Senior Project Manager

Job Details


Washington D.C.

Expiration Date

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Interest Area

Administrative, Advocacy/Outreach, Communication, Project Management

Position Type


Position Level


Minimum Degree Requirements

Masters Degree

Company Name

The Urban Institute

Job Posting URL

Who we are:




At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to influence policy, open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.




This position is housed in the Health Policy Center, but has a broader focus on the Social Determinants of Health project (SDH) and generating the evidence about how, and how well, laws and policies across multiple sectors work to promote population health, well-being, and equity.










How you’ll contribute:




The Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center is currently seeking a Senior Project Manager to oversee, monitor, and manage a major foundation-funded grant-making program that supports research on how laws and policies improve population health. This position is critical to the program’s successful impact and advancement of the mission.





  • Manage all administrative aspects of, and support and participate in key strategic planning for, one or more annual grant making processes.
  • Develop and monitor deadlines, budgets, and task lists related to the grant making lifecycle and other program activities.
  • Coordinate the work and communication of program and foundation staff to ensure timely completion of tasks and goals, including by leading regular planning calls.
  • Monitor and support multiple research grantees across various research institutions.
  • Collaborate with affiliated foundation research programs to plan opportunities for cross-programmatic researcher engagement.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and annual foundation reporting; lead the drafting of project plans and reports for the research team directors and funders.













What you’ll bring:




The successful candidate will be an excellent leader possessing outstanding judgement and demonstrated ability developing efficient and effective strategies to ensure the successful execution of a high-impact multi-faceted research program. Specific qualifications include:

  • Master’s Degree in Management, Health Policy, Public Policy or related Social Science field and 5-7 years of professional experience
  • Demonstrated experience managing a grant making or research program in the fields of health services, public health or public policy.
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments while maintaining close attention to detail.
  • Strong knowledge of health policy, healthcare services, public policy or public policy research environments.
  • Experience with the preparation and analysis of budgets and ability to read and analyze financial reports, business correspondence, and memoranda.
  • Expert-level proficiency with Microsoft Excel; working knowledge or program/project management software (Basecamp, MS Project and JIRA, etc.) a strong advantage.
  • Outstanding leadership, written and oral communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and set priorities, innovate, reinvent processes, and develop new ideas.










What you’ll experience:




Working in the Nation’s Capital, the epicenter of public policy among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters and, enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan plus elect a pretax benefit for commuting expenses.