Innovation Center Project Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $65,000
Maximum: $70,000
Details: Compensation 100% FTE Salary is $65-70k depending on experience




436 14th Street
Suite 500
United States


Innovation Center Project Manager

Job Description

About Movement Strategy Center (MSC)

Movement Strategy Center understands that transformative movements change the way we think, our structures and systems, the way we live, and even who we are. In this moment of extraordinary challenge, our world needs people and movements who are ready to stretch the boundaries of what anyone has imagined we can do. MSC works with individuals, teams, networks, and alliances, in partnership with a broader Transitions Community, to deepen and accelerate the transition from a world of domination and extraction to a world of resilience, regeneration, and interdependence.

The Innovation Center

The purpose of the Innovation Center (IC) is to support movement leaders who are creating new solutions. The IC provides fiscal sponsorship to key partners whose work is aligned with MSC’s mission. It is a home to visionaries, methods, initiatives, and networks that are breaking new ground and bringing wholeness and healing to social justice, organizing for national impact, engaging youth in creating solutions, and training communities to thrive and survive on our changing planet.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Senior Program Manager, the primary role of the IC Project Manager is to provide deep and ongoing support to projects as they navigate the financial, operational, and administrative requirements necessary for organizational management and sustainability. Each IC Project Manager is responsible for a portfolio of fiscally sponsorship projects (typically 5 - 10 projects). As the primary liaison between the staff of the fiscally sponsored project and MSC, the IC Project Manager must build and maintain strong relationships with primary staff. The IC Project Manager must actively work to understand projects’ evolving strategy and development, while holding a strong understanding of their infrastructure needs.  

Core Responsibilities:

Finance, Operational and Administrative Management (30%)

  • Maintain a strong view of Project revenue & expenses.
  • Maintain and manage a view of the activities and commitments of projects; including weekly review of Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Contracts.
  • Maintain a baseline view of Project's risk, liabilities (current and upcoming), and assets.
  • Lead projects on the monthly and quarterly review of reports; including monthly review of detailed financial data.
  • Ensure overall integrity of projects’ administrative and finance functions.
  • Lead projects during annual budgeting process and periodic budget review.  
  • Provide other fiscal and administrative support to fiscally sponsored projects as needed; including serving as the primary liaison to other members of the Operations Team (including Finance, Personnel & Compliance) around questions and needs related to how to best leverage and move resources.

Project Management and Community Building (30%)

  • Manage a diverse portfolio of fiscally sponsored projects and the service requests they have with MSC.
  • Engage proactively with projects to assess and anticipate needs and areas for growth and support; and active communication with the larger Operations Team on anticipated needs and areas of support.
  • Lead regular and ongoing communication with projects in the Innovation Center; including monthly meetings (by phone or in-person) with Project Directors.
  • Cultivate project and cultural relationships beyond transactional needs; where appropriate attend events and other activities coordinated by Projects.
  • Actively review projects’ grant proposals, communication, and content to maintain active view of projects purpose, activities & role in the world.

Team Development & Communication (25%)

  • Maintain strong, consistent communication with projects about updated policies, procedures, and best practices.
  • Be an active member of the Innovation Center Team, including participating in weekly “stand up” sessions for the purpose of sharing and aligning weekly goals and activities.
  • Participate in activities to share and map the stories emerging from the Innovation Center; including upcoming needs, emerging trends & opportunities for community building.
  • Actively share feedback and learnings from projects with the MSC Team.
  • Actively offer problem solving and innovating solutions to support the growth of the Innovation Center. Participate in Innovation Center Team and cross-team efforts to engage in service improvement efforts; including developing new systems and tools to support the work.

The MSC Community  (10%)

  • Participate in MSC’s weekly practice sessions and regularly scheduled all-team sessions.
  • Identify and participate in learning and training opportunities as necessary and available.

Miscellaneous Projects (5%)

  • Work on special projects as assigned or requested.

Supervisory Responsibility

Currently does not supervise other employees, but may potentially supervise an assistant/support staff.

Position Type/Expected hours of work

This is a 100% FTE exempt position.


No significant travel expected. Occasional domestic travel may be required for meetings and conferences.



  • 100% FTE Salary is $65-70k depending on experience
  • Opportunity to work remotely 1 - 2 days/week
  • MSC’s 100% FTE benefits package includes:
  • 20 days vacation leave per year;
  • 12 standard holidays and 2 personal days per year;
  • 12 sick days per year;
  • 1 week paid MSC family and medical leave after one year of service; an additional week of paid leave for each additional year of service, up to 4 weeks;
  • Medical, vision, dental for employees and dependents (requires 30 day waiting period and a per paycheck employee contribution);
  • 100% employer sponsored basic life, short-term and long-term disability insurance coverage;
  • Access to a 403b retirement plan.
  • Access to FSA and Commuter Benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years experience working and/or actively volunteering in nonprofit, community-based, public sector(s).
  • Proven project management experience
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, while managing multiple projects with specific timelines
  • Ability to solve problems, identify gaps or needs, and generate innovative solutions
  • Ability prioritize multiple tasks, attend to details and accuracy, and maintain organization
  • Strong analytical skills and critical thinking skills
  • Strong organizational, oral and written communication skills; ability to present multiple updates, information, and needs clearly and effectively
  • Takes initiative and ownership of your work and projects
  • Experience reviewing financial statements and developing budgets
  • Strong computer aptitude, including familiarity and comfort using Google Drive, Microsoft Office Suite, and other online, computer programs  
  • Flexibility with shifts in systems, processes, and workload; ability and willingness to adapt with micro- and macro- level changes
  • An appreciation for tools & systems

Successful candidates will also:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the goals and values of justice and equity
  • Be passionate about building the capacity of individuals, organizations, alliances, and sectors to be more collaborative, strategic and sustainable
  • Have an understanding and an awareness of movement work and ecosystems
  • Model and support self-care within the workplace
  • This job can be demanding and the core financial, operational and administrative functions are cyclical week to week; a great fit would be someone who can take on the job with humor, flexibility, and commitment to our movement ecosystem

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to

The position will remain open until filled. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

No phone calls please.

Movement Strategy Center is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law. People of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.