Program Manager
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Education and Training

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Becker Friedman Institute - Development Innovation Lab

About the Department

The Development Economics Center brings together scholars from across the UChicago community for a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to addressing these challenges. Through rigorous research and active engagement with policymakers and stakeholders, UChicago scholars can push the frontiers of research and have real world impact.

Job Summary

The Program Manager manages academic, research, and administrative programs and research on program effectiveness. Responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, managing and evaluating daily operations of various DEC programs, for example Predoctoral Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships. Responsibilities are diverse and general in nature and may reflect more than one functional area.


  • In collaboration with other DEC staff and Director, deliver services to program participants and awardees such as communicating with programs partners and DEC applicants and awardees.
  • Works closely with DEC and UChicago team members to execute the importance and complexities international program and grant management. Works closely with the Director of the DEC to develop and execute new DEC programs together with the DEC committee.
  • Works to translate the goals of the committee into executable programs that engage Universities and researchers across the world.
  • Working in coordination with the Director, develops and communicates program priorities and performance standards and assesses operations using these criteria. Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate.
  • Has a deep understanding when interacting with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work.
  • Works with the Associate Director of Finance to manage program budgets and make budgetary recommendations.
  • Working with the Director, implements program evaluations to understand the impact of DEC programs, designs controlled experiments when possible and exploits natural experiments and qualitative causal evaluation when necessary and/or complementary with RCT designs.
  • Uses general understanding and experience to administer the delivery of services to program participants and/or beneficiaries.
  • Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate.
  • Interacts with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work or information.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through ---


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in business, economics, engineering or a related field.
  • Master's degree in economics, public policy/administration, or related field.

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:
  • Knowledge of international operations, especially within a University setting.
  • Excellent knowledge of project management principles.
  • Strong intuition and knowledge in statistics and causal inference.

Preferred Competencies
  • International development.
  • Conflict resolution skills.
  • Outstanding communication and organizational skills.
  • Strategic thinking and analytical skills.
  • Committee management.
  • Good decision making.
  • Information management.
  • Planning and evaluating.
  • Customer service.
  • Communicational skills.

Working Conditions
  • Perform tasks mostly indoors in an office setting.
  • Work independently with flexibility but also be able to follow detailed instruction for periods of eight (8) hours or more.

Application Documents
  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • Three Professional References Contact Information (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Administration & Management

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

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