Director, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

$75,000 - $140,000

Full Time


    • AI
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Collaboration
    • Machine Learning
    • Research
    • communication skills
    • computer science
    • managing teams
    • planning
    • responsible AI

    Job Description

    Director, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning          

    Salary: up to $140,000 Commensurate with Experience
    Excellent Comprehensive Benefits Package

    Brooklyn, NY                     


    Part of the NYC Office of Technology & Innovation Strategic Initiatives division, Research & Collaboration helps NYC government find, test, and use tech and tactics that better serve the City. We are a team of generalists focused on helping agencies explore new solutions to social problems. We do this by learning, testing, and advising agencies on what tech makes possible and what risks it brings in the process. We work with our agency partners to find ways to make it easier to serve the City with services that are easier for New Yorkers to find and use. Research & Collaboration consists of three units: Research & Planning, Smart Cities & IoT, and Agency Solutions.


    Job Description:

    • Leads efforts to develop resources and infrastructure to support agencies’ productive and responsible use of AI & ML;
    • Collaborates with other OTI units and agency teams to support data infrastructure needs, consulting with agencies on questions of AI use and governance and working with Research & Collaboration colleagues to develop tools to support each;
    • Serves as a subject matter expert on citywide policy and planning matters, and develops partnerships with City agencies, academic institutions, and industry and social sector organizations that support the City’s goals;
    • Oversees public engagement and education efforts related to City use of AI & ML, partnering with colleagues across the Research & Collaboration unit, and City to conduct research, gather feedback, and share information about the City’s efforts;
    • Well-versed in standards and best practices in the field;
    • Oversees the City’s algorithms reporting efforts, as dictated by NYC Local Law 35, as well as the broader development and maintenance of City standards for responsible use of AI, in coordination with R&C colleagues and relevant OTI units. The AI/ML Director reports to the Research & Collaboration Executive Director;
    • Perform special projects and initiatives as assigned.


    Preferred Skills:

    • Strong subject matter expertise in AI/ML, and demonstrated ability to evaluate and advise on opportunities and risks associated with its use, from both a technical and socio-technical perspective;
    • Familiarity with emerging best practices related to responsible AI & ML use and governance;
    • Familiarity with key policy issues and emerging legal/regulatory frameworks related to AI/ML in the U.S. and abroad;
    • Ability to foster relationships with stakeholders across the public, private, and social sectors, and pursue productive partnership opportunities that further the City’s goals;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to effectively represent the City on this complex and often sensitive topic across diverse audiences;
    • Experience managing teams, and promoting a positive, growth-oriented work environment;
    • Familiarity with New York City government a plus.


    Qualification Requirements: 

    1. A bachelors degree in computer science or related field and 4 years experience related to the above


    1. An associate’s degree in computer science or related field and 6 years experience related to the area(s) above


    1. A bachelor’s degree in other areas and 8 years experience related to the area(s) above


    1. Education and/or experience equivalent.



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