The TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health at the University of Chicago aspires to create a population-level shift in the knowledge and behavior of parents and caregivers to optimize the foundational brain development in children, birth to five years of age, particularly those born into poverty. Co-directed by Dr. Dana Suskind and Prof. John List, the TMW Center is rapidly growing as we develop, test, and scale evidence-based interventions and collaborate with partners across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to generate lasting impact.
This interdisciplinary research center combines insights from the biological sciences and social sciences as well as the fields of public policy and public administration to both identify what works to improve early learning outcomes and determine how to effectively scale evidence-based interventions.
The TMW Center seeks a motivated, flexible, and enthusiastic Special Projects Manager to work closely with Co-Director and Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Dana Suskind. The Special Projects Manager (SPM) acts as a thought partner to the Co-Director and coordinates existing and new special projects from conception to completion. This is a position with significant responsibility and leadership opportunities. Previous Special Projects Manager played a leading role in several high-impact special projects, including the planning of the Rohit and Harvanit Kumar Conference on the Economics of Early Childhood Education, the development of an edited volume on early childhood and scaling, and coordination of other research projects and publications. The Special Projects Manager also assists with the assembly of teams and the development of detailed work plans, oversees the Co-Director’s schedule, and partners with others to develop project estimates, resource plans, and status reports. Proactiveness, strategic thinking, and straightforward problem solving skills are valued in this role. Given the TMW Center’s objective of achieving population-level change, the ideal candidate would also bring to the role knowledge of the policymaking process and/or public administration, and experience engaging or facilitating collaboration across sectors.