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.

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San Francisco seeks CIO

San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco is looking for a chief information officer.

From the announcement:

The Director of DT/CIO will have outstanding leadership qualities that will bring stability and credibility to the position. With a commitment to success and a genuine desire to be a long-term technology leader for a world class city, the Director will have frequent opportunities to focus on internal operations across a broad spectrum of needs. Top candidates for consideration will have had prior senior-level and management experience in a complex organization that promotes best practices. The Director will have an engaging and energetic style; be self-confident yet humble; and believe in inspiring, motivating, and empowering staff to achieve well defined goals.

Salary range is up to $235,820. Applications are due February 28.

Details and how to apply.

San Francisco seeks chief digital services officer to lead online strategy, execution

Port of San Francisco (Photo: Luke Fretwell)

Port of San Francisco (Photo: Luke Fretwell)

San Francisco announced the creation of a new internal digital agency and is looking for a chief digital services officer to lead its efforts.

From the announcement:

The Digital Services Team will partner with departments to modernize digital services citywide. Four fundamental principles guide this task: put the needs of residents first, focus on delivery and outcomes over process, promote an agile and data driven culture, and make City services accessible to everyone.

It’s unclear what the roadmap is for building a support team to execute the city’s digital strategy, and what influence the new role will have in determining its underlying technology, but this is currently the best job opening in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Plus, you get to work closely with Joy Bonaguro and Jay Nath.

Apply here.

DOJ seeks CIO

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U.S. Department of Justice (Photo: Sebmol)

The U.S. Department of Justice is looking for a chief information officer.

From the posting:

The CIO provides executive leadership and has oversight responsibility for the management, acquisition, and integration of OJP’s information resources, including mission and data systems, data center management, telecommunications, office networks, computer security (including policy, standards, and operations), vulnerability management, configuration management, data management, information sharing, and end-user computing. He/she will provide overall IT portfolio management, recommend agency-wide IT program improvements, and oversee the formulation and execution of the agency’s IT budget.

The job pays from $120,749 to $181,500.

Application deadline is August 18. Apply here.

USDOT seeks CTO, deputy CIO

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking for a chief technology officer and a deputy chief information officer.

Salary for both positions is $119,554 to $172,500.

From the CTO listing:

The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) provides technical advice and support to the Department of Transportation’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CTO is responsible for maintaining continuity in the organization through knowledge of Departmental Information Technology (IT) initiatives. The CTO will manage and oversee the Department’s IT resources in a manner consistent with Departmental missions and program objectives. In addition, the CTO is responsible for ensuring all technology solutions are consistent with applicable laws, regulations, principles, and standards. The CTO will manage the Business Technology & Governance and Technology Strategy & Modernization activities within the OCIO. By managing an enterprise approach to technology integration, the CTO will ensure a standardized approach to selecting, integrating, cataloging, and retiring approved technology solutions. The CTO will chair the Technology Control Board (TCB), a voting body with representatives from all the Department of Transportation components.

Apply now for one of the best gigs in civic technology

Code for America is looking for a developer relations engineer.

From the description:

You will help Code for America develop and sustain paths of communication between the technology team, annual fellowship class, brigade program, and beyond. You will engage the civic technology ecosystem to measure use of existing technologies, gauge need for new technologies, and promote CfA’s work and involvement. You will interface with the volunteer community to identify coding tasks that will allow them to help us develop future applications for use by cities. Your familiarity with the broader community will help you identify promising candidates for future CfA fellowship classes.

Imagine waking up everyday and calling that your job.

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National Conference on Citizenship seeks CIO/CTO

National Conference on CitizenshipThe National Conference on Citizenship is looking for a chief information officer/chief technology officer. The position is based in Washington, D.C.


  • Work with program staff and technology partners to create and distribute RFP for the development of the (National Service Technology Platform) platform.
  • Develop a detailed technology budget.
  • Select and manage technology vendors, contractors, and staff as needed, ensuring on-time and on-budget delivery of tasks, products, and materials.
  • Direct the strategic design, acquisition, management and implementation of the technology infrastructure for the national service technology platform.
  • Work closely with program staff to ensure that the technology closely tracks program design.
  • Support the development of the brand platform.
  • Continually update and iterate the technology project plan to address needs and requirements across the platform and to harness the potential of emerging technologies.
  • Collaborate with NCoC leadership, Franklin Project leadership, and NS Technology Platform leadership on all technology needs to ensure the successful completion of the project-related goals.


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.