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Director of Projects

Job Description

The Director of Projects is a senior leadership position responsible for overseeing and managing the organization’s portfolio. This role involves leading a team of project managers, setting project management standards, ensuring successful project delivery, and driving continuous improvement. In addition, the Director of Projects collaborates with cross-functional teams, establishes project governance, monitors performance metrics, and manages stakeholder relationships to achieve project objectives and organizational goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute the organization’s project portfolio strategy, aligning it with overall business objectives.
  • Define project selection criteria, prioritize projects, and allocate resources based on strategic importance and available capacity.
  • Conduct project assessments, risk evaluations, and feasibility studies to inform project selection and prioritization decisions.
  • Monitor and track the progress of projects within the portfolio, ensuring adherence to timelines, budgets, and quality standards.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to a team of project managers, setting project management standards, methodologies, and best practices.
  • Oversee project planning, execution, and control activities, ensuring project objectives are achieved within scope, budget, and schedule.
  • Foster a culture of project management excellence, promoting collaboration, knowledge sharing, and continuous improvement.
  • Establish and maintain project governance frameworks, including project charters, roles and responsibilities, and decision-making processes.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership and key stakeholders to understand project requirements, objectives, and success criteria.
  • Manage stakeholder relationships, expectations, and communications throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Conduct regular project status meetings and stakeholder updates to ensure alignment and transparency.
  • Proactively address stakeholder concerns, conflicts, and risks to maintain positive relationships and project support.
  • Optimize resource allocation across projects, ensuring the availability of necessary skills, expertise, and capacity.
  • Collaborate with functional managers to assign project resources and balance workloads.
  • Monitor resource utilization, identify bottlenecks, and recommend adjustments to maximize efficiency and project delivery.
  • Identify and assess project risks, develop risk mitigation strategies, and monitor risk mitigation plans.
  • Implement proactive measures to minimize project risks and effectively respond to unforeseen issues or challenges.
  • Facilitate issue resolution and escalation processes, ensuring timely resolution of project-related problems.
  • Promote lessons learned and knowledge sharing across projects to enhance future risk management practices.
  • Establish and monitor project performance metrics, such as schedule adherence, budget variance, quality, and customer satisfaction.
  • Implement project tracking and reporting mechanisms to provide stakeholders with accurate and timely project status updates.
  • Analyze project performance data, identify trends, and recommend corrective actions or process improvements as necessary.
  • Prepare and present regular project reports to senior management, highlighting achievements, challenges, and recommended actions.
  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement in project management practices, methodologies, and tools.
  • Lead initiatives to standardize and optimize project management processes, templates, and documentation.
  • Promote adopting project management best practices and lessons learned across the organization.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and project management advancements.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Project Management, Business Administration, Engineering, or a related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Extensive experience (typically 10+ years) in project management, with a track record of successfully managing complex projects.
  • Proven experience in leading and managing a team of project managers and multidisciplinary project teams.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate project teams.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with stakeholders at all levels.
  • In-depth knowledge of project management methodologies, tools, and best practices.
  • Solid understanding of project governance, risk management, and change management principles.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to assess complex situations and make informed decisions.
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity, adapt to changing environments, and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Familiarity with project management software and tools.
  • Professional certifications in project management (e.g., PMP, Prince2) are highly desirable.