Data & Society Research Institute is seeking a dynamic and energetic Program Manager to provide administrative and project management for the Director of Research.


About the Program Manager, Research

The Program Manager, Research (“PMR”) will have the responsibility for facilitating and coordinating all activities for the research program. This is a newly created role for Data & Society and is tasked to coordinate and support the research team’s multi-faceted programming utilizing relevant project management tools, as well as provide administrative oversight and day-to-day management of the program. The PMR loves research but loves helping others do important research even more, and manages and prioritizes multiple concurrent projects, completing work under pressure to meet strict deadlines. The PMR works both independently and collaboratively with members of the research team and other key members of the organization.


The ideal candidate is excited about shaping a newly created role within a young and fast-moving organization and is committed to the development, continuous iteration and innovation within the Research team and the organization. They enjoy thinking strategically about what is needed for research to be useful, relevant, and accessible and enjoys providing project management and support.


The PMR role is a full-time, exempt position, and reports directly to the Director of Research.



  • Coordinate and plan meetings, workshops, retreats, office hours, and seminars;
  • Manage the outreach and recruitment efforts for the postdoctoral and fellowship calls;
  • Liaise with the human resources department on the recruitment, hiring, and onboarding new research team members;
  • Manage the implementation of academic workshops, collaborating with researchers and events;
  • Provide project management support to research initiatives;
  • Liaise with the Operations/Strategy team on knowledge management for the research team;
  • Identify, acquire, and maintain necessary resources for the research team, such as library access;
  • Manage the research administration budget;
  • Identify and coordinate professional development opportunities and initiatives for the research team;
  • Manage the organizational calendar, as it pertains to the research team;
  • Collaborate with researchers and the communication department on planning and timing for engagement;
  • Collaborate with editorial staff on the pipeline for research projects;
  • Support the research team by coordinating network connections, assisting in navigating within the organization, providing access to information and resources, and representing their interests and capabilities to leadership.



  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of five years experience in a nonprofit, government, or philanthropy, or university working on research-related project management issues
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and workflow and project management tools



  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • High-level time management skills
  • Self-motivated, independent, quick learner
  • Effective diplomatic skills, good judgment, and discretion
  • Superior communication skills
  • Strong writing and editorial skills
  • Effective leadership and management skills
  • Strong analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills
  • Deep familiarity with mixed methods of research
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and help others to stay calm as well
  • Grasp and fascination with issues around the intersection of technology and society


Practical Considerations

  • This position is located at the Data & Society office in the Flat Iron district of New York City and allows for some telecommuting at the discretion of the Director of Research.
  • You must be eligible to work in the United States. Data & Society is unable to sponsor visas at this time.
  • You will be offered a generous benefits package including health insurance, paid time off (PTO), and paid holidays.


Salary: $75K - $85K (Commensurate to experience)


To Apply

Please submit the following materials as (1) PDF document via the Data & Society job opportunities page by Friday, May 24, 2019:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are right for this role and your interest in working with Data & Society. Please include three professional references (name, title, email address, and the nature of your professional relationship).
  • CV


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position is considered open until filled. Please feel free to contact with any questions about the position. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on your application.


About Data & Society

The issues that Data & Society seeks to address are complex. The same innovative technologies and sociotechnical practices that are reconfiguring society – enabling novel modes of interaction, new opportunities for knowledge, and disruptive business paradigms – can be abused to invade people’s privacy, provide new tools of discrimination, and harm individuals and communities.


To provide frameworks that can help society address emergent tensions, Data & Society is committed to identifying thorny issues at the intersection of technology and society, providing and encouraging research that can ground informed, evidence-based public debates, and building a network of researchers and practitioners who can anticipate issues and offer insight and direction.


Data & Society’s programs bring together different perspectives, research methods, and practices. We weave together researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy creators, journalists, geeks, and public intellectuals. We see tremendous reciprocal benefits for network building and research when they are combined.


The work and well-being of Data & Society are strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We are committed to making certain that a wide array of perspectives are heard and that our research is publicly available. We welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities. 

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