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Innovation Fellow (Grants and Partnerships)

Jefferson County, Colorado

Jefferson County, Colorado

Sales & Business Development
Golden, CO, USA
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2023

About the Innovation Fellowship Program:

The Jefferson County Innovation Fellowship is a one-year program that equips aspiring innovators with the skills to transform government services through new technologies and solutions. It is a full-time role with a salary and limited medical benefits that can act as a launch pad for a career in civic innovation and technology. In addition to the work you’ll do, you’ll get to know other fellows through a variety of projects, networking, and social events. Learn more at jeffco.us/innovation.

Hiring Range: $28-$32 USD Hourly Compensation will be determined based on education, experience, and skills.

The employment status is Limited (Fixed-Term) with an anticipated assignment end date after one year and is eligible for personal medical coverage the first of the month after you start. About the Position We are searching for a Fellow to:

1) Lead efforts in securing grants from agencies outside the county for transformational innovation projects and

2) Cultivate winning relationships with organizations in the digital transformation and innovation space, such as Colorado Smart Cities Alliance and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to provide leadership and partnership at the local, regional, and statewide levels through grants development and strategic partnership engagement.

The position will report directly to the Innovation Program Manager.

The successful candidate can listen to, understand, and meaningfully engage with teams across the organization. The candidate should have excellent English-writing and analytical skills and knows how to organize and set priorities.

Specifically, the Fellow should expect to:

  • Lead efforts to pursue new external (federal, state, foundation, corporate) funding opportunities, which may require collaborative efforts with various internal departments or external government or philanthropic entities
  • Present grant opportunities to relevant stakeholders.
  • Research, prepare, and submit a pipeline of proposals, applications, presentations, and briefings to local, state, federal, individual, corporate, and foundation funding sources
  • Identify and track relevant upcoming funding opportunities through online information gathering, partner relationships, and other available resources
  • Support grant management activities for secured grants, including documenting and communicating, reporting requirements, tracking correspondence, producing grant progress reports, and keeping up with grant-maker reporting requirements and action items
  • Cultivate partnerships with industry, academic institutions, community organizations, and local governments
  • Serve as a liaison between the Innovation & Digital Transformation Team and grant-makers
  • Represents the Innovation & Digital Transformation Team at various venues to promote programs and develop partnership opportunities
  • Develop and foster communications between Jefferson County Departments throughout project life cycles
  • Professional Development The Jefferson County Innovation Fellowship program is designed to provide talented individuals with an opportunity to gain practical and diverse real-world experience in government innovation. Fellows learn about the inner workings of county government and make a difference in the community through meaningful projects. Fellows will interact with senior leaders, attend high level meetings, and will be exposed to the responsibilities and challenges of multiple departments.

Additionally, Fellows can expect:

  • a stipend for job-related trainings, conferences, or certifications
  • support from the County if pursuing academic credit
  • mentorship and coaching
  • expert led educational discussions
  • training on process and technology improvement tools and techniques

About Us The Innovation & Digital Transformation team is housed within the Business Innovation & Technology department. We work to build a culture of innovation by championing new and inventive ways of serving internal and external customers, rewarding employee led discovery and inventive actions, and encouraging thoughtful risk-taking. Our goal is to transform the way the government operates by supporting and leading business process and technology improvements.

Qualifications: Research shows that women and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups tend to apply only when they check every box in the posting. If you are reading this and hesitating to click “apply” for that reason, we encourage you to go for it! A true passion and excitement for making an impact is just as important as work experience.

Minimal Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree OR any equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • For example, applicants will meet minimum qualifications if they have an Associate’s degree and 2 years of experience, or a high school diploma, and 4 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1 year of experience in an administrative role EITHER supporting the development or implementation of projects OR researching, prioritizing, and applying for grant funding
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, and excellent project management skills
  • Ability to learn quickly, adapt to new situations, and work on multiple projects, under deadlines, with changing priorities in a dynamic environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to provide outstanding customer service
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively in a complex organization
  • Ability to effectively manage internal and external partner relationships

Additional Job Information:

  • Offer of employment contingent upon successful completion of criminal history, motor vehicle report, education verification, and/or references.
  • Please note that supplemental questions requiring a written response will serve as a writing sample.
  • Optional Attachments: If you are currently a student or recent graduate with limited work experience, please consider including a letter of recommendation and/or academic transcripts with your application.

How to Apply: Applications will be accepted electronically at Jefferson County Colorado Career Opportunities. Applicants complete an online form and have the option to provide a resume and detailed cover letter that describes why you are the best candidate for the position. Applications are reviewed for minimum qualifications listed in the qualifications section of the job bulletin, and applicants are contacted directly by the hiring team regarding next steps. To view the status of your application or direct communication from the hiring team, please log into your candidate portal. For more details on the recruitment process, please visit https://www.jeffco.us/1860/FAQs Questions: County Recruitment Team: 303-271-8400 or CareerTalent@Jeffco.us Library Recruitment Team: 303.275.6168 or talent@jeffcolibrary.org Sheriff Recruitment Team: 303.271.5332 or sheriff.recruiting@co.jefferson.co.us