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Job Summary

The University of Michigan seeks a project manager to become an active member of the Youth Policy Lab and support new projects the Lab is undertaking, including an evaluation of interventions addressing adolescent behavioral health and an evaluation of the State of Michigan’s Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP). 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 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 is a two year term-limited appointment and is dependent on continued grant funding. 
•    A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position.  The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and highlight related skills and experience.


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 design, timeline, data collection  and analysis, personnel and resource management, project deliverables and dissemination. 
  •     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. 
  •     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, public health, education, political science, economics or a relevant social science discipline, or equivalent
  •     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  
  •     Excellent computing skills 

 Knowledge of all the following areas with at least two to five years on-the-job 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. 

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 experience in collecting data schools 
  •     Interest in behavioral health and/or public health
  •     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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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