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Program Manager, Government Innovation Team

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Bloomberg Philanthropies | New York, NY

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Published 13 days ago


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 work environment is collegial, hard driving, and committed to outstanding results.

The Position

The Program Manager will play an important role in managing two programs in particular: the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and the What Works Cities initiative. The Program Manager’s specific portfolio may change as our program composition evolves.

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is a collaboration among Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Its mission is to inspire and strengthen city leaders, as well as equip them with the tools to lead high-performing, innovative cities. To date, the program has trained, inspired and connected 120 mayors from across the world, 240 senior leaders, and hundreds of additional city staff who participate in a variety of offerings for participating cities.

What Works Cities helps local governments improve residents' lives by using data and evidence effectively to tackle pressing challenges. We connect cities with the nation’s top experts in using data and evidence, introduce them to promising and proven strategies for tackling tough problems, and create a network to help them learn from each other. Together, these supports lead to better managed cities and better outcomes for residents.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drive project success
  • Develop, implement, and manage strategies for measuring, tracking and reporting out on program outcomes and impacts against goals and grant requirements
  • Track and monitor grantee budgets
  • Produce compelling content that our various content and communications teams can use and disseminate
  • Assist with scheduling and producing agendas for meetings with key internal and external grantees, colleagues and partners
  • Lead on special projects on an as needed basis and otherwise assist with ongoing program  initiatives that are part of the broader Government Innovation portfolio


  • At least 8+  years of relevant, full-time work experience in government, consulting, public policy, and/or related field; direct experience in local government strongly preferred
  • Experience working and communicating with senior leaders within an organization
  • Expert project management and demonstrated track record of delivering superior-quality results
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to stay highly organized in a fast-paced environment, and ability to synthesize and rapidly report out on complex dataset and budget information
  • Strong capacity to identify and elevate critical information and produce synthesis for colleagues
  • Demonstrated passion for public sector innovation and familiarity with urban issues
  • Ability to influence and motivate others to achieve objectives
  • Ability to build cooperative, respectful and trusting internal and external relationships
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, verbal, and analytical skills
  • Creative problem-solving ability
  • Ability to work independently with a decentralized team
  • Comfort working in high pressure, dynamic environments and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, shift priorities rapidly and flexibly adapt to new situations and projects.

Bloomberg Philanthropies is an equal opportunity 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.


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…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule


New York, NY

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