Position Description

Report and Proposal Production Manager
Location New York, NY
Job Code 2020-09
# of Openings 2
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MDRC is seeking two Report and Proposal Production Managers to oversee and coordinate the production of publications and funding proposals for our Policy Research and Evaluation Department. The publications and funding proposals focus on research projects that gauge the impacts of programs designed to help improve the lives of low-income families through early childhood, K-12 and postsecondary education, employment, housing, and other family support services.

MDRC is seeking candidates interested in playing a pivotal role in the development of research reports and funding proposals. The new Production Managers will have the opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team on current social policy issues in a dynamic and challenging environment, under the guidance and supervision of leading public policy researchers.


The position provides the successful candidates an opportunity to focus on a range of tasks, including:

  • Overseeing the production of research reports, funding proposals, and other publications — setting schedules and liaising with team members to resolve issues and ensure timely delivery of materials
  • Coordinating duties: Management of and participation in scheduling, note-taking, copyediting, fact-checking, proofreading, developing tables and figures, and documenting preparation activities
  • Helping the policy area managers with general project management, including developing and maintaining project and proposal files and arranging meetings with external research partners and funders
  • Collaborating with internal subject matter experts to write and edit proposal and publication material, as needed
  • Developing procedures and information systems (e.g., improving use of collaboration tools and software) to improve existing workflows and production processes to ensure effective implementation of best practices and standards
  • Mentoring junior staff members who are part of report and proposal production teams, including setting assignments, providing instruction, and monitoring the quality of their work


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least five years of experience in a research, project management or publishing/communications position is preferred
  • Demonstrated interest in social policy issues
  • Basic understanding of research methods, including experience with quantitative or qualitative data collection and analysis
  • A proven record of initiating and managing a team of staff on projects and seeing them through from start to finish
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to multitask and meet competing deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work under pressure in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of management and to collaborate with people of different backgrounds, skills, and positions
  • Ability to organize workflow, set priorities and goals, and make adjustments as needed.
  • Demonstrates self-motivation and seeks new skills and knowledge and greater job responsibilities.
  • Experience working in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint. Previous experience with Microsoft Teams and Visio is a plus.

Previous professional work experience in a demand-driven setting is a plus. The position is based in MDRC’s New York City office. Some on-the-job training is provided. Salary and level will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits offered.

When applying, please include a writing sample. Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. MDRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required.

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