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Pennsylvania Looks to Add Chief Data Officer Position

The newly created position in Pennsylvania will report directly to the chief information officer, with the state’s online job opening for the gig set to close for new applicants on Aug. 2.

Pennsylvania has created a new chief data officer position, posting an opening for the job online. 

The opening, which closes to new applicants on Aug. 2, is looking for someone to “be the catalyst that drives innovation with service delivery through generating enterprise wide data management practices.”

This type of CDO position is growing in frequency for state governments across the country, with the role becoming so commonplace that a network of CDOs and those with similar job titles has started to coalesce

The job in Pennsylvania would be an enterprisewide one, with the state seeking someone who can help it benefit more from its data, doing so assisting data-driven governance, data sharing and a higher standard of data quality.

Part of the work also involves helping to develop Pennsylvania’s internal strategy for data management as well as for the aforementioned data-driven governance. 

The new CDO will report to state CIO John MacMillan.

Associate editor for Government Technology magazine.