Director of GovEx Academy

The Bloomberg Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University (GovEx) seeks to hire a Director of GovEx Academy to join our team of government, data, and performance practice experts to support senior government leaders across the United States, Canada, and Latin America to use data to get better results for residents. The GovEx Academy is the only training center designed and dedicated to improving data skills for the public sector workforce. Our courses focus on empowering public sector leaders and staff to manage, use, and communicate with data for public impact.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director will directly manage the seamless delivery and evaluation of all facets of GovEx Academy learning & development programs for public sector leaders This is a unique opportunity to shape the direction of the Academy to increase the data knowledge and skills of the public sector workforce.

Since 2015, GovEx has supported over 12,000 public sector leaders and 240 cities in 20 countries by providing coaching and technical assistance; research and analytics; training and capacity building; and human resource support. GovEx is a recognized leader in the provision of public sector training to upskill employees and improve data practices through self-guided courses and instructor-facilitate learning.

Qualified candidates may be considered for faculty appointments.

GovEx is committed to addressing structural and entrenched racism and recognizes the public sector’s role in perpetuating these legacies. We are looking for candidates committed to dismantling structural and entrenched racism and addressing these issues as we promote this work in communities. For more information about GovEx, please visit

Specific Duties & Responsibilities 

Strategy, Programming & Partnerships 50%

  • Develop and manage the implementation of the vision and strategic plans for the GovEx Academy supporting annual and multi-year GovEx learning and development programs.
  • Lead a team of specialized learning and development staff to improve the delivery and evaluation of world-class learning programs for public sector leaders and partners.
  • Participate as a member of the GovEx leadership team and contribute to center-wide goal-setting and strategic planning.
  • Develop productive partnerships with faculty and academic experts in the field of public sector data and management.
  • Manage partnerships with members of the JHU faculty, donor representatives, external consultants and organizations to further the development of high-quality GovEx learning and development programs.
  • Maintain a knowledge base of current trends in data management, public administration and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.
  • Identify and build new opportunities for strategic collaborations with schools, departments, institutes and centers across Johns Hopkins Effectively manage learning and development budgets and expenses throughout each relevant project year.

        Learning & Development Team Management 30%

        • Manage a team of academic professionals, technical/support staff, and others to achieve strategic goals and support a values-based organization and team culture.
        • Delegate responsibilities for and successful management of projects, activities and assignments through to completion.
        • Develop, and administer policies, procedures, and processes to support program design, delivery and evaluation.
        • Detects and resolves problems associated with approved policies, guidelines, protocols and procedures.
        • Support the ongoing professional career growth of staff to improve team talent, skills, and capacity.

              Internal & External Relations 20%

              • Build relationships with donor representatives, elected city leaders, other city officials, leaders of nonprofits and other partners.
              • Collaborate with external partners to identify best practices and subject matter experts in data use and management to help design and deliver GovEx curriculum.
              • Represent GovEx to external partners including governments, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, and academic and public sector leaders.

                Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

                • Expert knowledge of the field of government data and how the use of data can inform improved service delivery and the use of technology such as Artificial Intelligence.
                • Grasp of curriculum development, instructional design, and training of adult practitioners.
                • Experience in the creation or direction of performance management or data analytics curriculum and courses.
                • A record of professional achievements in learning and development, public policy, public administration, or a related field.
                • Experienced in conducting meaningful program evaluations, interpreting data, and communicating results.
                • Personnel management skills applicable to mid-level professionals.
                • Effectively lead staff teams.
                • Familiarity with government, nonprofit, and philanthropic stakeholders.

                Minimum Qualifications

                • Masters Degree in public administration, public policy, data management, education or a related discipline.
                • Ten years of relevant experience in the design and delivery of learning and development programs targeting adult learners.

                Preferred Qualifications

                • A doctoral Degree (PhD or EdD) in public administration, public policy, data management, education or a related field.
                • Motivated by data and government impact with interest in advancing technology for social good.
                • Experience in and exposure to norms and practices common to local government administration. 

                 Classified Title: Director Distance Education 
                Job Posting Title (Working Title): Director of GovEx Academy   
                Role/Level/Range: L/05/LG  
                Starting Salary Range: Min $110,700 – Mid $152,350 – Max $194,000 Annually(Commensurate with experience) 
                Employee group: Full Time 
                Schedule: 37.5/5 
                Exempt Status: Exempt 
                Location: Hybrid/Homewood Campus 
                Department name: ​​​​​​​Ctrs for Govt Excellence & Public Innova  
                Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers 

                 Total Rewards
                The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees’ health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

                 Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
                JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

                **Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

                The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

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