The Associate IT Project Manager performs project management support and analysis with some guidance in the overall optimization & process improvement efforts. The Associate IT Project Manager works with customers to understand and analyze operational procedures, information requirements, transaction processing, utilization and/or reporting needs. We are looking for someone who will design, implement, and execute an IT testing program within VUMC's HealthIT PMO to improve our testing process for end-to-end projects. This role will serve as a liaison between VUMC's HealthIT Project Management Office (PMO), which owns all large IT software projects, and VUMC HealthIT's Quality Assurance (QA) team that coordinates all testing for software at VUMC. This is a long-term, full-time position that will involve continuous process improvement of VUMC's HealthIT testing process to develop VUMC into an IT software testing center for excellence.
Roles, Responsibilities, Accountability
Initially this role will:
Line up test plans, test scripts, and test resources between these groups for QA to conduct testing.
Create, implement, and execute defined standards and policies around what we test, who tests, and how we test what we test, by type of project and need.
This includes individual unit (application) testing, end to end workflow testing (integrated testing), integration testing (point to point interfaces), and in some rare cases, usability testing with end users.
Work with senior leaders in VUMC's PMO and HealthIT to hold teams accountable to testing standards.
This role is approximately 25% strategy: design, execution, and continuous improvement (i.e. doing a hard thing); and 75% making sure all testing gets done in a smooth and timely manner (many smaller, easier things than the hard thing).
Once VUMC's enhanced testing strategy is underway this role will work on additional process improvements within the HealthIT department.
The right candidate for this role has at least some experience working for a management consulting firm, healthcare consultancy, large EMR vendor, or large academic medical center in an enterprise project management or quality assurance (testing) setting.
Experience working within Epic's recommended testing frameworks a huge plus, but not necessary. Direct Epic experience or certifications are not needed, but would be beneficial for overall context to an understanding what many applications do and how they interact with one another.
Our ideal candidate is highly curious and accountable and likes to solve complex problems that intersect between people and technology.
PROJECT COMMUNICATIONS (NOVICE): Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully demonstrate project communications in practical applications of moderate difficulty. Demonstrates fundamental command of the language and grammar. Clearly and effectively transmits basic ideas and information to others. Expresses technical information clearly. Demonstrates the ability to write in a clear, detailed, and comprehensive manner. Demonstrates an understanding of effective composition.
PROJECT COORDINATION - (NOVICE): Reviews specific project related documents for completeness and accuracy and ensures project status reports are received, when due, from project managers for all approved projects. Provides administrative and logistics support for various project meetings, training, workshops and facilitated sessions. Coordinates and tracks all work requests to ensure on time project delivery. Keeps project plans updated and ensures key milestones and dependencies are understood. Responsible for record keeping for project meetings such as issues logs, gap analysis sheets, meeting minutes, making copies, team event planning and execution, team travel, on-boarding activities for contractors or consultants, set up and maintenance of project repositories.
PROJECT ISSUES MANAGEMENT (NOVICE): Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully demonstrate Issues Management in practical applications of moderate difficulty. Keeps control of all action items and the planned completion dates, and efficiently reports status and resolution to management.
PROJECT PLANNING - (NOVICE): Demonstrates ability to realistically anticipate resource needs, identify and break work down into discrete and measurable tasks, set priorities, define dependencies, schedule activities, prepare acceptance criteria and organize work for a the continuum of projects. Appropriately matches equipment and capital resources to task demands. Reshapes project during life-cycle evolution, if needed. Demonstrates ability to break down work into manageable and measurable units, estimating time and costs appropriate to the project stage. Works with project management tools.
Organizational Impact: Delivers job responsibilities that impact own job area/team with some guidance.
Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Uses existing procedures, research and analysis to solve standard job related problems that may require some judgement.
Breadth of Knowledge: Requires subject matter knowledge within a professional area to meet job requirements.
Team Interaction: Individually contributes to project/ work teams.
About the Department:
HealthIT provides the best health information technology tools that support Vanderbilt University Medical Center's mission of:
Delivering distinctively personalized care
Improving the health care of individuals and communities regionally, nationally and internationally
Providing transformative learning programs
Supporting compelling discoveries
Our tools, which form the digital arteries of VUMC, are either developed in-house by our innovative product teams or selected from the most cutting-edge solutions available in today's ever-changing marketplace. Our 500 colleagues provide ongoing support over each product's entire lifespan, ensuring that the tools are meeting the evolving needs of the Medical Center's 24,000 colleagues.
Our solutions are driven by the incredible work and research of our colleagues throughout Vanderbilt and supported through a close partnership with VUMC Information Technology (VUMC IT). The strong collaboration among our teams means that VUMC can respond to clinical and operational issues with agility and innovation. Together, we ensure VUMC remains a leader in its pioneering use of healthcare information technology.
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity -- of culture, thinking, learning and leading -- is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
US News & World Report: #1 Adult Hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville, named to the Best Hospitals Honor Roll of the top 20 adult hospitals, 10 nationally ranked adult specialty programs, with 3 specialties rated in the top 10 nationally, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt named as one of the Best Children's Hospital in the nation, with 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties nationally ranked.
Healthcare's Most Wired: Among the nation's 100 "most-wired" hospitals and health systems for its efforts in innovative medical technology.
Becker's Hospital Review: named as one of the "100 Great Hospitals in America", in the roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs and to its list of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.
The Leapfrog Group: One of only 10 children's hospitals in the to be named at Leapfrog Top Hospital.
American Association for the Advancement of Science: The School of Medicine has 112 elected fellows
Magnet Recognition Program: Received our third consecutive Magnet designations.
National Academy of Medicine: 22 members, elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement
Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index: 6th year in a row that Vanderbilt University Medical Center was a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period. Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As t...he largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.