Houghton Mifflin Governance & Portfolio Management Director in Boston, Massachusetts

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Date:Mar 14, 2018

Location:Boston, MA, US, 02110

Company:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 11568

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Governance & Portfolio Management Director

This is a key individual contributor position reporting to the VP, Governance, Assurance & Resource Management. The successful candidate will be an energetic and clear communicator who has experience in program and project execution. This leader will manage the tactical governance management of the portfolio of IT program and projects. This leader will have outstanding organization skills and adaptive communication skills that facilitate collaboration with IT stakeholders. He or she will develop the tools, roadmaps and processes needed to manage and govern the portfolio maintain visibility across the organization. As a close partner to the VP, Assurance & Resource Management, the candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills, judgment, integrity, and leadership. This position is in Boston, MA and will require approximately 25% travel.

Duties & Responsibilities

This person will work closely with the VP of Governance, Assurance & Resource Management to govern and enable excellence in execution for the overall IT portfolio of projects and programs. Duties & responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Develop and implement a robust governance structure to ensure that projects and programs have visibility across the IT leadership team.

Work across key IT stakeholder to develop and maintain the tactical roadmap for projects and programs

Identify and ensure project managers manage dependencies, risks and issues across the portfolio.  

Create scalable processes and tools to facilitate the governance management.

Update and maintain all governance tools, distribute to the appropriate levels management in a regular cadence

Organize regular management meetings to support the VP Governance & Program Enablement, develop communication protocols, and address issues impacting progress towards IT goals and business outcomes.

Skills & Experience

This person is a self-motivated individual with excellent team management and organizational skills who possesses:

BA degree in business, finance, or related discipline, MBA preferred.

7+ years of business experience working with senior leadership and executive levels of organizations preferred

Ability to take high-level ideas, strategies, and ambiguous objectives, and translate them into clear strategic communication artifacts for multi-level audiences – executives to specific team members.

Strong analytical skills, with the ability to drive structured problem solving and solutions across broad stakeholder groups.

Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively to deal well with shifting priorities and assignments.

Physical Requirements:

Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing)

The person in this position needs to move about inside office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.

Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer

Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom. HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

For more information, visithttp://careers.hmhco.com


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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