Education Manager - J-PAL Global

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J­PAL is recruiting for the role of Education Manager, based at the J­PAL Global office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. The Education group reflects J­PAL’s efforts to make high quality education in development economics, data analysis, and program evaluation accessible to students and practitioners around the world. The group is responsible for the management and development of the online MITx MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP) as well as the Department of Economics' on campus Master’s in Data, Economics, and Development Policy

The Education team works under the overall guidance and supervision of Faculty Director Sara Ellison. As Education Manager, you will work directly with Professor Ellison to design and executive initiatives for the DEDP programs. In addition, you will work together to develop a new domestic track of the DEDP MicroMasters and master’s programs, which will focus on U.S. public policy. You will cultivate and strengthen relationships with universities and organizations worldwide to further the reach and impact of the DEDP program. 

You will be an integral part of the Research, Education, and Training (RET) team at J­PAL, reporting to the Director/Associate Director of RET. The RET groups work together closely. You will collaborate with the Research and Training groups, to assess internal training needs, integrate the latest research resources into our staff trainings, and develop and maintain suitable distribution platforms. 

We are looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial individual who is passionate about thinking creatively about global capacity building in this sector to manage, represent, and grow these exciting programs. 


This is a great opportunity for an individual who thrives in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment, can balance managing multiple processes with little supervision while also thinking strategically about opportunities to improve and grow the group’s programs. 

Your primary responsibility will be to oversee the academic integrity and successful implementation of the MicroMasters and master’s programs and launch the domestic track of the programs. You will also represent the program towards external stakeholders including policymakers, other universities, conference audiences, learners, and donors, and contribute to the realization of J­PAL’s broader capacity ­building mission, in particular in the higher education sector. You will supervise a team to manage the MicroMasters and master’s courses on a day­-to-day basis. You will chart the course for effective growth of the program and for using it as a platform to improve access to high quality education in development economics and data analysis worldwide. 

Academic program and course management: You will collaborate with a large number of stakeholders across the university to ensure the smooth delivery of the DEDP MicroMasters and master’s programs, and launch the new domestic track of the two programs. 

  • DEDP MicroMasters: You will act as lead on course and content management to ensure that online courses and exams are delivered according to the highest academic standards. You will recruit teaching assistants for the courses who will support you by creating course content and writing exams. 
  • DEDP master’s: You will supervise the admissions process, manage orientation/math camp, and lead the weekly seminar. You will act as students’ main academic point of contact once they arrive on campus. You will also advise students on their "capstone projects” (field internships in lieu of a master’s thesis) and grade their final project reports. 
  • Development of domestic track: You will facilitate the creation of new online courses that are focused on U.S. domestic policy. You will establish the structure and processes that will support the development of this new track.

Partnerships: As Education Manager, you will work to support our global capacity building efforts by building strategic relationships with partners in governments, NGOs, foundations, multilateral aid agencies, and universities worldwide. You will be a key ambassador of J­PAL’s work and the MicroMasters and master’s programs. 

Development: You will lead a team towards realizing our vision of improving access to higher education by seeking opportunities to fundraise for the domestic track of the Education programs as well as scholarships for students. You will write and manage grants and represent the program towards donors. 

Innovation and experimentation: As manager of one of MIT’s first MicroMasters programs, you will become part of a dynamic community of educational innovators who are passionate about leveraging digital technology to boost access to higher education. You will become an expert in online learning best practices and academic research on education technology, and conceptualize learning innovations and strategies the program should develop and lead their experimental testing. You will lead regular quantitative analyses of learner data to help us understand how we can improve our courses to reach more and teach better. 

Staff supervision and collaboration: As Education Manager, you will supervise and mentor two or more junior Education staff on everything from work life balance and writing tips, to career growth and professional development. In addition, you will collaborate with a large and diverse group of stakeholders within and outside of J­PAL, including donors, university partners, and policymakers from around the world. You will represent us in regular meetings with these groups and will have significant opportunities for worldwide travel.

J-PAL Research, Education, and Training contributions: As a Manager in the RET group, a portion of your time will be dedicated to group-wide coordination and technical inputs. 

Professional Development 

The RET group invests in your professional development. As a Education Manager, you will learn, engage, travel, and grow. 

Learn: As a member of the Education team, it will be central to your role to keep abreast of the latest impact evaluation methods and developments and trends in the policy and training spaces, and to seek out opportunities to deepen your knowledge in these areas. J-PAL supports a culture of learning, with opportunities to attend weekly MIT–Harvard Development Seminars and to take classes for credit at MIT or elsewhere with our generous tuition assistance program. 

Engage: The Education Manager will have significant outward facing responsibilities, with the opportunity to interact and collaborate closely with multiple policy partners and with J­PAL’s regional Education groups. 

Travel: The Education Manager has the opportunity to represent the MicroMasters program towards audiences worldwide. 

Grow: The Education Manager can expect to join a peer group eager to build institutional knowledge and pass on lessons learned. The Education Manager will receive one­ on ­one mentorship from senior group members.


Your technical expertise, strong communication and organizational skills, passion for research and teaching, and interest in international development or poverty alleviation policies make you an ideal candidate for the Education Manager position. 

  • Education: You hold a master’s degree or higher in economics, political science, statistics, public policy, or other related fields. You also have significant training in and a strong technical understanding of econometrics and randomized impact evaluations. 
  • Experience: You have at least five years of experience in a role managing complex projects. Prior experience supervising staff and teaching is a plus. Apply to Senior Education Manager if you have at least seven years of experience.
  • Skills: You are comfortable learning computer applications and new technologies and have some experience with presentation or editing software or a willingness to learn them. You can analyze and work with data; knowledge of STATA or R is essential. 
  • Communication: You are able to adapt to different communication styles and needs while engaging with stakeholders with diverse backgrounds, interests, and experience, and you enjoy public speaking. Your writing and presentation skills are advanced, and you can communicate technical concepts and complex models in a clear and engaging way. You are precise, clear, and creative. Advanced proficiency in English is required. 
  • Organization: You can successfully handle multiple projects at once, meet deadlines, and effectively manage your time. You enjoy preparing polished presentations and teaching materials and pay attention to detail. 
  • Attitude: You love learning and are willing to stay current with impact evaluation and research methods. Your teaching experience and coursework demonstrate your passion for international poverty alleviation policy. You are self­ motivated, work hard, and enjoy working in teams.
  • Cultural competencies: You are comfortable and adept at working in a diverse and multicultural work environment, with colleagues, partners and policymakers from around the world. You display cultural, gender, religion, race, ethnic, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability. 

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. 

If you would like to learn more about J-PAL Global’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, please visit this webpage. 

J­PAL is recruiting for the role of Education Manager, based at the J­PAL Global office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. The Education group reflects J­PAL’s efforts to make high quality education in development…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 2, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required



As a member of the MIT community, you benefit from more than just your salary. J­PAL hires highly qualified staff and rewards them accordingly. Total compensation packages are competitive for the non profit international policy field with excellent MIT benefits, including comprehensive health insurance, a 401(k) match and pension ­based retirement plan, tuition assistance, commuter benefits, MIT community discounts, a generous vacation policy, and more. We like working at MIT, and think you will too! 


As a member of the MIT community, you benefit from more than just your salary. J­PAL hires highly qualified staff and rewards them accordingly. Total compensation packages…


Cambridge, MA, USA

How to Apply

How to apply

Ready to join a team of supportive, engaging, and fun colleagues? Apply now. 

Submit a short application via MIT’s human resources system. Visit, search for job ID 19760 (Education Manager) and complete an application. 

Please submit: 

1. Cover letter (outlining why you are interested in J-PAL Global and why you are qualified for this role) 

2. Resume

We will review applications on a rolling basis. Short-listed applicants will be asked to complete a writing exercise. Finalists will be called for an in-person or virtual interview. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not be able to follow up individually with all applicants. For applicants who successfully advance to the next stage, we will request references whom we can contact to learn more about you and your suitability for this role.

Please note: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

For more information about working at J-PAL, please visit this webpage. 

How to apply

Ready to join a team of supportive, engaging, and fun colleagues? Apply now. 

Submit a short application via MIT’s human resources system. Visit…

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