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Semester Conversion Project Manager

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Temporary, Full Time
Position Description

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and working in close collaboration with the Director of Semester Conversion, the Semester Conversion Project Manager plays a key role in the successful planning, implementation, and tracking of the university-wide multi-year campus semester conversion project activities.  The Project Manager develops and oversees project and change plans through the full lifecycle of the project for non-academic university divisions; and ensures alignment with the division of academic affairs and other academic support divisions project timelines, milestones, and implementation steps. The project manager works with assigned staff, vendors, and consultants, provides updates and consults with project sponsors and key leaders, and is responsible for the successful completion and adoption of the project.

This position will be temporary full-time through December 31, 2026, and is eligible for full benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and CalPERS retirement.

Division Summary

The Office of the Provost provides guidance and support for faculty and staff in all six academic colleges, and for several offices that support students throughout their time at Cal Poly, including University Advising, the Robert E. Kennedy Library, and others. The Office of the Provost is proud to work with students, faculty, and staff to ensure the Cal Poly experience is exceptional for all members of the campus community.

Key Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of managing, developing and administering large, complex projects including developing and managing project staff, budgets, work and risk plans, and timeline to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals
  • Knowledge of change management best practices and approaches, including preparing for change, communication strategies, leader engagement, and managing resistance
  • Exceptionally skilled at developing and delivering multi-modal communications clearly and concisely to all levels of an organization
  • Highly skilled at making sense of complex, voluminous, and occasionally contradictory information to effectively solve problems
  • Skilled at building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives

Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in management information systems, computer science, business administration or a related field, and six (6) years of progressive experience in project and change management

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

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