We are hiring: Project Coordinator

Project Coordinator, Portulans Institute

Posted: April 28, 2022


The Portulans Institute (PI) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan think tank based in Washington DC. Founded in 2019, PI aims to develop cross-community knowledge and dialogue on how people, technology and innovation contribute to sustainable and innovative growth, and inform policy-makers by producing independent, rigorous metrics and data based research. PI also collaborates with private sector leaders to drive a business agenda that invests in people, technology and innovation for a prosperous and common future. We are seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated Project Coordinator to join our team!

Role Summary

This position is a unique opportunity to play a key role in supporting PI’s partnerships and programs. As a Project Coordinator, you will assist in the management and development of various ongoing projects in collaboration with our international networks of partners (Corporate Network, Affiliate Network, Academic Network) and engage with innovation and technology policy developments and research. 

Compensation: Negotiable based on experience.

Location: Remote for the foreseeable future.

Status: Position is Full-time starting July 1, 2022.

Reports to: Leadership.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Research: Assisting with long-term research projects relating to digital readiness, innovation policy and digital transformation ( i.e., collecting relevant data from our indices, preparing literature reviews and research summaries, copy-editing)
  • Policy: Monitoring new developments in our focus areas (Innovation Readiness, Technology Competitiveness and Global Talent), as they arise.
  • Project Management: Various tasks related to planning and overseeing projects including identifying partnership opportunities, designating project resources, monitoring progress, coordinating stakeholder communication, and reporting out to the Leadership team.
  • Providing support for the Leadership team and Associates where necessary. 
  • Performing other relevant duties as requested.


  • U.S. Work permit required for U.S. based candidates. Candidates from foreign locations are also encouraged to apply.
  • Master’s student or PhD Candidate or recent graduate in Business Administration, Policy Analysis and Management, Economics, or Public Administration.
  • Knowledge of or prior experience with S&T and Innovation policy in one or more of PI’s focus areas (Innovation Readiness, Technology Competitiveness and Global Talent).
  • At least 2 years of experience with research and project management. 
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English
  • Highly motivated, collaborative and flexible team player with strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Detail-oriented, with the ability to support multiple complex projects simultaneously.
  • Experience in data analytics is a plus. 

Why PI?

As a Project Coordinator, you will gain exposure to a global network of thought leaders from government, international organizations, the private sector, civil society and academia. This position provides the opportunity to use various methodologies and theories of practice and apply your project management and policy skills to work being shared across a cross-cultural community of partners. 

Closing Date: This application will close on Monday, May 30, 2022.

To Apply 

Please email your CV, a short cover letter (300 words) and writing sample to administrator@portulansinstitute.org with the subject line “Project Coordinator Application [last name]”. In your cover letter, please include information about your availability and starting date. We will be in touch if your skills, experiences and motivations are a match for PI!