City of Boston

Sr. Geospatial Analyst

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Dpt of Innovation & Technology
Regular Full-Time
ASD-Mgmt Information Systems
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This is a provisional appointment 


Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job): 


The Department of Innovation and Technology is looking for a Senior Geospatial Analyst to join our growing Citywide Analytics Team. 


As part of a highly-collaborative group using data to improve all aspects of city government, the Senior Geospatial Analyst will develop and manage Citywide Analytics Team projects from beginning to end. Successful candidates will be able to work closely with other technical staff, project stakeholders, and external partners across City government, manage diverse technologies and projects, and develop tools and best practices that can be implemented across the organization. The Senior Geospatial Analyst will also seek out opportunities for learning that will complement the team’s existing capabilities, provide expert guidance to other members of the Citywide Analytics Team, and assist in training, mentoring, and hands-on assistance as needed.


The Citywide Analytics team is a diverse group of analysts, data scientists, project managers, developers, and engineers with a range of skills and backgrounds, working together to use data to improve life for those who live and work in Boston. The Senior Geospatial Analyst will fulfill the responsibilities listed below and bring a collaborative spirit that will strengthen and expand the team’s overall range of abilities.



  • Plans, implements, and maintains data analytics projects to deliver value in support of partners throughout city government.
  • Develops in-depth understanding of the workflows, challenges, and stakeholders of specific City departments and programs in order to successfully execute existing projects and identify opportunities for future innovation.
  • Manages data, perform analyses, and develops visualizations as required to facilitate both internal and external projects.
  • Collaborates with technical staff on projects requiring specialized skills outside of the Senior Geospatial Analyst’s own areas of expertise.
  • Participates in the development and promotion of best practices for the Citywide Analytics Team.
  • Coordinates across departments to source data, develop projects, and put analytic findings and tools into business operations.
  • Creates and maintains documentation on relevant data, code, and procedures.
  • Become sufficiently knowledgeable about the Citywide Analytics Team’s workflows and best practices to provide expert advice, mentoring, training and guidance to other team members, project stakeholders, and external partners.
  • Perform related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least 4 years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience working with geospatial data analysis projects in a business, government, or nonprofit setting.
  • A bachelor's degree in geography or a related field is preferred, and should reach a Bachelor's degree. 
  • Masters' preferred of the required experience (master's degree highly preferred)
  • Experience planning and executing collaborative projects from start to finish under time and resource constraints
  • Proficiency in GIS required, including ESRI products
  • Experience with geospatial concepts and data as well as related analysis and visualization tools such as PostGIS, QGIS, or ArcGIS
  • Experience authoring maps, publishing maps services, maintaining assets and maintaining cache.
  • Familiarity with relational database systems such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, or Microsoft SQL Server
  • Familiarity with statistical data analysis and visualization using ArcGIS, Python, R, Stata, or similar tools, a plus
  • Ability to communicate the results of analyses in a clear and effective manner
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and communication skills, including mapping of specific business needs to appropriate solutions, in a data-focused context
  • Demonstrated success in learning new skills as needed to succeed in a fast-paced environment
  • Talent for explaining complex subject matter to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience in the public sector (especially in local government) is highly desirable
  • Excellent oral and written communications and organizations skills 
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.



Union/Salary Plan/Grade:  SENA/MM1-8

Hours per week:  35


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