Mayoral Staff XIV

Chief Data Officer

Recruitment #PEX-0902-062271


The Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance is seeking a Chief Data Officer to promote the use of data in municipal government. Cities collect enormous amounts of data daily, yet this data is not always used to inform internal processes or service delivery.  The responsibilities of the Chief Data Officer are threefold: promoting transparency through open data, constructing a comprehensive strategy for citywide data usage and storage, and facilitating data-driven decision-making through sophisticated analytics.  An ideal candidate for this position would have an advanced degree in computer science, economics, statistics, or mathematics as well as experience in public service and business processes.


The Chief Data Officer is the primary steward of the data portal for storage of the city’s raw data. Such a portal enables the public to download data in a variety of formats or write against the API for independent projects. The CDO is also responsible for working with departments to ensure that data is placed onto the DataSF website and made accessible in flexible and useful formats, and in further developing the standards and structure to support these efforts.



The CDO shall be responsible for sharing City data with the public, facilitating the sharing of information between City departments, and analyzing how data sets can be used to improve city decision making.  To accomplish these objectives, the CDO shall:


(1)    Coordinate utilization, maintenance, and updates of the City’s Open Data website, currently known as “DataSF;”

(2)    Oversee the design, adoption by the Committee on Information Technology (COIT) and implementation of technical standards for DataSF to ensure that the portal and its datasets are implemented, updated, and utilized in accordance with San Francisco’s open data policies;

(3)    Pilot data analysis projects that demonstrate the value of data-driven decision making;

(4)    Provide education and analytic tools for City departments to improve and assist with their open data efforts;

(5)    Assist departments with compliance with Open Data policies by working with Department Data Coordinators, collecting and reviewing each department's open data implementation plans and creating a template for the departmental quarterly progress reports;

(6)    Present an annual updated citywide implementation plan to COIT, the Mayor, and Board of Supervisors and respond, as necessary, regarding the status of DataSF in the City;

(7)    Actively work to further the goals of open data in the City;

(8)    Coordinate creation and sharing of internal City data sets outside of those designated for publication on DataSF;

(9)    Help establish data standards within and outside the City through collaboration with external organizations;

(10)   Assist City departments with analysis of City data sets to improve decision making; and,

(11)   Analyze and report on the usage of DataSF.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The CDO will report to the Mayor’s Budget Director, and work in close partnership with the CIO, CTO, the Chief Innovation Officer and the director of COIT, as well as other stakeholders throughout city government.


Skills & Experience:

  • Experience in quantitative analysis, advanced mathematics, statistics, economics or computer science.
  • Well versed in the principles of open data, open government and Government 2.0.
  • Understanding of government processes and practices (legislative process, budget process, etc.).
  • Technically proficient, with some experience using and building software applications that employ open data.
  • Strong communicator with internal and external stakeholders on deeper technical issues.
  • Understanding of how data is used in map making and software development.
  • Understanding of different of open data formats and the pros & cons of different data formats.
  • Understanding of APIs, GIS systems and mapping concepts.
  • Familiarity with different options for open data portals (both commercial & open source)


Ideal qualities:

  • Awareness of and experience with open data tools and a variety of different data storage technologies.
  • Understanding of specific areas of municipal activity that are data intensive - planning & zoning process, health, public safety, etc.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills.

Conviction History

As part of the selection process an image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) history will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


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Copies of Application Documents:
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Right to Work:
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Recruitment ID Number: PEX-0902-062271
MYR/ AS / 415-554-6657



All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, typically 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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