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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?

Our team

The State of New Jersey Office of Innovation is looking for diverse and experienced team members to deploy world-class innovative and digital services that solve pressing public interest challenges for the people of New Jersey. We use data-driven, agile, and human-centered and equitable design practices to deliver innovative solutions involving tech, talent, process, and policy with the support of Governor Murphy and his Administration, the Chief Innovation Officer Beth Simone Noveck, and other senior leadership.

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, design, and development methods to inform our decision making, and we collaborate with stakeholders within and outside of government to understand and solve challenges.

If you do not see a jop posting that's a good fit, we welcome you to submit a profile if you are interested in our work. We will review these from time to time as opportunities arise.

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About the Office of Innovation

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 operate in partnership with the Governor’s office, State agencies and departments, and outside partners - working differently to create innovative policies and technologies that address complex public problems. We apply data science and public engagement to understand problems, and use modern 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.

Principals we innovate by:
Since our creation, we have engaged in a wide variety of issues, including:

You can learn more about us at innovation.nj.gov.

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

Current Opportunities

Policy and Engagement Fellow, Future of Work

The New Jersey State Office of Innovation, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL), the NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), and the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University (HCWD), is seeking to hire a Policy and Engagement Fellow to advance the implementation of policy and programs related to the Future of Work. Core policy areas that this position will address include: lifelong learning and upskilling; worker rights and benefits; and worker health and safety.

We are seeking someone passionate about equity and workforce development who will help to shepherd policy into practice.

This role will report to the Office of Innovation’s Chief of Staff, and collaborate closely with the New Jersey State Chief Innovation Officer, the Director of HCWD, and leadership at NJDOL and HESAA.


The role will involve:

  1. Collaborating with various state agencies and other stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate pilot programs and initiatives;
    1. Serving as Project Manager to lead interagency collaboration to develop cost models for implementation and build procedures for the creation and monitoring of new policies and programs;
    2. Establishing specific diversity, equity, and inclusion criteria for pilot programs and embedding these values and principles throughout various initiatives;
  2. Conducting research on comparative future of work policy and practices in other states and jurisdictions, with specific attention to understanding the disparate benefits of these programs for specific populations including members of underrepresented racial, ethnic, and cultural groups;
  3. Designing plans to measure future of work program success and working with philanthropic and academic collaborators to implement research to evaluate new programs;
  4. Conducting outreach with stakeholders to ensure participation and buy-in from a broad set of communities, industries, and organizations, paying specific attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  5. Assisting as needed with planning and implementation for additional future of work programs;
  6. Conducting other duties as needed;

The right candidate for this position is:

  • A self-motivated professional with passion for, and knowledge of, the future of work and related workforce policy;
  • Deeply committed to equity and inclusivity;
  • Knowledgeable and experienced with public and private workforce development, and education programs and strategies;
  • Knowledgeable about how to use data and design experiments to measure what works, including the importance of data disaggregated by sex, age, race, ethnicity and other characteristics;
  • Deeply experienced in the policymaking processes and project management
  • Familiar with new technology, data, and innovation and their role in enabling the creation of effective policy.

The New Jersey Office of Innovation is proud to be an equal opportunity employer

We are deeply committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness and seek to create a pluralistic community for all.

We strongly encourage people of color, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, LGBTQI+ people, those with disabilities, and Veterans to apply. We are committed to building a team that is reflective of New Jersey’s incredible diversity.  

We do not discriminate against any candidate because of color, race, age, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, membership in an employee organization, pregnancy, marital status, status as a parent, ancestry, national origin, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit based factors.

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. You will be considered an “at-will” employee, meaning both employer and employee have the right to terminate employment with or without cause or notice.   

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