Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is seeking a full-time Project Manager to provide key support and oversight to research and policy project teams conducting quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, organizational mapping, and policy analysis within human service systems in various jurisdictions across the United States. This individual will be responsible for ensuring the efficient operations of a team of multi-disciplinary project staff; coordinating the efforts and accountability of task-related teams and workgroups; interfacing with senior leadership within Chapin Hall and in state and local jurisdictions; and ensuring that work is completed and high-quality deliverables submitted in accordance with proposed work plans, timeframes and budget. Responsibilities will include work plan development and monitoring; development and completion of monthly progress reports; analyzing and reporting on best practices and federal guidelines for human service systems; interface and regular communication with key internal and external team members and stakeholders; and meeting facilitation and scheduling. This position provides an opportunity to gain exposure to policy research as part of multidisciplinary team comprised of social science researchers and national experts in social policy.
Candidates with an understanding of human service delivery, health care policy & financing, or child welfare systems are strongly preferred. Candidates must have background experience and/or training in project management approaches, such as Waterfall and Agile approaches.
Chapin Hall is an independent policy research center affiliated with the University of Chicago, one of the world’s premier research universities. Chapin Hall provides public and private decision-makers with rigorous data analysis and achievable solutions to support them in improving the lives of our most vulnerable children, youth and families. Chapin Hall’s impact derives largely from the distinctive blend of rigorous academic research with innovative partnerships with public systems, institutions, organizations, and programs that are in a position to best deploy that research. For more information about Chapin Hall, please visit our website at www.chapinhall.org.
This position is contingent upon funding. The position will be based in Chicago.
The primary responsibilities of the position are as follows:
Workplan/project plan development, coordination, oversight, reporting, and accountability.
Translate project objectives into actionable plans, collecting from multiple project staff activity updates, and compile into progress reports and presentations suitable for project leadership and clients.
Coordinate and direct regular, prompt, and responsive communication within and among project team members, including prompts for activity and deliverables completion.
Develop monthly progress reports and, as needed, implement corresponding adjustments to workflow with consultation and supervision from project leadership.
Manage and reconcile project and staff expenses; budgeting and budget reporting.
Interact with key stakeholders including public agency staff, community providers, and members of the general public.
Organize computerized databases and paper files for multiple research projects.
Analyze best practice and federal guidelines for human service systems.
Manage meetings, including scheduling and facilitation.
For Bachelor’s level candidates, four years of relevant experience are required.
For Master’s level candidates, two years of relevant experience are required.
Background, experience and/or training in project management approaches, such as Waterfall and Agile approaches, required.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.
Excellent interpersonal skills required.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and maintain focus in a fast-paced environment where interruptions are common required.
Ability to interact well with a diverse group of people required
Pleasant and professional demeanor required.
Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain confidentiality required.
Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment required.
Ability to work under pressure and adjust for additional hours, as necessary, required.
High proficiency and fluency in Microsoft Office applications required.
Ability to work independently, strong initiative, and a resourceful approach to problem-solving and learning required.
Familiarity with public health, human service delivery, health care policy and financing, and/or child welfare preferred.
Familiarity with relational databases, presentation software, and on-line and electronic schedulers preferred.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be able to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time.
Must be able to operate a computer extensively for four (4) or more hours per day.
Must be able to participate in frequent regular meetings that may occur by phone, teleconference, or in person. Some travel may be required.
Pre-employment background checks are required for all Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago positions.
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Formal expressions of interest are accepted online only. A cover letter, resume, and reference contact information are required to be considered for this position.
Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations to complete the application process should contact Human Resources by calling (773) 256-5157, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values and actively seeks diversity in its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, status as an individual with disability, age, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.