Senior Advisor- Digital Innovation (Baltimore, MD, United States, 21218)

The Johns Hopkins University
 Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University seeks a Senior Advisor for Digital Innovation for the new Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University which is focused on public sector innovation, government 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. The Center will work to increase awareness of the 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.

Working closely with the Digital Innovation Program Director and other senior leadership, the Senior Advisor will play a critical role in supporting programs in the Center’s digital innovation practice area, which includes a wide range of existing and new programs helping local government practitioners and leaders build digital innovation services and capacity in city halls and deliver better results for residents.

Reporting to the Digital Innovation Program Director, the Senior Advisor will help deliver programs to help city hall teams improve their digital services, inclusion, and innovation. The selected candidate should have experience in digital transformation; an understanding of local government; exceptional communication skills; comfort working independently and collaboratively; and a commitment to using technological solutions to deliver better services.

The new Center is committed to addressing structural and entrenched racism and recognizes the public sector’s role in perpetuating these legacies. We are looking for people committed to addressing these issues, both as we build a new organization and advance this work in communities.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with the delivery of multiple innovation programs in cities around the world in coordination with staff, partner organizations, and philanthropic funders
  • Providing technical assistance to cities that are part of the Center’s digital innovation program portfolio
  • Being part of a world-class team to deliver digital innovation programming, and supporting professional development on best practices and delivery methods
  • Documenting best practices in the field of government innovation, ensuring local governments can learn from one another
  • Developing materials presenting digital innovation trends and results seen in cities around the world
  • Organizing and supporting the facilitation of meetings with external stakeholders including governments, philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and academic and public sector leaders
  • Preparing reports, summaries, presentations, and other work products for dissemination to the Center’s leadership and external partners, including Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Master’s Degree in related discipline
  • One year related experience
  • Demonstrated ability on significant graduate project or additional doctoral education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.*

* JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

** Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Graduate Degree, preferably in public policy or a related field, and at least five years of experience in municipal government, digital innovation, or related work is preferred
  • Experience or familiarity with digital innovation efforts, including a strong conceptual and practical understanding of digital innovation tools and the role of technology in the public sector

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • A thorough understanding of the types of challenges municipal governments typically face, either through direct experience working in government or in organizations that collaborate closely with governments
  • Ability to translate data and research into comprehensible content for a broad audience
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and calendars simultaneously and meet tight deadlines
  • Superior organizational skills and ability to set priorities and respond quickly as priorities change
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to build good relationships with peers and to interact with diverse stakeholders
  • Experience interacting with senior officials from public sector organizations and supporting them in advancing complex issues and goals
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to collect and synthesize information
  • Excellent written, presentation, and research skills
  • High proficiency in WordPress, Microsoft Office, Google Suite, project management software, and virtual meeting platforms
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively within a team

Classified Title: Sr. Research Data Analyst

Working Title: Senior Advisor - Digital Innovation

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD

Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Employee group: Full Time

Schedule: 37.5/5

Exempt Status: Exempt

Location: ​​​​​​​Homewood Campus

Department name: ​​​​​​​KSAS - Centers for Civic Impact

Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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