Johns Hopkins University - i-team Director

i-team Director

Johns Hopkins University

Cincinnati OH

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Compensation: $115,400 - $202,000
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i-team Director – Johns Hopkins University

Job Description

The Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University seeks a director to lead a new Cincinnati Innovation Team (“i-team”). Innovation Teams unlock creativity from within city governments and the communities they serve.

These teams take partners and stakeholders through an evidence-based process to tackle the big problems in their cities no one has yet been able to solve, generate more ambitious responses, and test and adapt interventions until they produce impact. They also work closely with the mayor, the city’s leadership team, and city departments to change the culture of city government.


Job Responsibilities

  • Lead an equity–centered, design–based innovation approach to problem–solving that focuses on identifying root causes of civic challenges in partnership with residents’ community: organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with city government colleagues and community organizations to co-create and manage bold, innovative solutions to drive climate action jointly and advance racial wealth equity, including greenhouse gas reduction strategies.
  • Effectively manage the diverse skill sets of the i-team and leverage available technical expertise to maximize creativity and impact.
  • Maintain strong relationships and foster collaboration among a broad set of stakeholders, including senior government officials, the private sector, and nonprofit leaders in the community.
  • Engage and collaborate deeply with local community organizations that promote climate equity strategies that promote racial equity and economic inclusion.
  • Strengthen the capacity of city government colleagues, community–based organizations, and other stakeholders to work together to co–create and implement transformative solutions.
  • Inspire the i-team to challenge the status quo and encourage creative ways to overcome roadblocks.
  • Ensure that there are clear and appropriate implementation plans for delivery on all major initiatives.
  • Oversee the development of targets and regular measurement of progress.
  • Achieve defined targets by monitoring performance and correcting courses when needed.
  • Participate in a national network of civic-sector innovation experts to advance the field and make your city’s work visible.
  • Communicate progress to stakeholders, including regular reporting to the mayor.
  • Oversee the timely development and submission of high–quality grant deliverables.
  • Share the team’s strategic framework and best practices for innovation throughout city government.
  • Actively collaborate with the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University, a set of program partners, i-teams in your cohort, and other i-team grantees.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline.
  • Seven or more years of experience in business administration, public policy, organizational development, strategy development, change management, project management, or related fields/areas.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, and other related experience may substitute for required education to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.


  • Experience working for or in collaboration with local government.
  • Five years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience or familiarity with government innovation efforts, including a solid conceptual and practical understanding of innovation tools and the role of human-centered design, data, and policy in the public sector.
  • Experience working on sustainability, climate equity, racial equity, and economic inclusion is a plus.
  • Experience leveraging and mobilizing public, private, and philanthropic resources for projects is a plus.


  • Experience leading large-scale transformations that involve multiple stakeholders and constituencies.
  • Experience developing and managing a high-performing team.
  • Experience working effectively and collaboratively with senior government, community, and private sector leaders.
  • Passion for and commitment to equitably reducing climate pollution, addressing climate change’s impacts, and improving conditions for historically disadvantaged Black communities and other communities of color.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to build good relationships with peers and to interact with diverse stakeholders.
  • A track record of delivering significant innovation results and impact in the public, nonprofit, or private sector.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Aptitude for moving people outside their comfort zones to embrace new approaches, mindsets, and solutions.
  • Experience with design–based innovation, data, and other innovation methods and tools.
  • Experience project-managing complex initiatives from design to their completion.
  • Understanding of municipal governance and public sector innovation.


Compensation & Benefits

i-team Directors across the country will be compensated in a range of $115,400 – $202,000. This range will be further adjusted to each city location, taking into account local market and cost of living data.

The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief when posting. Actual compensation may vary based on 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:


Application Process

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 critical strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

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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Accommodation Information

If you are interested in applying for employment with Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please get in touch with the Talent Acquisition Office at [email protected]. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711. For more information about workplace accommodations or accessibility at Johns Hopkins University, please visit [email protected].

Johns Hopkins has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. The COVID-19 vaccine does not apply to positions located in the State of Florida. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry.


About the Organization

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


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