BFI Employment Opportunities

The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) works with the Chicago Economics community to turn its evidence-based research into real-world impact. BFI takes a unique approach to bridging the divide between academic researchers and decision-makers in the business community and government by translating and packaging the rigorous work of the Chicago Economics community into accessible formats, and proactively sharing those findings with relevant decision-makers and thought leaders around the globe. BFI is a collaborative platform serving the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the Law School.

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Open Positions

  • Manager, Operations & Visitor Program, BFI

    Job Summary
    The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) is seeking a Manager of Office Operations and Academic Visitors to perform a diverse set of critical administrative, operational, and strategic duties in support of the institute’s day-to-day operations. This role oversees all aspects of routine operations; manages access and use of the physical office space; orders particular equipment and other supplies as needed by BFI staff; assists leadership with a wide range of responsibilities related to academic visitors and speakers; and assists as needed in routine financial and administrative duties. Under general direction of both the Director of Finance and Operations and the Senior Manager, Events and Academic Programs, this role will ensure high-quality execution of staff and visitor experience.

     

    Responsibilities

    • Working directly with the Senior Manager, Events and Academic Programs, executes day-to-day operations of BFI’s robust academic Visitor Program, including the development of annual budgets; communications with faculty hosts and visiting scholars; management of visitor calendar; hotel reservations; office space allocation; preparation of all financial documents associated with visits.
    • Drafts internal communications required for long-term visits.
    • Coordinates visits of fellows, faculty or researchers and serves as a key point of contact to coordinate travel, including visa requirements when applicable; ensures required financial documentation is received and assists with scheduling campus meetings and activities during visits as needed.
    • Sets up and coordinates all visitor spaces.
    • Assists the Senior Manager and BFI leadership with the development of stewardship materials.
    • Assists the Senior Manager in coordinating with the BFI communications team for the purpose of announcing BFI Visitors to the Chicago economics community.
    • Actively ensures smooth daily operations of a large and growing institution.
    • Leads and supports office operations; supports leadership, finance, human resources, and communications teams on a wide range of key functions that enable overall success, including oversight management and day-to-day purchase of supplies and goods and services; event and project support; IT and other equipment inventory tracking; and overall office management (IT, telecom, vendor engagement, etc.).
    • Oversees management of physical space; tracks access, use and availability of approximately 30 offices used by short-term visitors, fellows, researchers, and staff; oversees contractors on improvements or changes to offices and office space; acts as first point of contact for visitors with requests related to offices; manages building access.
    • Sets up offices as well as schedules removal of personal items and equipment in office spaces.
    • Manages all keys and short term access cards – includes ordering new keys, providing keys to new arrivals, and collecting keys upon departure. Main contact for office and building lockouts.
    • Works with facilities on repairs and areas needing preventive maintenance.
    • Oversees telephone services, email correspondence, and mail distribution.
    • Assists, as needed, on particular financial duties in coordination with the Director of Finance and Operations and Administrative Assistant.
    • In cooperation with the People Operations Manager, coordinates IT equipment for new hires and assists with the general onboarding as needed.
    • Works with Social Services Computing Systems and Proven IT to update machines and add new employees into the system. Maintains printers/copy machines and tracks BFI equipment.
    • Coordinates the purchasing of staff business cards and BFI Swag.
    • Point of contact for Chicago Economics Experience Museum.
    • May supervise student employee or Operations Assistant staff.
    • Provides coverage during coverage gaps due to absence, leaves of absence, vacancies, etc.
    • Responsible for training office staff on office procedures and compliance protocols. Coordinates special projects.
    • Assists in the monitoring of the various financial and budgetary activities, including vendors contracts. Preparing and monitoring the budget for a unit.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.


    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

     

    Preferred Qualifications

     

    Experience:

    • Progressively responsible administrative experience.

     

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Knowledge of procurement, finance and HR systems.
    • Knowledge of Buysite, GEMS, and Workday.

     

    Preferred Competencies

    • Passion for making organizations and teams work.
    • Self-starter with high level of attention to detail.
    • Strong written, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills.
    • Manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
    • Excellent organizational skills.
    • Interest in overall employee experience and ability to positively impact that experience.
    • Work both independently and as a team member.
    • Superior degree of professionalism.
  • Grants & Contracts Associate, BFI

    Job Summary
    The job provides professional support for pre-award and/or post-award activities relating to grant and contract proposals and funding within a department or unit. Pre-award activities include research, preparing applications, and editing proposals. Post-award activities include compliance monitoring, payment processing, and salary allocations. Performs work with moderate guidance and utilizes knowledge of University and business drivers.

    Responsibilities

    • Finance and accounting – analyzes and monitors comprehensive financial activities within the BFI departments, primarily in the areas of finance, auditing, budgeting and forecasting, purchasing, and other operational/education-related financial activities. Allocates, authorizes, monitors, and controls expenses.
    • Maintains accounts including oversight, reconciliation, and error correction.
    • Prepares and submits financial transactions through the University systems (ePayments, GEMS, BuySite, etc.); tracks against annual budget.
    • Coordinates drafting of award letters, transfer of fund, and monitoring of progress reports of BFI internal grants such as BFI Data and Research Awards with other departments/units/division.
    • Assists faculty and staff with review and execution of contracts and data use agreements; works to understand needs, assesses contract suitability to meeting those needs, and negotiates with vendors to ensure contracts comply with University standards and guidelines. In addition, assists faculty and staff with requests to access datasets within the BFI data library.
    • Creates pivot table reports in Excel as needed.
    • Helps to maintain a financial administration manual for staff with relevant University policies and procedures.
    • Liaise as necessary with staff and Financial Services.
    • Processes cost and payroll transfers.
    • Serves as a resource for team members.
    • Pre-award activities includes reading proposal guidelines; collecting, composing, and/or preparing administrative components of proposal submissions; preparing applications, developing and preparing budgets, and monitoring regulatory compliance requirements.
    • Post-award activities includes account creations, regulatory and compliance monitoring, salary allocations, effort reporting, grant projections, cost allocations, cost center charges, equipment inventory, invoice preparation, grant closing process, and account closing.
    • Monitors spending on all federal, non-federal, and internal grant accounts. Analyzes monthly grant financial reports and ledgers for accuracy, recommends and initiates action to correct discrepancies and follow-up until resolved.
    • Prepares drafts of financial sections for components of grant and supplement applications, including draft budgets and budget justifications. Coordinates with sub-award administrators to assist with preparation of financial materials for all major grant-related activities.
    • Manages the execution of subawards, sponsored sonsulting agreements, and subaward amendments.
    • Partners with University Research Administration (URA) to monitor pre- and post-award activities, such as timely submission of applications and progress reports (RPPRs); requests for no-cost extensions; obtaining sponsor approvals for major changes to project work scope or major changes to anticipated expenditures, etc.
    • Works closely with the Senior Grants Manager to collect grant data for the annual budget.
    • Works directly with the faculty and research staff to seek new avenues for funding and new grant opportunities.
    • Works with a broad array of sponsors, interpreting regulations and guidelines of multiple program funding with broad and complex guidelines for spending.
    • Responsible for timely submission of applications, renewal/continual amendments, ensuring timely submission of technical reports, just-in-time submissions, no-cost extensions, and Agency required re-budgeting.
    • Responsible for all data entry and preparation of grant reports and trend analysis.
    • Interacts with University Research Administration, faculty, postdocs, and pre/post-award colleagues from other departments and sections, and Financial Services Office personnel.
    • Seeks new avenues for funding and grant opportunities and ensures that notices of relevant opportunities are brought to faculty attention. Works with sponsors to draft proposal budgets in accordance with University needs, with a moderate level of guidance and direction.
    • Reviews all applications against University guidelines, in addition to drafting progress reports, non-competing applications, amendments, and budgeting. Responsible for all data entry and preparation of grant reports and trend analysis.
    • Prepares summaries of grants and effort allocations for Principal Investigators, meets with them and responds to their questions. Coordinates with other departments/units/divisions regarding multi investigator grants. Serves as department contact for annual audits and agency site visits.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Associate’s degree in accounting, finance or related field.
    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field.

    Experience:

    • Progressively responsible grant/contract and financial administration in an academic setting.
    • Experience with budgets, ledgers, invoices, and fiscal reporting.
    • Experience in one or more aspects of sponsored program administration in a research environment.
    • Experience with accounting systems.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Computer skills including word processing, database management, and spreadsheet skills.
    • Working knowledge in financial administration, accounting or grant and contract.
    • Knowledge of procurement and finance systems.
    • Knowledge of general accounting standards and auditing.
    • Knowledge of research methods and funding sources.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Attention to detail.
    • Flexible and adaptable work style.
    • Strong organizational skills.
    • Strong financial and analytic skills.
    • Demonstrated initiative in improving processes and enhancing systems.
    • Exercise sound judgment, discretion, and tact.
    • Excellent independent time management skills along with the ability to handle multiple and concurrent tasks within deadlines.
  • Finance Administrator, BFI

    Job Summary
    The Finance Administrator will serve as the primary analytic and financial liaison for assigned departments and initiatives and will be responsible for providing those departments with budget development and financial management support. The Finance Administrator will also support the development and integration of unit-specific financial data analytics and reporting, with a focus on the development of a common set of metrics and methodologies for evaluating both University and unit-specific financial performance. At the instruction of others, performs work that contributes to the development of long- and short-term financial goals, business strategies/plans, and financial forecasts/models. Utilizes moderate knowledge of finance to help coordinate quarterly and year-end reporting for the operating budget.

    Responsibilities

    • Analyzes, reviews, and tracks comprehensive financial activities for the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), the Macro Finance Research Program (MFR), and the Energy and Environment Lab (E&E Lab), primarily in the areas of finance, auditing, budgeting and forecasting, purchasing, and other operational-related financial activities.
    • Plans, develops and manages budgets, including developing multi-year budget forecasts.
    • Oversees the review, approval, and reporting of all expenditure goods and services, and costing allocations.
    • Monitors and reconciles actual expenditures and revenue against budget and prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual variance reports. Works closely with departments to understand variances and develop recommendations for programmatic changes or cost containment strategies to avoid deficits.
    • Reviews financial reports for consistency and accuracy. Flag potential errors to be investigated and corrected. Prepares and submits account corrections as necessary, including both payroll and non-payroll.
    • Oversees and tracks multi-year faculty fund support packages. Provides faculty periodic reports of spend and available balance.
    • Works in close partnership with UChicago Global and UC Trust to oversee, process, and manage the transfer of funds for international programmatic activities.
    • Prepares and submits financial transactions through the University systems (ePayments, GEMS, Buysite, etc.).
    • Assists staff with the GEMS system and runs reports to ensure that transactions are reconciled at regular intervals.
    • Builds and maintains complex financial models using Excel and other analysis and reporting tools and systems as necessary.
    • Prepares presentations to convey financial and administrative matters to leadership and members of the assigned departments.
    • Develops and manages budgets for assigned BFI Initiatives.
    • Coordinates and manages Calls for Proposals and awarding of internal grant funds to faculty. Assists faculty and staff with review and execution of contracts and data use agreements; works to understand needs, assesses contract suitability to meet those needs, and negotiates with vendors to ensure contracts comply with University standards and guidelines. In addition, assists faculty and staff with requests to access datasets within the BFI data library.
    • Assists the Director of Finance and Operations to develop and implement metrics and methodologies toolkits for evaluating financial performance for both the unit overall and specific assigned departments.
    • Assists the Director of Finance and Operations in the annual budget process such as preparing departmental budget packets and inputting budgets into Delphi.
    • Helps to develop and maintain a Financial Administration manual for staff with relevant University policies and procedures.
    • Liaise as necessary with staff and Financial Services.
    • Serves as a resource for team members.
    • Analyzes and prepares budgets, create accounts, and works with the financial accounting system to allocate, authorize, monitor, and control expenses.
    • Prepares monthly reports, conducts and corrects errors in accounts using existing procedures that are in place, and provides advice on the financial impact of human resources and academic affairs decisions.
    • May work with other administrators on the procurement process, allocates expenditures for authorization, and advise in communications regarding funding agencies, subcontractors, and others at the instruction and direction of others.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business administration, or related field.
    • Master’s degree in finance, accounting, business administration, or a related field.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 3 or more years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Knowledge of financial computing and database software applications.
    • Knowledge of various financial principles, practices, and applications including budgeting, financial planning, and financial reporting.
    • Experience with accounting systems and budget systems.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
    • Knowledge of procurement and finance systems.
    • Advanced in Microsoft Excel, which includes advanced usage of pivot tables, v-lookups, macros, and formatting.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Must be a self-starter with a high level of attention to detail.
    • Strong written, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills.
    • Manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
    • Excellent organizational skills.
    • Work both independently and as a team member.
    • Superior degree of professionalism.
    • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills. Detail-oriented with the ability to prioritize and complete multiple concurrent projects.
    • Demonstrates capacity to work independently in an organized detailed manner while maintaining a collaborative team environment.
    • Exercise sound judgment and absolute discretion regarding confidential matters with tact.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Demonstrated time management ability to deliver high-integrity products within established deadlines.
    • Personable, professional, and consultative work style.
  • Pre-Doctoral Research Opportunities

    The Predoctoral Research in Economics program (PREP) is intended to serve as a bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical economics. The program offers unique research and professional training opportunities at the University of Chicago.

    The program offers economics research and training opportunities at the University of Chicago. Responsibilities span all stages of research, including managing projects, collecting and analyzing data, creating presentations, and editing manuscripts. In addition to working closely with faculty as research assistants, predoctoral research professionals typically attend classes and seminars at the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI), the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), the University of Chicago, and affiliate institutions.

    The program provides two key events for professional training. At the beginning of each year, there is a five-day long customized orientation and training workshop. The training sessions cover topics such as: Data management practices, version control, coding reviews, causal inference and econometric methods, working with spatial data, and science communication tools. In the winter, BFI will hold a retreat dedicated to professional career development. Junior and senior faculty attend and present on issues such as: Applications to graduate school, the development or research ideas and projects, grant applications, potential pitfalls in graduate school and how to avoid them, and cutting-edge statistical methods.

    Program Benefits

    Along with the day-to-day contact with BFI faculty supervisors, the fellowship provides two key events for professional training. At the beginning of each year, pre-doctoral fellows participate in a five-day orientation and training workshop. The training sessions cover topics from data management practices to econometric methods and science communication tools. In the winter, BFI holds a retreat dedicated to career development. Faculty present on issues such as completing applications to graduate school, developing research ideas and projects, applying to grants, and performing cutting-edge statistical methods. They also provide advice on how to avoid common mistakes and succeed in graduate school.

    BFI’s outstanding pre-doctoral fellows have gone on to some of the country’s top PhD programs, securing places in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; Urban Planning at the University of California at Berkeley; and more.

    How to Apply

    Applications for the program are reviewed in fall, winter, and spring cycles. The winter application cycle for 2022 is now live, with a priority deadline of January 30.

    Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree by June of the year they are applying, and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin in July and work for BFI for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. BFI offers a competitive salary and employee benefits.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Do you offer visa sponsorship for international applicants?

    Yes, BFI sponsors work or student visas.

    2. Are there any specific requirements for the writing sample?

    There are no requirements for the length or topic of your writing sample. Many successful applicants submit economics research papers (e.g. a thesis, or term paper) that highlight their abilities in writing and empirical analysis.

    3. What kind of applicant does BFI look for?

    Successful applicants have typically completed advanced coursework with high marks in economics, math, statistics, or computer science. Many pre-doctoral research professionals have had past economics research experience at their university, or other research institutions such as the Federal Reserve, World Bank, J-PAL or IMF.

  • Special Projects Coordinator, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary

    The job coordinates non-technical (not information technology or construction related) projects from conception to completion. Assists with the assembly of teams and the development of detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports using straightforward problem solving skills.

    Responsibilities

    • Manages email communications in the DIL inbox and responds or coordinates responses with relevant DIL team members.
    • Coordinates DIL team’s work with outside institutions, including NGOs and government agencies.
    • Organizes speaking and media requests for domestic and international events.
    • Monitors DIL’s internal and external communications to maximize research impact and exposure.
    • Maintains DIL’s website. Organizes on and off-campus meetings including lab meetings, workshops, and other special events. Coordinates speakers, handling all travel arrangements and reimbursements; handles speaker’s itinerary.
    • Coordinates complex domestic and multi-country international travel arrangements and reimbursements for DIL team and visitors.
    • Collaborates on new and ongoing research projects. Tasks include: proofreading, fact-checking, and editing papers and reports under the supervision of the Executive Director.
    • Coordinates events, researches logistics, assists with planning and preparing presentations, event outreach, and post-event write ups.
    • Assists with researching funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals, and drafting and/or editing other written materials with moderate guidance.
    • Assists with other administrative projects as needed and acquire higher level guidance and skills.
    • Performs other related work as needed

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in economics or a closely related field.

    Experience:

    • Background providing administrative support.
    • Skillful in project management.
    • Working knowledge as a research assistant and/or supporting research projects.
    • Teaching Assistant experience in economics courses may also be considered.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for development economics.
    • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with high-level of accuracy and sharp attention to detail.
    • Effective written and verbal communication.
    • A quick, self-learner with ability to initiate, organize, prioritize and complete multiple, high-level projects; meet tight deadlines; and work effectively with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.
    • Anticipate and respond to future needs.
    • Works well independently and in a team environment.
    • Use appropriate resources and follow an issue through to resolution.
    • Solve problems and make effective decisions.
  • Associate Director for the Office of the Faculty Director, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary

    The Associate Director for the Office of the Faculty Director serves as the second in command in the Office of the Faculty Director, supporting the Chief of Staff for the office of the Faculty Director (CoS for OFD). Responsibilities include providing support to the CoS for OFD in outreach and communications related to the work of the Faculty Director including writing, public speaking and presentations, project development, event planning, and human resources of the Office of the Faculty Director. In general, the position supports the CoS for OFD in the public engagement of the Faculty Director and facilitates the strategic engagement to fulfill the Faculty Director’s responsibilities at the University of Chicago as University Professor of Economics in both the College and the Harris School of Public Policy as well as in his roles leading the Development Economics Center, Development Innovation Lab and Weiss Fund for Research in Development Economics. Other responsibilities include supporting the management of the Office of the Faculty Director to provide support in correspondence, logistics and calendar management and coordinating with the other teams reporting directly to the Faculty Director.

    The job requires a strong technical knowledge of development economics and the ability to work efficiently across many projects and teams. The Associate Director for the office of the Faculty Director will be working directly with Prof. Kremer on a day-to-day basis. This position is well-suited for someone interested in a career at the intersection of research and policy.

    Responsibilities

    • Leads writing of speeches, presentations, communications, and policy briefs.
    • Coordinates research activities, and works on some research projects.
    • Identifies and prioritizes opportunities for research, dissemination, policy outreach and funding.
    • Manages and coordinates daily activities across DIL project teams.
    • Works with the CoS for OFD to identify and implement systems to improve the efficiency and accuracy of support and coordinates with the Executive Director to ensure compliance with DIL and DEC systems.
    • Under the direction of the CoS for OFD, leads efforts of all written materials required by the Faculty Director. This includes writing materials as well as coordinating and editing the efforts of other members of the Office of the Faculty Director.
    • Coordinates correspondence from the Faculty Director.
    • Provides support to the CoS for OFD and the Executive Director in the preparations of event planning, public relations, and other external communications and related activities that require Faculty Director involvement.
    • Develops and communicates program priorities and performance standards and assesses operations using these criteria. Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate.
    • Manages program budgets and recommends or makes budgetary recommendations.
    • Has a deep understanding when interacting with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work or information.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Master’s degree in economics, mathematics, statistics, public policy, or related discipline.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Experience with academic writing.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to translate technical ideas into non-technical content.
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines.
    • Strong understanding development economics and economics research.
    • A strong knowledge of randomized controlled trials and other empirical methods used in economics.
    • Strong coordination and management skills.
    • Proven experience managing teams and projects.
  • Field Research Associate, Energy and Environment Lab

    About the Department
    The University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab (EE Lab) partners with agencies at the federal, state and local level to identify, rigorously evaluate, and help scale programs and policies that reduce pollution and improve environmental outcomes, while ensuring access to reliable and affordable energy. The EE Lab applies rigorous evaluation and modeling methods, including natural and field experiments, randomized controlled trials, behavioral economics, and machine learning, to help policymakers identify and generate evidence on innovative approaches and policy solutions to their most pressing environmental and energy challenges.

    Job Summary
    The EE Lab is seeking self-driven and enterprising Field Research Associates to conduct air quality data collection in Colorado. The Associate will work with staff at the EE Lab and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to strengthen the existing partnership between EE Lab and CDPHE and collect on the ground data for a research project on monitoring methane emissions from oil and gas operations in the state. The Associates will assist in developing an air quality monitoring data collection plan and executing methane emissions measurements throughout the year. The Associates will work in teams to drive to data collection sites in the vicinity of oil and gas facilities, where they will conduct air quality measurements using gas analyzer technology. The Associates will be responsible for the logistics of ensuring the data collection plan is on track, will monitor the quality of the collected data, and will troubleshoot technical issues as they arise. This position offers a unique opportunity to apply modern emissions monitoring technology and data analytics to measure methane emissions and contribute to policy innovation. Candidates must be willing to live in greater Denver, Colorado for the duration of employment.

    Responsibilities

    • Performs sampling and data collection in the field using remote sensing equipment. Leads troubleshooting of technological, logistical, and meteorological problems in real time.
    • Coordinates with EE Lab principal investigators and research staff to develop an efficient but flexible data collection plan.
    • Develops and executes a weekly data collection plan, and makes daily adjustments as necessary, accounting meteorological conditions on the ground.
    • Provides technical assistance and recommendations to EE Lab staff regarding emissions monitoring.
    • Works closely with the research team to solve complex problems relating to the administration of the project, including planning new procedures, adapting existing procedures to the needs of the project, and thoroughly documenting all decision points.
    • Develops and maintains effective working relations with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and other stakeholders to cooperate on emissions monitoring efforts.
    • Collects and assists in analyzing data. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
    • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
    • Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.
    • Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, statistics, computer science, IT, chemistry, other sciences or a related field.
    • Coursework in physics, chemistry, environmental science, and statistics.

    Experience:

    • Prior experience obtained while in school or in a similar field.
    • Designing and carrying out data collection and sampling plans. Knowledge of data organization and management best practices is a plus.
    • Background working with large datasets.
    • Working knowledge on environmental monitoring research, field experiments and randomized controlled trials.

    Certifications:

    • Valid U.S. driver’s license; safe automotive driving record in the U.S. for past 2 years.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Skilled at troubleshooting and resolving technical challenges.
    • Knowledge of oil and gas operations.
    • Familiarity with Microsoft and Google suites.
    • Basic understanding of atmospheric science and air pollution concepts, and quickly learn how to operate new equipment and computer software.
    • Working knowledge using emissions monitoring equipment.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Proven work ethic, flexibility and punctuality.
    • Proven ability to work both independently, in a self-directed manner, and as part of a team.
    • Resourcefulness, adaptability, and flexibility.
    • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
    • Proven organizational skills and high attention to detail, with a strong focus on results.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Policy Impact Senior Manager, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    The DEC seeks a full-time Policy Impact Senior Manager. The Senior Manager will help design and implement the Policy Impact plan to take policy evidence to action and reduce people’s suffering in the world. This role will also work closely with the Director to identify studies with the potential to be disseminated in different countries around the globe and with governments, NGOs, and firms to identify pathways to scale.

    The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in rigorous development economics research. Experience working with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including senior academics, government officials, bilateral and multilateral funders, non-profit organizations, and/or businesses, will be particularly valuable.

    Responsibilities

    • Supports the amplification of the impact of Weiss-funded projects by identifying promising projects and their pathways to scale. This will include contributing towards identifying partners for larger-scale research, implementation, policy change, and funding.
    • Supports the Director in the fundraising for scale-up efforts of the DEC team.
    • Collaborates in organizing conferences for research supported by the DEC.
    • Takes advantage of synergies in dissemination and policy outreach.
    • Leads the writing of policy briefs that help disseminate policy evidence to partners (specially governments).
    • Maintains and builds key relationships with the executive and legislative branches of the federal government to impact relevant policy and funding opportunities. Provides expertise to Congress and the federal agencies in the formulation of key policy decisions.
    • Develops relationships with University faculty and administration to learn about and convey University initiatives to the federal government. Communicates information about pending federal programs and projects to University officers to help faculty and administration anticipate and participate in federally sponsored programs of interest.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Master’s degree in economics, public policy, or international development, including significant training in economics.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 5 years working in an economic research or policy implementation environment.
    • Working directly with academic researchers, developing country governments, and bilateral/multilateral funders.
    • Scaling up evidence-based development innovations.
    • Conducting randomized control trials.
    • Advanced training in econometrics.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Professional and service oriented communication skills.
    • Team player with good problem solving and time management skills.
    • Work under pressure and meet deadlines.
    • Strategic thinking and analytical skills.
  • Project Associate, Energy & Environment Lab

    Job Summary

    The University of Chicago Energy & Environment Lab is seeking a Project Associate (PA) with strong research, methodological, and programming skills to support environmental policy research projects. The PA will work on a portfolio of projects designed to evaluate the impact of promising energy and environmental interventions. Typical research projects involve the analysis of environmental and energy data, utilizing quasi-experimental and experimental methods to provide government partners with guidance on key policy questions.

    The successful candidate will have experience with data management, econometrics, and statistical modeling. The PA will contribute to all aspects of research, including data collection, model development, and implementation. This position requires an individual who is able to work as part of small research teams, and on multiple projects concurrently, while also being self-directed and independent. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with leading policy researchers and faculty at the University of Chicago and other universities, and policymakers in state and local environmental agencies.

    Responsibilities

    • Works as part of faculty-led research teams to contribute to development, design and implementation of applied economics research studies.
    • Collaboratively leads data collection, study management, subject sampling, randomization, and analysis including cleaning and assembling datasets for analysis; conduct field research as needed.
    • Coordinates research activities, assists in preparing human subjects protocols, manages and analyzes data across multiple projects.
    • Contributes to building traditional statistical models and machine learning algorithms for a variety of research projects.
    • Prepares results of analysis for research papers, policy briefs, and memos and presentations targeting both policymakers and academic audiences.
    • Helps build and maintain strong relationships and effective communication with government agencies, and other research partners and organizations.
    • Conducts thorough and critical reviews of relevant literature.
    • Supports fundraising and reporting efforts, such as helping prepare grant proposals and progress reports to funders.
    • Maintains technical and administrative support for a portfolio of research projects.
    • Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process.
    • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.
    • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.


    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, computer science or other relevant field.
    • Coursework in econometrics and/or mathematical statistics.

    Experience:

    • A minimum of one year of relevant research experience. Experience gained in school counts towards requirement.
    • Background working on field experiments / randomized controlled trials.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Experience working with Stata, R, Python, and/or other programming languages.
    • Experience cleaning and analyzing data.
    • Experience building predictive models.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Strong interest in environmental policy.
    • Extensive background in applied statistics and econometrics.
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
    • Work on multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Work both independently, in a self-directed manner, and as a team member.
  • Program Manager, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    The Program Manager manages academic, research, and administrative programs and research on program effectiveness. Responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, managing and evaluating daily operations of various DEC programs, for example Predoctoral Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships. Responsibilities are diverse and general in nature and may reflect more than one functional area.

    Responsibilities

    • In collaboration with other DEC staff and Director, deliver services to program participants and awardees such as communicating with programs partners and  DEC applicants and awardees.
    • Works closely with DEC and UChicago team members to execute the importance and complexities international program and grant management. Works closely with the Director of the DEC to develop and execute new DEC programs together with the DEC committee.
    • Works to translate the goals of the committee into executable programs that engage Universities and researchers across the world.
    • Working in coordination with the Director, develops and communicates program priorities and performance standards and assesses operations using these criteria. Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate.
    • Has a deep understanding when interacting with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work.
    • Works with the Associate Director of Finance to manage program budgets and make budgetary recommendations.
    • Working with the Director, implements program evaluations to understand the impact of DEC programs, designs controlled experiments when possible and exploits natural experiments and qualitative causal evaluation when necessary and/or complementary with RCT designs.
    • Uses general understanding and experience to administer the delivery of services to program participants and/or beneficiaries.
    • Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate.
    • Interacts with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work or information.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, engineering or a related field.
    • Master’s degree in economics, public policy/administration, or related field.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Knowledge of international operations, especially within a University setting.
    • Excellent knowledge of project management principles.
    • Strong intuition and knowledge in statistics and causal inference.

    Preferred Competencies

    • International development.
    • Conflict resolution skills.
    • Outstanding communication and organizational skills.
    • Strategic thinking and analytical skills.
    • Committee management.
    • Good decision making.
    • Information management.
    • Planning and evaluating.
    • Customer service.
    • Communicational skills.
  • Research Specialist, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    The job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.

    Responsibilities

    • May work with Faculty Director to assist with the preparation of reports, manuscripts, and other documents.
    • Collaborates with other researchers on the preparation of presentations and talking points.
    • Assists with research dissemination and outreach to media and policymakers.
    • Enters data and reports on results.
    • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
    • Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.
    • Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in economics, or a closely related field with demonstrated understanding of economics.
    • Coursework or experience in development economics is a strong plus.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suites.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Strong writing and copy-editing skills.
    • Translating technical, academic materials into accessible formats.
    • Exceptional time management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines.
    • Proven ability to be a valuable part of a team.
    • Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail.
    • Strong interest in development economics.
  • Associate Director of Water, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    The Associate Director of Water will build on research by Michael Kremer and coauthors suggesting that water treatment is among the most cost effective interventions for reducing child mortality (https://bfi.uchicago.edu/working-paper/2022-26/), DIL scaling up research and policy implementation to increase access to dilute-chlorine solution for household-level water treatment in low- and middle-income country.

    To do this, DIL is looking to hire an Associate Director of Water to work as a leading member of the DIL water team focusing on scaling this intervention through partnerships with various government offices in several countries. Reporting to the Initiative Director, the main role of the Associate Director of Water will be partnership management and stakeholder engagement while also including evaluation support, project management, research design and management, as well as policy writing and outreach. We are looking for candidates with an understanding of impact evaluation, economics and statistics, water and public health policy, and government program implementation. Candidates are expected to be equipped with excellent oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, strong project management skills, and who can take ownership of their work independently and collaborate effectively with other members of the team.

    This position will travel to Kenya and/or one of the other countries where we have projects. Applicants must be willing to travel frequently to remote areas of the countries involved. This is a full-time position for one-year with possibility for renewal.

    Responsibilities

    • Supports engagements with government officials, policy practitioners, and researchers working on chlorine/safe water projects in various countries.
    • Builds and maintains strong relationships with key partners in the relevant government offices.
    • Scopes work for developing research and policy designs in several countries, including background research on chlorine practices and clean water access as well as travel and fieldwork to meet with potential partners and conduct interviews and focus group discussions among target populations.
    • Shares feasibility assessments and initial analyses with policymakers and researchers through in-person meetings, memos, and phone calls.
    • Supports DIL researchers and our partners on the study design. This includes refining the program’s theory of change; identifying constraints and potential threats to the integrity of the study; and providing deep local context and cultural sensitivity to the project design.
    • Supports DIL researchers and our partners with the implementation and potential scale-up of projects. This includes the execution of piloting, roll-out, and data collection plans.
    • Reports regularly to PIs and DIL senior management on project progress. Flags potential problems such as delays, overspending, data quality issues, or threats to validity; and recommend solutions to the problems.
    • Manages processes for establishing and executing research projects. This includes managing the development of proposals; maintaining funding initiative records and tracking compliance with donor requirements; and organizing policy outreach webinars and events and engaging with stakeholders.
    • Drafts publications and presentations that summarize and synthesize the policy implications of key research results.
    • Creates guides, documents, and presentations on research processes and methods that can serve as resources for policymakers and implementing partners.
    • Provides expertise to researchers on compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates.
    • Provides expertise to researchers and research support staff. Oversees activities related to data collection and analysis.
    • Leads the establishment of new laboratories and provides assistance with purchasing new laboratory equipment; ensuring efficient operation of laboratory, including overseeing maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • A Master’s degree in economics, public health, or a closely related, quantitatively rigorous field.

    Experience:

    • Minimum of seven years of previous job experience.
    • Experience working with non-profit organizations and government officials on WASH projects.
    • Background in randomized controlled trials.
    • Experience interacting and collaborating with government officials, non-governmental organizations, and other key stakeholders in a developing country context.
    • Experience with presenting research findings at public forums, including non-research focused audiences.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Complete fluency in English.

    Preferred Competencies

    • A background (education or experience) in water is strongly encouraged.
    • Strong quantitative, analytical, and financial management skills.
    • A strong track record of managing complicated projects in the field, particularly in a matrixed environment.
    • Strong attention to detail.
    • Work independently and problem-solve, as well as enlist the support of other teams within the organization.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills.
    • Strong knowledge of the social and cultural context in relevant countries.
  • Director of Policy Outreach, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    DIL at the University of Chicago is seeking a full-time Director of Policy Outreach to design and lead the policy outreach for the Commission on Innovation for Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture, one of DIL’s flagship projects. The Commission will convene former heads of state and ministers of finance to address challenges at the intersection of climate change, food security, and agriculture. The Commission will assess innovations that could provide social benefits but are currently underfunded and propose institutional mechanisms that promote the development and scaling of innovations.

    The Director will work closely with DIL Faculty Director and Commission Chair, Michael Kremer, the Commission Secretariat Director, Paul Winters, and the rest of the DIL leadership to establish and lead this new agricultural initiative within DIL. The Director will be responsible for crafting an outreach strategy for the initiative, high-level relationship building which will likely include extensive engagements with governments, nongovernmental organizations, and other policy actors. To be successful they will need to have strong experience working in policy outreach or communications related to development economics research or development policy, be a highly dynamic and analytical individual who can excel in a diverse set of responsibilities from working with partners to translating academic research into policy memos that are accessible to a broad audience.

    The Director will play a key role within the Commission Secretariat providing leadership in guiding the policy outreach agenda from the start of operations. The Director will serve as a bridge between the Commission chair, Commission members and secretariat, and senior policymakers.

    Responsibilities

    • Drafts, conducts and manages a policy outreach strategy for the Commission on Innovation for Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture.
    • Leads on the drafting of policy memos for the Commission.
    • Tracks relevant legislation, hearings, and initiatives, as well as the budget and appropriations process in key donor countries.
    • Monitors global discourse and initiatives in the climate change, food security and agricultural space.
    • Engages with relevant stakeholders in selected low and middle income countries to advance the agenda of the Commission.
    • Performs tasks requiring independent judgment and analysis, including drafting policy briefs, and external emails to Commission members, heads of NGOs, current and former heads of state, heads of international organizations and other high-level individuals.
    • Organizes events for Commission members and the Chair to disseminate findings.
    • Provides input on cross-cutting lab activities as required and requested by the Executive Director or Faculty Director at the Development Innovation Lab.
    • Collaborates on policy outreach.
    • Develops of lab strategy and plans.
    • Collaborates with the larger Development Economics Center at the University of Chicago including with the Weiss Fund for Development Economics.
    • Collaborates across policy or research activities, especially where there is crossover or common partners between initiatives.
    • Develops goals and operating procedures, practices, and guidelines for research activity based on department strategy.
    • Reviews research of others, and may conduct own research, in area of expertise. Edits and approves articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conference. Manages the research of processes in clinical or non-clinical settings. Program and use computers to store, process, and analyze data.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Master’s degree in economics, public policy, international development including significant training in communications.

    Experience:

    • Seven or more years of relevant work experience.
    • Prior experience working on policy communications and outreach.
    • Substantial experience working in one or more of the initiative areas in developing countries.
    • Experience working with developing country governments or large bilateral and multilateral funders.
    • Experience organizing policy events as well as producing policy resources and publications.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Training in microeconomics and econometrics.
    • Candidates from a policy background or related academic background who can demonstrate similar knowledge will also be considered.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Demonstrated ability to maintain high-level relationships with governments, international development practitioners, and/or academic researchers.
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
    • Demonstrated project management skills, including working across teams and ability to manage the time of high-level principals efficiently.
  • Initiative Director - Agriculture, Development Innovation Lab

    Job Summary
    DIL at the University of Chicago is seeking a full-time Director to set up and lead our initiative on agriculture and to lead research efforts for the Commission on Innovation for Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture, one of DIL’s flagship projects. The Commission will convene former heads of state and ministers of finance to address challenges at the intersection of climate change, food security, and agriculture. The Commission will assess innovations that could provide social benefits, but are currently underfunded and propose institutional mechanisms that promote the development and scaling of innovations.

    The Director will work closely with DIL Faculty Director and Commission Chair, Michael Kremer, the Commission Secretariat Director, Paul Winters, and the rest of the DIL leadership to establish and lead this new agricultural initiative within DIL. The Director will be responsible for strategy for the initiative, high-level relationship building, research project development and management, financial and grant management, and program and donor development. To be successful they will need to have strong experience working in development economics research, be a highly dynamic and analytical individual who can excel in a diverse set of responsibilities from working with partners to developing research designs to translating academic research into policy and implementation recommendations.

    The Director will play a key role within the Commission Secretariat providing leadership in guiding the research agenda of the Commission as the Secretariat’s Research Director. The Commission will convene an Advisory Board of some of the world’s leading economists and other researchers, and the Director will work closely with these academics to build and coordinate innovation teams to advance the development and scale-up of promising innovations. The Director will also directly lead in the writing of key reports with the Commission. The Director will serve as a bridge between leading researchers and senior policymakers.

    Responsibilities

    • Identifies, develops, and manages research projects, with travel as necessary to support project development and set-up.
    • Designs and executes strategies to enable scaling of relevant innovations through partners.
    • Builds relationships with key partners in governments, NGOs, foundations, and multilateral aid agencies.
    • Leads global and local dissemination and policy outreach for the initiative, with a view to scaling up insights from the research.
    • Leads the writing of key reports for the Commission on Innovation for Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture.
    • Coordinates the work of research teams led by innovation leads and collaborates with innovation leads in the writing of papers to be included in the final report.
    • Conducts and manages broader research on issues relevant to the Commission.
    • Leads empirical analysis on topics relevant to the Commission.
    • Hires and manages staff to meet the Initiative’s goals.
    • Spearheads fundraising and grant writing efforts to support core initiative activities.
    • Ensures smooth administration of the Program, including financial and administrative oversight, project management, and grant reporting.
    • Coordinates and collaborates with other initiative leads as required.
    • Provides input on cross-cutting lab activities as required and requested by the Executive Director or Faculty Director at Development Innovation Lab.
    • Recruira pre- and post-doctoral fellows.
    • Collaborates on research design.
    • Develops lab strategy and plans.
    • Collaborates with the larger Development Economics Center at the University of Chicago including with the Weiss Fund for Development Economics.
    • Collaborates across policy or research activities, especially where there is crossover or common partners between initiatives.
    • Develops goals and operating procedures, practices, and guidelines for research activity based on department strategy.
    • Reviews research of others, and may conduct own research, in area of expertise. Edits and approves articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conference. Manages the research of processes in clinical or non-clinical settings. Program and use computers to store, process, and analyze data.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • PhD or Master’s degree in economics, public policy or international development including significant training in economics.

    Experience:

    • Seven or more years of relevant work experience. PhD can count for up to 3 years of experience.
    • Prior experience working on randomized evaluations, development economics research, and/or public policy in developing countries.
    • Substantial experience working in one or more of the initiative areas in developing countries.
    • Experience working with developing country governments or large bilateral and multilateral funders.
    • Organizing policy events as well as producing policy resources and publications.
    • Experience effecting change within governments or large multilateral organizations and/or implementing large scale programs.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • PhD level training in microeconomics and econometrics.
    • Candidates from a policy background or related academic background who can demonstrate similar knowledge will also be considered.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Demonstrated ability to maintain high-level relationships with governments, international development practitioners, and/or academic researchers.
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
    • Demonstrated project management skills, including managing stuff and successfully working across teams, budgeting, attention to operational and research details, and ability to manage multiple projects efficiently.
  • Grants & Contracts Manager, Weiss Fund

    Job Summary
    A primary activity of the Weiss Fund is a bi-annual request for proposals (RFP) process and the year-round management of those who have received awards from the Weiss Fund. This position supports the Weiss Fund team in running the annual RFPs and ongoing awardee financial and programmatic management.

    The Grant and Contracts Associate supports routine pre-award and/or post-award activities relating to the Weiss Fund’s grant and contract proposals and funding. Pre-award activities preparing for and executing the Request for Proposals process including collecting applications, facilitating the review period, and organizing the award decision process. Post-award activities include compliance monitoring, awardee reporting and NCE processing, invoice payment processing, and salary allocations. Performs work with guidance from others.

    Responsibilities

    • Seeks to improve and maintain processes for efficient grant management of outgoing awards from the Weiss Fund.
    • Prepares grant reports and analysis as requested by the primary donor.
    • For the primary award to UChicago, handles straightforward post-award activities including account creations, regulatory and compliance monitoring, salary allocations, effort reporting, grant projections, cost allocations, cost center charges, equipment inventory, invoice preparation, grant closing process, and account closure.
    • Plans and oversees the RFP process including updating the application, coordinating stakeholders for various review stages, and preparing materials for the committee meeting.
    • For outgoing awards to Weiss Fund recipients, handles all award notifications, coordinates contracts with URA, manages programmatic reporting requirements, processes no-cost extension requests, ensures invoices are compliant with Weiss Fund policies, and processes invoices.
    • Works closely with Weiss Fund and UChicago team members to execute the complexities of Weiss Fund grant management.
    • Creatively problem solves as unorthodox grant management questions arise. Weiss Fund is an organization that is giving out grants, an atypical arrangement for a University setting, so the role works closely with the University administration to identify appropriate processes and solutions.
    • Reviews all applications against University guidelines, in addition to drafting progress reports, non-competing applications, amendments, and budgeting. Responsible for all data entry and preparation of grant reports and trend analysis.
    • Handles straightforward post-award activities including account creations, regulatory and compliance monitoring, salary allocations, effort reporting, grant projections, cost allocations, cost center charges, equipment inventory, invoice preparation, grant closing process, and account closing.
    • Prepares summaries of grants and effort allocations for Principal Investigators, meets with them and responds to their questions. Coordinates with other departments/units/divisions regarding multi investigator grants. Serves as department contact for annual audits and agency site visits.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or similar field.

    Experience:

    • Accounting and budgeting experience.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Project management skills; plan tasks for teams, monitor progress, make corrections to plans.
    • Contracting and grant management experience.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Analyze financial data.
    • Great organizational skills.
    • Ensure compliance
    • Team player with good problem solving and time management skills.
    • Work under pressure and meet deadlines.
    • Strategic thinking and analytical skills.
  • Senior Policy Manager, Development Innovation Lab-India

    Job Description

    The University of Chicago Trust (the Trust) is a charitable trust in India, established in 2008 by alumnus of The University of Chicago. The objectives of the UChicago Trust are to provide opportunities for grants to support educational programs, research programs and activities for the betterment of India.

    The Development Innovation Lab – India (DIL-India), based at the University of Chicago Trust in India, brings researchers in different fields together with Indian government entities, firms and non-profits to use the tools of economics to identify, test, refine and scale interventions with the potential to benefit millions of people in India.

    Position Description

    DIL-India is looking to hire a Senior Policy Manager to collaborate with Nobel Laureate Professor Michael Kremer. The position will work on collaborative projects between academic researchers and faculty, and senior government officials to address key policy challenges using evidence-based research. The role of the Senior Policy Manager will involve stakeholder engagement, program conception, program implementation and project management, evaluation support, policy writing and outreach, and capacity building.

    The Senior Policy Manager will contribute to the agriculture and water initiatives at DIL-India. The Commission on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change is a flagship project. The Commission will be chaired by Michael Kremer and convene former heads of state and ministers of finance to address challenges at the intersection of climate change, food security, and agriculture. It will assess innovations that could provide social benefits but are currently underfunded and propose institutional mechanisms that promote the development and scaling of innovations. The Senior Policy Manager will work closely with the Commission Secretariat to provide practical insights and lessons on addressing key policy challenges using evidence-based research. The Senior Policy Manager will also build on research by Michael Kremer and coauthors suggesting that water treatment is among the most cost effective interventions for reducing child mortality (https://bfi.uchicago.edu/working-paper/2022-26/). They will work as a leading member of the DIL-India water team focusing on scaling this intervention through partnerships with the government and technical experts.

     

    We are looking for candidates with an understanding of impact evaluation, economics and statistics, social policy, public administration, and program implementation as well as experience and interest in working through government. Candidates are expected to be equipped with excellent oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, strong project management skills, and with the ability to take ownership of their work independently and collaborate effectively with other members of the team. This is a position at the University of Chicago Trust in India and is a full-time position for one-year with possibility for renewal.

    Responsibilities

    • Build and maintain strong relationships with government officials, policymakers, and other partners in the agriculture and water spaces (including government ministries, non-profit organizations, and the private sector).
    • Manage project staff working on this area in India conducting research (e.g., IIC fellows, policy associates).
    • Review and synthesize relevant literature and evidence with a view to providing policy recommendations.
    • Explore policies and programs that might benefit from and be well-suited for rigorous evaluation. This includes information gathering from field visits and desk research.
    • Share feasibility assessments and initial analyses with policymakers and researchers through in-person meetings, memos, and phone calls.
    • Support and participate in research study design. This includes refining the program’s theory of change; identifying constraints and potential threats to the integrity of the study; and providing deep local context and cultural sensitivity to the project design.
    • Support and participate with researchers and partners in the implementation and potential scale-up of projects. This includes the execution of budgeting, piloting, roll-out, and monitoring (including data collection).
    • Support the Secretariat of the Commission on Innovation for Climate Change, Food Security and Agriculture and the Initiative Director, Water with insights on addressing key policy challenges using evidence-based research.
    • Support the Commission Policy Outreach Director with media outreach and communication efforts in India.
    • Perform other priority work as needed.
    • Regularly update and communicate with PIs on project progress. Organize policy outreach webinars and events and engage with stakeholders.
    • Create guides, documents, and presentations on research processes and methods that can serve as resources for policymakers and implementing partners.
    • Applicants must be willing to travel frequently to remote areas of the country Interested candidates

    Required Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in economics, public policy or administration, or a closely related field.
    • At least seven years of relevant experience.
    • Strong quantitative, analytical, and financial management skills required.
    • Experience interacting with government officials, non-governmental organizations, and other key stakeholders in a developing country context.
    • Experience with presenting research findings at public forums, including non-research focused audiences.
    • A strong track record of managing complex, fast-moving programs.
    • Strong attention to detail.
    • Ability to work independently and problem-solve, as well as enlist the support of other teams within the organization.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills.
    • Fluent in English both orally and in writing.
    • Must be authorized to work in India.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Fluent in Hindi.
    • Experience interacting with non-profit organizations and government officials.
    • Knowledge of agriculture interventions (e.g., soil health, weather forecasts, and digital extension).
    • Knowledge of impact evaluation methods, and in particular, randomized controlled trials.

    Behavioral Requirements

    • Ability to demonstrate leadership of local or virtual teams with natural authority.
    • Ability to drive and adapt to change, particularly in the face of uncertainty.
    • Ability to prioritize effectively and successfully handle multiple projects simultaneously.

    Please contact Leni Chaudhuri at lenic@uchicago.edu with any questions regarding this position.

  • Research Manager, Energy and Environment Lab

    About the Department
    The University of Chicago Urban Labs partners with government and non-governmental organizations to identify and rigorously evaluate the policies and programs with the greatest potential to improve human lives at scale. Urban Labs’ evidence-based approach gives policymakers and practitioners the knowledge they need to effectively achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent. The University of Chicago Energy & Environment Lab (E&E Lab) partners with agencies at the federal, state, and local level to identify, rigorously evaluate, and help scale programs and policies that reduce pollution and improve environmental outcomes, while ensuring access to reliable and affordable energy. The E&E Lab applies rigorous evaluation and modeling methods, including natural and field experiments, randomized controlled trials, behavioral economics, and machine learning, to help policymakers identify and generate evidence on innovative approaches and policy solutions to their most pressing environmental and energy challenges.

    Job Summary

    The University of Chicago E&E Lab is seeking a Research Manager (RM) with strong research, methodological, and management skills to support large-scale environmental policy research projects. The RM will help manage a growing portfolio of projects designed to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of promising energy and environmental interventions. The RM will contribute to the design, implementation, and analysis of energy and environment research projects with direct applicability for policymakers. This role works closely with U.S. government agencies, municipal governments, researchers, and a dedicated team of research analysts, data scientists, and staff, to support research projects led by Faculty Director Michael Greenstone.

    Responsibilities

    • Works with partners to identify analytical approaches to answer specific research questions or to provide analytical support to government partners.
    • Constructs, trains, and deploys scalable machine learning algorithms for a variety of predictive analytics research projects.
    • Meaningfully contributes to research design, analysis, and implementation of policy-relevant research projects.
    • Manages data collection, econometric analysis and provides quality assurance for research projects.
    • Manages research partnerships with government agencies and serves as project manager for research and technical assistance projects, including communications and project deliverables.
    • Prepares results for memos, presentations, and papers targeting both policymakers and academic audiences.
    • Helps manage project teams and junior staff, leads task supervision and quality oversight.
    • Ensures compliance with institutional, state and federal regulatory policies and procedures as well as internal data privacy and security policies.
    • Assists with writing grant proposals and managing grant reports.
    • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.
    • Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process.
    • Takes responsibility for the following laboratory duties: recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; setting up and performing experiments. Analyze the meaning, significance, causes, and effects of the subject.
    • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.
    • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
    • Performs other related work as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications
    Education:

    Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

    Work Experience:

    Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, computer science.
    • Master’s degree in economics, statistics, computer science.

    Experience:

    • A minimum of three years of relevant research experience.
    • Experience working on field experiments / randomized controlled trials.
    • Coursework in statistics, econometrics, data science, and computer science.

    Technical Skills or Knowledge:

    • Proficiency with R, Python, or Stata.
    • Experience working with large and complex datasets.
    • Applying machine learning algorithms in operational environments.
    • Explaining complex statistical ideas and/or research projects to non-experts.
    • Experience with relational databases.
    • Experience with GitHub.
    • Strong background in applied statistics and econometrics.
    • Knowledge and understanding of energy and environmental policy topics.

    Preferred Competencies

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to present research concepts to non-technical audiences.
    • Strong time management skills with a proven ability to multitask and to prioritize activities to successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision.
    • Strong project management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
    • Work both independently, in a self-directed manner, and as a team member.
    • Work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data.