Chief Data Officer PRC 01-22

Washington, D.C
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The Commission is seeking a Chief Data Officer to provide data governance services pertaining to the administrative operations of the agency. The incumbent will report to the Secretary/Chief Administrative Officer in the Office of Secretary and Administration. This position is a multi-disciplinary role responsible for the development and implementation of the Commission's enterprise-wide strategic data and analysis mission with respect to the agency's regulation of the U.S. Postal Service.

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The Chief Data Officer position is a management-level position responsible for establishing and leading the Commission's data management program. This position will be responsible for assessing and understanding the data needs and statutory requirements with respect to the Commission's regulation of the United States Postal Service and administrative obligations. This strategic role will be responsible for partnering with executives and data analysts across the Commission to develop, implement, and maintain the strategy and programs necessary to ensure strategic data needs of the agency are met.
Working at a very small independent agency, the incumbent must be flexible and adaptive in order to assess, recommend, and implement a comprehensive data program in support of the Commission's strategic goals.
Specifically the Chief Data Officer will:
  • Serve as Chief Data Officer, and in coordination with the Secretary of the Commission, lead Commission-wide efforts on data policy and governance.
  • Establish vision, standards, protocols, and governance for the Commission's collection and utilization of Postal data in compliance with the OPEN Government Data Act and in support of the Commission's strategic goals.
  • Work with Commission leadership to develop a strategy to leverage data to support evidence-based decision making, continuously improve the speed and accuracy of the Commission's work, and strengthen Commission's responsiveness to American citizens, postal customers, and postal stakeholders.
  • Establish a plan for compliance with the OPEN Government Data Act, including creation of data governance body, program policy, strategy, control, data inventory and collection, and data skills assessment. Establish and execute a Strategic Data Plan. Chair the agency Data Governance Board.
  • Develop and oversee all data standardization related activities to include the preparation, extraction, provisioning, protection, and dissemination of data.
  • Ensure that the data and data needs of the Commission's component offices are met by providing Commission-wide coordination with data users and office heads responsible for generating, disseminating, protecting, and using data.
  • Assist with the development of well-designed data design documentation and data models that guide and inform individual office components.
  • Ensure shared accountability across the Commission's offices for the specific data areas each office is responsible for.
  • Lead efforts to track and integrate data collections, databases, physical data models and linkages between data sets across the Commission.
  • Develop and maintain a technological and analytical infrastructure that is responsive to the Commission's strategic data needs; exploit traditional and emerging analytical methods to improve decision making, optimize outcomes, and create efficiencies.
  • Ensure that the Commission maximizes the use of data in the agency, including for compliance with the OPEN Government Data Act, cybersecurity, and the improvement of agency operations.
  • Ensure comprehensive inventory of data sets are made available to internal and external stakeholders; conduct data maturity assessments (with defined parameters and benchmarks); establish a data collection plan; and plan to submit Commission data to the Federal Data Repository,
  • Conduct skills assessments and make recommendations concerning increasing data knowledge within the Commission. Conduct data skills assessment to support a data-driven workforce. Develop data related roles and responsibilities, promoting employee development in data analytics and access.
  • Champion a culture of data and evidence-based decision making through leading the development of analytical products and services The Commission, specifically OSA, will rely heavily upon this position for accuracy and timeliness in the completion of assigned tasks. Work activities typically support multiple projects/programs and contribute to the objectives of one or more organizational units within OSA.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Employees are required to participate in direct deposit.
  • You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national to be eligible for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • This position may require you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) upon entry and annually thereafter.
  • The Commission uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.


To be eligible for consideration, your application materials must demonstrate that you possess specialized experience that has equipped you with the ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position described above. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You will be evaluated based on your cover letter and resume. The best-qualified applicants will be referred to the Secretary for further consideration and possible interview.
Specialized Experience includes, but is not limited to, experience in the following:
  • Expertise and familiarity with data governance, database management, database queries, cloud computing, data security, privacy, confidentiality, data analytics, big data methods, statistical methods, policy analysis, open data practices as described in the Evidence Act and Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), and information quality standards set out in the Information Quality Act (IQA).
  • Demonstrated leadership and advocacy experience on data program management and improvement objectives, including providing data leadership and obtaining consensus from technical and non-technical stakeholders at different levels of an organization.
  • Extensive experience in the ability to communicate effectively, build coalitions, manage organizational culture change and exert influence with political savvy among stakeholders;
  • Comprehensive knowledge and ability to facilitate and implement best practices in data curation and management across the entirety of the data lifecycle, to facilitate improved regulatory outcomes by supporting agency compliance with Executive Orders and OMB Circulars; and to think strategically and solve complex problems regarding the application of data to data-driven decision-making;
  • Experience in data management principles, design, and analysis to identify theappropriate data, methodological approach, and design in order to derive meaning from datasets that are large, disparate, unstructured, and/or complex.
  • Experience managing and improving data quality and metadata, such as through the development of policies, tools, and management or support of data governance bodies.


This position does not require education to qualify.

Additional information

Ethics Requirements: The Commission is committed to government ethics. As a Commission employee, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch and the criminal conflict of interest statutes. The Commission also has ethics rules (39 C.F.R. subpart A of part 3001 and supplemental standards of ethical conduct [C.F.R. part 5601]. The supplemental standards prohibit Commission employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, from owning any securities issued by entities that are identified on an annually published prohibited securities list. As an employee of the Commission, you must complete initial ethics training within three months of your appointment and, depending on your position, complete required financial disclosure forms within 30 days of your appointment.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. The Commission may offer Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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 and ranked by a screening panel based on evidence of your ability to successfully perform the duties of the position. The best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

In order for your application to be considered complete, the following documents must be submitted:
  • Cover Letter (no more than two pages)
  • Resume must contain the following information:
  • name
  • address
  • contact information
  • If you are claiming veteran preference, you must indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume
  • detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including:
  • dates of employment
  • title
  • grade (for Federal employment)
  • education
  • Current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notice of Personnel Action" to indicate your current federal status. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate that you possess the years of experience required for this vacancy. You must provide additional SF-50s that clearly demonstrate that you meet the years of experience required for this vacancy. (The SF-50 must show your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied. [i.e., Excepted or Competitive])
  • Performance award, Realignment, and Detail SF-50's will not be accepted as proof of grade or tenure.
  • Five point veterans must submit a DD214 (member 4 copy)
  • Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 5-point preference.
  • Ten point veterans must submit the following:
  • A copy of your DD214
  • Application for 10-point Veteran's preference, SF-15
  • A copy of the official letter from VA, dated 1991 or later, certifying the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of disability
  • If you're currently serving on Active Duty: submit a letter from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, type of discharge, character of service, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave. If you supply a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD214 (Member 4 Copy) upon separation from the military.
  • Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 10-point preference. To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: Additionally, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit:
  • Optional Form 3046-0466, Demographic Information on Applicants (voluntary)

  • 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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