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Company: Brown University
Location: Providence, RI
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Job Description:

The Project Manager will serve in a highly strategic and facilitative role that empowers the ability of The Policy Lab to deliver results. The incumbent will define, plan, and implement activities of the Lab, including both its capacity building tasks and scientific work products. The incumbent will have considerable knowledge of organizational best practices, familiarity with government operations, and project management expertise derived from working with high functioning scientific teams.


The Policy Lab is a team of social scientists and government leaders with a mission to supply the State of Rhode Island with actionable, empirical insights necessary to solve our most pressing problems. This is done by providing decision-makers with timely, relevant, and high-quality information to improve policy design and program operations.

Members of The Policy Lab are proficient in data analytics and scientific methodology and are passionate about applying their scientific talents to improve the performance of government. The Policy Lab  creatively translates insights from the research literature into applied, feasible interventions, and we're comfortable explaining complex topics to busy practitioners. The Policy Lab is made up of self-starters and team players who identify, develop, and complete projects while establishing partnerships across a variety of policy areas, in a fast-paced and exciting start-up atmosphere.

This is a grant-funded position for an initial term of one year, with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding availability.


Implements projects while working collaboratively and cooperatively with state and local agencies relevant to performance management policies and programs.    

  • Facilitates the generation of new projects by making cross-agency connections and guiding conversations about possible interventions to support District outcomes

  • Collaborates with diverse working groups to establish ambitious and feasible work plans, deadlines, and priorities

  • Monitors progress of projects and fidelity of implementation, flexibly developing adjustments as needed with authority, in order to ensure timely and accurate execution.

Contribute to the efficient management of the Lab by designing and implementing new collaborative procedures and workflows to improve team functions.

  • Proactively provides leadership, ideas, and critical feedback—as well as being open to such constructive dialogue—as part of constantly improving the Lab and its collective work output.

  • Ensure that work product adheres to methodological and open science best practices.

Write descriptions and summaries of the Lab projects for diverse audiences, including scientific experts, government practitioners, and public stakeholders.

  • Disseminates scientific lessons, tools, and best practices across the state.


Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree in business, public policy, public administration, management, or another relevant field with 5-7 years of work experience including two years of experience in research project management, management consulting, organizational restructuring, or other roles requiring a similar skillset. An equivalent combination of education and work experience will be considered.

Job Competencies

  • Experience in management research and best practices

  • Creativity in developing and proposing solutions to complex organizational challenges

  • Experience in identifying, developing, and using project management strategies and tools

  • Proficiency in managing a research project budget

  • Experience developing and deploying performance measures that empower accurate, timely project completion

  • Knowledge of the rationale for, and how to implement, open science best practices

  • Knowledge of the logic of the scientific method

  • Experience  in research project management, management consulting, organizational restructuring, or similar fields

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage relationships with a diverse range of agency and university partnerships

  • Strong communication skills, in both written and verbal formats, and including under time pressure

  • Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification are satisfactory to Brown University.


Physical demands and work conditions:

  •  Frequently operates a computer and other office equipment such as a printer/copy machine.

  •  Frequently moves about inside the office to access printer, files, and other materials/equipment.

  • Frequently moves about on campus to various locations for meetings.

  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. 

Recruiting Start Date:


Job Posting Title:

Project Manager


Academic and Affiliate Offices


Grade 10

Worker Type:


Worker Sub-Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type:

Full time

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Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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EEO Statement:

Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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