The Jain Family Institute

Digital Ethics Project Manager


Digital Ethics Project Manager

New York // Full-time


The Jain Family Institute is seeking a project manager to support our work around large-scale and public-sector applications of algorithmic decision systems. The project manager will work with a core team of staff and research fellows who are conducting basic research, creating educational tools, and developing best practices for the creation, use, and oversight of automated decision systems at scale. The ideal candidate has project management experience in the nonprofit, consulting, finance, or public sectors, and an interest in the development of standards and procedures for the use of algorithmic decision systems.

JFI is an applied social science research organization. Our work investigates and influences the structural forces of society. Our interdisciplinary team collaborates with industry, government, and academia to pilot scalable, high-impact interventions.


The Project Manager will join a small team of practitioners with backgrounds in normative ethics, economics, decision theory, public policy, data science, education policy, finance, and philosophy, and will work closely with JFI’s Director of Research on all dimensions of our digital ethics project, including grant coordination and writing, consulting, partnerships, publications, legislative affairs, communications and marketing, and research. This is a full-time position in a growing organization using research to leverage large-scale change.

The Project Manager's tasks will include:

  • Coordinating the JFI Digital Ethics team internal meetings and research projects
  • Managing external engagements, partnership development, and prospect tracking
  • Contributing to strategic planning
  • Collaborating in the design of procurement, creation, and evaluation processes for ADSs
  • Writing and publishing brief updates and/or perspective pieces relevant to this project
  • Discussing aspects of this project with specialists in other disciplines, and conducting initial analysis of a broad cross-section of digital ethics-related issues, in consultation with relevant fellows and experts
  • Contributing to basic research 

This position carries for full-time a commitment over 12 months; dependent upon success of the project, this may be extended an anticipated further six months. Those interested should send:

  • a letter of interest
  • a CV with contact information
  • a writing sample of 10–15 pages
  • a presentation or lecture
  • to

Selected candidates will be invited to an in-person interview in our Manhattan office in early August.


Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Exceptional writing skills and instincts for storytelling
  • Strong aptitude for project management
  • Ability to skillfully navigate engagements with a diverse array of stakeholders
  • High degree of comfort with social science research (assessing, interrogating, cultivating)
  • Expert fluency in PowerPoint; at least intermediate competency in Excel
  • A love of rigorous research and reasoned debate

Helpful Skills and Qualifications

  • Some background in management consulting, normative ethics, political philosophy, machine learning, or public policy
  • Background in management consulting, financial services, or public service
  • Experience with academic or applied research (assistantships, think tanks and the like)

  • Full-time
  • Extensive travel
  • Confidentiality: As needed
  • Compensation will be commensurate with experience
  • Full benefits, including healthcare, dental, vision, and wellness; 3 weeks paid vacation
  • Opportunities to meet with leading scholars, policy experts, and business leaders


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