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Project Manager - Education and Child Development

Apply now Job no: 497050 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Education and Child Development

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Join the Education and Child Development Department at NORC at the University of Chicago as a Project Manager in our education division. Based in our Chicago Loop or Bethesda office, take this opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the department during a time of strategic growth.

DEPARTMENT: EDUCATION AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT

For more than 40 years, NORC has been committed to conducting high quality education research and technical assistance that helps improve student outcomes. The Education and Child Development department's research covers the full array of education-relevant populations, from pre-school children to the post-graduate doctorate holders.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Manage a portfolio of large, complex projects coordinating with applicable departments across the organization (human resources, information technology, grants & contracts, finance and accounting, research, and communications)
  • Manage project budgets, schedules, timelines, and communications working with project leadership to ensure that projects are completed on time, within budget, and meet the scope of work
  • Develop detailed project plans to monitor and track progress
  • Oversee the day-to-day performance of all members of the project/task team, including staff workload and assignments
  • Coordinate and assist with administrative tasks including executing subcontract and consultant agreements; vendor agreements; purchase order agreements; processing invoices; institutional review board applications for human subjects’ protections; etc.
  • Manage and facilitate client, vendor, and other third-party relationships
  • Convey relevant project information to internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop presentation decks, coordinate the drafting of project reports, and edit documents for clarity and conciseness
  • Engage in business development activities including idea generation, identifying potential funding opportunities, contributing to grant writing (technical and business components), responding to requests for proposals (RFPs), and tracking of business development activities and status
REQUIRED SKILLS:
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; masters in social sciences, public health or policy, or other relevant discipline preferred
  • At least 4 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in program or project management
  • Working knowledge and experience managing projects throughout the project life cycle (initiation, planning, execution, performance & control, close) required; PMP certification strongly preferred
  • Strong problem solving and critical reasoning skills
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills
  • Diligent attention to detail
  • Ability to manage time to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to prioritize projects and/or tasks in alignment with larger strategic objectives
  • Experience in client communications and relationship management
  • Solid technical writing skills
  • Familiarity with budgets, scheduling and CRM software
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software; proficiency with financial and resource management/analysis packages also preferred

Take this opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the one of the nation's most respected research institutions, significantly impacting NORC’s success and service to our clients.

WHAT WE DO:

NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.

WHO WE ARE:

For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we’re known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.

EEO STATEMENT: 

NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.

 

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