Digital Project Manager

Chicago, Illinois | Freelance | Job ID #43729 |
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Our agency client in the loop needs a digital Project Manager to join their team.

In this contract to hire role you will:

  • Develops and demonstrates an understanding of the client’s business, their needs, expectations, and requirements
  • Collaborates with the project team to identify the approach, deliverables, schedule and tools to deliver the project within established constraints
  • Works with client team as well as any and all members of assigned project team to estimate costs and timing for tasks such as project strategy, functional design, visual design, technology requirements, etc., utilizing established estimating process and tools
  • May work with Client Engagement to obtain and document client signoff at key points during project

Project Execution:

  • Coordinates all activities of the project team and ensures that project tasks are completed by: scheduling and facilitating project-related team meetings (i.e. kick-offs, status, internal/client reviews, etc.,), communicating action steps to team, and delivering weekly status reports to project team, the client and management
  • Develops, maintains, reviews and/or disseminates all project documentation including status reports, invoices, change orders, project schedules, budgets, and post mortem reviews. Ensures that all project documentation is produced in the standard format, follows internal documentation processes and is reviewed and approved
  • Manages/works with Senior Project Manager to manage vendor/third party relationships (i.e. such as photographers, stock photo services, and video production)

Monitoring, Scheduling, Financials and Risk Management:

  • Manages and controls project scope and the change control process to ensure that projects are completed according to schedule and within budget
  • Responsible for delivering work within sold margins. Also responsible for identifying and communicating issues causing margin changes
  • Responsible for raising and maintaining awareness of all project issues and risks, and working with appropriate personnel to develop solutions
  • Manages project financial lifecycle, including estimates, revenue forecasts, invoicing, payables, receivables, etc.


  • Works with Resource Management to ensure that projects are appropriately staffed, including both employee and contract resources
  • Follows internal processes and adjusts staffing needs in a timely manner based on project shifts

Deliverable Quality:

  • Collaborates on the content and presentation of key client deliverables as required to ensure relevancy, strategy, quality and timeliness

Client Communication:

  • Acts as a client point-of-contact for all day-to-day project related issues

Self and Team Management:

  • Serves as a mentor to new and/or current employee(s) and assists with employee on-boarding and training
  • Follows standard policies and procedures; recommends improvements as appropriate

Qualifications & Experience:

  • 2-3 years of experience managing interactive projects, preferably in a consulting or agency environment
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Competent knowledge of one or more of the following: software development life cycles, web technologies, web development processes and the delivery of solutions with creative and engineering components, media and advertising projects, digital strategy projects
  • Competent understanding of project management methodology including the ability to identify and resolve issues, manage risk, develop detailed work plans and specifications, perform resource allocations and run team meetings
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Proven team-building skills; experience facilitating teams and clients
  • Ability to solve problems with keen instincts and organizational experience
  • Strong Microsoft Project and MS Office skills
  • Must have a focus on detail and driving results
  • Working knowledge of contract interpretation and negotiation


  • The client is doing banners, online video and streamline radio. This PM must have Marketing-focused project management experience. Such as, online advertising, social media and digital experience


  • The client is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
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