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Program Manager

Job ID 1279-4

Position Description:
Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding using data science and analytics. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength. 

Read more about our benefits here:https://www.mathematica.org/career-opportunities/benefits-at-a-glance.


Currently, we are looking for Program Managers in the Human Services business unit’s Operations and Project Management function in our Princeton, NJ, Washington, DC, Cambridge, MA, Chicago, IL or Ann Arbor, MI office  locations. Program managers lead and manage tasks and projects throughout the company for clients such as: The U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Justice,  and Labor, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and numerous state and local agencies.. They are responsible for meeting project objectives by providing the guidance and direction needed to remain on schedule and on budget. Program managers make critical project decisions about planning, procuring, managing, and closing out complex projects and lead process-oriented tasks to contribute to excellence in project delivery. Additionally, program managers possess subject matter expertise in public policy topics to support project teams.    

Duties may include:  

  • Applying project management best practices and MS Project to manage project schedule, cost, scope and quality
  • Leading large tasks and projects by providing guidance to the project teams, on project operations, including schedules, finances, progress of work and identification of risks as well as proposed options for action by project leadership, corporate leadership, or clients
  • Leading communications with technical project staff, researchers, internal business departments, programmers, external consultants, subcontractors, and client representatives
  • Executing project work by drafting correspondence for clients and subcontractors with respect to project management, technical, and contractual issues
  • Analyzing project expenditures, conduct cost analyses, and forecast project costs
  • Providing guidance or contributing to deliverables and project plans which include comprehensive evaluation of all the operational components of projects, outlining problems, options, and solutions for action by client agencies
  • Providing guidance on project collaboration tools such as SharePoint websites, Microsoft Project schedules, Excel spreadsheets, and other tools
  • Ensuring project adherence to data privacy, security, archival, destruction, and transition requirements and other contractual stipulations
  • Leading business development opportunities by managing proposals
  • Contributing to other Human Services projects and functions by providing data analysis of management information.

Position Requirements:

  • Master's degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Business, Management, Operations, or at least seven years of experience in a related field
  • Work experience at a human services program or agency, school district, child welfare agency, state or federal government, or foundations is preferred
  • MS Project and PMP Certification required
  • Knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and,accurately, both independently and in teams
  • Excellent organizational, communication, writing, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with others
  • Flexibility to lead and manage multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadlines
  • Experience with management tools, including Microsoft Project
  • Willingness to take on challenges, learn new subject matter and assume responsibility for major project tasks
  • Ability to lead multidisciplinary, in-person, and virtual teams, including subcontractors, senior staff and contracting agency staff
  • Certifications demonstrating management proficiency and expertise, such as Project Management Professional (PMP) are preferred.

One of Mathematica’s core values is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our research is more robust because it is informed by a variety of diverse perspectives, and our mission to improve societal well-being is strengthened by a greater understanding of issues and challenges facing the populations we serve. Mathematica’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is woven into our everyday actions, policies, and practices. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We offer Employee Resources Groups on a variety of topics, local diversity and inclusion activities in each office, and a Diversity council. 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), and a 3-5 page writing sample. You will be asked to attach these materials during the online application process.  

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary of $90,000-$121,200. This position may be eligible for a discretionary bonus based on company and individual performance.

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on certain projects. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance. 

Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; Chicago, IL

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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