Chief Data Officer

Washington, D.C
Jul 23, 2021
Jul 30, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The position has statutorily mandated responsibilities under , the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, particularly with respect to Title II of the act, also known as the "Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act" or the "OPEN Government Data Act." Title II sets forth requirements for agencies to make federal data more accessible while still protecting personally identifiable and confidential information.

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Consistent with statutory mandates and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the CDO establishes the strategy, policies, program documents and requirements to guide Treasury's comprehensive use of data, with responsibility for Treasury's lifecycle data management, including:
  • Chairing Treasury's Data Governance Board;
  • Facilitating collaborative activities among the numerous actors with responsibilities and needs for data within the agency;
  • Supporting Treasury's learning agenda and performance improvement by coordinating data access and management activities that support evidence building relating to evaluation, operational performance reporting, and analysis of regulations;
  • Coordinating with Treasury officials responsible for using, protecting, disseminating, and generating data to ensure that the data needs of the agency are met;
  • Engaging agency employees, the public, and contractors in using public data assets, and encouraging collaborative approaches on improving data use;
  • Reviewing the impact of the infrastructure of the agency on data asset accessibility and coordinating with Treasury's Chief Information Officer to improve such infrastructure to reduce barriers that inhibit data asset accessibility;
  • Carrying out information resources management strategic planning, including leading the development of Treasury's Open Data Plan;
  • Supporting Treasury officials responsible for carrying out the requirements of the agency with regard to the information collection and control of paperwork;
  • Managing Treasury's data assets, including the standardization of data format, sharing of data assets, and publication of data assets in accordance with applicable law.

In performing these responsibilities, the CDO reviews Treasury-wide data standards, privacy requirements, and a baseline of available data tools; drafts guidelines and policies to formalize data management programs; and establishes an approach to conduct skills assessments to support a data-driven workforce at Treasury.

Ensures comprehensive inventory of data sets are made available to internal and external stakeholders; conducts data maturity assessments
(with defined parameters and benchmarks); establishes a data collection plan in support of the learning agenda and evaluation plan (in support of Title I of the Evidence Act); develops/revises the structure and charters for the Data Governance Board and supporting advisory board; and develops/revises an Open Data Plan (signed off by data governance stakeholders).
Manages and implements short and long term (multi-year) work plans and activities.
Develops and implements complex communication strategies for data analytics and managing the end-to-end data processes in the data life cycle.
Implements and manages the development and execution of Departmental strategies and tactics of the Treasury-wide data collection and consolidation efforts.
Resolves complex issues unilaterally and in conjunction with other organizations in Treasury, including departmental offices and the bureaus, and other Federal government organizations on data-related issues.
Evaluates the success of OCDO objectives including the expectation for progressive and high-quality provision of data management guidance to stakeholders throughout the Department of Treasury. The decisions and actions made by the incumbent have a direct and substantial effect on Treasury's data management and the specific programs managed. This responsibility will require extensive coordination with other Departmental and Bureau personnel, including daily coordination with high ranking officials. The position requires exceptional oral and written communication, coordination, facilitation, and integration skills for a number of very important and complex processes within Departmental Offices and Bureaus.
Proven executive abilities necessary to lead and direct complex technical organizations; to identify staff resources and implement various projects internal and external to OCDO; to establish long-and short-term goals and plans; to assess the impact of external influences; to balance managerial, technical, and administrative considerations; and to resolve problems arising from all aspects of program operation.

Ability to direct program activities and to manage and direct the work of subordinates toward the effective and timely accomplishment of the mission.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - minimal travel will be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • All groups of qualified individuals. Initial appointments are required to serve a probationary period of 1 year. Financial disclosure is required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.


Qualifications: As a basic requirement, applicants must possess the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Competencies listed below. Typically, qualified applicants will have gained experience of this nature at or above the (GS)-15 grade level or its equivalent in the public or private sector.

To be qualified for this position, your résumé must reflect experience in a managerial capacity. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.
As such, your resume must demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:
    • Directing the work of an organizational unit
    • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects
    • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance
    • Supervising the work of other managers and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.
      Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and address all Mandatory Technical Competency and Executive Core Qualification factors will result in your application being disqualified.
      EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. All applicants must submit a written narrative to address the ECQs. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately and should contain at least two examples per ECQ describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. The narrative should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy Initiatives undertaken and the results of your actions. Applicants should not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer.

      The narrative must not exceed 10 pages.
      NOTE: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the ECQs:
    • Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management Building Coalitions: This core qualification 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. Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating
      Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Public Service Motivation. The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting and should be addressed over the course of each ECQ narratives.
      Applicants should follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Result (CCAR) model outlined in the guide. Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal. Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale). Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge. Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
      Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website. You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements.

    MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs):All applicants must submit a written narrative addressing each MTQ separately, not to exceed one (1) page per MTQ. Applicants who fail to adhere to the one (1) page per MTQ limit will be disqualified and no longer in consideration.
    In addition to the qualifying experience, applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. You must fully address each MTQ to be rated for further consideration.

    MTQ 1 -Demonstrated experience in leading, managing, and providing policy direction with respect to government reforms related to data management and data governance.

    MTQ 2 - Demonstrated knowledge of and the ability to communicate with others on all aspects of the data life cycle, including but not limited to data collection, curation, data architecture, analysis, protection, use, and dissemination as it relates to a complex organization with multiple components and mission objectives.
    MTQ 3 - Demonstrated ability to think strategically and solve complex problems regarding the application of data to data-driven decision-making, including the ability to develop strategies with respect to complex data analysis to improve operational results, regulatory activities, and mission outcomes
    MTQ 4 - Demonstrated familiarity with the application of data science approaches, cloud computing, cyber security, privacy, confidentiality, data analytics, statistical methods, policy analysis, information quality standards, record disclosure laws and policy, and other principles and concepts applicable to strategic data use, data management and data governance.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

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    • New employee probationary period

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
1. Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements will be eligible for consideration in this process. Applicants will be rated based on the quality and extent of their leadership skills, technical experience, and accomplishments, as described in their Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) narratives and Technical Competency (TC) as shown in your résumé (defined above).

2. Applicants are required to submit separate narrative statements specifically addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). These narratives are mandatory for consideration in the process. The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service and are in addition to the specific technical competencies. To assess the executive potential of each candidate, applicants must demonstrate, with specific examples, how their experience is relevant to exercising leadership in each ECQ. A concise executive summary must show where and when the qualifications were obtained, the organizational setting in which the experience was acquired (e.g.; organizational size, level, and assigned fiscal resources) and a narrative discussion of the qualifications.

3. For noncompetitive consideration:

a. Current or former Senior Executive applicants are not required to address the ECQs but it is MANDATORY to address the TCs for this position in your résumé and submit an SF-50 that documents your career appointment status in the SES.

b. SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) applicants who have not been placed on a career Senior Executive appointment are not required to address the ECQs, but it is MANDATORY to address the TCs for this position in your résumé and also submit a copy of your OPM-QRB certification.

4. Applicants will be evaluated by a Senior Executive Panel and those determined best qualified may be referred to participate in a selection interview.

If selected, you must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current or former OPM certified SES executive. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.

Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications is available at qualifications/#url=Overview

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

You must submit:1) A resume.2) Separate narratives addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) to be considered for this position. Narratives addressing the ECQs are limited to a total of ten (10) pages. Pages beyond the first ten (10) will not be considered in the process. Current or former Senior Executives and SES Candidate Development Program applicants with OPM-QRB certification) are not required to address the ECQs but it is MANDATORY to address the TCs.3) SF-50 (or personnel action to verify civil service)
    Current Federal employees/SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) applicants must submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your current tenure, position title, series, and grade level.
      Current or former Senior Executive employees must submit an SF-50 that documents career appointment status in the SES
4) SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) must submit a copy of your SESCDP OPM-QRB certification. This can be uploaded under the other document type. Applicants who fail to submit ALL required documents WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. Application will result in an "Incomplete" rating. NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTATION BY 11:59 P.M. EST ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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