Lab/Project Manager, Democracy Initiative
Job ID: R0034945 | Project Management | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Democracy Initiative and the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences invite applications for a new Lab/Project Manager position. The Democracy Initiative is an ambitious interdisciplinary teaching, research and engagement effort bringing together a diverse range of scholars, journalists, policymakers and practitioners in a range of fields to study and advance the prospects of democracy around the world. The Democracy Labs promote faculty and student research, teaching and public engagement. The person hired into this position will work with the Repair Lab, which seeks to understand the relationship between racial injustice and climate change and to deepen our understanding of the causes, consequences and countermeasures of environmental and climate injustice locally and around the world.

The Lab/Project Manager will support the work of the Repair Lab, as well as additional special projects as assigned. After the Repair Lab work concludes in 2024, the Lab/Project Manager can continue in the role and be assigned to a newly selected Lab. Additional project management beyond the labs may include event curation, assisting with internal and external communication efforts, managing lab/project selection processes, and working with UVA and external partners to amplify the work of the Democracy Initiative.

The Lab/Project Manager will work independently but in coordination with the Director for Academic Affairs and the faculty directors of the Repair Lab to develop and manage the labs' programs. The manager is responsible for project management, fiscal administration, communications, grants application and administration, event planning and other administrative functions. The successful candidate will be committed to the promotion of research and scholarship on democracy.

We particularly seek candidates with demonstrated skills in team building and collaboration, cultivating relationships with collaborators and navigating complex internal and external relationships, as well as the ability to develop, articulate and implement organizational vision.

Job Description:
  • Gain familiarity with the entire scope and requirements of the Repair Lab.
  • Working with the project work plan, oversee deadlines and make recommendations to project leadership.
  • Ensure that the Lab Faculty Directors, the Democracy Initiative Co-Directors and other key stakeholders are aware of project status and any barriers to successful project performance.
  • Develop appropriate methods to handle information. Interpret information and make informed decisions based on analysis.
  • Ensure that the lab is in compliance with organizational policies and procedures.
  • Manage project budgets, handle financial transactions and facilitate human resources needs of the lab and other special projects.
  • Participate in public and private event planning and execution.
  • Track and communicate impact of the lab and other special projects.
  • Maintain website and social media accounts for the lab and other special projects.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

  • This position requires a bachelor's degree with at least two years of experience in program or project management, administrative coordination or academic affairs. At least six years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects in a complex environment.
  • Demonstrated skills in team building and collaboration, cultivating relationships with partner faculty, and navigating complex internal and external relationships.
  • Track record of demonstrating a high degree of initiative and flexibility and will have the skills to shape and be shaped by an evolving initiative program.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Experience with social media and website management preferred.

Anticipated salary range of $60,000-$65,000 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is an exempt-level, benefited position and is restricted as it is dependent upon project need, performance and availability of funding.

Review of applications will begin April 18, 2022, and the position will remain open until filled.

For questions about the position, please contact Laurent Dubois at

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