Coleridge Initiative

Project Assistant

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

The Coleridge Initiative, Inc.

The Coleridge Initiative ( is a not-for-profit start-up, originally established at New York University, which became fully autonomous and independent in early 2020. Our mission is to transform the empirical foundation of social science, statistical and public agencies in the United States and the understanding of how our society works.

The Coleridge Initiative achieves its goal by working with government agencies to break down data barriers around confidential data, through building new technologies housed in a secure computational research platform, the FedRAMP authorized Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF), to promote access and discovery of sensitive and confidential microdata. Those technologies are combined with training programs and consulting services to build governmental agency capacity to serve society. We have already created dozens of pilot projects and worked with over 250 agencies—federal, state, and local—and trained over 600 agency staff.

Position Description
This is a full-time, full-benefits opportunity for a hard-working, fast-learning individual with limited job experience. The starting salary is $52,000.

The Project Assistant will work closely with the President and Training Director to:

  • Provide support for multiple training classes by onboarding participants, arranging documents to be delivered and signed, providing follow up as necessary;
  • Basic administrative support for all programs and projects;
  • Work with Training director to determine and define the scope, deadlines and objectives for multiple training programs;
  • Create projects as needed to respond to new opportunities;
  • Arranging and staffing both internal and external meetings;
  •  Keeping track of all tasks in a project management spreadsheet or database, following up to ensure they are completed on time;
  • Coordinate with the FP&A Manager and Finance Director to create project budgets (if necessary) based on scope of work and resource requirements;
  • Create a staff time budget to be entered into the time tracking software;
  • Develop and manage a detailed project schedule and work plan;
  • Provide project updates on a consistent basis to all stakeholders;
  • Provide timely communications to staff and outside parties (e.g. students, researchers, partners);
  • Monitor progress and recommend adjustments as needed.

Qualifications for Project Manager

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field;
  • 2-3 years of project management and related experience;
  • Familiarity with project/time management software such as Monday, Airtable, Jira, BigTime, including strong familiarity with project management methodologies and best practices;
  • Highly organized and detail oriented;
  • Proven ability to solve problems creatively;
  • Experience seeing projects through the full life cycle;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Able to maintain composure in fast-moving start-up environment;
  • Team player used to operating in a mutually respectful and collaborative environment;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and extremely resourceful.

Salary and Benefits
In addition to competitive salaries, Coleridge Initiative provides a comprehensive benefits package inclusive of the following:

  • Generous paid time off, including vacation, personal and sick leave
  • Comprehensive medical and dental insurance for employees and dependents
  • Retirement plan with a company funded matching percentage
  • Annual performance raises based on your success in advancing the mission of the Organization
  • Possible annual bonus

EEO Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. The Coleridge Initiative takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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