Project Manager at NPR

  • Project Management
  • Fulltime
  • Anywhere (100% Remote) Only
Job Description

Title: Project Manager (Grant Funded – Two years)

Location: Remote


A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. The NPR audience values information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility and our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide.

Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success. We are committed to doing the right thing in our journalism and in every role at NPR. This means that integrity, adherence to our ethical standards, and compliance with legal obligations are fundamental responsibilities for every employee at NPR.

The Project Manager is responsible for leading the process within NPR Distribution for multi-disciplinary projects that include technology, user experience, and business. The Project Manager oversees the implementation of established project methodologies in accordance with best industry practices, managing schedule/budget/resource needs for projects, coordinating team member activities, and aligning stakeholder and business goals to result in innovative, high-quality interactive products and services.


  • Creates, develops and executes change programs and revises plans as needed to meet business, technical and legal requirements. Monitors, maintains and communicates project life cycle to staff. Works with staff for most effective implementation.
  • Effectively manages day-to-day operations and scope of assigned special projects, minimizing risk and working to deliver expected business impact of projects. Tracks, manages and reports team and project work and project budgets. Identifies resources and works collaboratively to assign responsibilities. Ensures that project documentation is complete and archived appropriately
  • Effectively evaluates, manages, and mentors virtual team members. Leads internal teams/task forces.
  • Helps develop, conveys, and ensures understanding and adherence to policies, standards, procedures and timelines. Responsible for deliverables, including test plans, training and quality assurance procedures.
  • Understands and implements budgeting and forecasting principles related to projects. Able to balance resource constraints.
  • Effectively communicates relevant project information to a variety of audiences, including senior management. Sets and manages stakeholder expectations while continually seeking opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and deepen staff relationships. Able to articulate and negotiate consensus on all aspects and audiences of projects.
  • Proactively develops solutions and improvements while resolving and escalating issues in a timely fashion. Prepares for and supports additional levels of review / oversight for special or complex projects, as deemed necessary by Division leadership.
  • Possesses general understanding of application programming, database and system design.
  • Comfortable with agile project methodologies and tools including Jira, Confluence and MS Project
  • Maintains awareness of new and emerging technologies and their potential applications for client engagements.
  • Other duties as assigned


WORK LOCATION: This is a remote permitted role. This role is based out of our Washington, DC office but the employee may choose to work on a remote basis from a location that NPR approves.


  • Four to seven years of project, especially significant experience in managing complex projects and/or a PMO
  • Ability to quickly learn highly technical and operational work surrounding content delivery for stations and producers
  • Ability to gain trust of Division business, technology and operational partners and drive projects from strategic beginning to final implementation.
  • Experience working with vendor partners on technical initiatives.
  • Excellent organizational skills ability to juggle multiple work streams and prioritize work.
  • Ability to creatively seek solutions, navigate ambiguity and change, resolve conflict using thoughtful and clear decision-making. Oriented toward taking action and seeking resolution.
  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills, including the ability to handle difficult problems and interact with senior/executive management and external/internal stakeholders with confidence and tact.
  • Ability to prepare and present concise, accurate analyses, reports and presentations that support/drive consensus and decision making.
  • Understanding of Agile and waterfall methodologies
  • Must have a PMP certification.


  • Agile and other project management related certifications

The minimum annualized salary for this position is $121,200. Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.

NPR mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law and any other applicable law.

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NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive workplace that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, religious belief, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation, and reproductive health decisions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, transgender status, gender non-conforming status, intersex status, sexual stereotypes, nationality, citizenship status, personal appearance, marital status, family status, family responsibilities, military status, veteran status, mental and physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, genetic characteristics of yourself or a family member, political views and affiliation, unemployment status, protective order status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.

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