Special Projects Coordinator - Development Innovation Lab

  • United States of America
  • Bachelor's
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Length of Commitment:
One year


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About the Lab

The Development Innovation Lab (DIL) at the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI)uses the tools of economics to develop innovations of practical use in developing countries. By bringing together experts in different fields and working closely with nonprofit organizations, firms and governments in developing countries, we can simultaneously advance knowledge and generate solutions to development challenges which can reach hundreds of millions of people.

Job Summary

The job coordinates non-technical (not information technology or construction related) projects from conception to completion. Assists with the assembly of teams and the development of detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports using straightforward problem solving skills.


  • Manages email communications in the DIL inbox and responds or coordinates responses with relevant DIL team members.
  • Coordinates DIL team's work with outside institutions, including NGOs and government agencies.
  • Organizes speaking and media requests for domestic and international events.
  • Monitors DIL’s internal and external communications to maximize research impact and exposure.
  • Maintains DIL’s website. Organizes on and off-campus meetings including lab meetings, workshops, and other special events. Coordinates speakers, handling all travel arrangements and reimbursements; handles speaker’s itinerary.
  • Coordinates complex domestic and multi-country international travel arrangements and reimbursements for DIL team and visitors.
  • Collaborates on new and ongoing research projects. Tasks include: proofreading, fact-checking, and editing papers and reports under the supervision of the Executive Director.
  • Coordinates events, researches logistics, assists with planning and preparing presentations, event outreach, and post-event write ups.
  • Assists with researching funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals, and drafting and/or editing other written materials with moderate guidance.
  • Assists with other administrative projects as needed and acquire higher level guidance and skills.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in economics or a closely related field.


  • Background providing administrative support.
  • Skillful in project management.
  • Working knowledge as a research assistant and/or supporting research projects.
  • Teaching Assistant experience in economics courses may also be considered.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for development economics.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with high-level of accuracy and sharp attention to detail.
  • Effective written and verbal communication.
  • A quick, self-learner with ability to initiate, organize, prioritize and complete multiple, high-level projects; meet tight deadlines; and work effectively with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.
  • Anticipate and respond to future needs.
  • Works well independently and in a team environment.
  • Use appropriate resources and follow an issue through to resolution.
  • Solve problems and make effective decisions.

How to Apply

Application Documents

  1. Resume/CV (required)
  2. Cover Letter (required)
  3. Three Professional References Contact Information (required)


If you have any questions regarding this job posting, feel free to e-mail [email protected]