We are looking for someone passionate about youth research that is experienced in and committed to project management. The Project Manager is responsible for managing the full cycle of specific grant projects including planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing out projects. The ideal candidate is self-motivated and mission driven, highly organized, detail oriented, an excellent communicator, and has the ability to successfully balance demanding deliverables and timelines.
ABOUT SEARCH INSTITUTE - For more than 60 years, Search Institute has been a leader and partner for organizations around the world in bridging research and practice to help all young people be and become their best selves. Our research, resources, and expertise help our partners in organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people.
OUR VISION - Search Institute partners with organizations to conduct and apply research that promotes positive youth development and advances equity.
OUR MISSION - All young people have what they need to thrive
Lead the project planning session, including project scope, deliverables, schedules, status reports, and other documentation needs in collaboration with the VP, project lead and other key stakeholders. Used to monitor and track progress.
Lead a collaborative process of developing and maintaining project timelines, deliverables, and work plans with project leaders.
Actively manage project expenses to budget, and work with colleagues and organizational leaders to resolve issues to keep projects on track and on budget.
Set up and monitor contract terms, project timelines, milestones, and deliverables in project management software flag any risks or difficulties for reaching key milestones, and initiate appropriate action to redress such problems. Communicate updates on a regular basis.
Coordinate internal and external resources. Negotiate and execute contracts.
Facilitate, and contribute to, collaborative efforts to prepare research proposals for Institutional Review Board proposals for review and approval. Once approved, monitor compliance and ongoing approval needs.
Collaborate with project leads in order to complete reports to funders and other external audiences.
Adhere to all data protection and human research participant protection standards.
Work closely with Search Institute’s Data Manager to provide the information, documents, and data files needed to archive projects
Manage Project Management Infrastructure
Guide, train, and educate Research & Practice staff on best practices related to project management.
Monitor and, if needed, re-design project management infrastructure to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.
Provide technical oversight for integrating new technology or new initiatives into project management standards and structures.
Develop and maintain a comprehensive project management organizational system to be used across all research projects.
Collaborate with other Search Institute staff with project management responsibilities to ensure a cohesive and consistent project management system is used.
Perform other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.
Education and Experience Required:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Minimum 5 years of experience in project management with strong understanding of formal project management methodologies
Minimum 5 years of experience managing project budgets $500k+
Professional Qualifications Required:
Demonstrated interest, experience, expertise, and commitment to Search Institute’s mission
Strong project management skills with the ability to organize, multi-task, prioritize, establish/meet deadlines, and manage execution
Ability to hold diverse project teams accountable for timelines, budgets, and deliverables
Ability to initiate, track, and coordinate multiple strands of activity to ensure that the respective projects and deliverables are progressing according to plan and in a timely manner, individually and in coordination with each other.
Function effectively in a team environment with a wide range of personalities; maintain positive staff relationships and a healthy work environment while exchanging ideas and feedback with colleagues
Take initiative and work strategically
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Apps
Desire to be accountable for results
Strong analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving skills
Ability to handle difficult situations well, resolve conflict, and uphold confidential information
Ability to make decisions and exercise good judgment
Represent Search Institute in a positive and professional manner in all settings
Ability to pass a criminal background check
Project management certification or credential
Experience with project management software, preferably LiquidPlanner
Experience with managing grants and contracts, including reports to funders
Cross-cultural knowledge and experience
HOW TO APPLY - Please visit our website to apply: https://jobs.search-institute.org/form/project-manager-resume-submissio
APPLICATION DEADLINE- December 6, 2020 or until filled
Search Institute strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.
Additional Salary Information: BENEFITS - Search Institute is proud to offer our employees a great benefit package including medical, dental, life insurance, disability insurance, health savings account, retirement savings account with employer match, a generous PTO and holiday pay.
About Search Institute
For over 60 years, Search Institute has been a leader and partner for organizations around the world in bridging research and practice to help all young people be and become their best selves. Our research, resources, and expertise help our partners in organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people.