Program Specialist, Edunomics Lab - McCourt School of Public Policy

Washington D.C.
Jul 03, 2018
Aug 31, 2018
Full Time
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Program Specialist, Edunomics Lab - McCourt School of Public Policy

The McCourt School of Public Policy's Edunomics Lab is a research center focused exploring and modeling complex education finance decisions - the full range of policy decisions and their effects on the allocation and use of schooling resources across students and services, at the federal, state, district and school levels. Public education faces a difficult decade ahead with multiple pressures including constrained resources amidst intense pressure to adopt improvements - many of them through reforms that require substantial changes in the way resources have been deployed or applied.

The Program Specialist, experienced in finance and operations, assists in meeting the increased demand for financial reporting and project support due to new research endeavors and to ensure completion of critical grant and contract milestones. S/he is involved in a range of functions critical to supporting faculty research and multiple research centers; manages portions of operations and finance; and provides project-based support to the Edunomics Lab.   Duties include but are not limited to

Financial and Operational Support

  • Provides financial and operational support for research endeavors.
  • Coordinates accounts receivable and payable for multiple researchers and research centers, including receives, process, and track purchase orders; prepares deposits; and generates and tracks project invoicing).
  • Prepares monthly grant account reconciliation for review by PI.
  • Works closely with researchers and center leadership to build and track project budgets.
  • Maintains meticulous records in project budget accounts.
  • Receives and processes staff and faculty expense reports.
  • Receives and processes credit card reconciliation reports.
  • Processes contract requests, including generating draft contracts, and tracking internal approvals.
  • Receives and processes incoming revenue generating agreements
  • Prepares financials and budget narratives for project applications, progress reports, and final reports.
  • Acts independently and collaboratively on detailed work.

Project Support

  • Identifies outreach opportunities to promote research findings.
  • Compiles project applications and research notes.
  • Designs presentations and email correspondence.
  • Reviews publications and grant proposals.
  • Coordinates portions of conferences or special events.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3 years of work experience in finance and/or operations - preferably in non-profit or grant funded organization
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and complete multiple assignments on deadline
  • Demonstrated exceptional computational and finance skills with an attention to detail
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) skills with internal team well as with key partners
  • Willingness to work independently within a team
  • Willingness to work hard, learn new skills, and support colleagues
  • Knowledge of a variety of software applications, including Excel spreadsheets and presentation software - preference for WordPress and data visualization skills
  • Preference for interest in public policy research and field broadly

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