Project Manager

Location: Flexible
Hours per week (average): 40
Overtime status: Exempt

Interested applicants, please reach out to [email protected].

data.org is building a better future with data, and is looking for creative, results-driven professionals passionate about the potential of data and technology to achieve social impact to join our team.

Launched in January 2020 and building on an initial five-year, $50M commitment from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, data.org envisions a world that uses the power of data science to help solve society’s greatest challenges and improve lives across the globe. As a platform for partnerships, data.org works alongside social impact organizations, philanthropy, technology firms, and academia to build the field of data science for social impact.

Who We Are:

Within data.org, the Capacity Accelerator Network (CAN) is building the capacity of the social impact sector to fully take advantage of the data revolution. Doing this will require addressing how we educate, train, and upskill the next generation of social impact talent, as well as supporting the evolution and capacity of social impact organizations (SIOs) to ensure that they are ready, willing, and able to ingest new data-driven talent.

About this Role:

Within CAN, we are launching a new initiative in collaboration with a cohort of globally-distributed SIOs and a major technology partner in the United States. Against the framework of our Data Maturity Assessment, we aim to help SIOs enhance their data maturity and to make progress in digital transformation that supports their mission. data.org is searching for a Project Manager to support this exciting global initiative. During this two-year program, this role will work with the cohort of SIOs to improve their data maturity against measurable KPIs and generate insights that can be shared with the wider sector. The Project Manager will also liaise with data.org’s Digital Product team and project stakeholders as part of enhancing features of the Data Maturity Assessment. The ideal candidate will be a driven self-starter, able to work across multiple stakeholders to build capacity and community.

This is a two-year, grant-funded position, with the potential to extend as the team expands and secures additional funding. This is a full-time position with a salary range of $100,000-110,000 annually with a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 3% automatic contribution and 3% employer match on 401k contributions, pre-tax transportation benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off. data.org highly values facilitating an equitable standard of living across the regions in which it operates. This position’s location is remote and flexible. To promote transparency in compensation practices, this position lists a baseline salary for a US-based cost of living. Details of actual compensation will be discussed during the interview process to ensure compensation is approached comprehensively and equitability. Occasional travel required, including to locations in the US/UK/Europe.

What You’ll Do:

  • Execute on a vision to build a robust, data-driven culture in the social impact sector through working with social impact organizations (SIOs) to advance their data maturity
  • Manage cohorts comprised of representatives from SIOs working on solving common problems; Manage relationships, engage with technical assistance partners, send clear communications, run meetings, etc.
  • Uncover and understand SIOs’ needs and translate them into requirements; Evaluate and recommend off-the-shelf solutions or matches to technical partners to meet SIOs’ data needs
  • Work with the data.org Digital Product team and external stakeholders (including clients and vendors) to build enhancements to the data.org Data Maturity Assessment
  • Draft implementation plans based on project vision and write high-level requirements based on input from the Program Director. Ensure high-level requirements are fully understood and that implementation plans match expectations
  • Contribute to successful continuous delivery of project roadmaps, within budget and schedule, by identifying risks and developing & recommending mitigation strategies
  • Coordinate with geographically- and domain-diverse external partner organizations and individual roles, such as program leadership and management, data analysts, developers, and engineers
  • Synthesize learnings from cohort experience to share through data.org platform
  • Deliver reports and findings to key stakeholders
  • Understand, research, and follow technical trends in the industry and in general

Qualifications You’ll Need:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a domain relevant to social impact and/or data science/analytics
  • 3 – 5 years of experience in project management in relevant sectors
  • Proven track record of managing all aspects of a successful project through its lifecycle, including ensuring that project plans adhere to budget, timeline, and scope
  • Strong social impact sector awareness and working knowledge of the objectives of different business functions within an SIO; Good working knowledge of current data challenges being faced by SIOs around the world
  • Experience and knowledge of change management principles, methodologies, and tools, and a solid understanding of how people and organizations go through the change process
  • Strong quantitative acumen and data literacy and proficient technical capabilities and familiarity with various data platforms and tools
  • Proven experience managing stakeholder relationships across multiple cross-functional teams, including managing contractors and technical partners
  • Excellent communication skills, with a flair for reaching out to people at all levels. Ability to tailor technical information for different audiences.
  • Excellent self-organization, with proven ability to take requirements, generate a plan, and execute against it
  • Experience working as part of a multi- and/or inter-disciplinary team on challenging project outcomes
  • Ability to have regular meetings with stakeholders across all U.S. time zones is essential
  • Mission-driven individual with strong judgement, interpersonal skills and an ability to thrive in a fast-paced, changing environment

Hiring Statement

data.org, the Data Science for Social Impact Collaborative is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

Interested applicants, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]