Website Project Manager (Job ID: 2020-2469)

Posted Date 4 months ago(11/17/2020 10:21 AM)
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We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.


With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.


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Please note: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their start date. 


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Brookings Institution will be undergoing a full redevelopment of its flagship digital presence with a target completion of mid-2022. Alongside full-site redevelopment, we are undergoing a visual brand refresh project and digital strategy enhancements. to the Website Project Manager will implement our project management workflow for redevelopment as well as play a part in ensuring harmony across our other digital efforts. The manager will help ensure is successfully redeveloped and deliver a stable launch, and can also be a supportive champion of our other digital efforts.


Under the supervision of the Director of Website Operations, that Website Project Manager will coordinate the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for the website redesign, and well as day-to-day operations associated with the website redevelopment process. This person will be the point person ensuring that our redevelopment partner delivers on specification and on time according to contractual obligations, as well as partnering to oversee the implementation of a governance structure for decision making and critical junctures of the website redevelopment project.


This is an 18-month term position – running from the beginning of the RFP process to the first stable launch of the new


 Website redevelopment process   (80%)

  • Under the supervision of the Director of Website Operations:
  • Execute and advise the process of creating and implementing a governance structure for the decision-making process
  • Develop project roadmaps and deadlines with the external agency; define the roadmap process from initial agency engagement to initial website launch.
  • Coordinate and schedule stakeholder review sessions and feedback on both the research program and business unit sides.
  • In collaboration with the Website Operations Director and web team, make recommendations for critical business solutions aspects, such as selection of a CMS, hosting, analytics, and other 3rd party platforms.
  • In coordination with Finance, monitor project costs and ensure project remains within budget targets.
  • In coordination with the visual design team, help to ensure website build harmonizes with the internal visual brand refresh and accurately applies new treatment requirements.
  • Responsible for scope control with internal/external parties.
  • Manage QA/testing schedules with release timelines.
  • When required, assist and/or lead the process of recommending third-party vendor solutions outside the scope agency work.


Request for proposal (RFP) process   (20%)

  • Shepherd all elements of the Request for Proposal process from start to completion.
  • Facilitate the bidding process (in coordination with the finance procurement team) including spearheading the agency interview process.
  • Assist with bringing relevant stakeholders together for the selection process, including the coordination of meetings and review of deliverables.
  • Facilitate information flows to ensure relevant internal stakeholders are kept up to date on the RFP process progress.
  • Working with Communications senior leadership and Finance, facilitate the final elements of the contractual process for signing on an agency.


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


Education/Experience Requirements:


Five years’ experience in project management, specifically with the project management of medium to large scale enterprise-level web redevelopment and/or product development projects is required. Deep experience in a design sprint/agile development setting. Bachelor’s degree required. Professional project management certification (PMP or similar) a plus, but not required.



Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Soft Skills:

Exceptional people skills – must have strong emotional intelligence and a keen ability to observe and navigate aspects of institutional dynamics.  Should be able to influence and provide expert recommendations for solving website & digital platform related business challenges while having comfort with not being the final decision maker. They should have the ability to implement needed solutions and commit to seeing a project lifecycle through to completion in the face of rapid priority shifts and at times potentially ambiguous needs. Demonstrated expertise in proactively identifying risks before they evolve into issues, and flagging and working to solve issues when they arise. Ultimate flexibility and a healthy sense of humor.

Technical Skills:

Being well-versed in project management solutions that track progress and benchmarks is a requirement, Familiarity with in-house project management tools such as Hive and the Microsoft Suite of tools (Sharepoint, Teams) is a plus.


Additional Information:


What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment.


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms.  We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.







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