Why we need you:

At Pixo, we imagine, design, and develop strategic apps and websites that guide, inform, and delight real people. We don’t solve problems at face value. We ask questions and explore ideas. As a group, we’re experienced consultants who love what we do.

To do these things well, we count on our Project Management team to keep us on track and strategically guide our projects. We need an inspirational and confident project manager who can think strategically about how to meet the goals of our projects and understands the ups and downs of agency work. We’re going to empower you to do your best work, so we are looking for someone who has an opinion based on experience and learnings from industry education. We want a fresh perspective on Project Management; someone to elevate and refine PM practices company-wide.

About us:

At Pixo you will be part of a close-knit, collaborative, and diverse group of professionals. We do great work, and we care how it gets done. We make time for sharing our knowledge, giving each other feedback, growing as professionals, and collaborating closely with our clients. While we’d be hard-pressed to describe a “typical” project, we most often create web, mobile, and business applications and websites.

Our clients come from a wide range of industries — including agriculture, higher education, and health care — and vary in size from small start-ups to multinational corporations. They seek us out because of our reputation for solving tough problems and providing highly customized solutions.

What we bring to you:

  • This role has a career path that leads to becoming the PM department head.
  • We have processes in place, but we are interested in reviewing and refining them — we are excited to hear your point of view!
  • We're targeting a salary range of $75,000 to $85,000 per year, depending upon experience.
  • We offer three weeks of PTO to start, medical insurance (0% employee contribution, and 50% for dependents), 401k matching, company-sponsored Short-Term and Long-Term Disability insurance, and optional dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • We are rolling out an employee profit-sharing plan in 2022.
  • In addition to your own PTO, we have 2 weeks of company closure per year, and an annually set professional development budget. You will grow here at Pixo.
  • We value people over process and consider our workplace as an example of how tech companies should treat each other.
  • We commit to being approachable and available to each other at all levels.
  • When we see something that needs addressing, we speak up, ask questions, or recommend a change.
  • We intentionally make time to recharge and disconnect and don’t expect each other to be “on” all the time.
  • Pixo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer, and we know that diversity and inclusion are competitive requirements, not “nice-to-haves.” (Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. Pixo is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.)

The work you’d do:

  • Be a mentor to other project managers
    • Have a strong voice in our project management group meetings.
    • Bring outside perspective to the group.
    • Have monthly one-on-ones with other project managers.
  • Keep the pulse of your projects
    • Make sure projects stay on schedule, milestones are met, budgets are on-track, re-estimations are done as needed, and retrospectives are held regularly.
    • Understand each project well enough to prioritize work, recognize and anticipate problems, and articulate project details to clients.
    • Be the keeper of the vision for the project, and regularly remind team members about the “why” of a project to inform project decisions and prioritization.
    • Run project stand-ups with your teams and ensure that they know what they should be working on.
  • Capture, communicate, and keep accountable
    • Capture important details throughout projects, and communicate necessary information to project teams, clients, and Pixo leadership.
    • Foster a project climate where any team member can raise concerns.
    • Participate in resource planning, helping to optimize how team members are working across projects.
    • Become an advocate for your team without compromising the project’s goals and client’s expectations.
  • Be a client’s touchpoint
    • Make clients aware of risks, blockers, schedules, and budgets, and collaborate with them to identify solutions.
    • Earn clients’ trust by following through with expectations you set.
    • Articulate clearly when a client expectation cannot be met, explaining why, and offering alternatives.

We want you to be able to:

  • Plan, prioritize, and manage deliverables for multiple projects with parallel timelines.
  • Use or adapt to our agile and scrum techniques. We also offer the ability to train up in this area.
  • Take the initiative to raise issues and solve problems.
  • Build team trust in order to effectively guide the team and thrive as a vocal and engaged teammate.
  • Balance the different needs and opinions of many different people.
  • Discuss and explain project details with both technical and non-technical clients.
  • Comfortably keep everyone accountable.
  • Work efficiently in project management tools including or similar to Basecamp, Jira, etc.
  • Remain poised during conflict and be able to construct and propose rational solutions.
  • Show genuine and proactive interest in design and technology.

Location:

Like all of the Pixo team, this job is remote, work-from-home while our office is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. When we are able to re-open the office, you would have the option of working in our Urbana, IL office, working from home anywhere in the U.S., or some combination of both. Pixo pays for full-time remote employees to come to our Urbana office at least once a year.

Ready to apply?

Note: This is not a job for juniors. You must have experience leading digital projects. This probably means five years or more of experience. If you don’t have that under your belt, and we should consider you anyway, let us know why!

We encourage diverse applicants. We work with different types of people and subject matter every day, and we need a variety of perspectives and points of view to do great work.

Submit:

  • A cover letter that lets us know why you’re a great fit for the job and why you’re interested
  • A resume (or other representation of your experience)