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Scrum Master
Chicago, IL

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Job Description

Job Summary

Directs the work of project teams in support of large and highly complex information technology (IT) projects. A servant leader who enables the team to work as effectively as possible. Assists in removing bottlenecks and issues that slow down the team's progress, while guiding the team to improve their processes and practices. Incumbent often possesses highly specialized knowledge in one or more specific technologies. The level of work is considered advanced. The incumbent must be able to work under minimal supervision. Leads and directs the work of others. This job has no direct reports.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

* Collaborates with Technical Lead and Product Analyst to break down project needs into stories and tasks, which can be added to sprint backlog
* Facilitates creation of project delivery roadmap
* Drives the team to high performing levels by creating a healthy Agile environment to ensure project goals are completed on time, within budget and with optimum quality
* Assesses the scrum team's velocity for the upcoming sprint and tracks the sprint health
* Serves as a thought leader and incorporates broader knowledge of business strategies into Agile project management
* Partners with National IT development and support providers to coordinate application testing, including selection of testing environment, investigation of testing issues, and approval of code deployments
* Schedules and facilitates meetings for the team, including sprint backlog grooming, release planning, sprint planning and daily stand ups/huddles
* Facilitates discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution by encouraging transparency and building trust among team members
* Promotes a risk-aware culture, ensure efficient and effective risk and compliance management practices by adhering to required standards and processes
* Ensures ongoing use of and adherence to policies and practices, including established Agile project management methodologies and Technology Project Standards
* Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks and participating in professional organizations
* Maintains familiarity with technology management best practices and IT development approaches industry-wide

Education and Experience

* Bachelor's degree in related technical field or equivalent experience
* Minimum 7 years of direct work related experience

Knowledge and Skills

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills
* Demonstrates project and risk management skills including ability to manage multiple priorities, resources, customers and management with a focus on consistency and accuracy
* Self-motivated with excellent teamwork skills
* Ability to think independently, make decisions and perform objective analyses
* Possesses and applies broad and specific knowledge of principles, practices and procedures in the field of specialization to the completion of assignments
* Ability to explain and present complex topics to senior level stakeholders
* Flexibility to handle fast changing conditions
* Certification in Agile methodologies (i.e., PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, SA, SASM) or equivalent knowledge
* In-depth knowledge of project-management software applications and methodologies (i.e., Agile / Waterfall, JIRA Tool, MS Project)
* Knowledge of IT Governance and Infrastructure, Application Development Lifecycle, Information Security Infrastructure

Other Requirements and Physical Requirements

This document indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this position. It is not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. An employee's responsibilities, tasks, and duties might differ from those outlined in the job description, and other duties, as assigned, are a part of the job. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago reserves the right to modify the elements of this job description, as business needs require.

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