IS PMO Director

Gundersen Health System LaCrosse, WI

This position has been filled.

Gundersen Health has retained Kirby Partners to identify, qualify and present individuals for their IS PMO Director position.


Organization Overview:

Gundersen Health is a physician-led, not-for profit healthcare system based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Located throughout western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota, Gundersen cares for patients in 19 counties and includes a regional referral center and a teaching hospital with 325 beds, a Level II Trauma, and Emergency Center. Gundersen Health’s mission is to distinguish themselves through patient care, education, research, and improved health in the communities they serve.


Position Details:

The IS PMO Director is a newly created position within Gundersen’s Information Systems department that will focus on building an IS PMO from the ground up.  The PMO Director will centralize the project management function within the IS department and will formalize governance and methodology.  The IS PMO Director will report to the Chief Information Officer and will oversee approximately six project managers.  This position will be responsible for building the IS PMO team.  The IS PMO will work closely with the Enterprise PMO. Responsibilities:
  • Centralize the project management function within the IS department and formalize governance and standardize methodology
  • Partner with leadership teams to ensure appropriate prioritization, planning, execution, communication, measurement, and leadership to enhance project success rate and accountability
  • Manage leadership expectations in terms of major initiatives status, scope, budgets, risks and quality
  • Develop project metrics and feedback measurements to ensure delivery of all IS projects according to PMO best practices, industry standards, and methodologies
  • Provide direct guidance on IS project resource planning, reporting, road mapping, prioritization, and budgeting
  • Work closely with the Enterprise PMO to prioritize resources and ensure collaboration across teams
  • Oversee the configuration, implementation, enhancement, administration, maintenance, and training for the organization’s automated PPM tools
  • Lead the Planning Division of IS to ensure the effective utilization of capital and operating budgets
  • Work in concert with the CIO and other leadership on healthcare technology trends (Ex: VNA strategy, consumerism in healthcare)
  • Facilitate IS leadership learning and planning retreats



  • Master’s degree
  • 10+ years of experience in information systems and business/industry
  • Five or more years of leadership responsibility
  • Extensive experience in strategic planning, budgeting, project planning and resource allocation
  • Demonstrated competency with implementing new PMO organizations
  • PMP