Program Manager

United States, North America
Apr 22, 2014
Jobs Outside Higher Education
Public Policy
About The Unit: The Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab seek to test innovative approaches to crime and violence by partnering with government agencies and nonprofits to carry out randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of social interventions. RCTs are commonly used in medicine to provide gold-standard evidence of the effects of different interventions; i.e., to determine what works, for whom, and why - though they have rarely been used in crime policy. We are working to change this, and to help cities not only innovate, but also to learn which innovations are most effective and cost effective, to increase the amount of good that can be achieved per dollar spent. Our goal is to assemble a portfolio of RCT evidence and benefit-cost analyses to enable policymakers to allocate resources to the most humane and cost-effective strategies for crime prevention.

Unit Job Summary: The University of Chicago Urban Education Lab is seeking a highly motivated full time Project Manager to manage multiple projects under our education portfolio. The Project Manager will oversee the evaluation of interventions that are aimed at improving educational and overall life outcomes for at risk youth. This person will be responsible for managing project planning and design, budgeting, implementation, report writing and dissemination, and managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited University required. Master's degree from an accredited University preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum two years related experience required. Previous program management skills including experience with prioritization, organization and planning, and demonstrated success producing high-quality deliverable on time and within budget required. Experience with quantitative data analysis to support the research design preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Exceptional project management, prioritization, organization and planning skills required. Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment required. Ability to maintain positive relationships with various stakeholders required. Outstanding interpersonal skills required. Ability to explain findings clearly, both verbally and in written reports required. Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to ability to present data in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required. Flexible and adaptable; open to change, learning, and improvement required. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team required. Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment required.