Project Manager - Mayor's Office of Policy and Innovation

  • Washington, DC, DC
  • Full Time
  • Experienced

POSITION:  Project Manager

OPEN:  January 3, 2022

REVISED: Open until filled

SALARY RANGE/GRADE:    Excepted Service ES6, ($72,935 to $109,403)


COVID-19 Vaccination: All employees of the District of Columbia must be vaccinated against the Coronavirus disease 2019 (SARS-CoV-2) as a condition of employment.

Current District of Columbia residents will receive priority and advanced preference for screening and interviews.


Around the world, cities are bringing the practice of innovation into government as a way to address pressing urban challenges and improve the quality of life for residents. Recently, Washington, DC was selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies to receive a grant that funds local Innovation Teams (i-teams). This grant represents one of the largest private-sector commitments to civic innovation in our nation’s history. 


Washington, DC’s innovation team is housed within the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Innovation, and is charged with providing ongoing innovation capacity to tackle major challenges in the city, especially when it comes to digital services and digital transformation. The i-team will work with government and community stakeholders to deploy a range of strategies, including data analytics, human-centered design, and digital technology to create bold solutions with speed and agility. 


With rapidly advancing technology, increasing resident expectations, and the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, cities need to invest in digital innovation to deliver easily accessible services to residents. Local governments have made progress in enabling residents to carry out basic transactions online, but most cities have a long way to go to deliver the smooth, frictionless, integrated services residents have come to expect from the commercial sector. 


This i-team will respond to this challenge by helping cities prioritize digital transformations that remove common barriers cities face when transitioning to digital services. Each i-team city will not only dramatically improve the services they deliver but will also share lessons learned with cities around the world with similar digital ambitions. 


Successful candidates for the Innovation Team Project Manager position will have experience managing a high-performing team and monitoring their progress towards a goal; direct experience working with government or private sector leaders; and the ability to thoughtfully communicate with and respectfully engage diverse stakeholders around a shared vision for achieving results. A dedication to using innovative approaches to finding impactful solutions to the complex issues facing city governments and taking risks to test bold ideas, while always keeping residents in mind, is a must. 


Applicants who demonstrate outstanding communications, analytic, writing and interpersonal skills will be of greatest interest. Other qualifications include:

  • An undergraduate degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • A record of delivering significant results and impact in the civic sector; 
  • The ability to delegate tasks and work in team settings effectively; 
  • Comfort with establishing targets and delivering measurable results
  • Experience with human-centered design and other key innovation practices
  • Exceptional leadership, time management, and organizational skills 


The Innovation Team Project Manager will assist with day-to-day management of analysis, idea-generation activities, and initiative development and implementation. Responsibilities may include:

  • Establishing strong relationships with partners, including government officials, private and nonprofit sector leaders, and residents; 
  • Working closely with team members and partners to develop a project scope, deliverables, required resources, work plan, budget, and timing for the given initiative
  • Coordinating and delegating cross-project initiatives
  • Producing program reports for management and stakeholders
  • Researching specific policy areas that are seen as priorities of the City and Mayor; 
  • Consulting with internal and external experts in order to fully understand the problem and generate innovative, feasible solutions; 
  • Leading the idea-generation process;
  • Providing support to partners in government in the development and execution of implementation plans; and
  • Ensuring effective outcome and indicator measuring tools are used for performance monitoring and communicating progress to team members.


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