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Program Manager, Opportunity Lab (O-Lab)

Description

The Opportunity Lab (O-Lab) is a new initiative at UC Berkeley that addresses issues surrounding poverty and inequality in the United States and abroad using data-driven research. It is a cross-campus effort led by professors Hilary Hoynes, Jesse Rothstein, Ben Handel, and Edward Miguel. O-Lab’s network of 20 affiliated researchers generate rigorous, policy-relevant evidence across multiple domains, including crime, climate, education, taxation, social safety nets, and health. The O-Lab works closely with the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), a hub for research on global development with its headquarters at UC Berkeley. O-Lab’s current focus is on motivating research in priority areas, including labor science--which leverages advances in computer science and machine learning to transform the way labor markets are defined, studied, and regulated in the U.S. and abroad--and place-based policy--which explores policy tools for mitigating geographic income and employment disparities. At the same time, O-Lab is constantly exploring new ways to leverage faculty interest and expertise to address critical challenges associated with global poverty and inequality.

Closing Date

Feb 15, 2019 11:59 pm PST

Eligibility

The O-Lab seeks a talented Program Manager to coordinate existing research initiatives in labor science and place-based policy while identifying and pursuing new research and fundraising opportunities that advance O-Lab’s mission and vision. S/he will assume responsibility for the management of scientific convenings, partnership development, grant-making, donor reporting, fundraising, outreach, and research dissemination, as well as the development of effective administrative, performance management, and information systems to help O-Lab achieve its goals. The Program Manager will work closely with the O-Lab co-directors and under the direct supervision and mentorship of the Executive Director at CEGA.

The incumbent will be a self-starter with strong project management experience and deep knowledge of domestic policy research related to inequality and opportunity. This is a challenging opportunity for candidates who are passionate about domestic policy research and data-driven efforts to reduce poverty; have a strong desire to expand and deepen their skills in research management, strategic planning, grant writing, and partnership development; and who are energized to help build a growing and dynamic organization.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Identify new, strategic funding opportunities for O-Lab; draft grant proposals with input from faculty; manage relationships with funders;
  • Facilitate the cultivation of new and existing partners; conduct outreach to policy-makers, implementing organizations, and other stakeholders;
  • Organize scientific conferences and workshops, including content development, recruitment of partners and academics, press coverage, and strategic development of agendas;
  • Solicit and integrate insights from faculty, leadership, and partners on development of the two research initiatives and for the broader O-Lab;
  • Manage budgets and financial tracking for the two initiatives and for O-Lab as a whole;
  • Liaise with Berkeley's Campus Shared Services, who will actively manage new proposals and awarded grants/contracts in campus systems;
  • Increase visibility for O-Lab by drafting content for newsletters, the website, social media and other select communications;
  • Help to disseminate O-Lab research by drafting articles, policy briefs, white papers, and blogs;
  • Develop subject matter expertise in social science research; stay up-to-date on relevant research and policy trends in fields relevant to O-Lab.
  • Lead the creation of a pilot fellowship program for promising graduate students interested in data-intensive research on labor inequality. Manage recruitment related to this cohort, as well as the organization of bi-monthly meetings and bi-annual workshops;
  • Manage competitive grant-making processes, including RFPs, peer review, project monitoring, and grantee reporting;
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate student research assistants, including work plan design, performance management, and professional development;
  • Participate in O-Lab and CEGA-wide management activities, internal work groups, performance management, process documentation, and strategic planning.  

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in a quantitative discipline, including Economics, Public Policy, Computer Science, Psychology, Statistics, or Public Health (epidemiology)
  • 2-5 years professional experience in an academic, non-profit, or social enterprise setting, including at least 2 years of proven management experience;
  • Exceptional communicator, both verbally and in writing;
  • Experience writing research proposals, managing grants, and interacting with private and public donors;
  • Commitment to scientific, evidence-led domestic policy;
  • Solid understanding of policy issues and relevant research on U.S. labor markets, place-based policy, social safety nets, taxation, health insurance markets, education, and/or criminal justice;
  • Well-organized, with strong administrative skills and outstanding attention to detail;
  • Self-directed, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently, multitask and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Strong financial management skills;
  • Strong skills in short-term and long-range planning, analysis, problem-anticipation and -solving; ability to independently investigate solutions to challenges and anticipate leadership/sponsor needs;
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills in working with colleagues at all levels. Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality;
  • Ability to contribute to remaining flexible and able to adapt to change;
  • Strong competency with MS Office (including solid understanding of Excel) and Google applications.

Desired Qualifications

  • MA/MS in a quantitative discipline, including Public Policy, Economics, Public Administration, Information Science, or Public Health (epidemiology), or extensive relevant work experience;
  • Previous experience managing research projects, or working with researchers and faculty in an academic setting;
  • Proficiency with STATA;
  • Solid understanding of economics research on poverty and inequality in the United States, as well as O-Lab faculty member research
  • Perfectionist with high attention to details;
  • Experience using Salesforce;
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (including Adobe InDesign and PhotoShop);
  • Sense of humor with a positive attitude in approaching challenges and uncertainty.

Application Requirements

This is a one year full-time position with possibility for extension pending funding.

Online application via the UC Berkeley jobs portal is required. Please visit http://jobs.berkeley.edu and search for Job ID# 26123. Applications should include a brief cover-letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references.

Please note CEGA is only able to hire individuals who are eligible to work in the US, either through an Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa or as a result of being US citizen or permanent resident.