Project Manager - HR Strategic Initiatives

Job Details

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Remote: occasional time on campus


This is an exciting time to join our HR Team, as we work to strengthen and modernize the Human Resources function. Dana-Farber is a vibrant, mission-driven institution experiencing strong, sustained growth, placing increased demand on HR services.  This position is a benefit eligible, time limited role with an expected end date of November 2025.

The Human Resources Strategic Initiatives Project Manager III assesses and leads projects and process improvements for HR services that support growth and enable HR to operate at a highly efficient level.

Reporting to the Strategic Initiatives Director, this position will partner with HR functional leaders, Institute leaders, faculty, and staff to provide project management leadership/support on the implementation of a variety of people, process and/or technology initiatives to improve HR services.

The Project Manager must have the ability to work onsite when project needs require.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.



  • Knowledge of HR processes and functions.
  • Strong knowledge of Smartsheet, Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Teams and PowerPoint), and Visio
  • Strong planning, strategy, project management, , analytic and organizational skills, with the demonstrated ability to drive multiple concurrent projects to completion in a complex, deadline-driven environment.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, as well as the ability to work closely and effectively with all levels of the organization; Politically savvy and able to balance multiple agendas and demands.
  • Ability to manage uncertainty and ambiguity, flexible with changes in prioritization and approach.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, strong professionalism, a strong work ethic and the ability to handle difficult situations effectively and efficiently.
  • Advanced communication, customer-service, and leadership skills.
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently on new and existing projects.
  • Ability to measure and evaluate program/project outcomes against planned goals.  

Project Management

  • Develops and defines project infrastructure (governance, work plans, timelines, resources, milestones, KPI’s etc.).
  • Develops clear and effective meeting materials, presentations, and project documentation.
  • Manages deliverables and project execution activities from the initiation phase through post-live support, including needs assessment, build, implementation, analytics, innovation, maintenance, and enhancements.
  • Identifies and mitigates potential risks and issues.
  • Leads meetings and manages communication with project teams to ensure milestones are met, stakeholders are informed, teams are aligned, and priorities are clear.
  • Collaborates and regularly communicates with stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with change management best practices and ability to incorporate in project plans
  • Works collaboratively with cross-functional teams to inform planning processes.
  • Fosters an environment of trust, collaboration, and accountability across both project and departmental teams.
  • Ensures transfer of knowledge and responsibilities to owning operational areas prior to close-out of projects.

Process Improvement

  • Develops process maps/workflows from conducting current state process analysis to developing redesigned processes.
  • Optimizes or redesigns process flows to meet project requirements.
  • Works with management to define the short and long-term objectives and potential gains.
  • Works with business managers to identify opportunities for process improvements. Establishes baseline metrics for “to” and “from” comparison.




  • 5 years of experience in project management, process improvement (LEAN, Agile, Six Sigma), and business strategy execution. Experience within Human Resources and/or healthcare and patient-centric organizations, particularly in an academic/research environment preferred.
  • Project Management Certification (PMP) preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Project/Process improvement or extensive experience in academia, research, or healthcare may substitute for degree

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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