Join us if you’re excited to design and deliver modern policies and services to improve the lives of all New Jerseyans!
The New Jersey State Office of Innovation was created by Governor Phil Murphy in August, 2018 with the appointment of Dr. Beth Simone Noveck as the State's first-ever Chief Innovation Officer.
Founded with the mandate to improve the lives of New Jerseyans by designing and deploying more effective and efficient government services, the Office of Innovation works in partnership with the Governor’s Office and State agencies to create innovative policies and technologies that address complex public problems by working differently: we apply data science and public engagement to understand problems, and use the latest digital technologies combined with strategic policies to develop solutions that improve services while also reducing costs for the State and the taxpaying public.
Our team is made up of dedicated and energetic individuals with experience in government, civic tech, and policy. We are passionate about transforming the way government operates, and we support State agencies in innovating and improving the lives of all New Jerseyans. We are looking to expand our team with experienced tech, government, and policy experts who share our passion and want to partner with teams throughout the state to design and deploy world-class innovative and digital services that solve pressing public interest challenges for the people of New Jersey. The team uses modern practices to deliver innovative solutions involving tech, talent, process, and policy with the support of the Governor, Chief Innovation Officer, and other senior leadership.
Joining Our Team
If you have significant hands-on experience designing and delivering modern, digital solutions and policy in complex environments, in a startup, or for very large user communities, we’d love to hear from you as we are actively seeking team members with these backgrounds who can dive into our current projects. The areas we cover will expand over time, and have included:
Creating tools to enable the public to participate in open policy making
Making modern career services and digital tools available to support job seekers in identifying, preparing for, and obtaining family-sustaining jobs
Improving the way entrepreneurs and business owners start, operate, and grow their businesses in the state
Exploring policy innovation on issue areas such as economic development, technology governance, open data, open governance, autonomous vehicles, broadband, workforce development and more
As a member of our team, you will wear many hats and have the opportunity to shape our team and contribute to new initiatives as they get started. Team members should be prepared and excited to:
Join agile, cross-functional teams to develop solutions that meet the needs of real people
Succeed in a highly ambiguous environment with little definition or structure
Maintain strong domain expertise in their own role while jumping into other roles as needed
Acknowledge and overcome constraints as they arise
Collaborate with stakeholders in domains beyond technology such as legal, policy, and administrative roles
Be committed and know how to develop metrics and experiments to test what works
Enable the long-term success of our partners throughout the state
Contribute to the overall development and success of the Office of Innovation and project team
Navigate complex situations to deliver meaningful, impactful results for users, stakeholders, and teammates
Product Designer Roles
Product designers who are ready to roll up sleeves and run different parts of the design process. Designers lead end-to-end research through execution of UX and UI using modern practices and tools to arrive at key insights and solutions that can be iteratively developed by the team and tested with users. As part of the team, designers:
Lead the end-to-end human-centered design and research process for a key project
Work with stakeholders to define the problem and create + execute a research plan
Use both human-centered and data-driven research methodologies to generate insights and key learnings
Design prototypes such as mockups and wireframes of varying fidelity to share with team members, stakeholders and users
Work closely with developers to bring designs to life and iteratively improve solutions
Software Engineering Roles
Software development engineers with experience using modern languages and practices who can translate a concept into solutions for users. Engineers are involved in all aspects of software development. As part of the team, engineers:
Lead the development and delivery of modern solutions that meet the needs of users for a key project
Work with designers and the team to translate findings and designs into product
Iteratively release new product that can be tested with users
Establish foundational infrastructure required for deploying solutions
Coordinate development activities (including the establishment of development processes) and make technical decisions
Provide counsel on technical matters in plain English to our team and stakeholders
Coordinate and work with in-house technical teams in agencies, including those who support legacy systems, to execute on development projects
Digital Product and Project Manager Roles
Digital product and project managers who excel at leading cross-functional teams using data-driven decision making, human-centered design, agile methodologies, and modern practices. As part of the team, product managers:
Lead end-to-end product and project management activities to enable the delivery of modern solutions that meet the needs of users for a key project
Establish the project environment necessary to operate as a high performing cross-functional team in partnership with stakeholders
Develop and communicate the vision, strategy, and product roadmap
Lead end-to-end agile product development, including managing state requirements
Communicate and collaborate with partners throughout the state to ensure we are enabling their long-term success
Support team members by helping them clear any challenges they may encounter
Drive open communication regarding the project with the public (e.g., blog posts)
Policy + Engagement Roles
The New Jersey State Office of Innovation is seeking an experienced public policy and community engagement professional to design, develop, implement and manage projects and initiatives for the Office’s portfolio of work related to innovation policy and public consultations. This professional will be expected to manage and/or support a diverse array of projects that require program and project management and coordination, policy research, and intergovernmental relations and external affairs support. The Office of Innovation is interested in professionals that are seeking either a permanent position, or a term-limited fellowship.
Specific responsibilities and activities for this position include, but are not limited to:
Design, develop and author policy memoranda, research briefs, reports and other documents related to diverse subject matters in both independent and collaborative settings
Provide project management support for Office of Innovation projects and initiatives related to public consultations, innovation skills training, open data and open governance
Cultivate robust public participation and user engagement in public consultation programs.
In consultation and partnership with Office of Innovation leadership and key project stakeholders, identify and develop high-value strategic partnerships to amplify the promotion of engagement efforts.
Research state government regulations and processes related to procurement and technology development, and assist with team/project compliance.
Work collaboratively with cross-functional Innovation Lab teams to support ongoing Lab projects and initiatives.
Monitor and leverage ongoing news, articles, and research related to government and private-sector innovations.
Track ongoing legislative and policy activity in the State of New Jersey.
Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, economics, or related field, and/or equivalent experience; J.D., M.B.A., M.P.P., M.P.A., or similarly relevant advanced degree preferred.
Minimum 5+ years job-related experience, including work in a government or public policy capacity
Advanced degree may be substituted for 1 year of experience
Required Skills and Abilities
Excellent and proven writing and research skills
Ability to work and manage projects independently and with little direction, while also keeping key diverse project stakeholders abreast of project progress
Ability to work in a fast-paced, fluid environment
Professional experience interacting with or within government
Ability to maintain confidentiality and deal effectively and diplomatically with State colleagues
Demonstrates respectful behavior and promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative and customer-focused work environment
You must be authorized to work in the United States. Candidates may be required to pass a background check and complete additional steps as part of the application and onboarding process. We are an equal opportunity employer. We don’t discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.
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