Senior Project Manager

Partner Services · Portland, Oregon
Department Partner Services
Employment Type FT Exempt
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor


Who are we?

Thesis is a digital agency in Portland, OR. We're hell-bent on humanizing the relationship between people and brands, which starts with our teams: real people making real work. 

Come as you are. Bring what you bring. 

The name is new to us, but we've been around for 20 years. In contrast to our former identity that reflected what we do, we chose the name Thesis as it better represents how we do it: a full-service agency believing our strength is in our approach—believing the work we make is only as strong as the thought—and data—we put behind it. 

That sounds intense. But make no mistake, we also play real hard. 

The Job 

You lead and deliver high-level projects for a variety of client stakeholders, operationalizing new workstreams from chaos to a well-oiled machine. You are comfortable taking on any kind of project with little supervision and move easily between leading conversations with clients, senior Thesis leadership and projects teams alike. You oversee the work of more discipline level project managers, guiding and mentoring their work. You think through the minutia for each project and hold a hard line when needed. You love  process, detail, and accuracy. Your experience allows you to anticipate problems before they materialize and remove barriers ahead of time, allowing project teams to do their best work.

You are meticulous and work closely with leadership on efforts to add value to the business and our clients. You go the extra mile to develop value propositions and use your presentation skills to drive buy-in and create momentum for change.  You should care intensely about your work without conflating work ego with personal ego. While you’ll be working closely with clients, our agency’s integrated teams collaborate equally and share accountability, in failure and success alike. 

As a person, you are

  • Self-sufficient, embrace of challenges and can remain composed under pressure
  • A natural leader. You are comfortable taking charge; you inspire and rally those around you. You motivate your team through hard times champion their successes 
  • Comfortable mentoring and coaching other Project Managers
  • Trusting of your project team and they of you
  • Able to demonstrate strategic thinking and creative problem-solving in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment 
  • Highly organized in your thinking and communication
  • Able to inspire confidence and clear direction in client-facing conversations 
  • Resourceful. When you don’t know the answer, you don’t stop until you figure it out
  • Open to giving and receiving critical feedback in a constructive, open, and active way 
  • Aware of the bigger picture and able to plan for the long-term 
  • Able to communicate your ideas in a clear and compelling way, both verbally and in  writing 
  • Able to find inspiration in—and bring enthusiasm to—any type of digital project work 

As a worker, you will

  • Lead a variety of large and complex projects using the tools and internal teams around  you while constantly pushing the boundaries, seeking opportunities to add value for our  clients and Thesis 
  • Support the Account Manager and Account Director in developing large-scale scopes of work by gathering project requirements, defining the approach, assumptions, exclusions,  timelines, risk assessment and costs 
  • Be responsible for tracking project finances, monitoring burn rates, budget tracking and reporting. You anticipate budget risks and communicate necessary changes or  considerations to key internal and client stakeholders in a timely manner 
  • Lead project teams and take responsibility for organizational activities like planning  meetings and project syncs 
  • Handle incidents with grace and accuracy
  • Sensitively flag risks to teams and stakeholders as needed to prevent conflict
  • Communicate clearly orally and in writing to effect change while maintaining a kind approach 
  • Identify, suggest and implement areas of opportunity within the production process
  • Manage, create, and maintain documentation on existing and new processes
  • Communicate with vendor/internal partners to ensure alignment on project requirements and deliverables
  • Partner with cross-functional teams to drive projects forward, tracking completion and escalating to stakeholders when necessary 
  • Provide project status updates/recaps to key stakeholders
  • Help drive reporting on operational compliance and risk

As for experience, you need

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in Advertising/Marketing, Communications, or a related field 5+ years of experience in a digital agency environment with substantive digital project  management experience for a wide range of clients and project types 
  • Experience leading multidisciplinary teams including project managers, digital strategists, creative/development teams, and data analysts 
  • Strong technical skills with an understanding of email and database marketing,  infrastructures & technologies, digital production at scale and best practices for web 
  • Experience building relationships, confidently interacting with client stakeholders and all levels of leadership 
  • Experience working with a range of project management and budgeting software tools,  such as AirTable, Basecamp, Harvest, Instagantt, Excel 

Even better, you have:

  • An ability to express complex ideas and solutions to non-technical team members and  clients 
  • A solid understanding of digital commercial concepts, including the latest online community trends, user experience best practices, and technical language 
  • A solid understanding of digital and creative operations 
  • Fluency in design-speak 

Above all, be hungry to learn and grow beyond this job description. 

Still with us? Cool! Let's talk.

Workplace equity is not a single checkbox. 

It's a new way of thinking, of working, and of moving through the world. At Thesis, we prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion. You'll see this in our hiring practices, growth plans, and workplace programs—because our agency, our work, and our society are better when diverse perspectives come together. 

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  • Location
    Portland, Oregon
  • Department
    Partner Services
  • Employment Type
    FT Exempt
  • Minimum Experience