Date Posted:

November 17, 2022

Job Title:

Technical Project Manager / Research Manager

Job Description:

RIPL is a non-profit tech for social impact organization founded in 2018. We help government solve some of society’s most pressing challenges using data and science. Our work has supported data-driven policy improvements in health care, education, social insurance, civic participation, workforce development, and criminal justice.

In the early days of COVID-19, we partnered with Rhode Island to build a cloud-based Pandemic Unemployment Assistance system in just 10 days, making Rhode Island the first state in the nation to pay CARES act benefits to workers and families in need, and helping over 70,000 RI workers receive their unemployment benefits.

We are now expanding across the country to use administrative data, ML/AI, and cloud technology solutions to help state and federal government connect millions Americans with in-demand careers and streamlined benefits.

As a Technical Project Manager at RIPL, you will be responsible for leading the RIPL Research Team alongside the Director of Research to manage the organization’s scientific portfolio and deliver innovative and impactful solutions for our government partners. 

You will forge new cross-sector partnerships to bring large-scale projects to life with government partners to improve lives, working with policymakers and community and private sector stakeholders to ensure a successful project rollout, mentoring and managing research team members, communicating with a wide variety of audiences to communicate the details and impact of projects, and shaping the strategic growth for the organization.  You will work closely with leading researchers, funders, committed government partners, and major technology sector partners as RIPL scales, develops and deploys technical infrastructure and solutions to transform administrative data into positive impact with partners. And you will partner with experts in behavioral economics to develop “nudges” which empower individuals with information they need to benefit from innovative and effective public policy programs.

RIPL’s staff are located all over the country but stay connected with online chat, regular coffee hours and in-person time when travel is possible. As an organization we value quality over quantity, and believe our government partners deserve the best. We know that changing culture and systems takes hard work, and we’re committed to that work for the long term. To learn more about what we value, please see our leadership values.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills, experiences, and qualifications:

    • At least five years in technology, cross-sector and/or government project management. An advanced degree (e.g., MPA, MPH, or MPP) is preferred.
    • A track record of effectively leading important, complex and sensitive projects involving stakeholders in the public and private sectors.
    • Strong leadership skills with a history of driving project consensus for success, a passion for bringing together multiple stakeholders for creative solutions, and
    • 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. A commitment to the highest quality of work both personally and on an organizational level.
    • Proven ability to successfully engage and build consensus across diverse stakeholders during project development and implementation.
    • A strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions.
    • Thorough understanding of the scientific process and technical research, and ability to digest and interpret economic research papers and communicate their findings to general audiences.
    • Ability to lead grant proposals and reporting.
    • Ability to use and embrace task management and documentation software critical for organizing and documenting work.
    • Expertise 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.
    • A positive mentor to both junior and senior staff who communicates clearly, delivers constructive criticism, and continually raises the bar and inspires the entire team to achieve more.


    • Competitive salary.
    • Committed, mission-minded colleagues.
    • A supportive, remote-first work environment.
    • Subsidized Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance.
    • 401k with employer match up to 6%.
    • 21 flexible vacation days per year, including paid company-wide holidays.
    • 40 hours of sick leave starting immediately.
    • Paid family leave.


To learn more, email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

Research Improving People’s Lives is an equal opportunity employer.