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American Institutes for Research Program Manager, Institutional Development in Rockville, Maryland


Work for a first-class institution that is innovative, multi-dimensional, and dynamic by joining AIR as a Program Manager, Institutional Development.

We hire talented and forward-thinking professionals to build our cross-functional teams and support our clients in solving complex problems. Our people—problem-solvers, changemakers, and creative thinkers—are experts in their craft who rise to meet today’s challenges.

The Program Manager, Institutional Development , will play an integral role in delivering on some of the most meaningful projects in communities across the United States and the world. You’ll collaborate with our teams of motivated and passionate visionaries, where your input will be valued and your contributions vital to our success.

We value the experiences of every member of our institution, from entry level to executive. As part of our collaborative, learning-oriented team, you’ll be encouraged to grow in your career, develop additional skills, and progress professionally.

Overview :

AIR’s Institutional Development (IDT) team is seeking an IDT Program Manager t o join its innovative group. This position reports to the Vice President, Institutional Development Team.

Are you enthusiastic about organizing, moving projects forward, and connecting the dots? Are you adept at talking to people at all levels of the institution and effectively communicating and conveying information? If so, we invite you to join our institutional development team to support strategic initiatives, enterprise risk management, and institutional opportunities at AIR.

As an IDT Program Manager, your primary role will be to work with the IDT leader in supporting their projects, initiatives, and risk management. This role is an essential player. Communication and collaboration are critical in our work with the cross-functional global teams at AIR.

Candidates hired for the position may work remotely within the U.S. (this does not include U.S. territories) or can work at any AIR DC, MD, or VA office location.

About AIR:

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.

AIR’s commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone’s unique life and community experiences.We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff byclicking here (https://www.air.org/our-commitment-diversity-equity-and-inclusion) .


The IDT Program Specialist will be responsible for the following activities:

  1. Strategic Initiatives: Collaborate and support multiple enterprise strategic initiatives to progress work, provide clear communication horizontally and vertically throughout the institution, and move and coordinate efforts along where there are gaps. Document, develop and deliver insightful data-driven presentations.

  2. Institutional Development: Monitor our business landscape, keeping up with trends and watching for anomalies. Utilize research to provide informative data analysis essential to consideration of business opportunities.

  3. Enterprise Risk Management: Collaborate with divisions and units to discern and mitigate risk. Collect and analyze information and data, develop accessible and effective reports for executive and Board review and consideration.

  4. Project/Program Management: Lead and manage projects/programs from inception to completion. Build strong relationships with various teams to influence project priorities and delivery.

  5. Other assigned tasks could include financial reporting, budget monitoring, facilitating meetings, and communication of project status.


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or a related field (or equivalent experience) with at least 5 years of relevant experience or MBA with at least 4 years of relevant experience.

  • Proven experience in business analysis and project management within the finance, accounting, business systems, or business intelligence fields.

  • Knowledge of and/or willingness to learn to develop solutions using artificial intelligence.


  • Effective communicator with the ability to work with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds in a virtual work environment.

  • Strong financial and systems acumen with proven experience thinking strategically while also managing. tactical execution with a focus on accuracy and high-quality on all work deliverables.

  • Adept in a fast-paced environment to manage multiple concurrent deliveries.

  • Demonstrated analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills with a focus on details.

  • Strong business acumen, consultative, and leadership skills.

  • Build and cultivate strong partnerships.

  • High level of integrity and trustworthiness in handling sensitive data.

  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently, and collaboratively as needed.

  • Excellent presentation skills - from small to large audiences.

  • Proficient using standard Microsoft 365, including OneDrive, SharePoint, Excel (advanced), Word, PowerPoint, and AirTable.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo reference and background checks.

AIR’s Total Rewards Program , is designed to reward our staff competitively and motivate them to achieve our critical mission. This position offers an anticipated annual salary of $98,000 to $104,000. Salary offers are made based on internal equity within the institution and external equity with competitive markets. Please note this is the annual salary range for candidates that are based in the United States.

AIR maintains adrug-free work environment (https://www.air.org/sites/default/files/2023-05/Workplace-Drug-Policy-2023.pdf) .

Fraudulent Job Scams Warning & Disclaimer:

AIR is aware of individuals falsely presenting themselves as AIR representatives.Fraudulent job scams seek to extract sensitive information or money from victims. To protect yourself, please be aware that AIR recruitment will only email you from an “@air.org” domain. Please take extra caution while examining the email address, for example jdoe @air.org is correct and jdoe @aircareers.org is not a legitimate AIR email address . If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a communication you have received, please reach outto recruitment@air.org .

If you see a job scam, or lose money to one, report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at ReportFraud.ftc.gov . You can also report it to your state attorney general . Find out more about how to avoid scams at ftc.gov/scams .

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American Institutes for Research is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

American Institutes for Research’s commitment to Diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations and work environment. Diversity is valued and Inclusion is reflected in all efforts to recruit, develop, and engage the diverse staff needed to accomplish our mission.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to Taliba Boone at tboone@air.org or call 202.403.5000.

Job Location US-Remote | US-DC | US-VA-Arlington | US-MD-Rockville

Job ID 13086

Job Location United States

Category Project Management