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Ascension Health Portfolio and Program Management Sr. Director in United States

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Portfolio and Program Management Sr. Director


Preferred locations for this position: St. Louis, Chicago, Austin, and Indianapolis

Why Join Ascension?

Ascension leverages technology to create collaborative solutions that improve everyday health decisions. The technology enables seamless access to data across all applications transforming the customer experience when interacting with technology and enhancing our ability across Ascension to better serve communities with greater agility and responsiveness. It is used to provide insightful use of automation and data-drive improvements to enhance the provider, patient and consumer experience as well as keeping cybersecruity with a strong posture to protect data and other valuable assets.

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2019, Ascension provided $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs.

Ascension includes more than 150,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including clinical and network services, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

What You Will Do

The Sr. Director provides oversight and leadership regarding strategic direction, activities and resources for the Portfolio and Program Management department. This individual ensures that business and IT investment in discretionary and non-operational spend is prioritized, sequenced for delivery, and effectively governed throughout the lifecycle such that business objectives are met and expectations for delivery can be appropriately set.

Functional Responsibilities:

  • Understands the service portfolios and the ministries they exist in through regular research and interaction with business users and IT leaders, enabling a broad view of service capabilities, competition and roadmap

  • Initiates and governs the delivery of IT related initiatives through optimization of resources, work plans, milestones, risk, expectations, budgets and quality

  • Directs the process to prioritize business and IT demand across the enterprise portfolio to align with internal and external capacity to delivery

  • Establishes and provides oversight of an organization that has the processes, tools and people to support high level scoping of ideas, develop project proposals, understand rationale for change and articulate risk, develop business cases, obtain approval for projects, manage progress, escalate appropriately, resolve issues, ensure high quality of deliverables, communicate effectively and close out projects appropriately

  • Establishes effective demand forecasting and collaborates with HR, IT leaders, VMO and vendors to plan for future demand

  • Ensures appropriate tools are deployed to manage demand and perform project management activities effectively

  • Ensures project and program managers are effectively utilized and appropriate skillsets, experience, and knowledge are maintained in the department

  • Oversees coaching of best practices (e.g., agile methodology)

  • Solicits input from key stakeholders to proactively identify opportunities to increase the value delivered by the portfolio to the business

  • Participates in the development of strategic information technology plans, processes and solutions

  • Directs development and reporting of performance metrics and direct actions

  • Develops budget plans that support both long-term and short-term objectives

Leadership/Interpersonal Skills:

  • Communicates and interacts effectively at various levels of the organization including senior leadership, business stakeholders and technical subject matter experts

  • Writes clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles while tailoring the messaging based on audience

  • Facilitates resolution of issues through creative solutioning, open exchange of information and viewpoints and influence; uses negotiation skills when appropriate

  • Instills a sense of urgency in driving to completion

  • Builds effective relationships with partners and vendors to understand and commit to Ascension’s organizational goals; fosters goodwill and collaboration amongst teams and leads by example

  • Demonstrates principled leadership and sound business ethics

  • Applies appropriate metrics to measure, ensure, and demonstrate value of efforts

  • Challenges the status quo and champions new initiatives; acts as a catalyst of change and stimulates others to change

  • Demonstrates accountability for meeting commitments and deadlines

What You Will Need

Qualifications: Education and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred

  • 7+ years of experience with program management for medium to large scale projects

  • 5+ years of experience in a senior management role preferred

  • Previous experience with building and operating an IT-portfolio management capability and PMO organization

  • Professional Certifications a plus (PMI, ITIL, Lean Six Sigma, etc.)

  • Healthcare provider industry experience is preferred

Complexity of Work:

  • Within scope of job, requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision. Must be able to work in a stressful environment

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