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State of RI Looking for Chief Digital Officer

Last updated 1 year ago

There is a new position open in Rhode Island state government that is very prestigious. This is the position of Chief Digital Officer, or CDO. The CDO will perform a variety of duties with several goals in mind.

The Rhode Island General Assembly recently passed legislation, which was signed by Governor Chafee, enabling the Department of Administration to create the State's first-ever Office of Digital Excellence (ODE).  The vision of ODE is to move Rhode Island State Government into the 21st century through the incorporation of innovation and modern digital capabilities throughout state government.  ODE's mission is to leverage technology to expand and improve the quality of services provided to RI citizens, to promote greater access to government and the internet throughout our RI communities, and to position Rhode Island as a national leader in Gov 2.0.

Interested candidates should view the following link which outlines the requirements. It is a position with a lot of responsibility, and thus there are very strict requirements for applicants. However, you need not be a current state employee to apply.


Applicants to this position should meet the following minimum qualifications.

  • Prior leadership positions
  • Master’s Degree
  • Experience in digital strategy and implementation on an organization wide level
  • Experience in web development and design
  • Experience in open source content management
  • Experience in writing technical documents and procedures

These are just some of the qualifications that the government of Rhode Island is looking for with this position. There are other qualifications that are similar to those found above, such as the ability to lead effectively and initiate change in an organization. They are also looking for someone who believes in transparency in government.


There are a few very lofty goals set down for this position to fulfill.

  • Expand and improve services provided to Rhode Island citizens
  • Create greater access to the government and internet in communities
  • Position Rhode Island as a leader in Gov 2.0

These are by far the highest goals for the position, although other goals and duties will also likely be conceived as time in the position progresses. The position will likely also be expected to meet goals concerning the accessibility, accuracy and security of information via the internet.


Duties will include but not be limited to some of the following, which support the goals mentioned above.

  • Manage the implementation of technology infrastructure
  • Increase the number of online government services
  • Improve use of social media and mobile applications

Many other duties required for meeting the goals of the position will be critical as well. Most importantly, the position will lead the Office of Digital Excellence and work closely with the CIO (Chief Information Technology Officer) and the Division of Information Technology.


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