Mayor's Office of Budget and Innovation, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Project Leader, Mayor's Innovation Team

Employment type
Full Time
30 days ago
Los Angeles


The City of Los Angeles was one of 14 cities selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program in December 2014. Innovation Teams (i-teams) function as in-house innovation consultants, moving from one mayoral priority to the next. The Project Manager is an integral senior member of the i-team with high-level exposure to City government leadership, departments, and stakeholders. The i-team is situated in the Mayor’s Office. Innovation teams leverage data-driven research and work closely with internal and external City partners to tackle cities’ biggest, most pressing challenges. For example, i-teams have worked on initiatives like improving access to affordable housing to reduce homelessness, creating inclusive neighborhood revitalization to address the negative impacts of gentrification, or reducing the number of illegal guns to improve public safety. For its first set of initiatives, the i-team conducted rigorous research and idea-generation beginning in June of 2015 to define a set of projects. The team then delivered an ambitious portfolio of projects with Departmental partners from February 2016 through the fall of 2016. In the fall of 2016, the team was re-tasked to a different subject area at the discretion of the Mayor and has been focused on building a public safety workforce of the future.

It is suggested that interested candidates review the Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team Playbook for additional context and background on the i-team mission and methodology. i-team staff are expected to be able to be flexible and quickly navigate the learning curve on a wide variety of topics as needed.


Reporting to the Innovation Team Director within the Mayor’s Office of Budget & Innovation, and alongside the team at large, the Project Manager will work in partnership with existing City staff to prioritize problems, conduct detailed research, identify powerful solutions, develop implementation plans and then manage discrete projects for results within an accelerated timeframe – effectively engaging all necessary stakeholders to support success throughout the process.

Responsibilities for the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Working closely with other i-team members and Department leadership to conduct research to determine ‘root cause’ for research questions
  • Developing detailed work plans for multiple, concurrent projects in partnership with city departments.
  • Working closely with City Departments and other partners to ensure progress and implementation of the projects, including leading structured meetings and identifying/resolving issues on a regular basis.
  • Managing and maintaining strong relationships and communicating progress with a broad set of stakeholders, including senior government officials and private and nonprofit sector leaders.
  • Working with and managing contractors as needed to support project delivery.
  • Setting and achieving project-based targets by regularly monitoring performance and resolving issues when needed.
  • Identifying new projects for delivery: consulting with internal and external experts and conducting a broad range of desk and field research to generate innovative solutions and assess their feasibility. This phase will require the ability to navigate ambiguity, quickly learn new subject matter, manage relationships and interact with a broad set of expert, public and community stakeholders.
  • Sharing the team’s strategic framework and best practices for innovation throughout City government.


The ideal candidate possesses a passion for making meaningful, sustainable change in Los Angeles and is ready to work in a high-energy, openly collaborative work environment. The ideal candidate is a problem solver who is focused on shaping and delivering meaningful projects for results and is comfortable with working to create ideas and equally comfortable with being in the trenches to lead project execution.

As a senior member of the i-team, the Project Manager will be responsible for defining and delivering projects for success. The Project Manager will help the i-team through a successful process of evaluating data and defining potential solutions, generating ideas, developing detailed implementation plans, and delivering solutions to meet specific targets, while setting an environment for change and open collaboration.

The Project Manager will need to simultaneously balance adherence to an innovation process and protocol that is critical to delivery, and also think creatively and asymmetrically and bring abstract concepts to practical implementation in a time constrained environment. Profiles for a successful candidate for Project Manager would likely have a background as 1) a senior consultant or manager in the consulting field with experience defining and managing projects and diverse stakeholders who are instrumental to successful delivery or 2) significant experience as a policy analyst or 3) extensive work in the business, non-profit, or legal field(s) with a role as a project manager focused on delivery and execution but with an ability to evaluate complex data and envision projects.

The candidate must also demonstrate the following:


  • Passion for public service and making a difference in the lives of city residents.
  • Track record of delivering results in a high-pressure environment with multiple workstreams
  • Ability to create comprehensive plans that identify all tasks, resources and deliverables required to achieve the desired results and the ability to drive the work to deliver those plans
  • Experience in data analysis including both detailed data manipulation and interpretation of broader implications. Experience to with data visualization is also desired.
  • Problem solving skills with an ability to anticipate problems and develop solutions on deadline
  • Understanding of the mechanics of city government and familiarity and knowledge of public sector innovation. Experience with open innovation techniques is a plus.
  • Ability to thoughtfully communicate with and respectfully engage diverse stakeholders around a shared vision for achieving results.
  • Ability to address all ends of the project spectrum from research to creation and planning for a project to project delivery to target and metric measurement.
  • Expertise with tools like Excel, Powerpoint, MS Project are required.
  • Expert public speaking and meeting facilitation skills are required.
  • Expertise with visualization tools like Tableau are preferred.
  • Expertise with personnel matters in a City, State of Federal government body are not required but would be ideal. Experience with the same matters in private sector organizations is also ideal. Experience with public safety matters also ideal.
  • Technical experience in terms of building prototype applications is also preferred.

Personal Skills/Attributes:

  • Energetic self-starter who inspires others to do their best work
  • Understanding of the civic innovation space
  • Problem-solver and change agent
  • Highly ethical, likable and trustworthy
  • Articulate and an excellent, proactive communicator
  • Innovative and flexible
  • Attention to detail and excellence
  • Experienced in dealing with senior government officials and business people
  • Able to bring together public, private, and nonprofit organizations
  • Collaborative and team focused
  • Appropriately patient and impatient
  • Ability to tell stories through writing and oral communication
  • Ability to navigate an ambiguous environment with excitement and enthusiasm
  • Excitement for solving problems as they are assigned to the team, as opposed to a desire to focus on one problem over long lengths of time
  • Education:
  • Undergraduate degree required, advanced degree preferred, ideally in business or public administration, economics, or law


3 writing samples will be requested for finalists

1 case study will be requested for finalists


Salary will be commensurate with experience, along with additional benefits.


August 2017

To apply

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume by July 14th:

Director, Innovation Team

Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

[email protected]

This is an exempt, at-will position. The individual appointed to this position will not accrue any civil service tenure, contractual employment rights, or due process rights. The incumbent may be removed, without any finding of cause, by the hiring authority. Position expected to continue through the anticipated conclusion of the Bloomberg Grant on December 31, 2017, unless otherwise agreed.

Learn more about the LA Innovation Team: Twitter: