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On February 20, 2015, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced the selection of a special panel to perform an in-depth diagnostic review of the MBTA's core functions. Professor Jose Gomez-Ibanez has been named as one of the panelists. Read more about the panel on the Governor's press release here.
On February 19, 2015, the International Growth Centre announced the appointment of Edward Glaeser as a Research Programme Director for the IGC Cities research program. Read more about the appointment and program here.
The Harvard Kennedy School’s Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab (SIB Lab) is seeking to hire several Government Innovation Fellows to provide technical assistance to state and local governments interested in pursuing pay-for-success contracts using social impact bonds.
About the SIB Lab
The SIB Lab conducts research on how governments can foster social innovation and improve the results they obtain with their social spending. An important part of our research model involves providing pro bono technical assistance to state and local governments implementing pay-for-success (PFS) contracts using social impact bonds (SIBs). Through this hands-on involvement, we gain insights into the barriers that governments face and the solutions that can overcome these barriers. The SIB Lab’s work supports broader government efforts to scale promising interventions, re-engineer service delivery systems, and increase the use of data in management and decision making.
Over the past three years, the SIB Lab has partnered with 10 state and local governments: Chicago, Colorado, Connecticut, Denver, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York State, Ohio, and South Carolina. With the support of Government Innovation Fellows, these partner governments have launched four PFS projects, including the three largest in the world to date, and have another 10 projects under development. Project policy areas include early childhood education, child welfare, criminal justice, homelessness, and health.
The SIB Lab has recently received funding to expand technical assistance to 10 additional governments over the next several years. In these new projects, the SIB Lab aims to advance the PFS field by applying our technical assistance model to new policy areas, in new communities, and using innovative structures.
Government Innovation Fellows serve as the principal advisors to state and local governments receiving assistance from the SIB Lab. Fellows are usually embedded full-time on-site with the government office or agency that is spearheading the PFS initiative.
Fellows function as the day-to-day project managers of the PFS initiative, and shepherd the project through conceptualization, design, contract negotiations, and initial implementation. Fellows develop substantial policy-area expertise, hands-on project management experience, technical skills (in areas such as benefit-cost analysis, financial modeling, and evaluation design), and deep familiarity with government processes.
Fellows receive supervision from the government’s PFS policy lead, an experienced SIB Lab Assistant Director, and Harvard Kennedy School Professor and SIB Lab Director Jeffrey Liebman.
The positions are funded for one year, with a base salary ranging from $66,000 to $70,000. Depending on project status, there may be opportunities to extend the fellowship.
The exact locations for which Fellows will be hired have not yet been finalized as host governments are still being selected. Sites are likely to include Arkansas, Baltimore, Missouri, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC among other locations. At least one Fellow will be based out of the SIB Lab’s Cambridge, MA offices.
Positions are expected to begin in the summer or fall of 2015.
To apply, please submit a brief cover letter and a current resume/CV to
email@example.com. Current students and recent graduates should also submit a transcript. Please include “Government Innovation Fellow 2015” in the subject line. All materials should be submitted as PDF or MS Word documents with the applicant’s name in all filenames.
The cover letter should detail how the applicant’s skills and experiences meet the qualifications of the position, and should also include contact information for three references. Applicants should also indicate any geographical limitations in their cover letter.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in February 2015.
For more information on the SIB Lab, visit http://hks-siblab.org/.
Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Matthew Mayrl, Deputy CIO for the City of Boston
The Department of Innovation and Technology is looking to hire a one-year fellow to join its new Citywide Analytics Team. This is an extraordinary opportunity for the right candidate to be on the ground floor of organizational reform in Boston. The Special Assistant for Data Analytics will report directly to Boston's Deputy CIO. A successful candidate will bring deep analytical skills, paired with a willingness and capacity to engage in all aspects of organizational modernization, as directed. This
Candidate must be enthusiastic about public service, able to program in statistical languages such as Stata and/or R, and good at taking initiative while managing multiple projects. Candidates must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, workinging with a wide variety of partners (both technical and operational) within a large, complex organization.
This position will be primarily around improving City operations, but there is opportunity to identify projects and randomized experiments which could be part of an ongoing research relationship between the Fellow and the City.
To apply please send firstname.lastname@example.org by March 6:
Goals of the Data and Performance Analytics Team:
On January 20, 2015, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the formation of a seven-member panel for the twelfth part of his "2015 Opportunity Agenda." Professor Jose Gomez-Ibanez will serve as a panelist for the Master Plan Design Competition, which looks to reimagine LaGuardia and JFK Airports. A full copy of the press release and video of the Governor's announcement can be found here.