Reporting Relationships:
The Chief Data Officer reports to the GovOps Secretary and Undersecretary.

Significant interaction with:
The Governor’s Office, the Legislature and their staff, Department Executives, and other
Cabinet-level agencies, the Department of Technology, Office of Digital Innovation,
and other stakeholders associated with data, information asset management and
procurement issues. 

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Champion sharing data openly with the public by partnering with departments to implement existing policy (e.g., Open Data) and drive new initiatives
  3. Foster statewide data interoperability and accessibility by collaboratively setting standards and supporting departments to achieve them
  4. 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.

Skills and responsibilities

  • Have a clear vision for how the state can better use its data
  • Technically competent or conversant with:
    • Data infrastructure
    • 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


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Minimum 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