State Policy Network

R Street Institute

Project Manager, Policy

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Policy
  • Location: 1212 New York Ave NW Suite 900 Washington, DC 20005
  • Application Deadline: October 31, 2019


The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, DC, with regional offices across the country—seeks a motivated, organized project manager to help us create systems for managing our projects. If you are the right fit, you will report to the associate vice president of policy management. If you want to join a young and energetic organization and do something extraordinary, this may be just the opportunity you need.

Your typical day at R Street may include improving the estimation of time invested across the organization for creating a white paper, reviewing committed project deliverables on a highly restricted grant, monitoring the progress and resource allocation to date on a particular project, and mentoring and teaching your colleagues the best practices of project management. This role will serve the entire policy team with a specific initial focus on our Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties team. You will be juggling a lot of balls initially in order to create systems for all policy teams while simultaneously project managing the Criminal Justice team. As systems are implemented, you will increasingly spread your time across all policy teams. This role will be what you make of it—it will provide opportunities to take on more responsibility and leadership if you have the drive, passion, and skills.


Starting with one program team (Criminal Justice), create the systems and guidance that will enable all policy teams to create project plans and manage any given project to a budget and deadline as well as track team achievements.

  • Project manage all Criminal Justice projects and other highly restricted projects as necessary.
  • Oversee and track grant application processes.
  • Work with all policy teams to create accurate time reporting.
  • In the policy strategy development process, create a way to ensure all policy goals are captured, tracked, and reported in compliance with accounting needs and donor requirements.
  • Manage processes for grant onboarding and project milestones starting with the Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties program.
  • Ensure excellent communication between policy team management and executive leadership during the creation, implementation, and monitoring of project systems.
  • Foresee conflicts, assess risks, forecast resource needs and flag problems for policy heads and managers.
  • Work with Finance to develop internal financial reports by grant and contract (such as fund utilization, budgeted vs. actual) and highlight critical deviations, if any, for resolution.
  • Derive insights from financial analysis to enable performance review of the programs in the Criminal Justice portfolio in order to facilitate strategic/operational decisions; monitor spending against grants and awards on a monthly basis.
  • Work with the Business Development, Finance, and Criminal Justice teams to develop financial budgets for proposals to funders and ensure application of sound cost recovery methodologies
  • Assist the AVP of policy management as needed.


  • Ample, demonstrated experience in managing and planning complex projects.
  • Effective communicator of both big picture and individual elements for a variety of internal audiences.
  • Ability to be flexible, learn quickly, and mentor and persuade colleagues towards results.
  • Desire to take on complex, challenging problems and stamina to see them through to resolution.
  • Passion for free markets and limited, effective government.
  • A sense of humor and a desire to grow with a dynamic organization.
  • Interest in our Criminal Justice program is a plus.

This is a full-time job based in Washington, DC, with a preferred ongoing presence in the office. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

Benefits and Compensation

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families), wellness benefits, an employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit, 401(k) contributions with up to a 4 percent match and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled and we hope to fill it by mid-October 2019. We will contact ideal individuals for telephone interviews and conduct them on a rolling basis. We will hold in-person interviews in our DC office.

How to apply

Please upload a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format through our website at

R Street Institute
Washington, DC