Program Associate, Mayors Challenge, Government Innovation Team, New York City

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Bloomberg Philanthropies

Published 26 days ago

December 16, 2020

Program Associate, Mayors Challenge, Government Innovation Team, New York City


Bloomberg Philanthropies works to create catalytic change across five areas of focus: arts and culture, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health. Our mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. Our approach is rooted in Mike Bloomberg's unique experience and success across the field of business, government, and philanthropy.

The Government Innovation programs build the capacity of local governments to solve problems effectively. Its initiatives – ranging from large-scale international innovation competitions to domestic efforts that help mayors hone their management skills and better use data in decision-making – equip local leaders with practical tools and approaches they can use to address local challenges. We currently invest in more than 200 municipal governments worldwide through grants, technical assistance, and participation programs. Our team strives to be collegial and collaborative with an orientation toward learning at the individual, group, and portfolio levels. We are energized to advance our mission, while also working to ensure team members have full and balanced lives and opportunities for growth.

The position

We are seeking a Program Associate to join our Government Innovation team to support a portfolio of city investments designed to identify, test, and refine promising public sector innovations as part of our Mayors Challenge competitions.

The Mayors Challenge is a competition crafted to help city leaders think big, be bold and uncover inventive – and, ultimately shareable – ideas that tackle today’s toughest problems. Over four iterations of the Mayors Challenge, the competition has launched in three geographic regions and has crowned 24 cities as winners. The competition first launched in 2013 in the United States. Since then, it’s taken place in Europe and Latin America before returning to the United States in 2018. A brand new global competition will launch in 2021 as the first time the program is open to cities around the world.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with senior city hall staff, grantees, VIPs in the Bloomberg Philanthropies network and key program partners to support the competition and associated grants to winning cities.
  • Support the development, implementation, and management of strategies for measuring and tracking program outcomes and impacts against goals and grant requirements
  • Help monitor grantee performance through analysis of outcome data, grantee reports and site visits
  • Work with grantees to ensure that grant monitoring reports, and compliance documents are submitted, reviewed and shared internally in a timely fashion.
  • Work closely with grants management team to plan, execute and handle grants and partner contracts
  • Collaborate closely with grantees, partners and internal stakeholders to develop program budgets and address grant and budget issues (eg. budget modifications, no-cost extensions and re-allocations)
  • Where appropriate, elevate grant and contract issues to team leadership with proposed solutions
  • Produce compelling content that our communications teams can use and disseminate
  • Communicate project goals and updates in a clear way
  • Highlight specific grantee accomplishments
  • Document lessons learned across cities
  • Prepare compelling presentations for a variety of external and internal audiences
  • Assist with special projects on an as-needed basis and otherwise assist with ongoing program initiatives part of the broader Government Innovation portfolio
  • Conduct research and help develop strategies for expanding the reach and impact of existing initiatives
  • Work with partner organizations and external consultants to schedule meetings, facilitate workflows, meet, deadlines and produce results


  • At least 3-5 years of relevant, full-time work experience in government, consulting, public policy, and/or related field; direct experience in local government preferred
  • Experience working and communicating with program staff within an organization. Demonstrated project management a plus.
  • Strong capacity to identify and elevate critical information and produce synthesis for colleagues
  • Passion for public sector innovation and familiarity with urban issues
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, verbal, and analytical skills
  • Creative problem-solving ability
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently with a decentralized team
  • Comfort working in high pressure environments and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines

Bloomberg Philanthropies is an equal opportunities employer and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and accomplishment.

Program Associate, Mayors Challenge, Government Innovation Team, New York City


Bloomberg Philanthropies works to create catalytic change across five areas of focus: arts and culture, education, the environment, government…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule


New York, NY

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