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Job Summary

The University of Michigan seeks a project manager to become an active member of the Youth Policy Lab (YPL). At the Youth Policy Lab, we conduct rigorous research in partnership with government and community leaders to answer our state's most challenging policy questions. For more information about the Lab, please visit: The Lab is a partnership between the Institute for Social Research & the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and this position will be situated primarily at the Ford School location. 

Please Note: 

  • This is a two year term-limited appointment and is dependent on continued grant funding. 
  • A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume.


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 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.

Two to five years on-the-job experience in at least one of the following areas: 

  • Quantitative analysis: strong statistical analysis skills; experience with social science statistical software packages, particularly with STATA, for both data management and analysis operations; knowledge of social science research methods and concepts; thorough understanding of program evaluation concepts and practices.
  • 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 reports, papers, policy briefs; technical and copy editing; contributing to press releases, news articles, social media; developing creative marketing collateral; managing constituency databases; proficiency in InDesign, MailChimp, or similar packages preferred.

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

Additional requirements:

  • Excellent computing skills. 
  • Personal commitment to high quality work; strong organizational skills and attention to detail; 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.  

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with large-scale, longitudinal, individual-level administrative datasets.
  • Coursework in public policy of education, health, social welfare, or criminal justice; coursework in program evaluation.
  • Prior working experience with Michigan state agencies and nonprofits.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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