Program Director - What Works Cities program (12 month FTC)
£100000 - £100000
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Program Director - What Works Cities program (12 month FTC)
Salary: c£100,000 FTE, dependent on experience. We are open to considering the role being delivered over 4 days a week
Location: Hybrid working: based in the London office, with a mix of working remotely and flexibly. You will manage your delivery, flexing your hours as necessary to work with colleagues in the US, Canada and LATAM and must be able to travel occasionally
Scope: This is a one year fixed-term contract, with the likelihood of extending by two further years in line with the 3 year What Works Cities program
We are Public Digital, a digital transformation consultancy. We help global institutions that matter thrive in the internet era. We operate globally, advising companies and governments on six continents.
We're values-driven and we articulate them in our positions. Attitude, as much as skill, is critically important to us as a team and we look for entrepreneurialism, initiative, kindness, and a willingness to pitch in. Our theory of change is: Digital. Teams. Work.
Public Digital is delighted to be working with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, to deliver technical assistance as part of the What Works Cities program.
This is an opportunity to develop and lead a program of technical assistance to 8 cities across Canada, the US and LATAM.
There are 3 core strands to this role:
- You will oversee engagements with cities and lead a Public Digital team of experts helping cities to deliver excellent data practices at scale. You will set a high bar for delivering with data and create the conditions for success to do so
- You will develop our technical assistance practice, extending our international reputation for digital strategy, establishing us as the partner of choice for public administrations looking to deepen their data & digital service delivery capability
- You will lead and manage our relationships with key program stakeholders, including Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg Philanthropies
What you'll do for us:
- Lead the technical assistance program, from mobilisation to delivery, managing a small team, on the program and with cities, keeping our delivery on track
- Working closely with a data expert, develop our technical assistance offer in response to city needs
- Measure, record and share the impact of our work with cities
- Grow our public profile on this topic and demonstrate our impact: through publishing our work, speaking at events and developing connections with communities of practice
- Become a subject matter expert for best practices in data-driven, digital city administrations, to inform our delivery of this program and future support to cities
- Continually develop and manage a strong diverse, inclusive and engaging culture where people thrive and do their best, most enjoyable work for themselves, our teams and for our clients
What we're looking for:
- You are a planner and organiser. You're happy to work with ambiguity and changing priorities, but you will manage our work and our team to a structured plan
- You're excellent at stakeholder management. You will work with partners delivering complementary assistance to cities, building excellent relationships, and forming trusted partnerships
- Your demonstrable experience will make you an excellent leader in this role. Not needing in-depth technical expertise in data, you need to be comfortable with digital delivery concepts and getting the best out of experts
- Our technical assistance is targeted at helping cities deliver better outcomes to citizens. You will motivate and shape the team's work around this purpose
- Credible and confident, you will engage persuasively with city mayors and senior leaders
- Collaborative, working in the open, you'll be comfortable with internet ways of working
- You are committed to developing a diverse, inclusive team and culture where people thrive and do excellent work
- Experience working with funders, universities and/or public administrations would be an asset
- Working fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or French, in addition to English, is a bonus, but isn't required
What's in it for you?
- Opportunity to grow and establish your public profile around an important topic
- Opportunity to work strategically with city leaders across the US, Canada and LATAM, supporting them to deliver meaningful impact for city administrations and their citizens
- Work within an engaged, collaborative and supportive environment, with peers who are experts in their field
- Be entrepreneurial and contribute to the growth and success of Public Digital
- Be empowered and trusted to lead an exciting and impactful program
- Home and remote working, flexibility in how you deliver work. There is likely to be a need to travel for kick-off meetings with cities, as well as some calls later in the day UK time. You will have flexibility to structure your working time accordingly.
- Ability to build and develop your expertise and profile through publishing blog posts, presenting at events and sharing knowledge and experience
- Buddy system and prioritised mental health
- Generous holiday allowance
- Private healthcare
How we get to know you
We review all applications on the basis of your answers to the sift questions. Your responses are critical and will determine whether you progress to the next stage of selection. As a blind sift, we do not shortlist on the basis of your CV.
We would like to understand your background, attitudes, experiences and your motivation in wanting to work with us. We typically do this through a:
- phone interview up to 30 minutes
- panel interview, which includes a case study sent to you in advance; and
- a chat with a peer online
Closing date for applications: 26th November 2021
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