Senior Project Manager

RIPL is a not-for-profit research institute with faculty affiliates from top research universities across the country and policy affiliates with executive experience in state and local government. Our mission is to use data and science to impact policy and improve people’s lives. Our unique approach turns facts into results by combining high-powered research, policy expertise, and technical know-how to give governments the tools they need to better serve their communities with effective public policy. RIPL science has supported policy and process improvements in health care, education, social insurance, civic participation, workforce development, and criminal justice.

We are growing and adding new project manager positions to increase impact with several state and local government partners. As a Project Manager at RIPL, you will be responsible for managing one or more of RIPL’s large scale data-and-science-driven policy projects with government partners, blending best practices from economics, policy, and data science to address complex policy challenges.

You will be responsible for coordinating research on your project(s) with RIPL team members, contributing to the design and evaluation of policy interventions, working with policymakers and community stakeholders to ensure a successful project rollout, coordinating with community stakeholders, managing day-to-day project implementation, and producing materials for a wide variety of audiences to communicate the details and impact of projects. You will work closely with leading researchers, committed government partners, and major technology sector partners as RIPL develops technical infrastructure to transform administrative data into positive impact with partners. You will work with experts in behavioral economics to develop “nudges” which empower individuals with information they need to benefit from innovative and effective public policy programs.


  • Three to five years in research or government project management. An advanced degree (e.g., MS, MPA, MPH, or MPP) is preferred.
  • A track record of effectively managing complex projects involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and ability to communicate research interventions and scientific findings to policymakers, community organizers, and general audiences.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, with high attention to details and ability to prioritize between multiple projects.
  • Ability to successfully engage and build consensus with local nonprofits and community organizations during project development and implementation.
  • A strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions.
  • Ability to assist with grant proposals and reporting.
  • Understanding and appreciation of technical research and the scientific process, and an ability to digest and interpret economic research papers and communicate their findings to general audiences.
  • Ability to use and embrace task management and documentation software critical for organizing and documenting work.
  • Experience with a programming or data analysis language (e.g., Python, R, Stata) and data visualization tools (Tableau, Microsoft Power BI) is a plus.
  • A strong desire and commitment to using science to improve lives, ability to learn and think creatively in partnership with a diverse team of scientists to use data and science to solve complex social problems at speed and at scale.

RIPL is an equal opportunity employer.

To learn more, email a resume and cover letter to with subject “Senior Project Manager”