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Cool Job(s) Alert: Johns Hopkins’ Social Innovation Lab seeks a new director

Plus, some open positions in Diligent's new Baltimore-based training programs, as well as tech openings with the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Inside Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures' FastForward innovation hub. (Courtesy photo)

This is the latest installation of Cool Job Alert, a column where we feature interesting tech job openings from around the region. Got a posting you want to share? Email us at

Hey hey, Baltimore. This latest Cool Job Alert is going plural, since there are too many awesome-looking openings for local technologists to highlight just one. To start, here’s one that can have a pretty big influence on what companies and initiatives grow out of Charm City.

The Social Innovation Lab (SIL) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is searching for someone to replace outgoing director Madison Marks (whose own next steps we plan to highlight in the coming week). The role is housed within Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures and involves heading “efforts in operating SIL, refining, implementing, and evaluating a strategy for the SIL, and ensuring integration of SIL into other innovation ventures at Johns Hopkins and in Baltimore,” according to its job description.

The lab’s focus, through programs like its Impact Bootcamp and six-month accelerator, revolves around supporting mission-driven ventures as they scale and pursue the best impacts possible. To that end, Josh Ambrose, Johns Hopkins’ director of student ventures and the person to whom a future SIL director would report, said his team is “looking for someone that is dedicated to Baltimore and its success, who believes in its future and is excited to contribute to the burgeoning startup ecosystem.”

“I think this is an amazing opportunity to help leverage JHU’s resources, helping the institution partner and invest time, connections and grant support in some of the most dynamic changemakers in our town,” he said. “This role is highly collaborative with other networks and leaders in the city, so we’re looking for someone that embodies that spirit.”

Marks added that the position “will require someone who can move between big picture strategy and also dig into the weeds.”

“Immediately, you will need to jump in, get up to speed quickly and be comfortable flying a plane while trying to land it to run the 2022-23 accelerator,” she said. “It is also a role for someone who is a community builder and sees opportunities for how to support alumni, bring in the right mentors/advisors and be a connector across the Baltimore social innovation space.”

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Diligent wants two managers for Baltimore talent training programs ahead of new office opening

You might’ve seen reports like this one from the Baltimore Business Journal that said New York City-HQ’d SaaS company Diligent is opening a new office in Baltimore. In tandem with this opening and a new training program with SV Academy, the company is filling two Baltimore-based roles to oversee talent-related initiatives.

One opening is for a people programs manager to help set up and lead the company’s new Diligent Academy Initiative. This person would report to the company’s VP of talent and diversity, equity inclusion and intersectionality (DEII, as the company puts it). “Success in this role will rely heavily on your ability to partner closely with both cross-functional partners and executive leadership across the company and will build on your clear record of success in managing people programs aimed at attracting and developing underrepresented talent,” a job description reads.

The other opening is for an enablement program manager, who would be responsible for overseeing what an overview described as “effective role-based onboarding enablement programs and assets” for different sales professionals within the company. Both of these positions are involved with this new push to cultivate a Baltimore-area talent pool, a company rep told

See these and other Baltimore-area openings

Maryland Transportation Authority has openings for technologists

Those interested in using their tech expertise to serve state government can do so via several Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA) vacancies. Roles that MTA looks to fill include those for a software development supervisor, data architect and director of traffic management and technology.

See all of MDOT's open Baltimore city-based roles
Companies: Diligent Corporation / Social Innovation Lab / Johns Hopkins University

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