MAPC’s Data Services group has an opening for a Research Analyst/Web Communications Specialist. The Data Services Group seeks to utilize information, technology, and tools to inform public policy and drive social change.
Research Analyst / Web Communications Specialist
The Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council seeks a Research Analyst/Web Communications Specialist for the Data Services Group. The Research Analyst will collect and organize data, conduct analysis, and prepare data for presentation in print and electronic formats, as well as help maintain a public data website. Applicant should have excellent analytic and communications skills and knowledge of emerging Web 2.0 technologies.
This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment focused on using data and analysis to support regional planning and policymaking.
- Data collection, management, and analysis: Research and obtain updates to MAPC’s existing data sets as they are released from public agencies, the private sector, and other MAPC units. Clean and format data sets and prepare summary reports. Research and identify new data sources and integrate them into MAPC’s data warehouse. Build relationships with other agencies and allied organizations to support ongoing data-sharing.
- Manage MetroBoston DataCommon website: Maintain HTML component of MAPC’s online data viewer and web mapper, prepare monthly newsletter, and conduct user trainings.
- Lead innovative applications of technology to planning: Keep abreast of best practices for the use of technology in planning and make recommendation for implementation by MAPC. Technologies include, but are not limited to, Internet mapping, data visualization and analysis, public participation technology, and social media.
- Other tasks: Respond to email and telephone data inquiries from municipalities and allied organizations. Create databases, forms, and reports as needed by MAPC staff. Assist Data Center staff in presentation of reports and other information, both oral and written.
- Perform other duties as necessary
Experience in conducting independent research and in the creation and maintenance of various databases. The following are required qualifications for the position:
- A bachelor’s degree in planning, public health, economics, computer sciences, or a related field or at least 3 years of experience in a related field.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, especially for emails, websites, briefing papers, and technical documentation.
- Demonstrated strategic and analytical capabilities, capacity for innovation, self-motivation, and goal-orientation.
- Experience with management of databases.
- A high proficiency with Microsoft Access, ESRI ArcMap, and HTML.
- Experience working with diverse data sets from federal, state, and local agencies.
- Knowledge of emerging Web 2.0 technologies, including social networking and geospatial websites.
The following are additional desired qualifications for the position:
- Master’s degree in planning, public health, economics, computer sciences, or related field.
- Experience with open source programming and open standards.
- Experience with scenarios modeling, visualization, and 3-D modeling.
- Experience with the creation of population and employment projections.
ABOUT MAPC’s DATA SERVICES GROUP
The MAPC Data Services Group is responsible for data management, data analysis, and policy research. The Data Center has a four-part mission:
- Provide data analysis, mapping, and policy analysis support to all other departments within the agency.
- Provide basic analytical services and data products “on demand” to municipal clientele and allied organizations and agencies.
- Undertake customized research projects or studies for external clients.
- Conduct independent research on emerging planning issues of regional significance to help educate public and private stakeholders about regional trends and policy alternatives.
Over the past few years the Data Center has:
- Developed the Metro Boston Data Common, an on-line mapping tool and data viewer (in partnership with The Boston Foundation.)
- Prepared demographic, employment, and land use projections for 164 municipalities in Metro Boston to support regional transportation planning.
- Developed a comprehensive model of regional growth and development to support regional planning and policy development.
- Pioneered the use of decision support tools such as Community Viz modeling, scenario visualization, and wireless keypads.
· The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in Metropolitan Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional cooperation, which includes protecting the environment, supporting economic development, encouraging sustainable land use, improving transportation, bolstering affordable housing, ensuring public safety, advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds, and fostering collaboration among municipalities.
· Our work is guided by our regional vision, "MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region."(See www.MetroFuture.com.) Our Council members and staff work to advance this plan through technical assistance to cities and towns, data analysis and mapping, research, collective purchasing, public engagement, and advocacy for public policies that advance our mission.
· We welcome to our staff team intelligent, thoughtful and entrepreneurial professionals who are committed to improving the quality of life in Metro Boston.
Salary range: mid- to high-$40’s. Excellent state employee benefits package.
Position open until filled. Review of applications will begin on July 6.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to THauenstein@mapc.org.
Email responses strongly preferred. Only applications with cover letters will be reviewed
MAPC is an EOE/ AA employer.