Child Trends is seeking a Project Management Specialist II in our Strategic Initiatives area. Candidates must have expertise and experience in leading federal contracts and client relationship management. This position will work with an experienced team focused on strategic federal communications, and will focus heavily on overseeing federal contracts, managing project knowledge and information, and tracking project spending. Review of applications for this position will begin October 26, 2020.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
Serves as a project director for federal strategic communications projects and main point of contact with federal clients.
Oversees multiple tasks and deliverables, achieving high client satisfaction.
Manages budgets to reduce risks and cost overruns, ensuring accurate and responsible fiscal management and reporting.
Presents results and information to clients and stakeholders.
Provides quality control to promote excellence and high client satisfaction on project management reports, strategic plans, metrics reports.
Provides mentorship and training to junior staff to develop and execute plans to reach identified metrics/goals within timeline and budget.
Master’s degree and 7-10 years of experience in federal contracting, including as a project/program manager.
Experience in project management or training and technical assistance.
Excellent client relations skills.
Strong track record of managing federal contracts and scopes of work.
Excellent skills in project planning, analysis, and problem-solving, as well as strong verbal, written, and presentation skills.
Experience managing and leading teams of 6 or more to complete complex tasks with high quality.
Substantial knowledge about project management:
Comprehensive knowledge of project management methods and techniques.
Ability to clearly articulate assumptions and trade-offs.
Ability to design projects start to finish, incorporating appropriate technological or methodological advances.
Experience in contract and grant proposal writing.
Knowledgeable about social science research:
Knowledge in a social science discipline and social service programs.
Ability to critically evaluate the presentation of research methods and findings.
Attention to framing research findings in ways that promote equity.
Familiarity with research communications or digital marketing a plus.
Experience in strategic communications, such as developing overarching plans and engaging with stakeholders, a plus.
Internal Number: 1469
About Child Trends
Child Trends is the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families. For 40 years, decision makers have relied on our rigorous research, unbiased analyses, and clear communications to improve public policies and interventions that serve children and families.
We have more than 120 staff in three offices and multiple locations around the country, including our headquarters in Bethesda, Md. We are multi-disciplinary, and our workforce reflects the diversity of children and families in the U.S. Our work is supported by many of the nation’s largest foundations; by federal, state and local government agencies; and by leading nonprofit organizations.
Child Trends improves the lives and prospects of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing the resulting knowledge with practitioners and policymakers.