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The City of Baltimore is Looking for a Chief Digital Officer

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, October 26 2011

Taking a page from New York City's playbook, Baltimore is looking to hire a chief digital officer.

Unlike New York, where their Rachel Sterne is part of the Office of Media and Entertainment, the Baltimore CDO would report to Chief Information Officer Rico Singleton. Here's the text of the posting:

Within the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the Chief Digital Officer will be responsible for the following: Managing and presenting a consistent and comprehensive new media face for the City of Baltimore; coordinating with City agencies in the promotion of initiatives via new media tools; working with the City webmaster to improve the design and content of the City website to increase usability and make relevant information more accessible; developing meaningful social media uses to keep residents informed and engaged; leading the development of digital project implementation; managing the build of current and future digital assets; managing schedule, scope, quality, requirements and rollout activities for redesign/development and other digital projects; mining new and improved ways to expand current business through relationships and communication new ideas; overseeing improvement of digital media activities through creation and analysis of dashboards, metrics and appropriate analytics; and managing special digital media projects as assigned; drafting and publishing agency press/news releases and marketing literature.

In a Baltimore Tech Facebook group, Singleton wrote — from his cellphone, natch — that he was having trouble finding local Baltimore hires to fill other open positions on his team.

"Thus far, I haven't received much support or interest from the local community in referring or finding good quality candidates that will help us execute on the very things your expecting city to produce," Singleton wrote. "I would implore you to pass the word to your friends and colleagues and help us find some good candidates. After all, this is your professional community."

(h/t Baltimore Sun tech blogger Gus Sentementes)