MD Anderson Cancer Center

MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Houston, TX

  • Permanent

  • Full-time

The primary purpose of the Project Manager is to direct multiple projects that span across the Office of the Chief Medical Executive and its divisions and teams, the Institution, and external partners, as assigned by the Chief Medical Executive and Executive Director. In doing so, the Project Manager will independently analyze issues, identify solutions, implement solutions in collaboration with partners, monitor results and make changes, as appropriate. This individual will recognize and address issues across their scope of influence. Must have exceptional organization and planning skills, creative problem-solving skills, ability to build effective relationships, exceptional written and oral communication skills and the ability to influence others, including persuasive communication and presentation skills.


Caring Behaviors

  • Courtesy: Is respectful and courteous to each other at all times.
  • Friendliness/Teamwork: Promotes and rewards teamwork and inclusiveness; is sensitive to the concerns of our patients and our co-workers.

Integrity Behaviors

  • Reliability: Communicates frequently, honestly and openly.
  • Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for practicing our values.
  • Safety: Models safe behavior (wears badge and personal protective equipment, washes hands, and keeps work area clean and orderly); Notices a safety concern or emergency, understands role and uses proper procedures to report it; Mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices; Demonstrates ethical and personal responsibility in work and behavior

Discovery Behaviors

  • Responsiveness: By his/her actions, creates an environment of trust; Encourages learning, creativity and new ideas.
  • Personal Leadership/Self-Initiative: Helps others to identify and solve problems; Seeks personal growth and enables others to do so.


Develops, directs, and executes multiple projects that impact the division and institution as assigned by the Chief Medical Executive, Executive Director, and Director. Develops project plans which identify and address key issues, problems, approaches, timelines, performance metrics, resources required, and budget for assigned projects. Assumes responsibility with leadership for integrity and success of projects. Ensures a proactive, collaborative, transparent project management process and active communication regarding implications to stakeholders. Establishes procedures for implementation of project recommendations and results.

Drives communication related to project facilitation, implementation, and change management. Works closely with internal communications to development communication material as appropriate for change manager and project facilitation. Interacts daily with CME leadership and ensures messaging reached stakeholders to support change management at a local level. Implements innovative solutions for centralized, division-level communication to decentralized departments, teams, and groups.

Builds relationships with divisions and departments throughout the institution, and external organizations as needed, to gather financial, operational and market information needed to facilitate and complete projects. Maintain an understanding of institutional and divisional culture, politics and operational dynamics.

Resolves problems that impede the success of large-scale, multi-faceted projects involving employees across the division and institution, and vendors as applicable. [Job Specific 4 Description]

Provides regular status updates to Chief Medical Executive, Executive Director, and Director. Inform leadership team of barriers and strategic implications.

Other duties as assigned


Influence Others – Present a compelling case for proposals and ideas; advocate for support and commitment from others; mobilize others to take action for benefit of the institution.

Oral Communication – Express ideas clearly and concisely in groups and one-to-one conversations; create an environment with open channels of communication.

Strategic Thinking – Define strategic goals and issues clearly; apply broad knowledge and experience when addressing strategic issues; foresee obstacles and opportunities relating to change or improvement.

Service Orientation

Provide service to our stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, colleagues and each other, in a safe, courteous, accountable, efficient and innovative manner to include:

  • Promoting inclusiveness and collegiality that demonstrates respect and professionalism to our stakeholders at all times
  • Modeling safe, ethical behavior that mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices, and adherence to MD Anderson’s Standards of Conduct, institutional policies and procedures
  • Responding to requests in a timely manner while proactively communicating expectations for procedures, service arrival, or project deliverables to stakeholders
  • Using the steps to HEAL (Hear, Empathize, Address and Learn) the relationship when service recovery is needed

People Leadership

  • Provides development opportunities and ongoing feedback to employees to include timely completion of administrative staff and classified employees each evaluation period.
  • Provides clear direction and communication to employees within unit.
  • Demonstrates cultural competence that creates an inclusive environment for the diversity represented within unit’s staff.
  • Manages operating expenses to budget.
  • Completes required 16 hours of continuing education for people leadership skills per year.
  • Complete Management Curriculum within required timeframe.

MD Anderson Cancer Center