Job Posting: Data & Analytics Governance Lead

Office of Data and Innovation

Data & Analytics Governance Lead

$8,545.00 - $9,702.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/17/2022

Job Description and Duties

About us: The mission of the Office of the Chief Data Officer, known as CalData, is to empower use of data by ensuring the state has the infrastructure, processes, and people to manage, access, and use data efficiently, effectively, securely, and responsibly. By acting on our mission, we will realize our vision of better decisions, services, and outcomes for Californians through better use of data. Our goals and supporting strategic objectives are structured around the analogy that in order to successfully navigate the “data landscape” we need to intentionally build the roads, craft the rules of the road, and boost the travelers. Much like in the real world, we want to avoid data roads that lead to nowhere, are poorly maintained, or confuse our travelers. Our virtual data world requires the planning and care that we put into the roads and bridges of the real world. Effective July 1, 2022, CalData is now part of the Office of Data and InnovationRead more on our strategy and the merger at our website.

Learn more about the CalData team, program areas, and other available roles at this CalData hiring microsite.

About the role: CalData’s policy and programs team focuses on statewide policies and programs that directly impact the effectiveness of data teams across the state, including topics such as ethical AI use, data ethics, demographic data standards, equitable metric definition, and analysis best practices.

As the Data & Analytics Governance Lead, you will lead major initiatives to develop and shape new data & analytics policies and standards and supporting guidance via an iterative and inclusive process. This role will live at the nexus of policy and practice. You will be a crucial steward of that nexus, collaborating and drawing on the experience of the CalData Data Services team, Advanced Analytics & Evaluation team, and subject matter experts across the state as well as groups outside the state. You will also collaborate with state data teams via CalData’s analytics accelerators to streamline implementation and ensure the policy or standard meets the needs of the data teams.

About you: You are service oriented with a passion for public service, you have the head for policy but the heart and hands of an analyst, you love helping others succeed and learn from your experience, you are skeptical of policy and standards not grounded in practice, you are biased to action and speed but understand that good policy brings folks along, you enjoy thinking big picture but grounding it in reality via the experience of others, you are passionate about improving use of data across the state of California.

ODI staff reside throughout California. This position provides telework opportunities in accordance with agency telework policies.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at ODI
ODI’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion helps us deliver better government services to the people of California. Diversity inspires better ideas and more innovative thinking. Feeling included nurtures a shared sense of community and collective action to take on more challenging problems. Prioritizing equity ensures we focus on those who are overlooked when we seek to understand people’s needs and build solutions. We acknowledge our history and present of implicit and structural injustice, bias and discrimination. We see, hear and accept each other as each of us brings our lived experiences to our work. We give each other the support to learn and thrive so we can help all Californians thrive. We understand this work is never done so we commit to constant improvement.

This recruitment is being readvertised. Candidates who have already applied need not reapply for consideration.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Data & Analytics Governance Lead
$8,545.00 - $9,702.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Office of Data Innovation helps deliver better services to the people of California through technology and design. In close partnership with our colleagues in other state departments, we reimagine and deliver more equitable and effective programs and products. We listen to Californians who use a program now or may do so tomorrow and hear about what they need. We build tools and products, create and enhance digital services, conduct research, identify data solutions and offer training. We are a cross-discipline staff with blended backgrounds in design, engineering, product, operations, data, research, policy and strategy. If you can imagine joining this growing, and inclusive team, please apply!

Department Website:

Special Requirements

All interested applicants are required to submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). You must provide direct responses to each of the numbered items listed below. Each individual response must be numbered and include the full text of the numbered items prior to your response. Please include specific examples of your education, training, and/or experience. Limit your SOQ to a maximum of three (3) pages, single-spaced, twelve-point Arial font.

  1. Please describe your experience (including number of years, in what role, and for what employer) engaging in data & analytics governance projects. Highlight some examples and discuss the problem, your contribution and the approach, the result, and lessons learned.
  2. What areas of data management or analytics do you think are most critical and why? What do you see as the role of policy and standards in those areas?
  3. What does equity mean to you in terms of data and analytics governance? How would you apply that in the context of creating policy and standards for CalData? If possible, provide an example from your experience.
  4. Considering the duty statement and desirable qualifications for this role, what do you want us to know about you that you are not able to convey in the above 3 prompts?

Note:  Applicants who do not follow these instructions may be disqualified from the selection process. Cover letters and resumes do not take the place of the SOQ.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 8/17/2022

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Office of Data and Innovation
Attn: Personnel Office- Nicole Vigil
1515 S Street
North Building, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95811

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Office of Data and Innovation
Personnel Office - Nicole Vigil
1810 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other -

    If you are basing your eligibility on education, provide your transcripts. Applicants with foreign transcripts must provide a transcript evaluation that indicates the number of units to which the foreign course work is equivalent. Transcripts and evaluations may be unofficial; official transcripts will be required upon appointment. Please redact birthdates and social security numbers. If you are not basing your eligibility on an educational requirement, you may instead use the bypass option (when applying, select Choose/Upload for the required document and then select Bypass File).

  • Statement of Qualifications -

    A STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS IS REQUIRED. Please see the Special Requirements section for instructions.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Personal Skills
  • Enjoys collaborative processes and developing shared understanding
  • Ability to communicate with technical and non-technical audiences
  • Investigative ability and intellectual curiosity
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to learn and embrace new technologies
  • Demonstrated ability working with diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Comfort with risk and trying new things
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team
  • Commitment to equity and the use of data to meet the needs of all Californians
  • Experience working on a diverse team

Technicial/Knowledge Skills

  • Experience developing data standards and policies
  • Experience implementing policies and best practicies in organizations
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • Understanding of the data analytics lifecycle and common pain points felt by data users
  • Inclusive and collaborative facilitation skills
  • Experience with user centered design practices
  • Experience successfully leading multi-stakeholder initiatives
  • Understanding of metrics development frameworks and approaches
Bonus Qualifications
  • Expertise or Experience in PowerBI ecosystem
  • Analytic scripting skills (R/Python)
  • Understanding of modern data stack and governance approaches
  • Experience facilitating metrics definition conversation
  • Understanding of ethical considerations surrounding AI, in particular impact on disadvantaged communities
  • Familiarity with agile methodologies and how relates to data governance and analytics


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

There are numerous benefits to joining our team! The State of California offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefits package. Click here to view the benefits available to State of California employees!

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Nicole Vigil
(916) 323-2756
Hiring Unit Contact:
Aradhna Sharma
980-6332 ext:

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
RA Coordinators
(916) 324-3235
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Application Information

Do not include any confidential information on any documents you submit for a job vacancy, such as your State application, resume, or educational transcripts.  Confidential information that should be excluded or removed from these documents includes, but is not limited to, your social security number, birthdate, student identification number, driver license number (unless required), basis of eligibility, examination results, LEAP status, marital status, and age. Confidential information on the first page of the application submitted online through your CalCareers account will be redacted automatically upon submission.


Using the online application system as specified in this announcement is the preferred method of applying for civil service job opportunities; however, applicants may instead apply by way of U.S. mail, parcel deliver or courier service, or in person, as set forth in this announcement.


Applications must be complete and include a description of the duties performed for each position held; reference to a resume (“See Resume”) in place of a description of the duties performed will not be accepted.


Additional positions may be filled from this recruitment.

Examination Information

To obtain list eligibility for the Staff Services Manager III position(s), you must first take the online Staff Services Manager III Exam.



Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.