Fellow, State CDO Network

Job Description

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Fellow, State Chief Data Officers Network

Project Overview

While the majority of states have established Chief Data Officers (CDOs) to advance the application and management of data, the role of the CDO is still quite new and there is potential to improve how state leaders leverage data to inform policies and better target services. Established in 2019, the State Chief Data Officers Network provides expert support for state efforts that utilize data to deliver better outcomes.

States know that data is a strategic asset with great potential for improving the public good. For example, integrating data across social service agencies can better serve children and teens with complex needs, reduce homelessness, or allow governments to respond more quickly to respond to natural and public health disasters. However, there are many challenges to responsible data use in state government, including legal, technical, and cultural issues. Often, the challenge of using data effectively and responsibly seems too difficult a task for state governments, and the potential for public benefit is left untapped. The State CDO Network is working to bridge that gap by designing roadmaps and guides for state leaders to establish a CDO role and create a high-functioning state data program. 

The Network is a community of practice for existing CDOs to support each other as they navigate this relatively new role. The Network facilitates monthly convenings and publishes guides, reports, recommendations, and templates that empower state governments to use data more effectively and equitably. The CDO Network project also includes a robust training and technical assistance program called Data Labs, which brings together cross-functional teams of technologists and policymakers in states to develop actionable strategies to leverage data to solve pressing challenges.

Fellowship Overview

Beeck Center Fellows are senior and public-facing subject-matter experts in the field of data, design, technology, and policy. Our current fellows and alumni include former or future elected officials, government agency executives, corporate executives, non-governmental leaders, etc. 

Our fellows spend their time on:

  • Project Leadership: Envision, co-design, and lead project(s) that align with their subject matter expertise; build partnerships for project teams; and offer direct management and learning opportunities for their teammates, including the students we hire
  • Advancing the Beeck Center’s Impact: Connect to relationships of influence; advise other projects and colleagues; coordinate resourcing, and support fundraising and partnership-building across the Beeck Center 
  • Insights + Advocacy: Publicly advocate for furthering what’s needed in the field; speak in high-level public settings and the press; scan for and publish insights; lead skills-building, teaching, and training at Georgetown and beyond

Our fellows are:

  • Team collaborators: Fellows bring a spirit of collaboration to the Beeck Center. They support and respect each other’s work and experiences, and co-design and co-lead impactful projects, activities, and events. They join team meetings and board meetings. They work closely with our Student Analysts as supervisors on their projects, via teaching, training, and workshops and by mentoring and coaching. They also uphold our core values
  • Mission-driven: Fellows align with and represent our organizational mission and vision. They bring their points of view, experiences, and unique personal missions to advance through their fellowships. They co-design and lead teams toward milestone deliverables and measurable impact within the timeframes of their appointments.
  • Entrepreneurial: Fellows take initiative in our small and resourceful center, operate autonomously within the team, are self-starters, and are accountable for the work we take on. They take an iterative approach to improving how we create impact, and also scout and surface opportunities for themselves and for the Center overall. 
  • Proactive communicators: Fellows stay in contact with the distributed team to ensure everyone can participate in and support the work. They share relevant trends and opportunities for wider engagement for everyone’s benefit. 
  • Influencers: Fellows work with our communications team to engage and advocate publicly with key messaging; host, promote, produce, and/or speak at public events, trainings, and conferences; and write and publish insights via reports, resources, blog posts, research, and other content.


Project Leadership Responsibilities

We are recruiting a Fellow to lead the State CDO Network project. The Fellow will work with the Beeck Center team to co-design and lead the Network into its next phase, building on our existing networks and communities of practice, and working with the Beeck Center team to shepherd the Network to transition to its permanent institutional home. They will bring their point of view and substantive subject matter expertise on establishing and maturing a data program in state government.

Fellows are supported by one or more grants with clear deliverables and deadlines. The CDO Network Fellow role will focus on the following key activity areas:

Network Cultivation – 50%

  • Lead and convene the growing network of state Chief Data Officers. This will involve connecting new, emerging, and experienced state data leaders, and other state government leaders that are establishing CDO roles. This includes:
    • Facilitating regular convenings, including monthly virtual convenings and 1-2 annual in-person convenings, for real-time knowledge-sharing, peer mentorship, and collaboration 
    • Identifying and sharing best practices, challenges, and opportunities for collaboration and shared activity among the network regarding key topics including budgeting, recruitment and staffing, procurement, policy influence, equitable design, project implementation, governance, and legal issues
    • Evangelizing and building awareness the role of a state Chief Data Officer to prominent organizations, state leaders, and others
  • Maintain and leverage individual relationships with government leaders, professional associations, and public interest organizations
  • Plan for the long term support and sustainability of the Network, including working with the Beeck Center staff to identify institutional partners and diverse sources of revenue

Research, Publishing, and Advocacy – 40%

  • Guide and collaborate with project team colleagues to research and document the work of state Chief Data Officers, including:
    • Identifying recommendations to advance the work of the network as well as individual state data teams
    • Publishing and disseminating practical guidance, reports, blogs, or guides about trends, key observations, best practices, histories, and possibilities
    • Publishing an actionable framework to measure and assess the maturity of state data, data governance, standards, open data, or other areas in consultation with the Network
    • Publishing a shared resource library including resources such as data sharing agreements, reports, job descriptions, legislation or policies, governance charters, or other materials of interest.
  • Engage in public speaking opportunities to promote and advance digital services and other recommendations through educational events, direct advocacy to policy makers and stakeholders, and practitioners conferences
  • Supporting an upskilled state workforce for state teams participating in the Data Labs training and technical assistance program, including:
    • Leading workshops on project scoping, governance, data auditing, or other relevant topics
    • Hosting peer-led demonstrations of effective approaches to leveraging data for policy making or service delivery hands-on frameworks and pilots for people-centered equitable data use

Supervision and Mentorship – 10%

  • Supervise and work closely with the CDO Network project team at the Beeck Center including Project Manager and and Data Labs Program Managers
  • Supervise and work closely with the CDO Network Student Analyst 
    • Fellows participate in supervision training and orientation to the Student Analyst program, preparing them for mentoring future social impact leaders
    • Fellows dedicate consistent time to the supervision and mentorship of student analyst(s) on the project team

Work Interactions

The Beeck Center brings in leading experts to drive our projects and initiatives. 

The State CDO Network team consists of the Fellow, a Student Analyst, and the Data Labs team which includes a Project Manager, Project Advisor, and three Program Managers. The Fellow will guide this team and will also work extensively with outside organizational partners of the Network including the National Governors Association, Results for America, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy, The Coleridge Initiative. The Fellow will also hold primary relationships with state Chief Data Officers (or equivalent roles) who are part of the Network. The Fellow will represent the Beeck Center and Georgetown University when speaking publicly about the state data landscape, policy, and best practices. 

The Fellow and project teams work under the Director of Programs. All project teams will receive support from the Beeck Center staff to ensure strategic goals are being met and connect with the structure, resources, and networks needed to create lasting impact. 



Candidates for this position must have:

  • Subject-Matter Expertise: Senior or executive experience in the utilization and governance of data, design, technology, and policy with a particular focus on state data policy and practice
  • Research Experience: Experience interviewing sources, conducting desk research, compiling best practices, and/or conducting qualitative or quantitative research to document complex processes at the intersection of data, government services, and institutional change
  • Relationship-Building: Experience developing positive, trusted relationships with partner organizations and government agencies, including adherence to privacy and confidentiality standards
  • Commitment: Demonstrated commitment to the improved use of data for policy and service delivery
  • System Knowledge: Knowledge of software and/or technical systems used in U.S. federal, state, and/or local government
  • Landscape Knowledge: Knowledge of the landscape of government data practices, service delivery, administration, procurement, budgeting, and/or related policy; close tracking of leadership, decision makers, and involved parties
  • Project Leadership: Ability to quickly digest information about the existing project and the ability to bring your own vision to add to the existing project design and deliverables
  • Network: Extensive professional network of policymakers and stakeholders in federal, state, and local government as well as stakeholders in the private and civil society sectors 
  • Writing: Advanced writing skills and demonstrated ability to develop materials tailored to multiple audiences, including policy makers and practitioners
  • Metrics: Understanding of reporting, metrics, and analytics with a finely-tuned sense for demonstrating value and providing actionable insights
  • Facilitation: Proven facilitation and group synthesis skills to lead network activities and potentially deliver trainings and other facilitated events
  • Mentorship: Experience managing, working with, and/or mentoring students and/or other staff
  • Equity: Commitment to centering equity, serving the public, and building trust
  • Collaboration: Flexible, adaptable workstyle, with a willingness to collaborate with the team and co-create what’s never been done before

Preferred experience: 

  • Public speaking, publishing, and advocacy experience
  • Familiarity with general project management tools (we use Asana)
  • Background in human-centered design and/or user experience
  • Post-graduate studies in relevant field with experience in data, digital technologies and/or public policy


Timeline of Key Recruitment Dates

Deadline for Applications: 8/15/2022
First Round Interviews: 8/29-9/1
Final Interviews: 9/14-9/16

Preferred Start Date: 10/31/2022


Needs Assistance:

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EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Salary, Benefits, and Employment Term

The State Chief Data Officer Network Fellow is a full-time, one-year position expected to start September 2022 through October 2023. The annual salary band for this position is $130,000 – $170,000, prorated for the appointment term, commensurate with experience, and includes full benefits.

Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at https://benefits.georgetown.edu or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.


This position has been designated as remote/telework. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University.  Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources website: https://hr.georgetown.edu/mode-of-work-designation.

The Beeck Center operates as a distributed team, with some team members working remotely and others working in-person in our Washington, D.C. offices. A distributed team means there will be heavy reliance on asynchronous communication channels such as Slack, Asana, and email while also having many meetings fully virtual or hybrid to include remote employees, using Zoom.

Beeck Center team members based outside the Washington, D.C. area are expected to travel to Washington, D.C. at least 2-3 times per year for retreats, work weeks, and other team activities. Non-local team members also often travel at their discretion for internal and external work-related events.


Fellowships at the Beeck Center

Fellowships at the Beeck Center offer a unique experience for expert practitioners in data, design and technology to to work on projects that solve societal challenges. Working along with students, staff, extended networks and other practitioners, Fellows contribute to the Beeck Center’s key offerings:

  • Actionable Research + Tools – We iteratively document what works and support implementation so solutions get to more places and help more people.
  • Network Catalyst – We build and empower networks for collaboration, resource sharing, and sustained application of leading practices.
  • Policy Advocacy – We monitor, identify, and amplify important policy areas
  • Skills + Pathways – We invest in and train students and practitioners with skills in data, design, and technology.

Fellows serve in three main capacities:

  • Network translators. Fellows are experts in their field and seamlessly translate between different fields and between experts and a lay audience, while also across industries and sectors.
  • Thought-provokers. Fellows are catalysts for social change and bring their vision and point of view to move change forward within a system. 
  • Teachers and mentors. Fellows are ardent teachers and learners, interacting with students as a key part of their experience


As a Fellow, this position will represent Georgetown University and the Beeck Center. As such, we want applicants to be aware of the Faculty Handbook, Rights and Responsibilities, and Faculty Responsibilities Code that a successful candidate will be held to in this position.