City of Boston

Director of Research and Analysis

Posted Date 3 months ago(7/13/2021 12:30 PM)
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Human Rights Commission
Regular Full-Time
BCC-Central Office
Salary Min
Salary Max
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This is a provisional appointment.


Brief Job Description (essential function of the job): 


The Director of Research and Analysis conducts research, surveys and analysis; compiles and organizes data; and uses new and existing data sources to prepare, enter, arrange and display information in a meaningful and useful format for those who must use the data. This individual will also focus on tracking, interpreting, and advising on policies, laws, proposals, research, current events, and best practices that affect human rights. This individual will also be in charge of producing reports with their data findings for the Commission to publish.


  • Conducts background policy research and analysis to support existing projects as well as proposals for new bodies of work.
  • Obtains data and information from a wide variety of sources, including federal agencies, state agencies, human services providers, academic and professional journals, professional organizations, foundations and news outlets.
  • Provides advice and technical assistance on policy and program development related to human rights.
  • Evaluates analytics data to identify patterns of discrimination for further investigation.
  • Prepares written summaries and reports of policy and data analysis and draft written reports and other materials in easily understood formats for both internal and external distribution.
  • Prepares and delivers presentations on BHRC’s initiatives as needed.
  • Develops policy memos, reports, briefs, and related talking points for the department.
  • Monitors state and federal level policy that impacts the department and shapes advocacy efforts.
  • Provides input on fact sheets, reports, memos, and all correspondence to the Mayor and others.
  • Supports all department initiatives and priorities through legislative and administrative tracks; prepares testimony for administrative and legislative venues, and when requested delivers said testimony.
  • Supports investigation processes as necessary, including but not limited to drafting, researching, interviewing  and preparing reports.
  • Determines areas of research needed to increase knowledge in a particular field and supervise internships on specific projects to accomplish specific objectives.
  • Peforms related work as required. 

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Public Policy or Public Administration and 5 years of experience or Ph.D. and in relevant fields such as Human Rights, Political Science and Social Justice required.
  • Experience working in Human Rights, Civil Rights or related field or ability to show commitment to those values. 
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills required.
  • Experience in managing projects and demonstrated ability to meet project milestones and deadlines.
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative policy research.
  • Excellent data analytic skills including familiarity with various databases and sources.
  • Experience preparing and presenting quantitative and qualitative reports.
  • Bilingual preferred (Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese and Vietnamese).
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job.



CORI and SORI checks required


Boston Residency Required



Union/Salary Plan/Grade: Non-Union/MO-12

Hours Per Week: 35


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