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 OFFICIAL SITE OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY
OFFICIAL SITE OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY

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OFFICE OF INNOVATION
State of New Jersey

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Interested in improving the lives of New Jerseyans by designing and delivering modern policies and services?

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About Us

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.

The Office of Innovation was founded with the mandate to improve the lives of New Jerseyans by designing and deploying more effective and efficient government services. We work 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 we 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, business, civic tech, policy, and engagement. 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 partner with teams throughout the state to design and deploy world-class, innovative, and inclusive policies and digital services that solve pressing public interest challenges. With the support of the Governor, the Chief Innovation Officer, and other senior leadership, the team uses modern practices to deliver solutions that positively impact the lives of New Jerseyans and the state’s businesses and institutions.

Since our creation, we have engaged on a wide variety of issues, including:

You can learn more about some of our initiatives on the project page.

Our team operates as a startup within government, and our team members wear many hats, contributing to both the execution of core projects and the evolution of the Office of Innovation. We kickstart new initiatives and assist teammates and partners when urgent challenges arise. We use data and modern research methods to inform our decision making, and we collaborate with stakeholders within and outside of government to understand and solve challenges.

We believe this mission can only be fulfilled with a diverse and inclusive team, environment, and approach. Are you interested in joining us?

Sample Profiles

Product Design

Product designers 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 implemented by the team and tested with users. As part of the team, designers:

  • Lead the end-to-end human-centered design and research process
  • 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 and assess potential solutions
  • Design prototypes, such as mockups and wireframes of varying fidelity, to share with team members, stakeholders and users
  • Work closely with developers, teammates, and partners to bring designs to life and iteratively improve solutions

Software Engineering

Engineers and architects translate concepts into solutions for users. Engineers are involved in all aspects of understanding, assessing, and building tech solutions. As part of the team, engineers:

  • Lead the development and delivery of modern solutions that meet the needs of users
  • 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 Management

Digital product and project managers lead 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
  • Understand the landscape of approaches and solutions to inform New Jersey’s approach
  • 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

Public policy and community engagement professionals design, develop, implement, and manage projects and initiatives for the Office’s portfolio of work related to policy and public consultations. They manage and support a diverse array of projects that require program and project management and coordination, policy research, and intergovernmental relations and external affairs support. As part of the team, public policy and community engagement team members:

  • 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, and 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 technology development teams to support ongoing projects and initiatives
  • Monitor and leverage ongoing news, articles, and research related to government and private-sector innovations

Eligibility

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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