The Paterson Innovation Team is seeking a Chief Data Officer ("CDO") with the ability to work with large amounts of data, review numbers, trends, and data to draw conclusions and make recommendations based on the findings. The CDO will support the team's work, with a specific focus on co-creation, research, data synthesis, and the creation of a Data Hub. An understanding of municipal governance and knowledge of public sector innovation is a plus.
This is a 3-year grant funded opportunity with the potential for an extension. Individuals are "at-will" employees of Passaic County Community College; position is not civil service protected.
Municipal governments tend to focus most of their limited resources managing day-to-day operations and responsibilities, with little capacity or ability for developing systematic improvements and organizational changes. A collaboration between the City of Paterson and Passaic County Community College seeks to change that dynamic.
The City of Paterson is creating an Innovation Team that will deploy a range of strategies, including quantitative and qualitative research and design-based innovation, to bring greater clarity and new solutions to the city's most pressing problems. Innovation Team members will be employed by Passaic County Community College but will be based in Paterson City Hall, reporting on a day-to-day basis to the Mayor and Chief of Staff. The Innovation Team will also collaborate with the larger network of government innovation programs run by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.
Innovation Team members believe in the power of cities--and city government--to dramatically improve people's lives and generate bold, forward-thinking strategies. They are uniquely positioned to bring human-centered design into policy-making. The team's multi-disciplinary approach leverages skills and tools from human-centered design thinking, behavioral science, and analytics to help tackle hard-to-solve public challenges.
Examples of Duties:
Collect, organize, analyze, and present data relevant to Innovation Team initiatives and related activities that support the technical aspects of innovation deployment within City Hall;
Assist Mayor, Chief Innovation Officer, and other city leaders implement new programs, especially those grounded in human-centered design
Conduct impact oriented research in the social sciences with implementation focus and quantitative aspects, including research, analytics, and document development;
Establish practices for better collection, documentation, and storage of data;
Assist in the development and maintenance of a Data Hub;
Collect and organize information from a variety of Federal, State, and community sources;
Examine information to determine what elements are relevant to problems and what methods should be used to analyze them;
Act entrepreneurially, finding and developing relationships with internal and external partners to better use data to make decisions;
Advise managers and other decision makers on the impacts of various courses of action to take in order to address a problem;
Develop simple queries and maintain them; produce various reports using appropriate programs;
Prepare of visual presentations by designing art and copy or digital layouts to effectively engage all necessary stakeholders to support success and obtain results;
Help ensure that process and outcomes can be measured and monitored to ensure the highest likelihood of "productive innovation";
Other related responsibilities as needed
Personify the City's leadership values and demonstrate the highest level of integrity
3+ years of related experience; 1+ years in innovative setting
Attentiveness to details, deadline-oriented, acute vision, and the ability to handle criticism in a constructive way
Broad knowledge in a general professional or technical field, normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Have a solid technical foundation, and be comfortable communicating with internal & external stakeholders on deeper technical issues
Have an understanding of data analysis tools like R or Python
Experience with empirical data and statistics, to developing data-based recommendations for systems change
Be able to visualize data effectively to tell stories that can create innovative change
Knowledge of statistical software packages that are vital for evaluating metrics and reporting data for the Innovation Team's Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), preferred
Master's Degree or extensive experience in relevant field, preferred
In this role, you will apply data science to improve the lives of residents in Paterson as the ultimate authority over data management activities in the city. You will use qualitative and quantitative data, and work with a diverse team, to identify the root causes of complex social and economic issues, and develop new insights into these problems and how they impact residents. You will use these insights and collaborate with your team and stakeholders to design innovative, impactful solutions. You will develop metrics to track the city's progress and measure the impact of existing and newly developed solutions. As Chief Data Officer, you will also work alongside your team to develop materials that communicate your work to a diverse set of audiences.
You have experience and a passion for applying data science to make organizations better. You are restless with the status quo. You are skilled in using statistical analysis tools, which may include R, GIS, Python, or SQL. You have experience translating statistical insights into practical tools and recommendations. You have strong communication skills to present the results of rigorous analysis to a range of audiences. You have a track record of working on teams to solve big problems
Generous benefits include pension, health care, dental insurance, unemployment insurance, and vacation, sick, floating holiday, and personal leave
About Passaic County Community College
PCCC offers high-quality, flexible, educational and cultural programs that meet the needs of Passaic County residents. The College provides its students with a strong general education foundation for further study and opportunities for career preparation and lifelong learning. Impassioned by our commitment to student progress and program completion, the College strives to address a wide variety of student learning needs through excellence in teaching, innovative and effective use of technology, multiple instructional methods and developmental and ESL programs that provide access to college-level programs. The College?s supportive learning environment fosters student success and faculty excellence. Through a culture of evidence and inquiry, the College is an effective steward of its physical, financial, and intellectual resources.