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TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health Seeking Special Projects Manger

The TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health at the University of Chicago aspires to create a population-level shift in the knowledge and behavior of parents and caregivers to optimize the foundational brain development in children, birth to five years of age, particularly those born into poverty. Co-directed by Dr. Dana Suskind and Prof. John List, the TMW Center is rapidly growing as they develop, test, and scale their evidence-based work.

The TMW Center seeks a motivated, flexible, and enthusiastic special projects manager to work closely with Co-Director and Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Dana Suskind. The special projects manager (SPM) acts as a thought partner to the co-director and coordinates existing and new special projects from conception to completion. This is a position with significant responsibility and leadership opportunities. Previous special projects managers worked on a wide-range of projects including the Rohit and Harvanit Kumar Conference on the Economics of Early Childhood Education, the development of an edited volume on early childhood and scaling, and coordinated other research projects. The special projects manager also assists with the assembly of teams and the development of detailed work plans, oversees co-director’s schedule, and partners with others to develop project estimates, resource plans, and status reports. Proactiveness, strategic thinking, and straightforward problem solving skills are valued in this role.

The TMW Center is seeking to fill this role ASAP. If you are interested in applying, please email Dr. Dana Suskind.


  1. Research and Special Project Support – In close co-ordination with co-director, conduct background research for emerging lines of inquiry; draft documents, and briefing papers. Conceptualize and project manage the process to turn co-director’s ideas into critical new projects and support existing special projects to launch. In addition, SPM will provide close support to theco-director to complete research projects, finish publications and supervise graduate (medical) student mentees.
  2. Oversee Creation of Speeches and Presentations of the Co-Director – With support from TMW Administrator, track public speaking schedule, coordinate development of presentation materials with Communications team, facilitate strategy and the development of content for presentations, and establish and project manage internal deadlines.
  3. Manage the Conceptualization of Educational Content – Supportco-director policy research and develop research summary documents, policy briefs, family narratives etc to advance the work of the TMW Center and co-director’s upcoming book.
  4. Organize and Track TMW Center’s Progress to Goals – Under the direction of TMW Center chief operating officer, track Center-wide goals, collaborate with senior leadership to gather quarterly updates, and support TMW staff members to organize and update workplans on a regular basis.
  5. Oversee Operational and Logistical Support for co-director – Overseeco-director’s non-clinical calendar in close partnership with TMW Administrator, draft responses and provide support toco-director on email communications as needed. Work with the TMW administrator to gather relevant notes and background information and help co-director prepare for internal and external meetings. Work with co-director to develop agenda(s) for meetings co-director participates in or leads; participate in meetings, take notes to capture and disseminate action items, and follow-up when asked.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in the Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, Education, or a related field.
  2. Master’s in economics, public policy, psychology or education preferred.


  1. At least two years of experience in the social impact sector or in academic settings.
  2. Demonstrated familiarity or deep interest in early childhood development, public health, education, social sciences, educational content, and related subjects.
  3. Proven ability to develop briefs for diverse audiences.

Job Competencies

  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Superior organizational skills required including strong attention to detail.
  3. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  4. Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  5. Proven ability to establish and stick to timelines.
  6. Problem-solving skills required, including a strong ability to prioritize.
  7. Discretion with sensitive matters.
  8. Experience with Microsoft Office.

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