Monthly Archives: June 2011

Job: Senior Project Manager (contract) at Project Management Leadership Group

Thanks to MSPM student Sue Glaskey for sending this along:

Project Management Leadership Group (PMLG) has an opening for a senior project manager on a contract basis in the Rockville MD vicinity. The successful candidate will have at least ten years of project and/or program management experience and have planned numerous large and/or complex projects using PM best practices such as project charters, deliverable based WBSes, estimating processes, communication plan, and schedules. They must be a both a strong organizer as well as facilitator, and fluent in MS Project. Experience planning start-up departments and initiatives, and/or in a pharmaceutical or CRO company a plus. The engagement is currently scheduled to be a four to six month assignment, with full-time presence expected in Rockville. While local candidates are preferred, we will consider the right travelling candidate. If you or someone you know is interested, please send your resume and hourly rate requirements to
**Please note that we will only consider those candidates that include their hourly rate requirements with their resume submission**

Dr. Denis Cioffi Reappointed as Chair of GW’s Research and Instructional Technology Committee

At the end of his two-year term, Decision Science Associate Professor Denis F. Cioffi has been asked to continue as chair of the university’s Research and Instructional Technology Committee.  This request, which Dr. Cioffi has accepted, comes from GW’s new Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Stephen C. Ehrmann. RITC’s website, at, describes  (in language now made old by the Provost’s restructuring that led to Dr. Ehrmann’s appointment)  the role of the committee. “Continual interaction with instructional technology experts from across the university helps the Program maintain its leadership in the use of state-of-the-art technology for both distance and campus students,” said Dr. Cioffi.

Alumni Note: Book Written by MSPM 2010 Alumni Sue Bivins and Michael Bible Available For Preorder

Michael Bible and Susan Bivins, both GW MSPM ’10 alumni, have written and published Mastering Project Portfolio Management: A Systems Approach to Achieving Strategic Objectives.  The book, which is published by J. Ross Publishing and hits the bookshelves in August, 2011 is now available for pre-order!  Reserve your copy now at Amazon!

The book illustrates the entire project portfolio management (PPM) process from strategic planning through portfolio evaluation and adjustment, and follows the process model through prioritizing organizational objectives; identifying and evaluating candidate projects; selecting optimal portfolios; and evaluating performance of the portfolios.

By providing a PPM model and the infrastructure needed to support the model, this book provides a roadmap to effectively design, develop, implement and manage a tailored project portfolio process without great expense in a relatively short period of time.

This book applies a hands-on approach using real decision support software and techniques, accompanied by step-by-step illustrations to guide the reader through the process, and reinforces the material throughout using a notional example based on a real project portfolio situation while providing the reader access to the software used in order to understand and apply it.

The book is intended for managers and executives in business, government and academia who want to apply PPM to achieve strategic objectives, and for undergraduate and graduate students in business and related disciplines.
Source: Susan Bivins on LinkedIn

About the authors
Michael J. Bible has twenty-five years of professional and leadership experience supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, of which the last 12 years have been dedicated to project and program management of test and evaluation programs for major defense acquisition programs.  He specializes in project management of complex technical projects and as a former owner of an engineering services firm, applied strategic planning to establish organizational direction while utilizing project portfolio management to successfully grow the company in alignment with business initiatives.

Susan S. Bivins has more than twenty-five years of management and leadership experience dedicated to delivering successful information technology, organizational change management and professional consulting services projects for major global corporations.  She specializes in project and portfolio management; international, multi-cultural and multi-company initiatives; and business strategy integration in the private and public sectors.

Job: Project Manager at American Lung Association (Washington, DC)

Thanks to Sue Bivins, MSPM ’10, for forwarding this job announcement:

The attached describes a project management opening in Washington, DC, reporting to Jim Thie, Chief Information Officer at American Lung Association.
Bachelor’s Degree required.

  • Ten years of business analysis experience – LEAN/Six Sigma preferred.
  • Eight years of project management experience – PMI certification preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a large project team
  • o   Multi-year, multi-million dollar scope
    o   Internal and external project participants, inclusive of multiple vendors
    o   Understands strategic vision and delivers solutions against that vision

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills and strong customer service skills.
  • Manage multiple high priority initiatives in a fast paced highly technical environment.
  • For profit and non-profit experience.
  • Lead efforts for a wide range of systems experience such as CRM, donor management, web, financial, and learning management systems.
  • Possess decision-making skills.
  • Please feel free to contact Jim at jim (at); candidate resumes may be submitted the same way.