PATERSON, NJ - The City of Paterson is utilizing a three-year grant in collaboration with Passaic County Community College (PCCC) to hire a chief innovation officer (CIO). The successful applicant, according to a job description promoted heavily online, will “lead the Innovation Team in its mission to define and respond to complex urban challenges, deploy resources to meet those challenges, and measure the impact of solutions implemented.”

With an initial focus on constituent services and public safety the CIO, the announcement continues, will oversee a chief data officer and the creation of a data hub.

While Innovation Team members will be employed by PCCC they will be based in City Hall and report day-to-day to Mayor Andre Sayegh and Chief-of-Staff Kathleen Long. Additionally, the Innovation Team will collaborate with the larger network of innovation programs run by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

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In 2018 Sayegh was selected as just one of 40 mayors around the globe to participate in that yearlong program which is delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, as well as world-class experts in government innovation from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network.

“This initiative is about making Paterson a data-driven city,” Sayegh told TAPinto Paterson.

“We are going to innovate how we serve our residents, how we hold people accountable, and how we measure success,” the tech savvy executive added. “This is how we are going to usher in a 21st century renaissance.”

Contained in a non-exhaustive list of expected duties are to develop and implement new ideas that have an impact on residents’ lives through detailed and robust strategic innovation plans; provide overall innovation leadership; and prepare presentations and other deliverables to be used as communications tools.

While the job description does not offer a salary one city official suggested that it was expected to be in the $100,000 area depending on experience which must include at least a Bachelor’s degree, three or more years experience managing complex problems and teams, and skills in finding alternative funding sources for projects.

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