SmartCityPHL Data Fellow

  • 1234 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Who We Are

A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact.

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What We Offer:

  Impact - The work you do here matters to millions.

  Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it?

  Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.

  Opportunities in Tech - Don’t wait for the future, shape it.

  Benefits - We care about your wellbeing.

The Office of Innovation & Technology (OIT) is the central IT department for the City of Philadelphia led by the Chief Information Officer. The Office of Innovation & Technology (OIT) is the central IT agency for the City of Philadelphia, headed by the Chief Information Officer (CIO). 

OIT oversees all major information and communications technology initiatives for the City of Philadelphia - increasing the effectiveness of the information technology infrastructure, where the services provided are advanced, optimized, and responsive to the needs of the City of Philadelphia’s businesses, residents and visitors.  In addition, OIT provides leadership and expertise on the design, integration, and management of data across city government.

Job Description

This is a new role and supports implementation of the SmartCityPHL Roadmap through the development of a master data policy. In a time of big data, AI and innovation, cities need to maximize the opportunities for smart, equitable and inclusive progress. Data is the backbone of smart city solutions and the pandemic has made clear the need for the City of Philadelphia to accelerate its digital transformation. The Data Fellow will report to the Smart City Director, serve as a project manager and drive the development of a Master Data Policy that ensures data is both accessible to and works for all people, and that it is used in a responsible way. This is a one year fellowship.

As the Data Fellow, you will support the SmartCityPHL program that sits within the City’s Office of Innovation & Technology as it develops a Master Data Strategy and establishes a network of collaboration and policies through engagement of stakeholders. In your role, you will work closely with other City departments, develop relationships with external stakeholders to grow support and feedback on the strategy, and help SmartCityPHL establish a sustainable network.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and implement a Master Data Strategy with the goal of helping the City to harmonize key data types across the organization under a cohesive set of policies and standards for the enterprise data layer.
  • Collaborate with diverse stakeholders and sectors in Philadelphia to create a cohesive Master Data Strategy and garner internal and external stakeholder support.
  • Evaluate OIT’s current data policies and making recommendations about opportunities to incorporate them into a cohesive Master Data Strategy.
  • Attend meetings and discussions to connect and elevate Philadelphia’s data strategy and policy efforts with what other cities are doing.
  • Work closely with City departments, including OIT, Commerce, OTIS, and Streets.
  • Coordinate with relevant departments to develop web pages about projects that encourage transparency and work to build trust with the community.
  • Research consumer privacy best practices, synthesize these practices into a document or webpage, and publish them via the appropriate channels
  • Depending on work load, project managing additional SmartCityPHL projects and pilots.

Competencies, Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Collaboration – you can work closely and build consensus with diverse stakeholders both internal and external to government
  • Critical analysis – you can analyze a variety of data, both quantitative and qualitative, to determine program success
  • Strength of communication – you can explain complex issues and ideas to others, and you write and speak clearly, concisely, and compellingly
  • Self-direction – you can prioritize your work and allocate time and resources effectively when given broad responsibility
  • Team orientation – you listen to colleagues effectively and contribute to a group decision-making process



  • Bachelor’s Degree required.

Additional Information

Salary: $55,000 - $65,000

 Did you know?

  • We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
  • 25% tuition discount program for City employees (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
  • We offer Comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
  •  Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
  • Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Generous retirement savings options are available. 

The Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to faqpchr For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: