Friday, July 23, 2010

Job Openings in the City - Somerstat

Readers of this blog are generally very well informed about the city's policies and projects, and would probably make good candidates for the two new postings in the SomerStat office (which houses ResiStat, meaning we could be colleages). Good luck, if you decide to apply. It's a great place to work. Job description after the break..
  The City of Somerville is seeking an analyst for the five-person SomerStat Department. SomerStat is part of the Mayor’s Office and provides analytical and executive support to the Mayor to help make Somerville a well-managed, transparent, and high-impact city government. SomerStat works with Police, Fire, Public Works, Health, and eight other departments, whose activities combined account for almost 90 percent of the City’s direct spending and generate most of the City’s service-related revenue.

The SomerStat Program assists the Mayor in oversight of City service delivery by using data and frequent accountability checks to monitor departmental performance and improve City operations. The Senior Analyst carries out the following activities:

Briefs the Mayor daily on citywide problem areas or opportunities for improvement or innovation. Uses collective agenda setting and consensus driven model to prepare for, convene, and facilitate meetings with senior staff Monitors City departments in their service delivery, financial performance, and completion of projects and priorities established by departments and the Mayor. Secures personnel, financial, service, and operations data from administrative systems and external sources. Cleans, integrates, and analyzes data to develop recommendations. Continuously tracks tasks assigned to staff throughout the City, regularly updating department heads and the Mayor on the progress. Works directly with department staff to streamline processes and improve customer service. Additionally, the Senior Analyst serves as project manager for major initiatives/special projects of the Mayor’s Office, when assigned.

Requirements: Ability to provide direction to senior staff and to help the Director and Mayor’s Office resolve inter- and intra-departmental conflicts regarding strategy, policy, and operations.

Ability and experience in managing projects amongst diverse stakeholders.

Creativity, strategic thinking, problem solving, and leadership skills.

A master’s degree in business, public policy, or another management or research-related field and four years work experience as a data analyst required.

Data analysis experience including the use of performance indicators.

Strong analytical, writing, and speaking skills.

Proficiency in MS Excel, Access and GIS.

Application Procedure: Submit cover letter and resume to: or mail to City Hall Personnel Department, 93 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA, 02143. Fax: 617-666-4426. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V. For more information on the position, contact Tara Acker, SomerStat Director, or 617-625-6600 (ext. 2109).

Salary: $55,000.00 per year - plus benefits

Hours per Week: 40

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