Research Project Manager
About The GovLab Data Program
The GovLab is at the forefront of catalyzing a global movement to leverage data for cross-sector collaboration that drives value for society and business. Launched in 2012 at New York University Tandon School of Engineering, we are an action research center focused on improving people’s lives by strengthening governance and solving public problems through data, science, and technology. We have earned the reputation of developing practical solutions based upon research, rigorous analysis, and policy and stakeholder engagement.
We are looking for a strong project manager to join the core data program team. Specific responsibilities and activities for this position include, but are not limited to:
Specific responsibilities and activities for this position include, but are not limited to:
- Support the GovLab’s Data Program toward making data collaboration systematic, sustainable and responsible;
- Help establish and implement Data Program projects, provide oversight on project progress, drive to meet deadlines, and proactively assist in the financial management/ budgeting of projects, while reporting to GovLab management to contribute to meeting the goals of the Data Program department;
- Be actively involved in business development activities to help identify and research opportunities on new and existing engagements with corporates and nonprofits;
- Contribute in write-up of research and analysis reports, preparing presentations, developing thought leadership, and stakeholder management and engagement GovLab network;
- Contribute overall to continuous learning, dissemination and improvement of the Data Program, on personal and team growth-level;
Help GovLab’s leadership establish and implement the 100 Questions Initiative, a unique smarter crowdsourcing initiative that combines open innovation with data expertise;
- Operationalize, plan and implement the 100 Questions Initiative’s sequenced campaign: manage ongoing project-effort and monthly launch of new active domains (i.e. climate change and migration);
- Identify, curate and outreach to partners, bilinguals (data experts with domain expertise), funders and data stewards (responsible data leaders within organizations);
- Identify and prototype (digital) tools needed for the 100 Questions Initiative and help launch a digital 100 Questions Platform to enable the sourcing of questions and hosting of the bilinguals community;
- Develop Topic Mapping for each of the 10 domains to rapidly develop a landscape view and identify main themes for subtopics plus key organizations, subject area experts, data holders and publications to engage in the initiative;
- Develop Sourcing Criteria and manage the sourcing of Questions for each of the ten domains and organize worldwide online crowdsourcing campaign for public voting as part of the initiative;
- Help initiate partnerships toward unlocking the relevant data sets in match with Questions through the formation of Data Collaboratives;
- Organize a high-level convening in conclusion of the sequenced campaign with bilinguals, funders, organizations and relevant stakeholders from the private and public sector to present the full 100 Questions list;
- Write Promotion and Communications materials to provide for e.g. audience engagement and updating of funders, partners; and
- Prepare presentations and reports emerging from the initiative;
- A strong and proactive project manager with expertise working at the management and leadership level of corporates and/or nonprofits.
- Strategic mindset while knowing the details of what is needed to execute.
- Proven ability of strong communication skills, oral and written.
- Proven ability to manage projects within scope, budget, and strict deadlines (and establish scope, budget and schedule).
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively with members of the data program team.
- Knowledge of global public challenges in environmental, social, or economic domains a plus.
- Have worked within data science and technology work environments a plus.
How to Apply
Applicants should email firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter, resume and several writing samples.