Project Management 

Freelance Digital Project Manager

Posted on: February 12, 2021


Art & Science is looking to connect with Freelance Digital Project Managers.

Inclusivity and Accessibility

Art & Science is an inclusive, diverse and accessible work environment. We strongly encourage applications from womxn, racialized people, Indigenous peoples, people from gender-diverse and sexually-diverse communities, people with disabilities (visible or non-visible), people of different religious backgrounds, people with family caregiving responsibilities and/or people with intersectional identities.

Art & Science will provide accommodations to job applicants throughout the recruitment process. If you require an accommodation, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs.

About You

  • You have a minimum of 3 years agency experience managing a range of digital projects from technical builds to website refresh to digital marketing campaigns and display a strong understanding web development processes and UX design processes.
  • You have the ability to translate complex scope and timeline into small workable chunks. You can explain complex issues and present them in a way that clearly demonstrate impact and understanding.
  • You are passionate about leading a project team to do their best and strive to translate success metrics.
  • You think strategically about communication and tailor your communication style or method depending on project type, stakeholders and team members.
  • You have a deep understanding of project management methods and processes and apply them to your projects.
  • You believe adaptability and fluidity matters greatly in a project— just because you planned something doesn’t mean things won’t change mid-stream and you’ll have to adapt to change course to meet the objectives.
  • You are a multi-tasker and can manage multiple projects at once. You know how to manage your own time to schedule competing priorities.
  • You are innately curious and enjoy learning about how people work and their processes.
  • You don’t just set a timeline and let the project run itself; you ensure your team and all stakeholders are informed every step of the way and have the data to back it up.
  • You understand the core of your success is managing expectations and understand most issues can be resolved by setting the right expectations at the right time.
  • You are customer-service oriented and always communicate with respect and professionalism.
  • You are prepared to go the extra mile to keep clients happy, revel in a challenge, and are always looking to excel, learn and grow.

Position Qualifications

Level of importance of the requirement to the successful performance of the key activities of the
position is defined as C – critical, I – important or N – nice to have.

Experience

  • Minimum 3 years experience managing digital projects from end-to-end both agile AND waterfall methodologies or anything in between (e.g. websites, web apps, mobile apps)
    • On waterfall – from project discovery, planning project timelines and budget, team resourcing, during project sprints, to QA and launch (C)
    • On agile – from discovery sessions, stakeholder interviews, defining MVP, negotiating must-haves vs nice-to-haves, user stories, acceptance criteria, retrospective, managing backlogs and sprint budgets
  • Experience working in an agency environment working with integrated teams (C)
  • Experience managing a variety of projects:
    • Custom WordPress builds (C)
    • Branding projects (I)
    • Shopify projects (N)
    • Digital marketing campaigns (e.g. Facebook Ads, Google Display, Google Adwords) (N)
    • Email marketing campaigns (N)
    • Print/video campaigns (N)

Education/Skills

  • Strong understanding of content management systems like WordPress (C)
  • Investigative skills; looking at the full spectrum of the issue or request to identify the cause and pull together the necessary information for the team (C)
  • Basic knowledge of HTML/CSS (I)
  • Digital Project Management certification (N)

BONUS

  • Certification in digital marketing, web development, design, content strategy or related study.

Key Responsibilities

Planning and Initiation

  • Onboarding: Work with Account Lead or Account Manager to get onboarded to a new initiative and prepare detailed Statements of Work.
  • Estimates: Assist with facilitating the estimation of work effort for maintenance projects.
  • Team Briefing: Kick-off project with team to translate project goals, scope of work, and budget and timing.
  • Define Project Approach and Process: Depending on the project, determine the most appropriate project approach (the how). Produce a work back schedule by facilitating the team to plan out more detailed design and development cycles, identifying key areas that require client and team interactions.
  • Setting Project Cadence: Schedule regular scrums or touch points with team and client that is right for the project.
  • Project Set Up: Set up project in project management tools, file sharing system, drafting and sending invoices.

Running a Project

  • Communication Management: Determine the appropriate mode communication depending on the situation: in-person, slack, email, phone. Run effective meetings by stating agenda and goals. Keep project sponsor and account leads informed of project progress. Filter communication to the right team member at the right time.
  • Budget Management: Maintain project budget by setting expectations with team and client on budget availability, raises hand when budget is at risk and proactively propose next steps to manage budget risk
  • Task Management: Taking the initiative to troubleshoot the issue to fullest extent of your ability before translating the issue to the appropriate resource within the team. Prioritize tasks effectively for team members (e.g. in a sprint). Manage task effectively in JIRA and writing good tickets.
  • Change Management: Manage changes during project with fluidity by understanding the ask and goals. Assess the impact of changes and recommend the best course of action.
  • Risk Management: Identify roadblocks and risks, and facilitates solution rather than just stating the roadblocks and risks.
  • Quality Assurance (QA): Perform detailed QA of deliverables and spots issues before client or account lead raises them.
  • Deployment: Is prepared when managing the launch of project by giving the teams heads up and schedule launch dates with client. Ensure pre-launch and launch tasks are completed.
  • Project Administration: Send out invoices on-time. Keep project documents up-to-date and organized. Keep schedules up-to-date. Updating budget when allocation changes.

Project Team Leadership

  • Maintain a balanced team morale during the project. You are a cheerleader when the team needs it. You are realistic and challenges solutions and processes when necessary.
  • Not afraid to resolve tension. You maintain resilience when facing challenges in project. You identify tension in team or client during project and pro-actively works towards resolving tension
  • Look for opportunities: Work with Account team to proactively look for upgrade and renewal opportunities with clien.

Reporting Relationships

This position will report directly to the Associate Director of Project Management and Director of Operations.

Work Culture

  • While your engagement with us will be on a part-time or contract basis, it’s still important to understand our culture at Art & Science. We trust each other implicitly, are always innovating, and have a ton of fun doing so. For more info, visit our Philosophy page and learn more about our “rules” which should give you a good sense of who we are (short of visiting and meeting folks).
  • Brightly lit and spacious downtown Toronto office at Adelaide and Spadina (although we’re currently working remotely because of COVID-19)
  • Pet friendly

How to Apply

Interested candidates are asked to apply by submitting an introductory email.

To: Oendrila Majumder (oendrila@artscience.ca)
cc: Margaret Kwan (margaret@artscience.ca)
Subject Line: Freelance DPM Application – [Your Name]

Your email should include all of the following:

  • Why are you a good fit for the role?
  • Where have you been? (A brief overview of your most relevant experience.)
  • What are you passionate about?
  • Resume
  • Examples of your work (e.g. planning documents like agile/waterfall project plans)
  • Salary expectations (e.g. hourly rate)
  • General availability (e.g. how many hours a week could you typically work?)
  • Whether you need any accommodations in the interview process

COVID-19 and Remote Work

Art & Science is committed to safe and responsible working conditions for all employees and contractors and has been fully complying with all Provincial recommendations for physical distancing and remote work. As such we are conducting all interviews remotely via video conferencing.

We are closely monitoring global best practices and when it is safe to do so, we will be re-opening our downtown Toronto office in full compliance with Provincial, National and World Health Organization recommendations. Consequently, we are only considering candidates within a reasonable commute to the Toronto downtown area (Adelaide/Spadina).

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.