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Job Req ID:  110673

The Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University (the Center) seeks a Project Manager to support a new, multi-year, multi-city domestic grant-funded program. The first of its kind in the world, the Center aims to advance the field of public sector innovation by marrying cutting-edge practice with world class research in order to transform the culture of government, deliver exceptional results for residents, and inspire trust in public service.

The Project Manager will play a central role in structuring and coordinating the Center’s work for a major, new Innovation Team (i-team) program to support City Halls and communities around the country to build prosperous futures through climate action and advancing racial wealth equity. The Project Manager will work closely with program leadership to ensure that each city’s i-team is supported with the full range of available resources, such as training and varied advisory support. The Project Manager will also help develop and implement a consistent and organized flow of information and reporting from cities to the wider program team, initiative partners and Center leadership. Overall, this work will require exceptional organizational skills, stakeholder and relationship management skills, and energy and passion for the mission of this program.

The Center is committed to working with communities that are focused on ending legacies of structural, entrenched racism and oppression. The Project Manager must be willing to think about reimagined government, knowledge, and engagement models through the lens of dismantling these legacies.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Define and document project scope, objectives, and outcomes.
  • Create long- and short-term plans for multi-year, multi-million-dollar innovation programs in multiple cities across the US. This includes setting project targets and milestones as well as partner deliverables and deadlines.
  • Coordinate partner and client engagement in collaborative design and delivery.
  • Provide project updates to internal and external stakeholders and manage stakeholder expectations.
  • Maintain effective communication and feedback channels with executives, managers, and partners to keep the project aligned with goals.
  • Prepare project status reports, risk management assessments, and other program lifecycle reports and documentation.
  • Create briefings, presentations, and talking points about the program and cities, including spotlights on specific cities and their local initiatives for a variety of audiences, including but not limited to funder meetings and public speaking events.
  • Regularly assess project execution and make effective decisions when presented with multiple options for how to progress.
  • Manage collaborator coordination when multiple units are assigned to the same project to ensure team actions remain in synergy.
  • Assess client needs, identify the resource best positioned to meet them, and activate internal subject matter experts or external partners.
  • Adjust schedules and targets as situations may require ensuring project goals are met.
  • Promote synergies with teams across the Center to propose and develop sustainable and innovative solutions.
  • Oversee or execute special projects, as needed.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to set priorities and respond quickly as priorities change.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to collect and synthesize information and provide summary reports.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to build good relationships with peers and to interact with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and calendars simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work both cooperatively within a team and independently.
  • Ability to delegate effectively to internal staff and partners.
  • Excellent content creation skills.
  • A commitment to a collegial workplace.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five years related experience
  • Additional education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five years of project management experience.
  • Interest in city government and experience working in the public sector or adjacent industries, including management or change management consulting.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Classified Title: Program Manager
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME
Starting Salary Range: Min $64,000 – Max $112,200 Annually ($150,000 targeted; Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: 37.5/5
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: Hybrid/Homewood Campus
Department name: ​​​​​​​Ctrs for Govt Excellence & Public Innova
Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers

Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees’ health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
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 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.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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