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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 Project Managers (PMs) capable of working closely with our fellows and public policy research teams.

The PM role is integral to delivering and promoting MI’s policy research and programming. PMs work closely with the Institute’s staff, fellows, and department heads to ensure that research projects and policy programming remain on schedule and that the policy work of the institute is positioned for optimal exposure with media, supporters, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners.

The PM being hired at this time will primarily work with the directors of three of MI’s important research teams: Jim Copland, the Director of Legal Policy, Hannah Meyers, the Director of the Policing and Public Safety Initiative (PPSI), and Ilya Shapiro, the Director of Constitutional Studies.


A keen interest and aptitude for public policy is essential, and particularly for policy ideas that align with and amplify our institutional priorities. The PM must also be entrepreneurial, self-driven, resourceful, detail-oriented, and adaptable.

In particular, this role will:

  • Track the progress of Legal Policy, Constitutional Studies, and PPSI projects from start to finish, managing deadlines and ensuring that all relevant people and teams are aware of project status and alerted to changes.
  • Work with MI’s Events team to organize in-person and virtual events.
  • Work with MI’s Development team in support of fundraising efforts and funder communication.
  • Work with MI’s External Affairs team to organize briefings with policymakers, public officials, and other stakeholders.
  • Provide occasional research support including data collection, literature reviews, and fact-checking.
  • Assist with the filing of legal briefs, including formatting and interaction with court clerks’ offices (but not legal substance).
  • Maintain a regular PPSI newsletter.
  • Actively identify opportunities to communicate MI’s work to interested audiences such as media, policymakers, practitioners, non-MI scholars, and supporters


  • This job is based in MI’s New York City office.
  • One to three years of relevant experience (two to four years preferred)
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A demonstrated passion for public policy that advances political and economic freedom.
  • Familiarity with MI policy priorities and the work of MI Fellows (particularly those related to Legal Policy and PPSI); a keen interest in supporting and extending this work.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills, including the abilities to: handle multiple projects simultaneously, manage competing priorities, set and meet deadlines, and react quickly and creatively to changes and challenges.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with fellows and staff from across the organization including remote members of the team.
  • Comfort taking direction from multiple people.
  • Mastery of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.


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.

The compensation range for this role will be $58,500 to $75,000, depending on experience and education.

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

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the Manhattan Institute and the Project Manager role.
  • A writing sample is not required.
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