City of Boston

Policy and Data Analyst (Sr Admin Anl)

Posted Date 1 month ago(12/21/2021 8:58 AM)
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Regular Full-Time
Boston City Hall
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Brief Job Description:


Under the general direction of the Executive Director and Deputy Director, the OPAT Policy and Data Analyst is part of a new team working to advance the goals of the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency (OPAT). OPAT was established in 2020 to provide a single point of entry for individuals with concerns or complaints related to the Boston Police Department and its officers and sworn personnel to be heard and responded to. The Policy and Data Analyst must be able to handle complex tasks with little supervision and be willing to think outside of the box. As a senior member of the OPAT team, the Policy and Data Analyst will be expected to lead projects through completion.  The incumbent in this position should possess an understanding of government relations, policy drafting and how to support advocacy activities through data analysis.The position requires a high level of professionalism, diplomacy, patience, and confidentiality. The successful candidate needs to consistently communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing.


  • Data management, including extraction and cleaning of raw data from primary and secondary sources.
  • Analyzes the impact of various policy proposals and create briefing material and other advocacy products independently and in collaboration with the OPAT team.
  • Authors and contributes to the production of reports, briefs, white papers, memos, and other products intended for policy audiences (including, but not limited to, city and state officials and advocacy groups) and community leaders.
  • Documents processes involved in data preparation, manipulation, and analysis.
  • Use statistical tools to interpret data sets, paying particular attention to trends and patterns that could be valuable for diagnostic and predictive analytics efforts.
  • Extracts information from the datasets and OPAT’s database for inclusion in reports to internal and external audiences.
  • Participates in the development of semi and annual reports for public consumption.
  • Analyzes the impacts of pending policy on OPAT operations and effectiveness.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least three (3) years of full time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience work which included data and/or policy research and analysis. 
  • A Bachelor’s degree preferably in public administration or related field, with an emphasis on data analysis.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to gather information, analyze data, evaluate public programs, make recommendations and prepare written and oral reports
  • Experience working collaboratively with staff members from various departments and ability to work with agency board members
  • Ability to foster and maintain collaborative relationships with high-level public officials, academic researchers and analysts, community-based and advocacy organizations, and individuals from a wide range of diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated interest in public policy and working in the public sector highly preferred.
  • Comfort and familiarity with word processing, databases and spreadsheets, electronic communication tools
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and maintain focus on detail, as required by the job.
  • Exercise confidentiality and discretion with highly sensitive information and demonstrate sound judgement.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as the Google suite is preferred.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job. 


Boston residency required.



Union/SalaryPlan/Grade: MM2-6

Hours per week: 35


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