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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Project Associate, Policy Advisory Group, Urban Institute, Washington DC, USA

The nonprofit Urban Institute is dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. For nearly five decades, Urban scholars have conducted research and delivered evidence-based solutions that improve lives, strengthen communities, and increase the effectiveness of public policy across a rapidly urbanizing world. Their objective research helps expand opportunities for all, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the fiscal health of government.

Within the Urban Institute, the Policy Advisory Group (PAG) is a team of policy analysts focused on accelerating the development and use of actionable knowledge to shape and inform the policy challenges facing urban America. PAG works to address a fundamental challenge for stakeholders aiming to improve outcomes for urban areas: how to bridge the gap between research and policy.

The Policy Advisory Group seeks a dynamic and highly motivated individual to work as a Project Associate performing a combination of administrative research tasks for the Pay for Success Initiative (PFSI). The goal of the program will be to ensure that pay for success models across the country are rooted in evidence and measured with integrity. The Project Associate will assist with the organization and administration for the program and its components. This position will report directly to the Outreach Manager.

The Project Associate will:
• Track status of incoming requests for information and assistance through the Support Desk, email, and web portal.
• Create and maintain contact lists through a customer relationship management system, and track external correspondence.
• Monitor and update the PFSI landing page on to ensure currency, and perform additional PFSI web portal updates as needed.
• Support the Outreach Manager.
• Assist with event planning and support for Communities of Practice events, meetings, and conference calls.
• Liaise with Strategic Communications and External Affairs.
• Monitor and track status of research reports and publications through the review and release process.
• Organize and takes notes at meetings.
• Perform a variety of administrative tasks, such as: composing routine correspondence; planning and scheduling meetings; arranging for outside services; and maintaining mailing lists.
• Arrange travel and meetings by developing itineraries and agendas, booking transportation, arranging lodging and meeting accommodations, and managing travel reimbursement.
• Assist Policy Advisory Group staff; prepare and submit timely monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports.
• Perform research activities to include conducting background research, literature reviews, and compiling and synthesizing material in the form of bibliographies, abstracts, talking points, PowerPoint presentations, memoranda and reports.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Bachelor's degree required, preferably in the field of Public Policy, Urban Studies, Political Science, or other social science field. One to three years of work experience in fast paced office environments is strongly preferred; experience with federal, state, local policymakers, philanthropic and/or non-profits leaders and an interest in social innovation financing, Pay for Success, and the broader public policy environment, its constituents and relationships is a plus. The successful candidate should have excellent communication skills; strong organizational skills; an ability to write reports, business correspondence, literature reviews, and memorandums; an ability to read, analyze, and interpret project protocols, general periodicals, professional journals, reports, and business correspondence. An interest in taking initiative, helping the project team discover problems and troubleshoot solutions, experience working on multiple tasks and assignments while maintaining attention to detail, and the ability to be flexible with the ever-changing demands of a team that values a balance between productivity and fun is desirable. Familiarity with Outlook, Microsoft Office Suite, customer relationship management systems, and social media platforms is preferred.

The Urban Institute strives to be a vibrant, creative community of skilled and committed people who bring to their work a whole range of different experiences. Accordingly, the Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer -- Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.

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