies by job description for the Administration career path.  For more background on this topic see my post Building IT Career Paths by Standardizing Competencies.

The first two job descriptions are for the project management roles in IT:

Project Manager

 Level 3

Competency Frequency
Analysis/Assessment Always
Budget Process Proficiency Always
Change Management Always
Customer Service Always
Managing People Always
Persuasiveness/Negotiation Always
Planning/Organizing Always
Project Management Always
Resource Consciousness Always

This is the next level for project management.  At this next level, Managing People and Planning/Organizing are replaced by Leadership and Strategic Thinking/Planning.

Senior Project Manager

 Level 4

Competency Frequency
Analysis/Assessment Always
Budget Process Proficiency Always
Change Management Always
Customer Service Always
Leadership Always
Persuasiveness/Negotiation Always
Project Management Always
Resource Consciousness Always
Strategic Thinking/Planning Always

This is a higher level career path and needs to have significant IT education and experience to successfully deliver projects and manage the project portfolio.   Project Portfolio management is a complex practice and requires extensive experience in budget management, human resource management, IT governance,  project management and strategic planning.