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Chief Data Officer


Recruitment #23-007648-0003


The Chief Data Officer (CDO) is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Governor.

The successful candidate will possess the core competencies, skills, and passion to effectively advise the Governor and executive branch agencies on data governance and the implementation of evidence-based decision making statewide.

To apply, please submit your resume to Sophie Bergmann at by the deadline, Thursday, May 25 at 11:59PM. The subject line should read: YOUR NAME – Chief Data Officer.




Annapolis, MD


General Purpose: The CDO is responsible for leading and managing an effective and efficient data governance program in support of the Governor’s strategic goals. This candidate is also responsible for advising leadership across the State of Maryland around evidence-based policy implementation to best serve Maryland’s residents.

  • Lead efforts to connect research to policy for the State of Maryland – including the interpretation of evidence, implementation of external evaluations, etc. 
  • Champion the use of technology in the data environment and provide a vision for the development of a robust and scalable data strategy. 
  • Supervise and direct the use and management of data by units of State government under the supervision and direction of the Governor. 
  • Create and monitor progress on a strategic plan for State data. 
  • Track progress in implementing secure and efficient data use and management by the State. 
  • Assess the data needed by State units to inform policy decisions. 
  • Support agency-based evaluation activities and serve as a champion to agency staff around what evaluations are, the value of conducting them, the differing types of and varying qualities of evaluations or analyses, etc. 
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of evaluations – both within and across agencies – in partnership with agency leadership. 
  • Spearhead collaboration between the administration and the state’s world-class research institutions and academic researchers. 
  • Design and implement work plans to scale evidence-based interventions across the state. 
  • Support departments on delivering resident-level outcomes and impact. 
  • Promote the uptake of data- and evidence-based interventions and lead the use of data and evidence to drive decision making across government. 
  • Create and implement a statewide evaluation policy.


The successful candidate will have demonstrated many or preferably all of the following:
  • Comprehensive understanding of evidence-based policymaking – such as program evaluation, data collection and analysis, and evidence-based interventions. 
  • Experience as both a producer and consumer of high quality social science research. 
  • Overall knowledge and understanding of performance management and service delivery concepts. 
  • A collaborative leadership style that engages others, earns trust, and influences the entire organization. The successful candidate will feel comfortable with, and energized by, the prospect of communicating and gaining acceptance for their ideas and programs across a complex and diverse governance organization. 
  • A track record of demonstrating and successfully applying the following characteristics:
    • Excellent ability to simplify information and concepts, to formulate options and recommendations, and to communicate with all levels of management and workforce to achieve objectives. 
    • Steady and resolute manner that inspires confidence and trust. 
    • States and maintains position backed by facts, while working through differences and alternative views in a respectful and commercial-minded manner. 
    • Effective listener - probes, surfaces, and shares new ideas and ways of doing things. 
    • High energy, highly resilient, and resourceful. 
    • A “self-starter” motivated by the achievement of the organization, the team, and themselves – in that order. 
    • Organized, with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple priorities and work projects. 
    • A team player, with the ability to organize, assign, and track completion of work by direct and indirect team members. 
    • Flexible and adaptable, even while maintaining a keen focus on objectives. 
    • Leads by example – hands on role model. 
    • Highest personal standards of integrity.



To apply, please submit your resume to Sophie Bergmann at by the deadline, Thursday, May 25 at 11:59PM. The subject line should read: YOUR NAME – Chief Data Officer.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at or 410-767-4850, MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

The State of Maryland is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The State of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or disability, or any other legally protected basis. The State of Maryland is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the hiring process and on the job, as required by applicable law. The State of Maryland will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.

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