Project Director is a term that is utilized in some organizations to denote traditional positions of a project manager or a project sponsor, or in other cases it can be used to name a special position that is responsible for management of a project at a strategic level. In this case the project manager is someone who technically manages a project, while the project director manages communications with clients, financiers, and organizational top managers – he has sufficient power to administer the work of the project manager, and he is one who ensures (on behalf of the organization) that the project is running well, that it is supplied with all necessary business resources, and he verifies all decisions that are made by the project manager to make sure they don’t contradict with any master policies or plans of the organization.
Role of a project director may be charged with different requirements and responsibilities, as well as not all organizations recognize this role or maintain it for all their projects, but in general it has the following duties:
- Ensuring proper project delivery against the business case.
- Being accountable for completing the project on-quality, on-time and on-budget.
- Coordination of the organization’s business resources and booking them for the project.
- Maintaining communications with clients and stakeholders.