GRI Program Manager, Research Initiatives

GRI Program Manager, Research Initiatives

Unit Mission Statement

The Global Research Institute (GRI) empowers teams of William & Mary students and faculty to make a difference in the world. We are a multidisciplinary hub that applies scholarly research to real world problems, investing in outstanding student and faculty scholars to catalyze new insights and cultivate the next generation of global leaders. Based in the Office of the Provost, GRI supports a whole of university approach to advance W&M by developing ideas, convening partners, creating and analyzing data, and inventing new methods. The Institute’s approach to incubate and scale applied research helps researchers push research frontiers and produce insights that matter at W&M and beyond. At any time, under the auspices of the Institute there are several research projects, most grant-funded, with the largest being AidData. For more about GRI, see:

Position Summary

The Global Research Institute (GRI) at William & Mary invites applications for a Program Manager of Research Initiatives. The position offers a unique opportunity to work on cutting edge programs that engage both faculty and students in conducting applied research. The individual in this position will work under the supervision of the Director of Forums & Research Initiatives to lead and manage engagements with a multitude of stakeholders / partners to encourage uptake and use of GRI research projects.

Responsibilities include:
  • project management
  • research coordination
  • event coordination
  • client management
  • student mentorship.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or an equivalent combination of training, education and/or experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Working knowledge of program administration, program planning and management.
  • Demonstrated skills in project management to include prioritizing assignments, interpretation and application of policies and procedures, problem solving, tracking progress, documentation of findings, report writing, and presentation of outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality written output.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding and complex work environment, to carry out assignments in a timely manner, and to adapt to changing situations and priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, diverse, and complex assignments, and provide guidance and direction to junior-level team members, to achieve program goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a diverse population of constituencies in private and public sectors including: researchers, high-level external partner organizations, clients, partners, data users, and staff.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Previous experience managing research in a project and client management capacity.
  • Relevant experience working for or with a bilateral or multilateral agency, nongovernment organization, think tank, academic institution, or consulting firm.
  • Previous experience leading or supporting conferences/forums/convenings.
  • Previous experience working in a higher education setting.
  • Experience in research methodology; statistical and analytical techniques; and strategic planning, theory, and process.
  • Experience in performing qualitative and quantitative research and analysis.

Advertised Pay Range

Up to $52,000, commensurate with experience


EEO Statement

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Background Check Statement

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Benefits Summary Statement

William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to: