Johns Hopkins University seeks an Innovation Program Director for its soon-to-be-launched center focused on public sector innovation, city transformation, and civic engagement. The new center will become a globally recognized organization focused on advancing the art and science of public sector innovation, especially among local governments. Specifically, the center will advance research, engage students, and support local governments around organizational, program, and policy innovation.
Working closely with the inaugural Executive Director and other senior leadership, the Innovation Program Director will play a critical role in developing the center, designing and delivering programs, and building a team to increase the legitimacy and impact of local government innovation with a special emphasis on the ways in which residents contribute to the design, development, and delivery of new services and policy approaches. The Innovation Program Director will work in close collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has been a pioneer in supporting creativity with city halls for the past decade and is providing the initial funding for the new center.
Under the direction of the Innovation Program Director, the Center will deliver technical assistance and training to city hall teams, to help them engage residents more effectively, design creative initiatives to tackle urban challenges, and apply approaches such as human-centered design, crowdsourcing, and behavioral science to deliver better results for residents. The selected candidate must have expertise in public sector innovation and experience leading teams or organizations; an understanding of local government; exceptional leadership skills; comfort liaising with the highest levels of city government; and a deep commitment to impact and measurement.
The Innovation Program Director must have a forward-thinking mindset and the vision to lead innovation strategy and deliver impactful programs that benefit city residents, both expanding on the legacy of existing initiatives and designing new ones. Our ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong point of view on the opportunity to reimagine the role and opportunities of local governments, what it means to create meaningful civic engagement, and the capacity for transformational resident-driven innovation.
The new center is committed to addressing structural and entrenched racism and recognizes the public sector’s role in perpetuating these legacies over time and addressing them today. We are looking for a leader committed to dismantling structural and entrenched racism and addressing these issues, both as they build a new organization and advance this work in communities.
This position reports to the Executive Director.
In partnership with Center leadership and funders, developing a strategy for innovation programming that helps build the field of public sector innovation, including establishing clear goals and measuring progress towards those goals
Overseeing the delivery of multiple innovation programs in cities around the world in coordination with staff, partner organizations, and philanthropic funders
Establishing the Center as an international thought leader for government innovation
Overseeing the development of materials presenting innovation trends and results seen in cities
Developing and documenting best practices in the field of government innovation, ensuring local governments can learn from one another
Building a world-class team to deliver innovation programming, and providing regular professional development on best practices and delivery methods
Overseeing the work of center staff and partner organizations delivering technical assistance, ensuring engagements meet targeted goals and are delivered on budget
Building and maintaining strong relationships with city leaders, elected officials, and critical stakeholders
Representing the center to external stakeholders including governments, philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and academic and public sector leaders
Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):
Master’s degree in public policy or related field
At least five years’ experience in the field of government innovation
Experience managing diverse teams
Additional education may substitute for experience, and additional experience may substitute required education to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula
City hall experience or other experience working with cities
Government transformation and program delivery experience, changing how government works to serve residents and delivering results-oriented programs, from design to implementation to storytelling and impact measurement
Diplomatic and customer service orientation to liaise with the highest levels of government and successfully achieve common goals in cities—maximizing the impact of programs, pushing for new innovation methodologies that may be unfamiliar, and collaboratively clearing roadblocks
Interest in forging relationships between cities and growing a worldwide network of government innovation practitioners
Strong communications skills to serve as a persuasive representative for programs with cities and partner organizations and at public forums
A record of strong professional achievements in public policy, public administration, or a related field
Proven ability to develop, manage, and thrive in relationships with public sector executives and senior staffers
Seasoned personnel skills to manage a team of mid-level professionals
Ability to work in and lead teams in a result-driven workplace
Extensive familiarity with government, nonprofit, and philanthropic stakeholders
Understanding of and ability to communicate stories about the impact of innovation on the public sector
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Experience with Microsoft Office, G Suite, and project management applications
Familiarity with learning management systems
Experience using project management and collaboration software such as Asana and Slack
Demonstrated effectiveness in coordinating with subject matter experts
Understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods
Excellent oral, written, communications, and research skills
Commitment to a collegial workplace
Capacity to work independently and in a results-oriented workplace
Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently
Level of Independent Decision Making:
High level of independent decision making
Classified Title: Sr. Program Manager Working Title: Innovation Program Director - CCI Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PG Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: 5/37.5 Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 60006654-KSAS - Centers for Civic Impact Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences
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