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Project Manager - PITUN

New America is a DC-based think tank dedicated to renewing America by continuing the quest to realize our nation's highest ideals, honestly confronting the challenges caused by rapid technological and social change, and seizing the opportunities those changes create. New America is pioneering a new kind of think and action tank: a civic platform that connects a research institute, technology lab, solutions network, media hub, and public forum. 

About Public Interest Technology

The Public Interest Technology (PIT) program seeks to strengthen nonprofits and governments by providing them with the support and tools they need to deliver outcomes that better serve the public. Through the Public Interest Technology University Network, PIT fosters collaboration between universities and colleges committed to building the field of public interest technology.  Through the development of curricula, research agendas, and experiential learning programs in the PIT space, these institutions aim to develop graduates with skills and knowledge at the intersection of technology and policy.

This project manager will support the growth and development of the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN). The PM will coordinate PITUN member field building activities within the Network as well as their participation in quarterly meetings, working groups, committees, the annual convening and the Network Challenge. The PM will also be responsible for ensuring that PIT-UN members are integrated within New America PIT and other relevant programs as subject matter experts and exemplars of PIT in practice.

The PM should have excellent management and coordination skills with experiences within higher education and/or professional associations.


  • Coordinate PIT-UN member annual calendar of activities including quarterly and regional meetings; bi-annual check-ins; working group and standing committee meetings; new member applications and orientation; and Network Challenge participation.
  • Collaborate with PIT Co-Directors and staff to develop, track, and report on member field building activities on their campuses as well as Network Challenge grantee deliverables.
  • Connect members to resources both within and outside the Network based upon an assessment of member needs.
  • Set and implement engagement and communication strategies through PIT-UN channels including the PIT UNiverse, the Network's monthly newsletter; PIT-UN slack; LinkedIN; Twitter, and, the case study and best practices site for the Network in order to establish and maintain strong community relationships.
  • Facilitate the selection of the annual PIT-UN convening site and ensure successful participation by members, PIT-UN funders, and the general public.
  • Regularly review membership structure and value proposition in order to maximize member benefits, membership growth and satisfaction - from first contact throughout their membership journey to facilitate ongoing improvement and development.

Other Functions:

  • Other duties as determined by PIT leadership.


  • MA degree in higher education/public administration, member support services, or equivalent.
  • Three to five years of related experience required.
  • Technology and education familiarity, particularly within Public Interest Technology.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; capable of communicating effectively with a wide range of people and through many communication channels (small group, public speaking, mass emails, facilitating conference calls, print, etc).
  • Highly effective at engaging diverse stakeholders, listening to many perspectives and able to provide necessary leadership.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and comfortable with software for online video conference (ZOOM & Google Hangouts), Google apps, management of listserv, relational databases ( Airtable), basic website editing (WordPress), use of online channels for communication (Slack) and project management online tools  Asana), comfortable with software for online video conference.


  • Able to perform necessary research and development, implement a program, manage a program budget, conduct evaluation, and ensure ongoing program improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to foresee obstacles, generate and implement solutions, and manage long-term changes as needed.

About the role:

  • Work schedule is flexible. Work can be completed remotely with internet access.
  • One year grant funded position
  • Salary:  $52,500 - $60,750 annually
  • 30 hours per week 
  • Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement match, FSA for transportation and childcare, life insurance, and paid time off.

Application process:

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter. We will consider applications on a rolling basis, priority consideration will be given to those who apply by September 30, 2021.


New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

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