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City of New York advertises for first chief algorithm officer

While similar roles are becoming more common in the private sector, the hire could be a city first.

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The Mayor’s Office of Operations within New York City is seeking an Algorithms Management and Policy Officer (AMPO) – a job it believes is unique within urban government.

 

The vacancy comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an Executive Order to establish the position last year.

NYC’s appointed AMPO will help provide protocols and information about the systems and tools New York’s city agencies use to make decisions. They will also engage with the public on issues of fairness, transparency and privacy related to the use of algorithmic tools and systems for city decision-making.


New technology, added responsibility


The successful applicant is expected to have a Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum 7-9 years of relevant professional experience, “outstanding, proven analytical skills” and a thorough understanding of AI, data analysis and predictive analytics.

 

A salary is not specified other than “commensurate with experience”.

 

The position was created based on recommendations from the Automated Decision Systems Task Force.

 

The position was created based on recommendations from the Automated Decision Systems (ADS) Task Force, which was set up in May 2018.

 

“Fairness and equity are central to improving the lives of New Yorkers,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, when the role was first announced. “With every new technology comes added responsibility, and I look forward to welcoming an Algorithms Management and Policy Officer to my team to ensure the tools we use to make decisions are fair and transparent.”

 

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