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The Social Policy Institute is a university-wide initiative at Washington University in St. Louis dedicated to addressing pressing social issues through trans-disciplinary empirical research, dissemination of evidence-informed policy, and training. The Institute seeks a Project Coordinator to assist in managing project activities, ensuring that projects are executed successfully, helping to shape communications about project work, and supporting research activities, as needed. This position will primarily work on Policy Training and Education initiatives. SPI recently began a multi-year project funded by the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth in partnership with to conceptualize and develop training curriculum and offerings to advance capacity in data science stewardship for current and emerging nonprofit and social sector leaders. Additionally, SPI co-leads a yearlong Graduate Policy Scholars program, supports policy degree and course development (e.g. Master of Social Policy program), and cultivates increased policy opportunities for students and faculty through opportunities, such as pilot grants and cultivating new partnerships with a wide range of organizations.


  1. Project Management and Coordination: Support the smooth functioning of projects by maintaining and monitoring project plans (developed in conjunction with senior team members), detailing project timelines to meet milestones, ensuring project deadlines are met, checking alignment of project work with stated goals and stakeholder views, managing administrative tasks related to engaging partners and navigating university policies and processes, supporting strategic planning and project adaptations, and identifying and assisting with new grant opportunities and funding sources, as needed. Support the planning, development, and completion of deliverables for high-visibility programs.
  2. Policy Training and Education Administration and Coordination: Schedule, organize, and facilitate meetings. Prepare necessary background information and materials for project meetings and events. Take notes from meetings and events, documenting and following up on important actions and decisions from the meeting. Distribute minutes or summary documents to participants.
  3. Program and Research Support: Conduct background research through internet searches, stakeholder interviews, and literature reviews. Contribute to the identification of evidence-based best practices to inform policy training and education program priorities. Support writing and dissemination of a variety of project memos, materials, and reports. Assist in responding to student and participant inquiries and requests. Assist in data collection, transfer and management, as well as data analysis, as needed.
  4. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of related work experience in project management and/or research.
  • Previous coordination, administration, and/or development of training events series, educational programs or curriculum.
  • Demonstrated interest in building organizational and community capacity and knowledge to advance policy practice, scholarship and/or research to address pressing social issues.
  • Software proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Partnership development and cultivation.
  • Research and program evaluation design and implementation.
  • Academic or professional experience related to the social sector or non-profit management and the role of data for social impact. 
  • Ability to work independently, actively seek support and assistance when needed, and advocate for what will help the team achieve goals.
  • Ability to think critically and creatively from a posture of curiosity.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, collaborate closely with others, contribute to team discussions and analysis sessions, and problem-solve in a supportive, relational way.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy and ability to maintain absolute confidentiality of study data.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of community members, staff and faculty.
  • Developing knowledge of policy practice, nonprofit administration, and data science topics.
  • An understanding of and commitment to: Service. Social justice. Dignity and worth of the individual. Importance and centrality of human relationships. Integrity. Competence.