DataKind is looking for a Project Manager!

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This is a one-year, full-time remote position that can be based anywhere in the U.S. as long as the workday overlaps with most or all of 9am-5pm Eastern Standard Time. (Note that our Brooklyn office is currently closed until at least fall 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; if and when it reopens, in-person attendance will be optional.)

About DataKind

DataKind is a global nonprofit dedicated to harnessing the power of data science and artificial intelligence (AI) in the service of humanity. Named one of Fast Company's 2017 top 10 innovative nonprofits, DataKind teams talented pro bono experts from academia and industry with visionary changemakers to collaboratively design innovative solutions to tough social challenges. We help social organizations apply their data to predictive analytics, machine learning algorithms, and AI needs in a way that both increases impact and prioritizes ethics.

  • We are 20,000 strong: DataKind volunteers hail from almost every country across the world, representing a community of technologists and social change makers who believe in using data science and AI for a stronger planet and a more just and prosperous world.
  • We have served 300+ projects around the world: From using satellite imagery to measure crop yields to automating the fight against hate speech online, our volunteer community has shown up to support a range of humanitarian needs around the world. Through this approach, illustrating what we call “the art of the possible,” these projects have resulted in more effective NGOs, more funding for social change organizations, and more awareness of the power (and pitfalls) of data science and AI in the social sector. 
  • People are at the center of our process: The most advanced machine learning algorithms are useless if they’re not designed for real people’s problems. DataKind celebrates human centered design principles that focus on the “why,” the “for whom,” and the “should we” long before we ever get going on the “what.”
  • “AI for Good” will only succeed if it’s “AI for All”: We will continue our work until all people and all communities can use digital technology for the outcomes they want to see. We support not just the tech communities of today, but anyone in any community who wants to lead in how data technologies serve their needs fairly, with an emphasis on including individuals from groups that are historically underrepresented in technology or will be impacted by the intervention. 

DataKind has always known that we will not be able to combat all of the world’s looming challenges on the backs of individual, short-term projects alone. We are now focusing on issue-specific Impact Practices, including improving health outcomes and increasing economic resilience for all. You can read more about our Impact Practice strategy here.

About the Opportunity 

Project management is critical to DataKind’s success—every project or event involves nonprofit partners, funders, and volunteer data scientists all collaborating together with DataKind staff to create tools and insights that maximize impact. Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, the Project Manager will ensure the success of specific DataKind programming by managing select partner relationships and overseeing all aspects of project management.  The Project Manager will set deadlines, assign responsibilities and monitor and summarize the progress of projects while ensuring deliverables fall within the applicable scope and budget. The Project Manager will also prepare reports for the DataKind Executive Team regarding the status of projects.  

In particular, the Project Manager will coordinate an exciting new partnership with Google.org. Building on DataKind’s Economic Resilience Impact Practice, Google.org is funding a cohort of up to seven projects that will be selected for their individual impact as well as their potential to be replicated or applied across the broad Economic Empowerment space. The Project Manager will be a cross-functional team member, coordinating projects and deliverables across DataKind. In this role, you’ll work closely with our Programs, Business Development, Communications, and Operations teams as well as with our contacts at Google.org.

What You’ll Do 

The Project Manager will be responsible for the following in addition to any other project assigned by the manager:

  • Develop project implementation plans, project timelines, and tracking systems for each project and project manageDataKind staff to successful completion
  • Meet regularly with the Product team to ensure that projects proceed according to established timelines, budgetary constraints, meeting expectations, and adherence to the project scope
  • Draft monthly update reports for the Executive team and external partners
  • Coordinate with internal and external team members to deliver timely grantee update reports – for example, sending report reminders, reviewing and compiling reports, and tracking submission metrics
  • Work with DataKind’s Portfolio Manager and Director of Operations to process and manage subgrants, contracts, and organizational records using shared resources such as Google Drive and Salesforce
  • Define, collect and report on impact measurement metrics (e.g. time to completion)
  • Create templates of grant management tools and funder reports wherever possible

How You’ll be Measured

At the end of their one-year term, the Project Manager will have accomplished the following:

  • Ensured that the seven projects in the Google.org cohort have progressed from volunteer recruitment to project completion, with all deliverables met along the way
  • Aided in the reporting on grants made to the Google.org portfolio of projects
  • Managed periodic project status reporting
  • Coordinated cross-functional deliverables according to the agreed schedule and defined standards

Qualifications 

  • Alignment with DataKind mission and values of humility, transparency, DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion), thoughtfulness, excellence, and approachability.
  • 5-7 years of work experience; at least 3 years of experience in complex project management.
  • Experience effectively managing internal and external stakeholder relationships as a part of project management work.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working in ambiguous, fast paced, or quickly changing contexts. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with a track record of creating strong presentations or reports.
  • PMI or other project or process management certification preferred but not required.
  • Experience with Google Drive, Slack, Asana, and/or Salesforce is a plus.

Why Work with DataKind

At DataKind, we believe that people are the most important asset to delivering on their mission to collaboratively design data-driven, innovative solutions to tough social challenges. Working with us means that you will have:

  • Flexibility in your working schedule. This includes things like working from home, leaving early to care for kids, coming in late to walk your dog, etc. This also means that you have unlimited PTO.
  • Access to an outstanding health plan. We pay 100% of medical, vision, and dental benefits for employees and contribute partially for spouse and dependent coverage.
  • Support to plan for your future. We offer a 401(k) match up to 5%.
  • Opportunities to learn and grow. Each year, we budget for each staff person to have ongoing professional development support.

 

DataKind is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Naturally, DataKind is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups in tech to apply. DataKind does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected category. 

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

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