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Senior Advisor, Innovation

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Job Req ID: 111821

The Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University (the Center) seeks a Senior Advisor 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 Senior Advisor will play a central role in supporting and overseeing the work of multiple Innovation Teams (i-teams) working in city halls around the country to build prosperous futures through climate action and advancing racial wealth equity. The Senior Advisor will do this by training these teams to engage residents more effectively and apply approaches such as human-centered design, crowdsourcing, and behavioral science. Successful Senior Advisors are likely to possess deep experience in successfully leading complex projects or initiatives in government or large organizations; exceptional relationship and stakeholder management skills; and the ability to balance broad, strategic thinking with disciplined day-to-day project management.

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


Duties & Responsibilities

    • Provide direct technical assistance to city teams in the design, development, and delivery of new services and policy approaches in coordination with staff, partner organizations, and philanthropic funders.
    • Design and facilitate direct connections and collaborative learning opportunities among cities.
    • Serve as a subject matter and political context expert for internal collaboration with other practice areas and operational teams.
    • Collaborate on the design and execution of new grant opportunities and practice offerings.
    • Prepare reports, summaries, presentations, and other work products for dissemination to the Center’s leadership and external partners, including Bloomberg Philanthropies.
    • Organize and support meeting facilitation with external stakeholders including governments, philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and academic and public sector leaders.
    • Contribute to internal strategy development and continuous improvement.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Experience in local government, design, or management consulting.
    • A thorough understanding of the types of challenges municipal governments typically face.
    • Experience project-managing complex initiatives from design to their completion.
    • 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 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.
    • Ability to represent Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation and its partners before mayors and other government officials.
    • Ability to thrive in relationships with leaders in the civic sector.
    • Ability to manage external stakeholders and workflows.
    • Excellent public speaking and training skills.

Minimum Qualifications

    • Master’s Degree in a related discipline.
    • One year related experience. Require highly specialized advanced knowledge, education, and/or training in a specialized field of study to conduct research.
    • Demonstrated ability on significant graduate projects or additional doctoral education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications

    • PhD preferred.
    • Five years of experience working in public policy, public administration, or a related field, particularly with local government.
    • Experience or familiarity with government innovation efforts, including a strong conceptual and practical understanding of innovation tools and the role of human centered design, data and policy in the public sector.

Classified Title: Sr. Research Data Analyst
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Senior Advisor, Innovation
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD
Starting Salary Range: Min. $55,200.00 – $96,600.00 (Targeted $150,00.00 Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: 37.5/5 Monday – Friday
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: ​​​​​​ Modified Hybrid/Homewood Campus
Department name: Centers for Government Excellence & Public Innovation
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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