OPPORTUNITY TO INNOVATE
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.
ABOUT THE ROLE
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:
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:
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.
Qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume by July 14th:
Director, Innovation Team
Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
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.
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