Program Manager - Measure of America

Summary

Measure of America is a small research and policy advocacy initiative of the Social Science Research Council dedicated to stimulating nonpartisan, fact-based debate on issues of well-being and access to opportunity. It works in the areas of health, education, living standards, youth disconnection, and a range of other well-being topics. Measure of America is looking for a Program Manager for an initial one-year period to lead several innovative projects related to this mission, working in close partnership with New York City stakeholders and possibly stakeholders in other cities.

Description

The Social Science Research Council is an independent, international, nonprofit organization founded in 1923. Governed by a board of directors, it fosters innovative research, nurtures new generations of social scientists, deepens how inquiry is practiced within and across disciplines, and mobilizes necessary knowledge on important public issues.

The Social Science Research Council seeks a Program Manager for its Measure of America (MOA) program. Measure of America’s mission is to stimulate fact-based public debate about and bring political attention to issues of well-being, poverty, and inequality in the United States and to empower people to hold elected officials accountable for progress on these issues.

Through state, county, and city-level reports, thematic briefs, and interactive websites such as DATA2GO.NYC, Measure of America aims to breathe life into numbers, using data to create compelling narratives about well-being that foster greater understanding of our shared challenges and greater support for people-centered policies. The project was founded in 2007. For more information, please visit our website: www.measureofamerica.org.

The ideal candidate for this position has content knowledge in some aspect of US social or economic policy and solid experience managing processes involving stakeholders, partners, colleagues, vendors, etc. The Program Manager will work in our Brooklyn, NY, office and report to the program’s co-directors but will take the lead on several distinct projects and work quite independently.

Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a social science, public policy, or public health field required.
  • Some experience with statistics and applied quantitative analysis a plus. Some GIS experience a plus.
  • At least five to seven years’ work experience managing processes and/or staff.
  • Proven success in stakeholder engagement, mobilization, public education campaigns, or other strategies to bring individuals or organizations together around an issue or cause.
  • Strong oral communication skills and public speaking experience.
  • Excellent writing ability.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects successfully.
  • Flexible, resourceful self-starter who takes initiative and requires little direct day-to-day supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a personable, collegial work style; enjoys working as part of a team.

Responsibilities

The Manager in this position will be responsible for a portfolio of several discrete projects, to be selected on the basis of his/her area of expertise. For these projects, the responsibilities will be to

  • Establish and manage stakeholder engagement processes for the projects, building on Measure of America’s past work in these areas.
  • Manage the inputs of the MOA team, including statisticians, program/research assistants, partnerships specialist, and co-directors and keep the group informed and on the same page with regard to the projects he or she is leading on.
  • Contribute to the development of user case scenarios for the “products” (reports, online sites, etc.) involving interviews with target users to identify desirable topics of research, features for interactive websites, etc.
  • Contribute to the conceptualization and design of research projects, reports, online sites, etc.
  • Coordinate timely delivery of all inputs for each project. This could involve coordination of inputs from stakeholders, funders, partners, data providers, web developer/coder, web designer, and the Measure of America team of statisticians, researchers, and communications experts, as relevant.
  • Oversee updating of MOA website with regard to specific projects.
  • Contribute to MOA’s core research content and suggest tools and materials required from the perspective of maximizing reach and impact.
  • Present MOA work at meetings and conferences and to prospective partners.

Terms, Salary and Benefits

Initial one-year, full-time consultancy, with possibility of extension. If preferable to candidate, we would consider a part-time arrangement. Remuneration commensurate with experience.

Application Information

For further information or to apply, please send cover letter and resume/CV to applications@ssrc.org by May 31, 2017 (Please include “MOA Program Manager” in the subject field).

The Social Science Research Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.