Financial Manager - J-PAL Global

Job Type

Full Time




400 Main St.., E19-201
United States


J-PAL Global, based in the department of Economics at MIT, focuses on promoting and supporting randomized evaluations of public policy to reduce poverty worldwide. J-PAL Global does this in collaboration with 6 regional offices around the world by supporting and conducting rigorous impact evaluations, advocating for evidence informed social policy, and building capacity of policymakers and researchers in using and commissioning such evidence.

The Finance & Grants Manager is the second most senior position in J-PAL’s Finance and Administration Group and requires a hands-on financial and grants administrator who can operate independently, manage staff, exercise judgment based on experience, and both carry out financial/grants operations and develop projects and policies to improve J-PAL’s practices in these areas. 


·      Working with MIT’s Subawards Office, establish subawards for recipients of research grants from J-PAL Initiatives and other funding. 

·      Supervise subaward management, including receipt of award deliverables and tracking of finances.

·      Manage the submission of grant proposals into MIT’s internal systems, coordinating technical inputs and working with technical staff to prepare budgets and explanatory notes. Participate as needed in presentations of proposals to funders, focusing on budget and administrative questions.

·      Prepare grant financial reports, including explanation of variances against budget.

·      Submit required reporting to donors.

·      Step in to solve delays and problems our partners may experience with MIT systems.

·      Work closely with MIT central administrative staff to ensure efficient financial and grants management practices for J-PAL projects.

·      Assist with annual financial reporting for J-PAL.

Working at J-PAL

Professional Development: J-PAL supports a culture of learning, with opportunities to attend weekly seminars and discussions with other J-PAL staff, and to take classes for credit at MIT or elsewhere with our generous tuition assistance program. The Finance Manager will also work with and learn from J-PAL staff at all levels as well as counterparts in other regional offices around the world.

Benefits: Total compensation packages are competitive for the non-profit and government fields with excellent MIT benefits, including comprehensive health insurance, a 401(k) match and pension-based retirement plan, commuter benefits, MIT community discounts, a generous vacation policy, and more.


Your experience in financial management, strong communication skills, good judgment, and your ability to lead processes and make improvements to systems, make you an ideal candidate for this position.

·      Education: A bachelors degree is required. 

·      Experience: At least five years experience in financial and administrative management; experience with a small business, consulting firm, or research group would be particularly applicable. Experience managing people and/or processes is required; evidence of leading process improvements is a plus. Experience in grants management specifically is preferred, but not a firm requirement; project management in a non-grants setting is equally relevant.

  • Work style: Attention to detail, ability to work on projects independently and make decisions, along with a willingness to pitch in to get tasks done are all important.
  • Time Management: Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one time and meet deadlines. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated and learn will be essential for doing well in this position. Punctuality and consistency in work hours is required.

·      Communication Skills: Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and confidently orally and in writing is required.  


This position is based at MIT and benefits information can be found here:

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please visit, search for job number 15910 and apply through the MIT system.