Economic Mobility Policy Fellowship

The Center for Applied Public Research, a unit of the Centers for Civic Impact at Johns Hopkins University, is seeking government or nonprofit practitioners in the fields of health, housing, employment, and education, or any other area which drives economic mobility to serve as Policy Fellows. Fellows support online and in-person peer learning for local government practitioners who are engaged in an economic mobility Community of Practice. Each Fellowship runs for 12 months and requires at least a ten hour per month commitment.

Specific responsibilities for Policy Fellows include: 

  • Engaging Community of Practice participants in conversations, webinars, and Facebook
  • Listening for and cataloging potential research questions to be explored, and resources to be developed
  • Co-developing resources with Community of Practice participants and Centers for Civic Impact staff, including research reports, slide decks, and template work products
  • Providing feedback on content created by the Centers for Civic Impact related to economic mobility
  • Co-planning and facilitating workshops focused on building data skills for economic mobility work in local communities
  • Checking in regularly with Center for Applied Research staff on Fellowship activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Fellows must possess outstanding interpersonal skills, professional curiosity, and a sense of humor. Required qualifications include:

  • At least five years of practical experience working in a domain relevant to economic mobility, including but not limited to workforce, education, health, human services, or economic development
  • Demonstrated ability to implement a successful strategy, policy or program that directly impacts economic mobility
  • Exceptional public speaking and writing skills
  • Ability to work independently with diverse groups and individuals at all levels of an organization

Fellows report to the Director of the Center for Applied Public Research. 

Apply for the Fellowship role by sending your resume and a cover letter including a description of your experience with economic mobility and interest in online communities by Wednesday, June 17 at 11:59pm ET to appliedresearch@jhu.edu.

Senior Director, Cities of Service

Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact seeks a Senior Director, for its soon-to-be-launched center focused on civic engagement and citizen-driven innovation, based on the work of Cities of Service and the Government Innovation Team at Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Senior Director will head this new center and build and oversee a team dedicated to improving connections between residents and government using cutting-edge methods to tackle pressing challenges in communities around the globe.

The Senior Director will work collaboratively with the entire Civic Impact team to develop and deliver innovative, community-engaged approaches to public sector problem solving. The selected candidate is a strong leader with excellent management skills who will direct a team to help governments implement successful community engagement practices. The Senior Director is also responsible for coordinating and collaborating with the Directors of the Centers for Civic Impact including GovEx, GovEx Academy, and the Center for Applied Public Research, as well as with researchers at Johns Hopkins University, and others around the world.

The Senior Director must have a forward thinking mindset and the vision to build out an organization, provide strong leadership to a rapidly growing team, as well as design and deliver impactful programs that benefit cities and their residents. Our ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong point of view on civic engagement and citizen-driven innovation, possess a proven track record successfully leading a major program or organization in the nonprofit or government sector, have experience navigating an academic environment; and be able to build relationships at all levels, from residents to elected officials.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Creating and overseeing a long-term strategic vision for the new center
  • Managing multiple programs in coordination with university staff, partner organizations, and philanthropic funders
  • Managing a growing and diverse team overseeing a diverse portfolio of programs such as Love Your Block, Experience Matters, and Guiding Opportunities
  • Establishing the national and international profile of the new center, including establishing its position as the expert for civic engagement and the delivery of state-of-the-art training to city practitioners on citizen-driven innovation
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with city leaders, elected officials, and critical stakeholders nationally and internationally
  • Cultivating productive partnerships with other Johns Hopkins institutions (e.g., SNF Agora Institute, 21st Century Cities Initiative) including opportunities for original research, program evaluation and improvement, and student learning and internships
  • Assisting with the recruitment and expansion of the new center’s team, with support of Civic Impact and JHU HR infrastructure
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of community engagement best practices and programs through multiple delivery channels
  • Supporting the University’s role in promoting interdisciplinary collaborations with a range of partners and stakeholders to advance research, policy, and practice, with a focus on how innovation leads to equitable and sustainable growth in cities
  • Serving as a thought leader through participation in conferences, writing opinion pieces, and contributions to other public activities
  • Representing the new to external stakeholders including governments, philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and academic and public sector leaders
  • Overseeing the planning of appropriate center strategies and objectives
  • Developing and maintaining fidelity to a strategic plan to create and offer programs responsive to the needs of the public and academic sector, as well as funders
  • Defining clear goals for the center and measuring progress towards those goals
  • Maintaining an understanding of trends in government innovation and data usage, including open data, performance management, analytics, and other areas as identified by Civic Impact and its associated centers
  • Supporting the teams at Civic Impact and its associated centers in the effective development of best practices related to community engagement and government innovation
  • Collaborating with outside institutions and organizations in coordination with clients to develop materials that are locally applicable
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Master’s degree in public policy or related field
  • At least fifteen years of experience in the fields of government innovation or community engagement; with at least seven years of 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using project management and collaboration software such as Asana and Slack
  • Familiarity with stakeholders focused on public sector, civic engagement, or education investments
  • Familiarity with learning management systems

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in coordinating with subject matter experts
  • Understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Familiarity with in Python, SQL, JavaScript and/or R, and GIS software
  • Knowledge of how to create data visualizations in D3.js, RStudio,or Tableau
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software, WordPress, and G Suite and its applications
  • Excellent oral, written, 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

Apply for the Senior Director, Cities of Service position now.

Data Visualization Analyst

 

Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact seeks an energetic and curious professional to serve as its Python + GIS Data Analyst. This is a full-time position which is being added to our rapidly expanding data science team. Currently, the team is working to build out analysis and visualizations for Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, and in the longer term its focus will shift to recovery related tool and analysis development.

The core responsibilities for this role include exploring data and creating visualizations to answer policy-related questions, particularly those which are crucially needed by local governments. Our selected candidate will work with Civic Impact’s Data Scientist as well as other data analysts on our team to create quantitative analyses, design and execute comprehensible data visualizations, summarize key findings, and uncover insights for the public sector. In addition to possessing Python and GIS visualization skills, Civic Impact is seeking an intellectually curious data analyst committed to unlocking the value of data for the public good.

This position reports to the Centers for Civic Impact Data Scientist.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Analyze and visualize data to support ongoing research projects and other requests
  • Conduct analyses, visualize data, and generate insights for a growing portfolio of both ad-hoc and recurring public sector needs
  • Gather qualitative and quantitative research to build supporting evidence for analyses, visualizations, and insights
  • Improve existing analyses, including the look and feel and layout of data visualizations
  • Collaborate with developers, data scientists, researchers, policy experts, and other technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Develop analytical and visualization skills to work towards independently assembling data and producing insights
  • Maintain clear lines of communication with Civic Impact’s Data Scientist, leadership, and others on the team
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline.
  • Three years related experience.
  • Additional education (Master’s level) may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in computer science or quantitative discipline strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Python, SQL, JavaScript and/or R, and GIS software, and a desire to continue to develop those skills strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with public sector data, policies, and stakeholders
  • Understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Experience using project management and collaboration software such as Asana and Slack
  • Knowledge of statistics, experimental design, and hypothesis testing

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent attention to detail and a systematic approach to problem solving
  • Knowledge of how to create data visualizations in Python and D3.js
  • Experience with version control software (GitHub)
  • Experience pulling and processing data using SQL, R, Python, or other programming languages
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software, WordPress, and G Suite and its applications
  • Excellent oral, written, and research skills
  • Ability to identify compromised data and clean it as required
  • Commitment to a collegial workplace
  • Capacity to work independently and in a results-oriented workplace
  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:

  • At least two years’ experience using Python and GIS to create easily comprehensible data visualizations for maximum insight

Apply for the Data Visualization Analyst position now.

Data and Analytics Instructor

The Centers for Civic Impact’s GovEx Academy(GovEx Academy) is seeking a Data and Analytics Instructor responsible for the development and delivery of trainings to build data skills in the public sector, particularly federal employees. The Data and Analytics Instructor delivers high-quality training in both online and in-person formats, while working across all GovEx Academy programs to ensure consistent and training content and delivery. With deep knowledge of data issues in the public sector, the Data and Analytics Instructor focuses GovEx Academy’s training work on meeting the needs of our unique learners.

GovEx Academy is dedicated to teaching data and other leading edge skills to anyone who works in the public sphere. The goal is to empower public sector employees to make data-informed decisions by providing training that meets their present and future needs. Training is an essential element in creating sustainable 21st century practices for governments everywhere. GovEx is developing a full suite of online and in-person trainings to grow and deepen capacity among civil servants – from executive leaders to frontline staff.

The Data and Analytics Instructor works individually and collaboratively to develop and deliver trainings in content areas aligned to GovEx Academy’s training delivery model including data management, analytics, and community engagement. The Data and Analytics Instructor has experience delivering training for public sector employees, focusing deeply on federal employees, and will often be working hand in hand with those employees to design and deliver content. The Data and Analytics Instructor’s primary focus is on sustaining and scaling GovEx Academy trainings to ensure we meet the demand for data services for public sector employees. Our ideal Data and Analytics Instructor has at least four years of experience working with dynamic teams, is comfortable teaching both in-person and online, possesses subject matter expertise in data and government, and is able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

The Data and Analytics Instructor position requires a high level of self-motivation, initiative, and demonstrated success working within a results-oriented and entrepreneurial organization. While GovEx Academy offers workplace flexibility, this position involves working at the GovEx Academy office on the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University.  Occasional travel is also required (20-30%). This position reports to the Director of GovEx Academy.

As GovEx Academy expands its programs, we are rapidly growing our ability to deliver training in both online and in-person formats for participants around the world. Specific responsibilities for the Data and Analytics Instructor include:

  • Deliver online and in-person quality training to public sector employees focusing on data management, analytics, and community engagement.
  • Develop media products for use in courses and websites including video, audio podcasts, and graphics.
  • Create online teaching certificate modules including development of advanced modules.
  • Develop successful working relationships with internal and experts to develop cutting edge content.
  • Collaborate with staff on the effective use of instructional design strategies, web-based resources, multimedia technologies, and to improve teaching and learning in any delivery mode.
  • Consult with GovEx subject matter experts to ensure instructional integrity of course development projects.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for students.
  • Support implementation, administration, and evaluation of day-to-day activities of online education programs.
  • Continuously gather stakeholder feedback on training programs and make adjustments accordingly.
  • Support the GovEx team to tailor existing learning materials and content to meet general market as well as specific client/funder needs.
  • Support GovEx’s efforts to gradually incorporate new techniques and learning modalities for instructional design and learning.
  • Function as a staff resource and consultant for internal GovEx education.

Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree in instructional design, instructional technology, education, or related field.
  • Five years related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for experience, and additional experience may substitute required education to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree, with a preference for public administration, education, or related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years focused on the federal government strongly preferred.
  • Experience specifically delivering training, particularly for public sector employees.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

GovEx’s Data and Analytics Instructor is an energetic, engaged professional with outstanding technical and interpersonal skills. Qualifications include:

  • Familiarity with project management software and applications, such as Asana or Basecamp.
  • Familiarity with TalentLMS.
  • Proficiency in using learning management systems.
  • Proficiency in using PowerPoint, Google Slides, or similar software.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to review the work of others for accuracy, credibility, and value.
  • A commitment to a collegial workplace.
  • Ability to work independently and in a results-oriented workplace.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledgeable, energetic, and passionate about data and education.

Apply for the Instructor job now!