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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 seeking a highly-motivated Program Officer for its Adam Smith Society. Founded by MBA students at some of America's top business schools, the Adam Smith Society (Smith Soc) brings together students and professionals to discuss and debate the contributions of the free market to advancing human flourishing and opportunity for all. Like its parent organization, the Adam Smith Society is committed to defending free enterprise while welcoming the participation of all open-minded people interested in the competition of ideas.

Since its founding in 2011, Smith Soc has grown to more than 16,000 students and professionals in its network and maintains 34 chapters at some of our nation’s top business schools as well as a national network of professional members.


Reporting to Smith Soc’s Executive Director, the Program Officer will contribute to all aspects of the Adam Smith Society’s efforts, including programming for MBA student chapters and young professional members around the country.

The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, has project management experience, and has an interest in public policy and working with graduate students and young professionals. Successful applicants thrive working both independently and in a team environment.

Required qualifications and skills

  • The ability to manage multiple projects and meet assignment deadlines in a busy environment.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational capability.
  • Excellent verbal communications skills, both in person and remotely.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to act as an ambassador for the Adam Smith Society and to successfully engage with young professionals and leading public policy experts.
  • Experience with project management or membership organizations a plus.
  • Desire to work in support of the Smith Soc mission.
  • A demonstrated passion for public policy that advances the cause of political and economic freedom.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Previous experience a plus.


MI offers generous benefits, including a hybrid work environment, competitive time off, 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

Candidates are to submit a resume with references and a letter of interest—which does not rely on stock language and specifically explains how the applicant’s experience relates to the job description—for review to

The ability to work out of the Manhattan Institute’s Manhattan office is preferred, though remote options will be considered. Remote candidates will be expected to travel as part of the position. The salary and benefits package for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.

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