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Senior Project Manager, Illinois Power Agency

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

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Date:  Aug 30, 2021

Chicago, IL, US, 60602-4602

Job Requisition ID:  4078

Agency:  Illinois Power Agency
Closing Date/Time:  TBD
Salary:  Depends on Qualifications
Job Type:  Exempt
County:  Cook
Number of Vacancies:  1
Plan/BU:  N/A


Work Hours:  M-F, 9AM to 5PM 
Work Location:   105 West Madison Street

                              Suite 1401

                              Chicago, IL 60602
Agency Contact: ipa.contactus@illinois.gov  
Job Function: Energy/Utilities

                         Risk Management



Position Summary:

The Illinois Power Agency is seeking a Senior Project Manager.


This position provides the opportunity for a highly organized, project management-oriented candidate to play a pivotal role in supporting the Illinois Power Agency’s work to implement the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and the procurement of electricity for residential and small commercial electric customers in Illinois.

Demonstrated knowledge of project management fundamentals and proven experience applying key project management concepts and corresponding skills is required, including the development and implementation of detailed project workplans (i.e., documentation, schedules, resources, activities, key dates, milestones and deliverables). The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for working across Agency programs and activities to ensure that the Agency has deployed the appropriate resources, that timelines and deadlines are met, and to assist in strategic planning. This will include the ongoing assessment and review of the Agency’s staffing and use of outside consultants.For more information on the Illinois Power Agency, please see: www.illinois.gov/ipa


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with your online application.


The duties of the Senior Project Manager include:

  1. Work with the Director and other members of Agency management to develop and manage Agency workplans to further advance Agency objectives.
  2. Coordinate with Agency Program Managers, Procurement Bureau Chief, and other staff and outside consultants on creating, maintaining, and monitoring project plans, project schedules, work hours, budgets and expenditures.
  3. Create and manage a project management calendar for all Agency projects and their respective objectives or milestones and deliverables.
  4. Ensure project deliverables and deadlines are met.
  5. Monitor industry trends and make recommendations for modifying Agency project management strategies, techniques, and best practices.
  6. Organize, attend, and participate in project team and/or stakeholder meetings.
  7. Document and follow up on important actions and decisions from meetings.
  8. Prepare, as necessary, presentation materials for internal and external meetings.
  9. Identify and assess project risks and issues and recommend solutions where applicable.
  10. Provide project operational support as needed.
  11. Other duties as assigned by the Director and/or other senior management members.


Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in business, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Formal training in project management (e.g., Certified Project Management Professional).
  • 5 or more years of experience managing government, non-profit, or private sector projects spanning all phases of project management (initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing).
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience applying project management concepts, including but not limited to project charters, work breakdown structures, network diagrams, Gantt charts, etc.
  • Experience using project management tools such as MS Project, Primavera, or similar applications.
  • Organized and detail-oriented with a strong ability to absorb and process information quickly.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Proficiency using MS Office 365 applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Exceptional verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and work effectively within a dynamic environment.


  • Previous experience with state government, renewable energy issues, energy policy issues, or energy procurement or contracting matters is preferred.

The Senior Project Manager is prohibited from: (i) owning, directly or indirectly, 5% or more of the voting capital stock of an electric utility, independent power producer, power marketer, or alternative retail electric supplier; (ii) being in any chain of successive ownership of 5% or more of the voting capital stock of any electric utility, independent power producer, power marketer, or alternative retail electric supplier; (iii) receiving any form of compensation, fee, payment, or other consideration from an electric utility, independent power producer, power marketer, or alternative retail electric supplier, including legal fees, consulting fees, bonuses, or other sums. These limitations do not apply to any compensation received pursuant to a defined benefit plan or other form of deferred compensation, provided that the individual has otherwise severed all ties to the utility, power producer, power marketer, or alternative retail electric supplier.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references along with your online application. *A cover letter is required in order to be considered for the position.*


No phone calls please.


The Illinois Power Agency is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.