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Program Officer, Adam Smith Society

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI) is a community of scholars, journalists, activists, and civic leaders who are united by a shared commitment to advancing economic opportunity, individual liberty, and the rule of law in America and its great cities. MI is independent, creative, and bold, and we are seeking a like-minded Program Officer for our Adam Smith Society program.

The Adam Smith Society (SmithSoc) brings together business students and professionals to discuss and debate the contributions of the free market to advancing human flourishing and opportunity for all. Like its parent organization, the Adam Smith Society is committed to defending free enterprise while welcoming the participation of all open-minded people interested in the competition of ideas.

Since its founding in 2011, SmithSoc has grown to more than 19,000 students and professionals in its network and maintains 32 chapters at some of our nation’s top business schools as well as a national network of professional members.


Reporting to SmithSoc’s Executive Director, the Program Officer will contribute to all aspects of the Adam Smith Society’s efforts, including programming for MBA student chapters and young professional members in New York City and around the country.

The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, has a background in political philosophy, economics, or related fields, an interest in public policy, and an interest in working with business students and professionals. Project management and/or event planning experience is a plus. Successful applicants thrive working both independently and in a team environment.


  • The ability to manage multiple projects and meet assignment deadlines in a busy environment.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational capability.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, both in person and remotely.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to act as an ambassador for the Adam Smith Society and to successfully engage with young professionals and leading public policy experts.
  • Experience with project management, event planning, or membership organizations a plus.
  • A background in political philosophy, economics, or related fields a plus.
  • Desire to work in support of the Smith Soc mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Previous experience a plus.

The ability to work out of the Manhattan Institute’s Manhattan office is preferred, though remote options will be considered. Financial support is available for new hires moving to New York City. Remote candidates will be expected to travel as part of the position.

The position entails periodically working at evening and weekend events (roughly 10-15/year), both in and outside of New York City, thus some travel will be expected for both local and remote employees.


MI offers generous benefits, including a hybrid work environment, four weeks paid vacation, a Summer Fridays program, paid paternity/maternity leave, medical and dental coverage, medical and dependent care FSA, mental health benefits, remote medicine, paid company cell phone, life insurance, and a 401(k) with a company-funded match.  MI staff also benefit from the opportunity to collaborate and socialize with prominent scholars in our policy space.

The salary range for this position is $60,000/year to $75,000/year.  The salary offered to a candidate will depend on skills, experience, and education.

To apply, please fill out the form below. Be sure to include:

  • Resume with references, preferably from direct supervisors.
  • Letter of interest that explains specifically how your experience relates to the job responsibilities, why the Manhattan Institute is the right fit for you, and what motivates your interest in the principles of economic opportunity, individual liberty, and the rule of law. (Please do not submit a generic cover letter.)
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