Chief Data Officer

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on May 1, 2022
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Summary

This position is open to all qualified candidates. 

King County is driving to become the best run government in the country. For King County Information Technology (KCIT) that means innovating and iterating on our products and services to help our customers and constituents do their job, or do life, easier. KCIT is seeking to hire a Chief Data Officer (CDO) to join our team within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Division. The CDO is the senior executive responsible for fostering value creation of King County’s data assets, ecosystem, utilization and governance. Focus is on creating value through data exploitation, envisioning data-enabled strategies, enabling all forms of business outcomes through analytics, refining data and analytics governance, and working on enterprise policy. The Chief Data Officer is the senior person, with a business focus, who not only understands the strategy and direction of the business but focuses on how to underpin that with data.
 
King County Department of Information Technology (KCIT) 
KCIT uses the power of technology to digitally transform King County. Building vibrant communities through digital equity and social justice, KCIT offers innovative solutions that engage, empower, and serve our residents, businesses, communities and interested stakeholders. As the first-place recipient of the 15th annual National Association of Counties (NACo) Digital Counties Survey, KCIT is recognized for its vision, strategy, innovation, and collaboration. KCIT has a focus of delivering smart technology solutions that support customers, building stronger communities through innovation.
 
KCIT is providing the building blocks for many of the region's most critical services. As the business solutions partner, we collaborate with the 18 County departments to develop products and services that better serve the needs of our customers and our community. To learn more about KCIT, please visit: http://kingcounty.gov/depts/it.aspx 
 
Teleworking Requirement 
The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
 
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
   
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
 
Benefits 
King County offers a robust benefits package to support you and your family in a variety of ways. To learn more about the benefits offered here, please click on the Benefits tab or click here: http://www.kingcounty.gov/employees/.
 
Work Schedule 
The normal workweek for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Alternative work schedules may be considered. This position is not eligible for overtime pay.
 
Questions 
If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Shane Dickson, shdickson@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-2454.       

Job Duties

  • Partner with the CIO, other C-level executives, and County departments and agencies to create a data vision for the enterprise, and to identify the opportunities for differentiating digital capabilities and solutions.
  • As leader of a team; strong in data analytics and business intelligence, consisting of solution­­­­s architects, an ETL team; the CDO will work on strategy and future readiness for data warehousing, data architecture, MDM, governance, and data quality components. Responsibilities will include the design, development, and delivery of data from operational systems and files into staging areas, operational data stores, data lakes, data warehouses, data marts and other defined downstream data repositories to meet the needs of the enterprise
  • Leads the development of the data business strategy and road maps and ensures its integration with the enterprise strategic planning process, and the resulting business strategy and plans. Provides a single point of coordination and oversight for all data initiatives.
  • Foster the creation of a data-driven culture, related competencies and data literacy across the enterprise. 
  • Organize and lead a data and analytics center of excellence, and constantly improve the organization’s capacity to develop insights with advanced analytics. Establish an operating model for data governance, including roles, responsibilities, policies and procedures.
  • Represent the county on all data initiatives such as governance committees and steering level advisory boards where applicable. 
  • Create standards across the data services landscape as well as ensure that what is engineered, is essential to the team’s operations. 
  • Participate as the business owner/technical owner of Data Services projects that are delivering large scale enterprise data analytic solutions and will work closely with architects, project managers, developers, testers, security team and production operations staff in developing ETL solutions.
  • Identify new kinds, types and sources of data to enable business innovation throughout the organization. Create and oversee a centralized service for sourcing external data to ensure quality, traceability, timeliness, usability and cost-effectiveness. Define processes for the effective, integrated introduction of new data.
  • Lead the development, publishing and maintenance of the organization’s information architecture, as well as a roadmap for its future development, ensuring that it matches and supports business needs.
  • Develop and manage data structure and strategy for King County ensuring that developers are applying King County standards and governance in all deliverables.
  • Safeguard standard methods and processes and set high level security practices within technology groups.
  • Periodically meet with King County Executive Office and KC department heads to develop and encourage appropriate data governance, management, standards and security.  

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Fifteen or more years of business experience, ideally in business management, legal, financial or information or IT management — recently at or near the executive level is desired.
  • Five or more years of progressive leadership experience in leading cross-functional teams and enterprise wide programs, operating and influencing effectively across the organization and within complex contexts.
  • Excellent business acumen and interpersonal skills; able to work across business lines at a senior level to influence and effect change to achieve common goals.
  • Demonstrated leadership; proven track record of leading complex, multidisciplinary talent teams in new endeavors and delivering solutions.
  • Proven data literacy — The ability to describe business use cases/outcomes, data sources and management concepts, and analytical approaches/options. The ability to translate among the languages used by executive, business, IT and quant stakeholders.
  • Experience in integrating complex, cross-corporate processes and information strategies, and/or designing strategic metrics and scorecards.
  • Excellent analytical, strategic conceptual thinking and consulting skills along with expertise in creating and deploying best practices and methodologies.
  • Ability to effectively drive people, process and technology change in a dynamic and complex operating environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to explain digital concepts and technologies to business leaders, as well as business concepts to technologists.
Desirable Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in information technology or related field. 
  • Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Project management skills. 

Supplemental Information

_Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Application Requirements 
A completed King County Application and Resume are required for consideration. Applications submitted without all material will not be considered. 
  
The recruitment for this position is open to all qualified candidates. This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies. 
  
Union Status: This position is represented by Protec17: Information Technology 
(For internal use only: Classification: Enterprise Architect - Data (7371200))     

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
 
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
 
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

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The person hired for this position must successfully pass a background investigation. Are you willing to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to an offer of employment? This will include reference checks with previous employers, a criminal background check and fingerprinting.
  • Yes
  • No
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Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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