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Project Manager — Tocqueville Project, Civil Society, and Other Programs

Manhattan Institute (MI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy think tank located in midtown Manhattan. For more than 40 years, MI has remained committed to developing and disseminating policy ideas that help foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility in New York City and across America.


MI seeks a highly motivated project manager to elevate and drive multiple initiatives that support the Institute’s scholarship and mission. At the intersection of events, communications, operations, and research, this position offers an opportunity to develop a wide range of skills with possibilities for growth and leadership.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: (1) ensuring a high level of communication between internal teams to coordinate the timely and effective execution of MI’s civil society programs; (2) developing and implementing marketing and outreach plans to grow new and existing programs; (3) organizing and coordinating internal and external events and speaking engagements; (4) assisting with research, content creation, and product distribution to support MI’s civil society programs.


Tocqueville Project

For nearly 20 years, MI has celebrated and sought to advance America’s long tradition of civil-society organizations and leaders who, with the help of volunteers and private philanthropy, have come together to help communities address our most serious social problems. Our Tocqueville Project’s Civil Society Awards Program and Civil Society Fellows Program recognize and support nonprofit leaders who have found new and effective ways to assist those in need and help people change the course of their lives.

The project manager will work closely with MI Senior Fellow Howard Husock, who directs the Tocqueville Project, and director of the Civil Society Fellows Program Annie Dwyer to identify, research, and connect with up-and-coming civil society leaders and organizations that work on social issues. This role will provide support for both of MI’s civil society programs, serving as the marketing and events coordinator for the overall project.

The project manager will manage a rigorous nomination and selection process for the awards program and contribute to the planning and execution of the awards event. This includes supporting the awards program through a variety of communications and marketing functions, for example, working with MI’s marketing team to identify cross-pollination opportunities across MI brands. This role will also assist with writing, research, and logistical support for the fellows program.

These responsibilities will be the core function of the role; however, there is likely to be additional opportunities to assist with other MI programs, specifically MI’s Internship Program and MI on Campus. Details on those two programs are below.

Internship Program

Manhattan Institute’s internship program offers college and graduate students a dynamic place to learn and work in a range of policy research, communications, and fundraising roles. Each semester, MI receives a high volume of qualified candidates and relies on a designated project manager to serve as the internship coordinator, which includes running all aspects of the internship program from candidate recruitment to program development. This project manager is responsible for overseeing and creating opportunities for intern lecture series, formal debates, and group events. Over time, project managers’ responsibilities shift, and other project managers may be called to assist with the internship program or serve as the internship coordinator.

MI on Campus

The MI on Campus program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to interact and learn from our scholars. It also allows our scholars the opportunity to spread awareness about MI’s work around the country. MI relies on a designated project manager to grow and strengthen MI’s current network of higher education contacts. This project manager works closely with scholars to assist in planning 25 events per academic year, including campus outreach, booking travel, and post-event follow up. This role requires a strong knowledge of MI’s work in order to successfully match a scholar’s expertise with the needs of a specific university or college campus. Over time, project managers’ responsibilities shift, and other project managers may be called to assist with the MI on Campus program.


MI is a lean, dynamic, and intellectually driven environment. High degrees of intellectual curiosity, individual accountability, and productivity are crucial to operating efficiently and effectively in our workplace.

Successful candidates must have:

  • Exceptional organizational skills and acute attention to detail.
  • Time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Adaptability to changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment.
  • The ability to identify effective solutions and be entrepreneurial.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills to interface with internal staff, MI scholars, nonprofit leaders, government leaders, and other potential partners in a professional and persuasive manner.
  • An outgoing personality, discretion, good judgment, and the willingness and ability to act as an ambassador for the institute at public events throughout the year.
  • The ability to thrive working both independently and in a team environment.
  • A bachelor’s degree and experience that speaks to the skills required to perform this role.

Preferred skills and experience include:

  • Planning and execution of project outreach for promotional purposes: list-building, audience engagement, email marketing campaigns, and social media strategy
  • Monitoring and updating website and social media pages
  • Event planning and production, including the delivery of collateral for marketing purposes -- photoshoots, video, and other materials
  • Market research and competitor analysis

The successful candidate may come from a variety of backgrounds – including nonprofit, private sector, or government. Those with program building, communications, or events backgrounds will be strongly considered.

The position is based at MI’s main office in midtown Manhattan and interested candidates who do not reside in the New York City area should be planning or willing to relocate. Salary will commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send an email with a cover letter and resume to Annie Dwyer at