Job Posting: Project Manager, Infrastructure for Opportunity

The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation is establishing a new portfolio focused on the core building blocks needed to operate and govern our institutions with a goal for better outcomes in society. We’re talking about the wholescale systems change needed to reimagine how our institutions serve people in a way that puts them first and rebuilds trust. This “infrastructure for opportunity” might take the shape of policies, practices, software, service design, analytics, and/or culture change and would focus on sectors that reach the overlooked, underestimated, marginalized, and vulnerable members of society such as those receiving public benefits or navigating the foster care system.

The Project Manager for our new Infrastructure for Opportunity portfolio will coordinate projects designed to improve access to social safety net benefits, make it easier to administer high-priority government policies through open source software, help families navigate complex systems such as foster care licensing, and more.


The Beeck Center strongly encourages all people to apply (please circulate widely), especially those who hold the following intersecting identities: Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, poor or working class, persons living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, undocumented, speak English as a second language, and others with lived experience in overlooked and/or underestimated communities.


If you have any questions about this position’s objectives, requirements, and/or language used in this job description, please email Vandhana Ravi at vr381@georgetown.edu.

What we do. When our institutions are effective, we trust that they will support our communities, especially when people need them most. We reimagine and design systems using cutting-edge tools and practices. Our team focuses on solving hard problems. We work on practical solutions like helping the foster care system better match children with people they already know and love, using technology tools to change how Congress interacts with its constituents, and making it easier for families to apply for public benefits like SNAP, housing assistance, and unemployment insurance. We also help policy makers use data and analytics for more effective and evidence-based policies, using human-centered principles to ensure the systems are designed to keep people at the forefront.

Who we are. Situated at Georgetown University, we are a team of experts with experience in data science, analytics, software development, human-centered design, and policy. We come from executive roles in the tech sector, all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and academia. Our graduate and undergrad students learn practical skills by working with us.

How we do it. We identify problem-solvers who are addressing global challenges, document their approaches, and build action-oriented networks so we can support one another as we implement and share what works at scale.

Role + Responsibilities

The Project Manager will report to Taylor Campbell and will manage the day-to-day activities of the Infrastructure for Opportunity portfolio underneath the guidance of the new Infrastructure for Opportunity Senior Fellow. They will be responsible for:

  • Providing direct project management and support to the projects and fellows within the Beeck Center’s Infrastructure for Opportunity portfolio to ensure quality execution, clear coordination with partners, and ultimately that goals are being met and achieved
  • Ensuring fellows are appropriately supported with their research, report writing, case studies, white papers, policy briefs, blog posts, podcast interviews, conference presentations, slide decks, convenings, webinars, and other activities by either providing direct support or helping fellows access other support resources
  • Supporting the project selection and staffing directed by the portfolio’s Senior Fellow and Beeck Center team
  • Working with the communications team to direct creation and dissemination of portfolio content
  • Coordinating with the Beeck Center staff and within Georgetown University’s Initiative on Tech & Society on project collaboration and information sharing
  • Coordinating operations and business processes for the projects
  • Supporting grant reporting, project proposals, and other growth-driven reporting
  • Anticipating and managing risks, including methodological and ethical risks and organizational and logistical challenges
  • Selecting, working with, and managing student analysts hired to support the projects
  • Communicating with key Beeck Center staff around updates, coordination points, and reporting expectations
  • Supporting the researchers as they identify sources for consultations and information gathering
  • Logistical and administrative support for project organization and events

Qualifications

Candidates for this position must have:

  • At least 3 years experience, with at least some of that time in public interest, government service, and/or academia
  • At least 1 year of experience managing projects and working with individuals with varying levels of work experience and professional backgrounds
  • Experience managing, delegating to, and mentoring junior-level support staff and/or students
  • Clear, direct, and empathetic communicator to work with varying levels of team members that require managing up and down
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision to meet deadlines and produce high-quality results in an environment with competing priorities and deadlines
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills
  • Proficiency using computer systems and software including word processing, collaborative software such as Slack and Google suite, social media, and project management tools such as Asana and Trello
  • Constant and iterative learner and is open to experimentation
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to work in a university environment and leverage its strengths to support projects in the public interest

Ideal candidates for this position will also have:

  • Experience managing grants and working with funders
  • Experience working at the intersection of academic, policy, and practitioner communities
  • Strong experience in planning and managing complex projects, and establishing and maintaining effective collaborative relationships with individuals and organizations across functional units

Salary, Benefits, and Employment Term

The Project Manager role is a one-year term. The salary band for this position is $50,000-$70,000, commensurate with experience, and includes full benefits. The position is expected to begin in December 2020 and the salary will be paid monthly. There is no guarantee of continued employment beyond the one-year term.

Needs Assistance

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at 202-687-4798 or ideaa@georgetown.edu.

Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown’s commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

EEO Statement

The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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