NRECA Careers

Sr. Project Manager/Business Analyst

Lincoln, NE
Information Systems


Job Description

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America’s electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice.  NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years: 

  1. Lincoln, Nebraska's Best Places to Work Award – 2013, 2016, 2018
  2. 50 Greatest places to work - AARP
  3. State of NE Governor's Wellness Award - Grower Level
  4. CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance

  5. WELCOA's Gold Well Workplace Award - Lincoln, NE

  6. 100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine
  7. 50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian

At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields, they are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting and constantly evolving and requiring new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person’s overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance.

 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.


Summary

  1. Develops and manages the project management plan including project definition, scope, charter, dependencies, IT implications, schedule, deliverables, and resource requirements. 

  2. Develops high-level and detailed business requirements and statements of work for both IT and vendors that are approved by business managers. 

  3. Plans, develops and documents test cases, test scenarios and acceptance criteria to verify and validate business needs and expectations.  Manages and performs user acceptance testing and evaluates, verifies and validates test results.  Communicates identified defects to IT and manages their correction and verification. 

  4. Manages monthly system enhancement releases and facilitates prioritization meetings.

  5. Partners with IT to align deliverables and resources.  Acts as a liaison between the business and IT within project scope, for the duration of the project. 

  6. Manages any vendor relationship utilized to delivery projects. 

  7. Provides excellent customer service for both employee/internal customers and those individual outside of NRECA, such as cooperative members, vendors, etc.

 

Reports to - Director, Systems Implementation, Insurance & Financial Services

 


Purpose and Mission

In collaboration with strategic business partners, the Sr. Project Manager/Business Analyst combines technology innovation with business process excellence to maximize the effectiveness, flexibility and affordability of NRECA's employee benefits administration business and supporting computer systems. It coordinates, manages, and directs a team of business, marketing, vendor management office and information technology resources who are responsible and accountable for implementing changes both process and functional while following the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Business Process Management (BPM) methodology and standards. 

 

NRECA Mission:  To promote, support and protect the community and business interests of electric cooperatives. 

NRECA Vision:  Be the trusted resource of our membership...Champion the cooperative cause...Inspire the future

NRECA Values:  We embrace the cooperative principles and values and operate with integrity, transparency and a spirit of innovation.


Requirements and Qualifications

Education and Certification Requirements

  1. BS/BA in Business Administration, Management Science, Computer Science or a related field.
  2. Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) or Certified Business Analysis Professional certification (CBAP), preferred or commit to obtain either certification within 2 years, required.
  3. Industry training in at least one field (project management, business analysis, business process management, or testing).

  4. Certified Employee Benefit Specialist certification (CEBS), preferred

Experience Requirements

  1. 10-15 years of relevant business analyst, business process management, testing or project management experience, required and preferably in an employee benefits administration, insurance or related environment.  

  2. Experience working with customers in eliciting and documenting the business case, business requirements, documenting business processes, creating user acceptance test plans, performing independent testing, and capturing test results.

  3. Experience managing and delivering large technology-related projects within given budgetary and time constraints.

  4. Experience using Agile methodolgy, preferred.

  5. Experience working within a standard Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  1. Negotiating and strategic thinking skills, combined with self-motivation and a high level of energy and enthusiasm. 

  2. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences and with C-level and front-line staff.

  3. Proficient in MS Windows and Office application suite and preferrably including MS Project.

Americans Disability Act (ADA) Requirements

1.    The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures, viewing a computer screen and extensive reading.

2.    Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. 

3.    The job is light duty work and is sedentary and doesn’t require the use of arm and/or leg exertion greater than that for sedentary work. 

 

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