Project Manager, Policy

R Street Institute

Posted: 2/29/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Policy

Primary domain: Other

City: Washington

Postal code: 20005

State: Washington, DC

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$10M - $20M


Mission statement:

R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization. Our mission is to engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets and limited, effective government. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Project Manager, Policy

R Street Institute

Washington, D.C.

The R Street Institutea free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices across the countryseeks a motivated, organized project manager to help us create systems for managing our projects and grants. If you are the right fit, you will report to the associate vice president of policy management. If you want to join a young and energetic organization and do something extraordinary, this may be just the opportunity you need.  

Your typical day at R Street may include improving the estimation of time invested across the organization for creating a white paper, reviewing committed project deliverables on a highly restricted grant, monitoring the progress and resource allocation to date on a particular project, and mentoring and teaching your colleagues the best practices of project management. This role will serve the entire policy team with a specific initial focus on our Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties team. You will be asked to manage a large amount of responsibility initially in order to create systems for all policy teams while simultaneously project managing the Criminal Justice team. As systems are implemented, you will increasingly spread your time across all policy teams. This role will be what you make of it—it will provide opportunities to take on more responsibility and leadership if you have the drive, passion and skills.

Other Aspects of Your Role


        Starting with one program team (Criminal Justice), create the systems and guidance that will enable all policy teams to create project plans, manage any given project to a budget and deadline, and track team achievements

        Work with grant leads to manage the development and fulfillment of all Criminal Justice projects and other projects with highly-restricted funding as necessary

        Oversee and track grant application processes

        Work with all policy teams to create accurate time reporting and capacity planning

        Track and report on all policy goals in compliance with accounting needs, team priorities and donor requirements

        Manage processes for grant onboarding and deliverable scheduling, inclusive of project milestones

        Ensure excellent communication between policy team, management and executive leadership, during the creation, implementation and monitoring of project systems

        Foresee conflicts, assess risks, and help co-create and document mitigation strategies

        Forecast resource needs and flag problems for policy heads and managers

        Work with the Finance team to develop internal financial reports by grant and contract (such as fund utilization, budgeted vs. actual) and highlight critical deviations, if any, for resolution

        Derive insights from financial analysis to enable performance review of the programs in the Criminal Justice portfolio in order to facilitate strategic/operational decisions; and monitor spending against grants and awards on a monthly basis

        Work with the Business Development, Finance, and Criminal Justice teams to develop financial budgets for proposals to funders and ensure application of sound cost-recovery methodologies

        Assist with development of funding proposals as appropriate

        Assist the associate vice president of policy management with scaling the operation to eight additional policy units

This is a full-time job based in Washington, D.C., with a preferred ongoing presence in the office. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families), wellness benefits, an employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit, 401(k) contributions with up to a four percent match and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that's illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled and we hope to do so by April 2020. We will contact ideal individuals for telephone interviews and conduct them on a rolling basis. We will hold in-person interviews in our D.C. office.


Skills and Qualifications

        Grants management expertise (restricted and unrestricted) is highly desirable

        Financial management acuity is preferred

        Ample, demonstrated experience in managing and planning complex projects

        Effective communicator of both big picture and individual elements for a variety of internal audiences

        Ability to be flexible, learn quickly and mentor and persuade colleagues towards results

        Desire to take on complex, challenging problems and stamina to see them through to resolution

        Passion for free markets and limited, effective government

        A sense of humor and a desire to grow with a dynamic organization

        Interest in the work of our Criminal Justice program is a plus


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

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