Research Project Manager, NYU Metro Center

Dec 14, 2021

Position Title: Research Project Manager

Hours: 40 hours per week

Timeframe: 2 years with possibility of extension

Location: New York, NY (remote work option likely available)

Start date: February, 2022

Salary: $60,000 - $70,000 (commensurate with qualifications)

Job description:

The Center for Policy, Research, and Evaluation (PRE) at the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools is seeking to hire a Project Manager to manage a new research project about how school districts across the U.S. improve equitable summer learning. This position will entail coordinating fast-moving data collection and dissemination activities, while working closely with the research team, Foundation staff, a partner organization, the participating districts, and Metro Center communications, operations, and administrative staff.

This position is full-time and will come with a competitive salary, full NYU benefits, and access to a community of researchers committed to using research and evaluation to advance educational justice and racial equity. The ideal candidate is, first and foremost, committed to our organizational mission and vision and has a background in educational research.

Responsibilities include:

●      Create and maintain project timeline; recommend adjustments to timeline as needed

●      Lead select portions of research team meetings and conduct individual check-ins with team-members as needed to assess progress

●      Maintain IRB requirements and amend IRB protocol as needed

●      Ensure cohesion and communication among distinct elements of the project

●      Send regular project updates to research team, Foundation staff, and district teams to ensure clear and ongoing communication

●      Track project expenses and maintain budget

●      Conduct interviews and focus groups with district teams

●      Code and analyze data

●      Organize and populate database of participating districts

●      Conduct background research on the history and sociopolitical context of select districts and on summer learning policies across states and cities

●      Schedule interviews

●      Take notes during meetings with Foundation staff, policymakers, advisory board

●      Process contracts with consultants, graphic designers, translators, etc.

●      Manage transcription of interview audio files

●      Support production of deliverables through communication with NYU Metro Center Communications team and graphic designer

Required Qualifications:

●      Demonstrated awareness of race, power, privilege, and intersectionality, and a respect for diversity

●      Highly resourceful and organized, with sharp critical thinking, work-flow, and time management skills

●      Experience with project management

●      Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and set priorities, manage timelines, and meet deadlines

●      Highly detail-oriented

●      Excellent judgment and ability to work independently with minimal supervision

●      Skills with Google suite apps

●      Strong analytical and writing skills

●      Strong interpersonal and communications skills

●      Ability to be flexible and responsive to evolving project design

●      Background in research involving racial and other types of equity, preferably related to education

Preferred Qualifications: 

●      Experience working in or with schools and/or districts

●      Interest in summer learning or out-of-school time

●      At least 2-3 years of experience in a full-time project management role

●      Master’s degree

About the Center for Policy, Research, & Evaluation 

The Center for Policy, Research, and Evaluation at NYU Metro Center conducts applied research and evaluation studies focused on promoting positive educational outcomes for youth and understanding the influence of both schools and communities on those outcomes. Our mission is to make research and evaluation for education that is action-oriented, liberating, accessible, and results in more equitable systems, policies, and practices.

About NYU Metro Center

NYU Metro Center is dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence and educational justice for all students. We partner with local and state educational agencies to strengthen access, opportunity, and educational quality, particularly for young people from historically vulnerable groups. The Center accomplishes this mission through the implementation of high-quality research, strategic assistance to schools and districts, and direct services to students, teachers, parents, administrators, policy makers, and organizations committed to equity and educational improvement.

To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and CV/resume to Dr. Elise Harris Wilkerson at Please apply by Friday, January 7 to be included in the first round of application review.

All interested individuals, including people of all races and national origin, people of all ages, people of all religions, people with or without disabilities, and/or people with any gender identity and sexual orientation, are encouraged to apply.

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