Job Req ID:  113780

Senior Advisor, Civic Engagement

The Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University (the Center) seeks a Senior Advisor, Civic Engagement to join the Civic Engagement Practice. 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 to transform the culture of government, deliver exceptional results for residents, and inspire trust in public service.

The Center draws on the insights and skills of residents to power better local solutions for cities. Elective civic engagement is centered around people as conduits for perspectives that can only be learned from understanding their lived experience, building trust, and mutual support. With the support of grants, technical assistance, and other resources, the Civic Engagement Practice helps cities partner with residents and community members to design and implement projects that solve important public problems.

Senior Advisors are subject matter experts who train city hall teams to engage residents more effectively, design creative initiatives to solve urban challenges, and apply approaches such as human-centered design, asset-based community development, and behavioral science. Reporting to the Civic Engagement Director, you will play a critical role in supporting programs in the Civic Engagement Practice, helping local government practitioners and leaders build innovation capacity in city halls and deliver better results for residents.

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

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide direct technical assistance to city teams in the design, development, and implementation of new services and programs.
  • Design and facilitate direct connections and collaborative learning opportunities among cities.
  • Contribute subject matter expertise to the development of training curriculum and resources.
  • Organize and facilitate on-site and virtual trainings, workshops, and meetings with government, academics, nonprofits, and other external partners.
  • Prepare reports, summaries, presentations, and other work products for dissemination to the Center’s leadership and external partners, including funders.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert and political context expert for internal collaboration with other practice areas and operational teams.
  • Identify and investigate new trends and policies affecting the practice area.
  • Collaborate on the design and execution of new program opportunities and practice offerings.
  • Contribute to internal strategy development and continuous improvement.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Special Knowledge, Skills & 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.
  • Experience interacting with senior officials from public sector organizations and supporting them in advancing complex issues and goals.
  • 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.
  • Excellence in professional writing, public speaking and training skills.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in related discipline. Typically require PhD.
  • 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 project or additional doctoral education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Five years’ 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, Civic Engagement   
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD  
Starting Salary Range: $55,200 - $115,000 Annually ($115,000 targeted; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm 
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 base salary range represents the low and high end of Johns Hopkins University’s salary range for this position. Not all candidates will be eligible for the upper end of the salary range. Exact salary will ultimately depend on multiple factors, which may include the successful candidate's geographic location, skills, work experience, market conditions, education/training and other qualifications. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Education and Experience Equivalency
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 Completing Studies
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.

Background Checks
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.

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

Equal Opportunity Employer
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.

EEO is the Law

Accommodation Information
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Vaccine Requirements
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The following additional provisions may apply, depending upon campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.
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Hybrid: On-site 1-2 days a week