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What is Projects for Social Good?

Projects for Social Good is a local program, inspired by the Project Management Institute’s PMI 4.0 strategy and PMI’s Education Foundation (PMIEF), whose primary mission is to leverage the chapter’s unique human capital and community of project leaders for achieving a positive social and environmental impact in Manitoba’s local communities.
 
Projects for Social Good is in its first proof of concept (PoC) phase of operations as we target 5-10 projects launching in November 2022 for our pilot program. We will gather insights and lessons learned from this pilot to improve our processes and launch Projects for Social Good on a larger scale at a later date.

How Does It Work?

PMI Manitoba, in association with our non-profit organization and charitable partners, is committed to find and fullfill project volunteer opportunities for project professionals that want to apply their unique project leadership skills for social good.
 
In other words, it is a match-making service between social good initiatives and developing/experienced project professional volunteers.

Project Professional Volunteers

  • Developing Project Professionals or Students can gain meaningful real-life work project experience to meet credential requirements (e.g. PMP) or boost their resume for future job opportunities, while making a social and environmental impact in Manitoba.
  • Experienced Project Professionals can mentor Developing Project Professionals, earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) under "giving back to the profession" to maintain certification requirements, while making a social and environmental impact in Manitoba.

Social Good Initiatives

  • Non-profit and Charitable Organizations can access a volunteer pool of developing and experienced project professionals. Each project is eligible one developing experienced project professional assisted by a senior experienced mentor.
Information for Developing Project Professionals

Meet your career goals while making a social impact at the same time!

Who is this Progam For?

  • Newcomers to Canada or Manitoba that have prior project experience and are looking to gain project work experience locally in order to join the local job market.

OR

  • Experienced workers that are new or transitioning to a project lead role. For example, and analyst or coordinator that are taking more project leadership responsibilities.

AND

  • That are actively looking for project work experience to fullfill PMI certification requirements (i.e. most commonly the Project Management Professional - PMP).
  • That have an active PMI and Manitoba Chapter membership.
  • That have demonstrated high performance in prior work experience.
  • They are available up to 25 hours per week for up to 3-months to lead a social good project.

How will it Work?

  • If you meet the above criteria, take the next step by filling out the application form
  • You will be screened to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and selected by a committee from a pool of candidates. This process may take several weeks depending on available opportunities.
  • Once selected, you will be contacted to interview to confirm your eligibility, then you will be asked to choose a project to lead based on a project job description. Then, you will meet with the non-profit/charitable organization to ensure you are a fit for their organization.
  • PMI Manitoba will pair you with an Experienced Project Professional as your mentor.
  • PMI Manitoba will schedule an onboarding session with you, your selected mentor, and the client organization to set expectations of the engagement and set you up for success.
  • The rest is up to you! You are responsible to provide value and achieve the outcomes set by the client organization. You are in the driver seat to kick-start and boost the rest of your career and make a name for yourself.
Information for Students

Meet your career goals while making a social impact at the same time!

PMI Manitoba has partnered with the University of Winnipeg - Professional Applied and Continuing Education (PACE) to offer select students with the opportunity to participate in Projects for Social Good.

Who is this Progam For?

  • Current Students of the U of W PACE Project Management Diploma or Applied Project Management Certificate.

AND

  • Option 1: That are actively looking for project work experience to fullfill the University's internship program (pending available volunteer opportunities during the internship period); or
  • Option 2: Is near graduation or has graduated the program and has been selected by the University as a high performing student.

AND

  • That have an active PMI and Manitoba Chapter membership.

How will it Work?

  • If you meet the above criteria, take the next step by filling out the application form.  
  • You will be screened to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and selected by the University. This process may take several weeks depending on available opportunities.
  • Once selected, you will be contacted to conduct an interview to confirm your eligibility, then you will be asked to choose a project to lead based on a project job description. Then, you will meet with the non-profit/charitable organization to ensure you are a fit for their organization.
  • PMI Manitoba will pair you with an Experienced Project Professional as your mentor.
  • PMI Manitoba will schedule an oboarding session with you, your selected mentor, and the client organization to set expectations of the engagement and set you up for success.
  • The rest is up to you! You are responsible to provide value and achieve the outcomes set by the client organization. You are in the driver seat to kick-start and boost the rest of your career and make a name for yourself.
Information for Experienced Project Professionals

Give back to the profession while making a social impact at the same time!

Who is this Progam For?

  • Senior project professionals with over 10 years of experience managing and leading large projects, ideally in various industries and organizations.

OR

  • Semi-retired or retired project professionals that want to give back to the community.

AND

  • That have an active PMI and Manitoba Chapter membership (retiree membership is available for retired professionals).
  • That are available on a part-time or as-needed basis (to accomodate your actual paid job schedule).



How will it Work?

  • If you meet the above criteria, take the next step by emailing outreach@pmimanitoba.org with your resume and a brief bio to express your interest.
  • You will be screened to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and selected by a committee from a pool of candidates. This process may take several weeks depending on available opportunities.
  • Once selected, you will be contacted to discuss the volunteer opportunity role, client requirements, and the length of the engagement.
  • PMI Manitoba will pair you with a Developing Project Professional. Your role is to be a mentor, provide project oversight of the project/initiative, as well as quality assurance of the engagement.
  • PMI Manitoba will schedule an onboarding session with you, your selected mentee, and the client organization to set expectations of the engagement and set you up for success.
  • The rest is up to you! You are responsible to provide value and achieve the outcomes set by the client organization. 
Information for Non-Profit and Charitable Organizations

Access a volunteer pool of talent while helping them grow their careers!

Who is this Progam For?

  • Registered charities or not-for-profit organizations that provide services and programs for the benefit of Manitoba's communities.
  • Your vision and mission are aligned with the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Have projects that are short in duration but no available project resources to lead, manage or coordinate them.
  • Have a desire to standardize project management in your organization, and have free access to PMI's project management training resources.
  • Willing to sign a waiver of liability and indemnity for the engagement. While we expect volunteers to provide high-quality and standard-meeting professional services, these are still volunteers.

How will it Work?

  • If you meet the above criteria, contact outreach@pmimanitoba.org to discuss becoming a partner for this program.
  • Provide PMI Manitoba with details on available opportunities including purpose, requirements, project duration, expectations, etc.
  • PMI Manitoba will present a pool of Developing Project Professionals who are interested in working with your organization. You will interview your top candidates and select the best person for the project. This volunteer will be available up to 25 hours per week for a 3-month-long project.
  • In addition, an Experienced Project Professional with over 10 years of project management and leadership experience will be assigned on a part-time/as-needed basis to oversee the work and provide quality assurance.
  • PMI Manitoba will schedule an onboarding session with your organization project contact and the selected project professionals to set expectations of the engagement and set you up for success.
  • PMI Manitoba expects feedback on the selected resources and the overall process so that we can enhance our program.