Project Manager (Multiple Openings, Hybrid)


About Urban Institute:

At the Urban Institute (Urban), we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.

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The Opportunity:

The Urban Institute seeks individuals who are motivated by opportunities to support research leads to manage the proposal development process in alignment with operational standards and manage all business aspects of federal, state, local, and philanthropic contracts and grants that advance Urban’s mission and values. The candidate will, under the supervision of the Director for Operations, provide proposal development support, financial administration, procurement oversight, and other assistance related to managing awards.

The following Centers are seeking applications for the Project Manager role:

Applications will be accepted through July 21, 2024.  Candidates proceeding to phone screens will be contacted by July 29, 2024

When applying, please upload a resume and cover letter addressing your interest in this role and how your past work and/or education experience matches the responsibilities and skills listed in the job description.

What You’ll Do:

  • Contribute as a key member of a small team that serves as the “go-to” people in the Center for questions regarding sponsored award compliance, project specific tasks, and larger institute initiatives.

  • Oversee a portfolio of award life-cycle business activities from proposal development, implementation and close-out, including leading routine meetings with key internal stakeholders. Key activities: 

    • Lead development of complex proposal opportunities in partnership with program teams, including reviewing federal, state, local and foundation RFPs to develop a list of the requirements to successfully support the compilation of the business volume including compiling budgets in Excel templates, labor category price schedules, budget narratives, forms and certifications, managing deadlines, collecting submission packages, and reviewing documents with a strong attention to detail. 

    • Perform a variety of complex project management tasks for sponsored awards in collaboration with the principal investigators (PIs).  Project management tasks include, budget management, award modification (contractual and financial), financial management (financial analytics and reports, monitoring budget spend down and projections, expense management and reconciliations, and coordinating invoicing for accomplished milestones), procurement management (subcontractors, consultants, purchase orders) and small-scale event and meeting planning and logistics.

  • Communicate effectively with Center’s policy area teams, all offices across the organization, and external stakeholders to build effective relationships to allow for efficient and productive interactions on specific tasks.

  • Help coach and guide the work of early career operations staff by providing them with guidance and feedback and working with the Director to manage team workflows.

Who You Are:

Successful candidates will have:

  • A bachelor's degree, preferably in non-profit management, business, accounting, finance, public administration,  public policy, or related field, and 5 years of related experience and/or training,

  • Prior work experience in a fast-paced office environment as a member of the operations/project management teams who interface with internal stakeholders and funder representatives from the federal, state, local, and philanthropic and/or non-profit sectors is essential. 

  • Strong relationship management, written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to review a large volume of complex information and distill it into a concise, actionable summary.

  • Strong attention to detail, be well-organized, highly motivated, and able to effectively set priorities and manage progress of simultaneously tracked assignments, and work as an individual and part of a team.   

  • Knowledge of the proposal development process, experience translating RFPs and funder requirements and preparing proposal materials, including complex budgets.

  • Prior experience of sponsored award management, including, but not limited to creating budgets, using enterprise resource planning software to analyze project financials, reviewing grants and contracts for key project requirements, and conducting project risk assessments. 

  • Adapt easily to changes in work assignments; deadlines and priorities while maintaining superior attention to detail as well as critical and creative thinking to anticipate and solve problems.

  • Demonstrate high proficiency in Microsoft Office products including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Preferred Skills

  • Demonstrated experience with a variety a government award types (e.g., Cost Reimbursable, Time and Material, Labor Category, Fixed Price) and complex multi-year budget oversight, and/or philanthropic grant management. 

  • Experience working with Salesforce, Jamis Prime, Smartsheet, or other financial or project management tools.

  • Advanced skills in Excel functions such as writing formulas and data manipulation. 

What You’ll Experience:

No matter your role with Urban, you will contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference for people and communities across the country. And whether you call the Washington, DC area or elsewhere home, you can expect to be part of a welcoming and hybrid workplace. We are committed to cultivating a community and working in a manner defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity.

Urban’s greatest asset is our people.

The target salary range for this position is $78,350 -$115,000. Most candidate salaries will fall between the base and midpoint of this range. Salary offered is commensurate with experience and considers internal equity. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Salaries are just one component of Urban Institute’s total compensation package. Urban is committed to supporting our staff’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being through a robust benefits package for yourself, eligible dependents, and domestic partners. It includes generous paid time off, including nine federal holidays, medical (including prescription), dental and vision insurance, and transit benefits. Urban is unique in that we offer 403(b) retirement plan participation immediately after you’re hired and a generous employer contribution after six months of service and 500 hours, with immediate vesting. You’ll also have access to a health advocate, personal finance coaching, an Employee Assistance Program, and educational assistance for undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The Urban Institute has formally recognized the Urban Institute Employees’ Union, which is part of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). Urban management and the Union work together in good faith and are motivated by a shared commitment to this institution. This position is included in the Union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms and conditions are subject to collective bargaining negotiations.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned. This posting is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Urban management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

The Urban Institute is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy or family responsibilities, matriculation, disability, political affiliation, or any other protected status under applicable law.

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/ Disabilities/Veterans.

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Background Information

4-Year Degree
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  • Non-Profit
  • Finance, Operations
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
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Authorized to work in the US
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  • Full Time