Project Manager

Michigan, United States
23 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Feb 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and highlight related skills and experience.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan seeks a project manager to become an active member of the Youth Policy Lab. Founded in 2016, the Youth Policy Lab exists to make academic research and ‘big data’ analysis accessible and relevant to Michigan policymakers who are trying to address our most pressing social challenges. At the Lab, we believe we are only as successful as the most vulnerable among us, and that doing better by Michigan’s young people in the context of their families and communities is the pathway to prosperity for all Michiganders. We offer rigorous social science in service of a successful Michigan. For more information, please visit us at   

Note:This is a two year term-limited appointment and is dependent on continued grant funding. 


  • This position will serve as project manager for several research projects and will also support the overall mission of the Youth Policy Lab. Responsibilities include the following:
  • Project Management.  Plan and manage all phases of the research project, including timeline, data gathering and analysis, coordinating the work of others, project deliverables. 
  • Agency Relations. Serve as key liaison for research partners to establish working relationships, build trust and gather data. 
  • Dissemination.  Responsibilities include assisting in drafting memos, presentations, briefs, and reports; assisting in creating and maintaining web-based resources; working with graphic designers and printers to produce and distribute reports; presenting findings at public events; organizing and managing public events. Assist in expanding the work of the organization by participating in outreach to agencies and non-profits in Michigan whose mission is to serve the youth of the state.  This may involve visits to potential partner agencies and organizations. 
  • Supervision.  Provide functional supervision to research assistants and data analysts.
  • Research Administration.  The Project Manager will complete IRB research applications, ensuring compliance with University and Sponsor regulations, maintain data agreements and data security, and will also draft and manage project reports for the sponsor, maintain project records, and other administrative duties. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduate-level degree in public policy, education, political science, economics or a relevant social science discipline or equivalent graduate degree and professional experience.  
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and commitment to high quality work
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize effort across multiple simultaneous projects
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work both as part of a cohesive team and individually while meeting deadlines  Excellent computing skills

Knowledge of all the following areas with at least two to five years professional experience in at least two of them: Quantitative reasoning:  Demonstrated understanding of causal inference; basic statistical analysis skills; experience translating statistical analyses for non-technical audiences. Research and evaluation: Knowledge of social science research methods and concepts; understanding of program evaluation concepts and practices. Public policy skills: Basic understanding of local/state/federal policy making processes, funding mechanisms, and social program delivery. Project management: managing all phases of a research project (project design, scheduling, personnel and resource management, data collection and analysis, delivery and dissemination); managing client relationships and expectations; managing risk. Writing and communication:  Drafting non-technical briefs and reports for a public and/or public-sector audience; using statistical analyses in persuasive, non-academic writing; synthesizing academic research and quantitative analyses into coherent and policy-relevant messages. 

Commitment to principles of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. For more information on the University’s commitment to these principles, please visit:  

Desired Qualifications*

  • Strong statistical analysis skills; experience with social science statistical software packages, particularly with STATA or R.
  • Experience working with large-scale, longitudinal, individual-level administrative data sets
  • Coursework in public policy of education, health, social welfare, or criminal justice; coursework in program evaluation
  • Prior working experience with Michigan state agencies, City of Detroit, and nonprofits

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.