Center for Government Excellence Senior Implementation Advisors, Cities (JHU REQ: Senior Research Data Analysts) are core to the implementation of data management, performance management, and data analytics in all What Works Cities and across GovEx's portfolio. Senior Advisors play a critical role delivering world class client services and resources to city leadership.
To support the implementation of data management, performance, and analytics practices in 100 US cities, Senior Advisors serve on the frontline coordinating efforts with mayors' offices and city leadership. GovEx Senior Advisors are subject matter experts who guide the research and analysis necessary to determine cities' facility to use data and evidence in decision making and operational functions. They also work hand-in-hand with city leadership to build and advance its data management, performance, and data analytics practices.
Specific responsibilities for Senior Advisors include:
Provide direct, on-the-ground technical assistance to city practitioners implementing data management, performance management, and data analytics programs
Serve as a subject matter and political context expert
Support Center Directors in developing a repository on best practices and new trends in the data usage by governments
Facilitate city-to-city collaborative learning and other peer networking opportunities
Support the development of materials presenting trends and results seen in cities
Manage day-to-day relationships and communications with cities
Supervise data analysis and maintenance
Work in collaborative teams
Master's degree in related discipline required. PhD preferred. One year related experience required. Demonstrated ability on significant graduate project or additional doctoral education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Special Knowledge and Skill:
Experience working in public policy, public administration, or a related field
Capacity to thrive in relationships with leaders in the civic sector
Ability to represent the Center and its partners before Mayors and other city officials
Strong understanding of quantitative research methods, and the ability to work with and understand, complex datasets
Familiarity with statistical software packages (e.g., R, STATA, SPSS)
Commitment to a collegial workplace
Ability to work independently and in a result-oriented environment
Excellent writing skills
High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, or comparable software
Familiarity with statistical software packages like STATA, SAS and SPSS and
Ability to create data visualizations in D3.js, RStudio and/or Tableau
Knowledge of open-source relational databases such as MySQL or PostgreSQL, and open source programming languages such Perl and PHP
Familiarity with Amazon Web Services
Familiarity with Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) such as ArcGIS or QGIS
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