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Technical Project Manager, Digital

Department: COMMUNICATIONS
Location: Washington, DC

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

The Technical Project Manager, Digital is a technical project manager for web development and cloud hosting systems. They guide projects from planning to deployment and onward through growth and maintenance.

This role is primarily focused on the provision of functional digital services. The Manager supports Institute staff and audiences, matching needs to appropriate technology solutions – on web sites, mobile apps, and related properties. Their work includes a focus on user experience.

This person is both a hands-on problem solver and a coordinator for multi-person efforts and complex projects.

The Technical Project Manager, Digital guides the work of external developers and designers. They establish rules for contracted vendors creating digital projects on behalf of the Institute. They provide guidance as projects progress. They help non-technical Institute colleagues make informed decisions.

This member of the Communications Department may be asked to review and act upon requests to produce web content or distribute mass email.

Digital staff within the Communications Department are responsible for managing the content and the technical requirements of the Institute’s digital presence – including the AspenInstitute.org website and numerous other online properties. The Technical Project Manager, Digital is guided by the Manager, Digital Production and the Chief Digital Strategy Officer.

The Manager works closely with other members of the Aspen Institute Communications Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain internal and external relationships on topics including DNS, hosting, and WordPress development.
  • Develop technical requests for proposals (RFPs).
  • Review web development project plans, budgets, and work completed by vendors.
  • Maintain updated technical guidance for staff and contracted vendors.
  • Create web and email products to support the work of Aspen Institute colleagues.
  • Respond to incoming work requests from Aspen Institute program staff in coordination with Communications Department colleagues.
  • Review and present analytics to understand project performance and plan future development.
  • Conduct staff training in the use of relevant tools or platforms.
  • Travel occasionally to support online coverage of Institute events at locations away from the Washington, DC headquarters.

Principal Interactions:

Regular interaction with the Manager, Digital Production; the Chief Digital Strategy Officer; Communications Department staff; and program/department staff with digital involvement. Routine communication with Institute programs and appropriate external vendors. Cooperation with legal staff in the Due Diligence Review process for technical agreements.

Knowledge, Education, and Experience:

This role requires a background in web development, hosting, and project planning. You should be comfortable communicating technical solutions to colleagues with varying levels of expertise. A project management professional (PMP) certification is NOT required for this role. Please use your cover letter to note favorite past projects, describe your involvement, and include relevant links.

All applicants should have the following experience:

  • Prior relevant work experience.
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with online publishing tools, including WordPress.
  • Experience with cloud hosting, DNS, and CDNs.
  • Experience with GitHub and version control concepts.
  • Experience with HTML, CSS, Adobe Photoshop, and content production tools.
  • Experience with Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, and Google Data Studio.
  • Experience with email list management.
  • Familiarity with continuous integration tools.
  • Familiarity with popular digital media and social platforms.
  • Enthusiasm for digital tools – and an ability to communicate their potential to others.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, competing priorities.
  • Willingness to learn new technical concepts and tasks.
  • Excellent team skills but capable of working independently and being self-motivated.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills. 

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values a diverse staff.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.

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