California is looking for a Chief Data Officer to lead change in how the state uses data to improve service to its people.
This is an interest form.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE POSITION, SEE DUTY STATEMENT BELOW.
The Chief Data Officer (CDO) will set the vision for making data a useful strategic asset in service of the public – and catalyze progress throughout the state. The CDO has four core statewide responsibilities:
Lead creation of strategies for using data to improve policies and programs, statewide and at the department level, with a particular focus on connecting siloed data, and using it to drive better outcomes. Guide departments through implementation of their data strategies.
Champion sharing data openly with the public by partnering with departments to implement existing policy (e.g., Open Data) and drive new initiatives
Foster statewide data interoperability and accessibility by collaboratively setting standards and supporting departments to achieve them
Increase awareness of the power of data and build skills across the state workforce to support delivery of new data strategies from setting up data infrastructure to conducting analysis, in partnership with the Departments of Technology and Human Resources
In addition, the CDO will oversee the development of data-related policies, governance, procedures and standards. The CDO will also publicly promote the use of data that improves the state’s work and enables innovation from our partners in government, non-profits, and the business community.
The Chief Data Officer will build and lead a team from within the state initially, and collaboratively propose revisions to existing organizational structures and team compositions to achieve the objectives above.
The CDO will report to the Government Operations Agency Secretary.
Desired Skills and Attributes
Have a clear vision for how the state can better use its data
Technically competent or conversant with:
Data governance, including privacy and security, quality, and stewardship
Data analytics and visualizations
Open data, including portals and APIs
Big data solutions
Open to new ideas and learning – particularly from outside your organization
Can enlist collaborators to get things done across organizational siloes
Can lead complex projects successfully
Can inspire and persuade skeptics and business/program leads to leverage data
Can communicate with internal and external stakeholders on technical issues
Desired Experience and Qualifications
Strong quantitative background, such as a Master’s degree in Data Science or Statistics, or practical analytic work experience
Proven ability to design and leverage data to drive performance improvement
Directly managed data and analytics teams
Advocated successfully for data analytics across a complex organization with diverse audiences
Successfully led change within large, complex organizations
Worked in state government, or are eager and humble about learning how to be effective in the state
1. Submit Interest Form After you submit an interest form, you’ll get an email confirmation.
2. Review If we’d like to get to you know you better, we’ll set up a brief chat to get further information.
3. Interviews Candidates vetted by the Agency team will be invited and recommended to move to the next phase of the Governor's Appointments Process.
We are small, but mighty! Our team works on statewide initiatives that help improve all government operations. Our Agency has oversight authority of procurement, technology, and human resources. You can read more about us and our work here: https://www.govops.ca.gov/accomplishments/