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August 23, 2012

Catching Up To Data

by at 10:52 am.

LowellStat Program Awarded Community Innovation Challenge Grant
April 2, 2012 by Office of the City Manager

April 4, 2012
Congrats to Data Nerds Everywhere
by Lynne at 11:32 am.

City wins recognition, and money, for data analysis
Posted by sunthecolumn on August 22nd, 2012


I’ve posted the job description in case you know a candidate; but also, so you may get a more clear picture of what the purpose of the position is.

CITY OF LOWELL
Job Description
Please Post ~ August 20, 2012
Deadline ~ August 31, 2012
JR. DATA MANAGEMENT ANALYST
City Manager’s Office

Job Tite: Jr. Data Management Analyst
Department: City Managers’ Office
Reports To: Data Management Analyst
Union: Confidential Non-Union Position
Salary: $40,000 - $50,000 per City Ordinance and based on experience

SUMMARY: The Jr. Data Management Analyst provides the City Manager with analytical support to help make Lowell a well-managed, transparent, and high-impact city government. The Jr. Analyst will be a key contributor to expanding the City’s LowellStat Program and works with the Senior Management Team on innovative, performance-based initiatives. The Jr. Analyst will work with Police, Fire, Public Works, Health, Inspectional Services and other departments, whose activities combined, account for almost 90% of the City’s direct spending and generate most of the City’s service-related revenue.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them for the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.) The primary responsibilities for the position include the following:

Under the direction of the Data Management Analyst, the Jr. Data Management Analyst provides analytical support to the City Manager, Chief Financial Officer, and Senior Management Team to collect, monitor, and analyze data as part of the City’s LowellStat Program. The LowellStat Program will help the City Manager in the successful oversight and management of City service delivery by using data and frequent accountability checks to monitor departmental performance, improve City operations, identify areas for cost-savings, and to identify opportunities for increasing municipal revenues and collections.

Works with Department Heads and Data Management Analyst to create and implement data collection tools necessary to monitor work output and performance data.

Provides regular briefs to the Data Management Analyst to report on Citywide problem areas and opportunities for improvement or innovation; Monitors City departments in their service delivery, financial performance, and completion of projects and priorities as established by departments and the Manager.

Updates a comprehensive database of projects and tasks as assigned to staff throughout the City; Updates Management Analyst weekly.

Implements and manages major new initiatives in the City Manager’s Office as assigned. Assists in the development and implementation of city-wide projects.

Secures personnel, financial, service, and operations data from internal administrative systems and external sources; Collects external data and researches programs to determine benchmarks from comparable communities; Cleans, integrates, and analyzes data in order to develop recommendations; Prepares written reports and presentations, including detailed spreadsheets, charts and graphs in order to effectively communicate findings and recommendations.

Assists with the development of new departmental data collection systems and trains administrative and clerical support personnel during implementation.

Prepares for, convenes, and at times facilitates meetings with Department Heads and a LowellStat panel staffed by heads of the core management departments.

Serves as a resource to all Department Heads and will provide suggestions and solutions where applicable to enhance performance.

Assists the budget team in the preparation of a program/performance based annual operation budget; conducts complex analytical projects such as budget analysis, labor contract projections and contract impact analysis for the Collective Bargaining team. Contract projections and contract impact analysis for the Collective Bargaining team.

Assists the Data Management Analyst in developing an annual strategic plan for the City and each department head, based upon the overall priorities of the City Manager and City Council.

Performs other duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy, or research-related field is highly preferred. Master’s Degree candidates with four (4) or more years of directly related work experience in a similar title are highly encouraged to apply. Based on qualifications and experience, and equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management or other related field is required.

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of two (2) years related experience is required; Direct experience in municipal government is highly preferred; Direct work experience and knowledge of data analysis methods are essential. Experience with data analysis, project management, researching and report writing is highly desirable.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Excellent analytical, research and data analysis skills; Demonstrated abilities in strategic thinking and creative problem solving; Effective communication, presentation and leadership skills; Solid knowledge of statistical methods and analysis models; Excellent writing and computer skills; Ability to provide polite yet firm direction to senior staff; Ability to assist the City Manager’s Office to resolve inter- and intra-departmental conflicts regarding strategy, policy, and operations; Ability to manage projects amongst diverse stakeholders.

COMPUTER SKILLS: Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel; knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook is highly preferred; Experience and working knowledge of Munis and Crystal Reporting Systems is highly desirable, but not essential.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence; Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent to draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and risk of electrical shock (electrical outlets). The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

DEADLINE: Please respond by August 31, 2012. Qualified/interested individuals may send resume and/or application to the Human Relations Office, Room 19 City, Lowell, MA 01852

The City of Lowell is a smoke and drug free employer and requires physical with drug screen, and CORI post offer. EOE/AA/504 EMPLOYER

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