Project Manager, PARI-GDI

Purdue University
  • Location
    West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 06

Position description

The Purdue Applied Research Institute, Global Development and Innovation Division (PARI-GDI) seeks a Project Manager who will provide financial, contractual, and technical management of PARI-GDI projects. The Project Manager will manage a portfolio of projects in a manner consistent with PARI-GDI’s standards and donors requirements as specified in funding agreements. The Project Manager will enable projects to achieve quality programming and program outcomes by working with teams in a variety of sectors including education and climate change, among others. Reporting to the Director for Strategy and Operations, the Program Manager will also participate in new business initiatives, monitoring and evaluation efforts and other functions of the organization.  

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Purdue University, PARI-GDI is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. PARI-GDI staff currently work remotely in West Lafayette, Northwest Indiana, and Washington D.C. The Director of Practice position is a full-time position that will require intimate familiarity and close working relationships with Purdue University students, faculty, and staff. The location of the position is classified as working remotely in client-focused locations (i.e., Washington D.C.) although the Director of Practice can be located in and, is definitely expected, to be able to spend significant time in West Lafayette, IN as deemed necessary to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of the position.


  • A start-up mentality and a passion for building out and being part of new initiatives
  • Must be comfortable with some level of ambiguity in daily tasks
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, international relations, or other field relevant to project management and/or international affairs
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of project management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work with technical teams communicate with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and ability to maintain teamwork performance on projects
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management best practices and ability to perform work in accordance with donor funding requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  • Willingness to travel and work abroad for short-term assignments
  • Fluency in English 
  • Experience with budget forecasting
  • Experience working with grants and contracts of different sizes and scopes
  • Ability to effectively establish processes



  • Experience managing USAID, Department of State, or other international donor-funded projects
  • Master’s degree or equivalent work experience in project management in an international development context
  • Other language capabilities relevant to international development work; especially French and Spanish


Additional Information:

  • All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue guidelines
  • To learn more about Purdue’s benefits summary 
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

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