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The Manhattan Institute (MI) is a community of scholars, journalists, activists, and civic leaders who are united by a shared commitment to advancing economic opportunity, individual liberty, and the rule of law in America and its great cities. MI is independent, creative, and bold, and we are hiring like-minded Director of Research capable of working closely with our fellows and public policy research teams. 

MI’s roster of Fellows, policy analysts, affiliates, and outside contributors is growing. The Director of Research will help to manage this growth by overseeing select policy analysts and Fellows, reviewing their research, and working to support their other intellectual efforts (commentary, media, events) for the Institute. 

The Director will work with scholars of varying experience levels, but MI is particularly interested in candidates who can provide guidance to earlier-career analysts and Fellows, helping to develop them into well-rounded scholars. Candidates with experience successfully managing highly talented scholars in a similar leadership support role will be especially strong contenders for this role, as will candidates with experience conducting and reviewing quantitative research.

Though this is a management role first and foremost, MI anticipates that the Director of Research will make scholarly contributions of his or her own: writing policy research and commentary, making media appearances, and participating in events and symposia. 

Required qualifications

  • Experience managing and mentoring researchers including experience reviewing policy research
  • Experience conducting quantitative research and publishing policy commentary in reputable outlets
  • College degree in relevant field
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Ability to clearly communicate research findings to experts and non-experts alike
  • Ability to persuasively communicate policy ideas to audiences across the political spectrum
  • Familiarity with MI policy priorities and the work of MI fellows; a keen interest in supporting and extending this work
  • An all-hands-on-deck mentality: a willingness to tackle a variety of tasks in pursuit of institutional objectives

Preferred qualifications

  • Advanced degree in relevant field
  • Familiarity with a programming language, such as R, for statistical computing


MI offers generous benefits, including a hybrid work environment, four weeks paid vacation, a Summer Fridays program, paid paternity/maternity leave, medical and dental coverage, medical and dependent care FSA, mental health benefits, remote medicine, paid company cell phone, life insurance, and a 401(k) with a company-funded match.  MI staff also benefit from the opportunity to collaborate and socialize with prominent scholars in our policy space.

To apply, please fill out the form below.  Be sure to include:

  • Resume / CV
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in MI, the Director of Research role, and the policy areas in which you wish to work
  • Writing sample: please include an op-ed length policy commentary or links to previously published commentary public policy.
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