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Job Req ID:  20823

Director of GovEx Academy


General Summary/Purpose:

Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact seeks a Director for its GovEx Academy.  The Director will head GovEx Academy and is responsible for the oversight of a team dedicated to designing, developing, and improving online, in person, and blended learning experiences to advance the knowledge of governments and their employees to use data for improved decision making and outcomes. The Director will work collaboratively with the entire Civic Impact team to develop and deliver innovative, evidence-based learning opportunities for public-sector staff. 


The selected candidate is a strong leader with excellent management skills who will direct a team developing high-impact resources and training materials to help governments implement successful practices. The Academy Director is also responsible also coordinating and collaborating with the Directors of its sister centers, GovEx and the Center for Applied Public Research, as well as with researchers at Johns Hopkins University and others around the world.


The Director of GovEx Academy must have a forward thinking mindset and experience developing and implementing new curriculum, as he/she will be responsible for the development of new content and delivery methods, as well as mechanisms to fund both. The selected candidate must be a strong writer and convincing communicator, as he/she will work to identify and propose new funding opportunities, including but not limited to philanthropy, direct fee for service, and membership models. 


This position reports to the Civic Impact Deputy Director.


Specific Responsibilities for the Director of GovEx Academy Include: 

  • Creating and overseeing a long-term strategic vision for GovEx Academy
  • Managing multiple grant-funded training programs in coordination with university staff, partner organizations, and philanthropic funders
  • Managing a growing and diverse team responsible for curriculum design and delivery;  project, program, and course management; video and media production
  • Building the GovEx Academy team as necessary to support the design and development of trainings and courses 
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of online, in-person, and blended courses and other educational programs according to best instructional practices, current research, and accessibility guidelines 
  • Identifying, proposing, and closing on new funding opportunities to support the further expansion of the GovEx Academy
  • Representing GovEx Academy to external stakeholders including governments, philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and industry leaders
  • Overseeing the planning of appropriate instructional strategies and objectives
  • Developing and maintaining fidelity to a strategic plan to create and offer courses and trainings responsive to the needs of government employees and funders
  • Defining clear goals for the GovEx Academy and measuring progress towards those goals
  • Ensuring that trainings, materials, and courses meet their stated goals
  • Maintaining an understanding of digital and in-person teaching methods and tools
  • Maintaining an understanding of trends in government 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 resources and materials used in trainings and courses
  • Ensuring learners and other stakeholders are kept in frequent communication and productively participating in training and courses
  • Developing fee structures for courses to ensure costs are covered
  • Building and maintaining a list of potential clients to receive training
  • Collaborating with outside institutions and organizations in coordination with clients to develop training materials that are locally applicable
  • Conducting workshops, presentations, seminars, and other training methods for government staff, as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned


The GovEx Academy Director must be an energetic, engaged professional with outstanding interpersonal skills. Qualifications include:


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Graduate Degree in a related professional 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.


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate with external stakeholders
  • Ability to manage and create diverse content in a variety of formats, including recording and producing video and audio, text production, and digital learning 
  • Capacity to convey content in a manner that engages learners and improves retention rates
  • Proven means to work with diverse groups and individuals at all levels
  • Extreme proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Google apps
  • Excellent oral, written, and research skills
  • A commitment to a collegial workplace

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree (preferably in instructional design, educational administration, public policy or administration, or government analytics)
  • At least five years management progressive management experience especially of diverse teams
  • At least two years experience developing or delivering training or courses


Additional Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently 
  • Ability to work independently and in a results-oriented workplace
  • Proven ability to coordinate and inspire the work of others
  • Demonstrated effectiveness consulting with subject matter experts to assess learning needs and recommend high-impact learning solutions and curricula
  • Familiarity with funders focused on public sector, civic data, government, or educational investments


Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:

  • An understanding of quantitative research methods
  • Ability to work with and understand complex datasets - including protocols for optimizing data hygiene and working with sensitive data
  • Knowledge of how to create data visualizations in D3.js, RStudio,or Tableau 
  • Familiarity with TalentLMS


Supervisory responsibility:

8 supervisees’ total

  • (1) Training Project Manager
  • (1) Sr Research Data analyst
  • (2) Curriculum Developer
  • (2) Sr. Research Program Coordinator
  • (2) Sr. Instructional Technologist


Classified Title: Instructional Technology Manager 
Working Title: Director of GovEx Academy 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MF 
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


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


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