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Job Summary

NOTE: This is a two year term-limited appointment.  Continued employment is dependent on project needs and continued grant funding. 

The University of Michigan seeks a project manager to become an active member of the Youth Policy Lab. The University of Michigan Youth Policy Lab helps community and government agencies make better decisions by measuring what really works. We’re data experts who believe that government can and must do better for the people of Michigan. We’re also parents and community members who dream of a brighter future for all of our children. At the Youth Policy Lab, we’re working to make that dream a reality by strengthening programs that address some of our most pressing social challenges. 

We recognize that the wellbeing of youth is intricately linked to the wellbeing of families and communities, so we engage in work that impacts all age ranges. Using rigorous evaluation design and data analysis, we’re working closely with our partners to build a future where public investments are based on strong evidence, so all Michiganders have a pathway to prosperity. For more information, please visit us at   


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 assigned research projects, including timeline, data gathering and analysis, coordinating the work of others, and project deliverables. 

Agency Relations: Serve as key liaison for research partners to establish working relationships, build trust and gather data. 

Data Translation & Visualization: Work with Principle Investigators, Data Analysts, and other team members to interpret and visualize data for non-technical and policy-making audiences. 

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. 

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.

Supervision:  Provide functional supervision to research assistants and data analysts.

Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

Graduate-level degree in public policy, public health, education, political science, economics or a relevant social science discipline, or equivalent.

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; Strong statistical analysis skills; experience with social science statistical software packages, particularly with STATA or R; 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 policymaking 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. 

Excellent computing skills, including experience using statistical software (preferably STATA) and MS Excel, with the ability to learn new software packages for both data management and analysis operations.

Personal commitment to high quality work with the proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and take initiative while keeping supervisors and project leads informed.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively work with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including the ability to work with students, faculty, staff, and community and external partners.  

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*

  • Prior working experience with government and/or nonprofit agencies delivering social service programs.
  • 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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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