TSA seeks chief innovation officer

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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is looking for an executive-level chief innovation officer. Salary is $127,914 to $184,620 per year. Submission deadline is October 29.


The Chief Innovation Officer reports directly to the Executive Director of Strategy, Policy Coordination, and Innovation under the Chief of Staff, Transportation Security Administration and as such supports and implements the TSA Administrator’s vision, strategy, and direction for the agency. The Chief Innovation Officer leads TSA’s enterprise innovation program, including managing and exercising executive and technical authority for the following functions:

Leading the agency’s enterprise innovation efforts to meet the goals and objectives of the TSA Strategy, Administrator’s Intent, and other Administrator priorities. Recognizing promising ideas, processes, and approaches and finds ways to introduce them into the organization.

Leading an innovation team that facilitates a cross-organizational process that encourages creative thinking and provides an avenue for employees and stakeholders to submit ideas. Receiving, evaluating, recommending and prioritizing innovation submissions. Providing employee and stakeholder feedback on submissions.

Capturing entrepreneurial ideas and innovative practices throughout TSA. Strategizing with senior leaders and their program offices to transform general ideas into workable solutions.

Collaborating with executive and senior TSA leadership to prioritize, resource, and implement innovative solutions. Engaging TSA leadership and program offices to discover new solutions and approaches to old problems. Analyzing existing practices to isolate areas for improvement or enhancement, including challenges associated with transitioning new solutions into execution.

Collaborating with TSA senior leaders and stakeholders to develop actionable milestones and performance metrics to measure effectiveness of the agency’s innovation program. Tracking the implementation of new or revised practices, assesses the progress, recommends changes to implementation plans of action and milestones, and evaluates the success of implementation.

When delegated, representing the TSA Administrator in executive and senior-level interagency, international, and stakeholder engagements in order to formulate effective new ideas and innovative strategies to improve TSA’s approach to doing business.

Assessing research and development of other organizations to spot trends in innovation and possible opportunities. Engaging external stakeholders, non-traditional industries, academia, think tanks, industry, and others to gain insight on potential opportunities for TSA to leverage.

Leading the communication of TSA’s innovation goals and processes to the workforce and stakeholders. Collaborating with senior leadership to develop and advance improvement in workforce innovation and the skills underpinning them.

Full job post.

FAA seeks chief data officer

Photo: White House / Pete Souza

Photo: White House / Pete Souza

The Federal Aviation Administration is looking for a chief data officer.

From the listing:

The Chief Data Officer (CDO) supervises a high level staff comprised of chief scientific advisors for software integration, engineers, and risk management officers and provides executive direction and high level leadership to the FAA with responsibility for oversight of the work related to strategically managing and exploiting the information assets of the agency and the integration of that information into the National Airspace System. Develops and delivers business and strategic plans for enterprise-level data initiatives, analyzes integration progress, engages in industry and research activities, and maintains liaison with internal and external stakeholders.

The CDO focuses on the opportunities, threats, capabilities and gaps related to managing information as a strategic asset and potentially a liability. The position encompasses an offensive and defensive posture: the CDO must create value by unlocking and sharing data and information in ways that will spur innovation inside and outside the agency, and must manage risk inherent in massive and fast-changing data resources through effective governance. The CDO is an innovator who explores new ideas, creates new offerings, and brings transformative initiatives to internal and external stakeholders. This position requires initiative, exercise of independent judgment, and considerable diplomacy, in a wide variety of situations.

The CDO is responsible for leading and coordinating activities with other applicable components of the FAA. To do so, he or she works in concert with the Associate Administrator for Nextgen, the Air Traffic Organization’s Chief Operating Officer, and the Office of Finance and Management’s Chief Information Officer (CIO).

The CDO continually interacts with other high level executives both inside and outside of the FAA and the Federal government. These include key officials of the FAA lines of business and staff offices, directors of research centers, high level representatives of other Executive Branch agencies, members of Congress, and members of Congressional staffs. The incumbent also represents the agency internationally at forums to advance the FAA’s goals in the area of Information Management.

Salary is $124,900 to $175,700. Application deadline is July 12.


California seeks CIOs


California Chief Information Officer Carlos Ramos, San Jose CIO Vijay Sammeta and Los Angeles County CIO Richard Sanchez have recently announced they are stepping down from their positions.

Oakland announced it was seeking a CIO in October, but has yet to fill the vacancy left by Bryan M. Sastokas, who now services as Long Beach CIO and head of technology and innovation.

Of significant importance is the state CIO opening, and its convergence with evolving talk of establishing a government digital service team, much like what has been done in the United Kingdom and here in the United States with the U.S. Digital Service and 18F. It’s an ideal time for California to bring in someone more focused on open technologies, open data and a broader vision for non-private, cloud-based solutions.

Oakland seeks chief information officer

Oakland (Photo: Luke Fretwell)

Oakland (Photo: Luke Fretwell)

Oakland is looking for its next chief information officer to help position the city “at the forefront of American cities in its use of technology.”

This is an extremely incredible opportunity for anyone who wants to get in on the ground floor in helping to transform the best city in the Bay Area (sorry San Francisco) and help foster a different kind of tech community both inside and outside government. For the government innovator who recognizes potential and is willing to invest in the long game, this is the job of a lifetime.

From the announcement:

The City of Oakland, California is conducting a national search for the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO will join a newly formulated Executive Team committed to innovation and the transformation of local government through leading ideas and practices. Individuals wanting to contribute and position Oakland at the forefront of American cities in its use of technology to support daily operations, the business of delivering services to the community, and engagement with citizens, are strongly encouraged to submit.

The position of CIO will oversee over 70 staff members and be responsible for Customer and Enterprise Services, Information Systems – General and Public Safety, Infrastructure Support including applications development, central computer operations, hardware, software, and peripheral support and maintenance, and telecommunications.

Salary is $125,186.00 to $187,779.00. Application deadline is November 8.

Details here.

U.S. Energy Department seeks chief data officer

U.S. Department of EnergyThe U.S. Department of Energy is looking for a chief data officer.

Salary is $120,749 to $181,500.

From the job description:

The Chief Data Officer is located within the Office of the Associate CIO for Technology and Innovation. This position is responsible for:

  • Leads the Department’s Open Data effort to manage as an asset and making it available, discoverable, and usable to strengthen the Department’s effectiveness in carrying out its mission.
  • Responsible for agency-wide orchestration, policy proposals and adherence towards a formal data governance framework and data live cycle practices to unlock the potential of government data.
  • Represents DOE at working group forums established by the Deputy Director for Management at OMB, the Federal Chief Information Officer, and the Federal Chief Technology Officer, to focus on data transparency, accountability, policy and directive participation and collaboration.
  • Ensure agency-wide data efforts adhere to the Privacy Act; ensuring full analysis of privacy, confidentiality, and security issues.
  • Ensure DOE meets all OMB Federal policy and directive Open Data/Open Gov deadlines.
  • Evolve agency behaviors and new culture norms towards collaboration to meet policy needs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Application deadline is September 12. Apply here.

U.S. DOT seeks chief data officer

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking for a chief data officer. If you’re interested, brush up your resume quick because you have until Tuesday to apply.

From the position description:

You will be responsible for establishing a clear vision of the data managed in DOT and data-driven decision-making. The Chief Data officer’s role is to be a data strategist and adviser, steward for improving data quality, liaison for data sharing, and developer of new data products.

Application deadline is June 10, 2014 (peculiar because it was just posted June 6). The position pays between $124,995 to $157,100 a year.

Learn more here.

NASA Goddard seeks CIO


NASA Goddard is looking for a chief information officer.



1. Leading Change – Involves the ability to bring about strategic change, within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People – Involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3. Results Driven – Involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen – Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions – Involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


1. Applicants must demonstrate significant experience and a proven track record of accomplishments in the direction, management, oversight and financial control of IT infrastructure and assets for an organization of comparable size and scope.

2. Applicants must demonstrate experience and accomplishments in developing both strategic and tactical linkages between mission, productivity, budget and implementation of IT policies, procedures, services, and compliance in a cost-effective manner.

3. Applicants must demonstrate state of the art working knowledge in areas such as modern IT systems, IT security procedures, local and wide-area networking architectures and quality of service standards. Operational experience with managing large scale security operations or consolidated services is desirable.

4. Applicants must demonstrate a working knowledge or experience in areas such as IT research, development and operational environments and strategies for leveraging and integration across these environments.

5. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major study in a related field, such as computer science, information systems, science, or engineering is desirable.

Salary is $119,554 to $165,300. Application deadline is November 29.

Apply here

San Francisco seeks chief data officer

Port of San Francisco (Photo: Luke Fretwell)

Port of San Francisco (Photo: Luke Fretwell)

After nearly a year since it first announced proposed open data legislation that included the creation of a city chief data officer, San Francisco has officially posted the position.

From the listing:

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.

An obvious pick for the role is SF resident Ian Kalin, who recently joined Socrata as director of open data and previously served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow focused on Green Button and Project Open Data.

He’s also served in the U.S. Navy as a counter-terrorism officer and a nuclear engineer, neither of which have much to do with open data, but it’s definitely a good ice-breaker when you first meet him.

Gig: Director of Online Engagement and Participation, AmericaSpeaks, Washington DC

AmericaSpeaksAmericaSpeaks is looking for a Director of Online Engagement and Participation based in Washington, DC.

Position description:

The Director of Online Engagement and Participation will lead AmericaSpeaks’ initiatives to design, facilitate and organize online participatory processes that provide citizens and stakeholders with a greater voice in governance processes. The Director will be responsible for generating new projects through which AmericaSpeaks may engage the public online, representing AmericaSpeaks in discussions with federal agencies about how to use online methods to create a more open government, managing a group of online associates and partners to deliver online engagement programs, and forming and nurturing partnerships with other online innovators. The Director will also oversee the organization’s online and social media presence. More »

About AmericaSpeaks:

AmericaSpeaks is a world leader in the field of citizen engagement and public deliberation. For more than fifteen years, AmericaSpeaks has helped citizens influence many of the most pressing issues facing the public, including the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site after 9/11, the creation of regional plans for the greater Chicago and Cleveland regions, and the development of a recovery plan for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. AmericaSpeaks’ mission is to reinvigorate democracy; we are doing this by developing innovative tools and a rich infrastructure for engaging citizens in our nation’s policy making process.