The City:

With more than 1.4 million people, the City of San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California. The City of San Diego’s strong economy, diverse population, great educational institutions, unsurpassed quality of life, and world-renowned location makes it the ideal place to work, live, and play. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego has something to offer for everyone.

The City’s Mission, as found in our Strategic Plan, is “To effectively serve and support our communities.” Our core values are Integrity, Service, People, and Excellence. The City’s Vision is “A world-class city for all.”

As one of the region’s largest employers, the City of San Diego has a combined Fiscal Year 2018 operating budget of approximately $3.6 billion and employs more than 11,000 highly dedicated employees. Additional information about the City of San Diego can be obtained on the City’s website:

The Department:

The Performance & Analytics Department reports to the Mayor’s Office and is responsible for supporting the improvement of City operations through long-term initiatives, including resident and employee satisfaction surveys, an Operational Excellence Academy, Open Data, Performance Management, and the 311 Customer Experience program with its signature Get It Done web and mobile application. As such, the Performance & Analytics Department works with other departments to implement resident-focused and data-driven solutions that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the City’s service delivery practices and management structures.

The City’s Data & Analytics Program was launched in December 2014. The goal of the Program is to publish City data online using open standards, support data-driven decision making across the City, help departments with low-cost high-tech solutions, and promote City data use in the community. The City recognizes that a Data & Analytics program promotes civic engagement, improves service delivery, allows for more effective communication with the public, and increases opportunities for economic development. This Program is also intended to make the operation of City government more transparent, effective, and accountable to the public and to allow the public to help identify efficient solutions for government. The Program is currently led by the City’s Chief Data Officer (CDO).

The Position:

The Data Science & Analytics Program Coordinator will assist the CDO in implementing the City’s Data and Analytics Program.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Roles, responsibilities, and expectations for the Data Science & Analytics Coordinator include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Find, define, and describe use cases where a more effective use of data can present a significant change to or improvement of process;
  • Engage with stakeholders and subject matter experts in other departments to prototype data-enabled solutions;
  • Design and build software that is sustainable and scalable, while staying within the City’s technology guidelines;
  • Use Python or R along with knowledge of analytical and statistical techniques to target resource allocation, alerting and early warning use cases;
  • Work with universities and community institutions to build pipelines for talent to data analytics projects;
  • Communicate results and findings in a clear and concise manner, recommending next steps for implementation; and
  • Assist with other key initiatives led by the Performance & Analytics Department.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field;
  • A Master’s degree in a technology, government, or business-related field is preferred;
  • Strong understanding of modern technologies and methodologies, including, but not limited to the following:
  • Git source control
  • Agile and Lean methodologies and practices
  • GIS and mapping
  • Data analysis and visualization platforms such as Jupyter notebook and Mapbox
  • Data management and governance;
  • Strong knowledge of Python or R is required;
  • Knowledge of JavaScript is strongly preferred.
  • Strong quantitative analytical abilities, including a thorough understanding of common data analysis tools and techniques;
  • Desire and willingness to continuously learn new tools, technologies, and processes and share them with others;
  • Passion for finding problems and creatively using technology to solve them;
  • Excellent writing and communications skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills; and
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information to a variety of audiences, including elected officials, various levels of City staff, residents, and technology professionals.

Management Compensation and Benefits:

The successful candidate will be eligible for participation in the City’s Flexible Benefits Plan that offers several optional benefit plans or a taxable cash option; $50,000 in City-paid life insurance; paid annual leave accruing at 22 days per year for the 1st through the 15th year of service. For further information, please contact the Risk Management Department at (619) 236-6600. Retirement benefits differ for this unclassified position depending on the candidate’s eligible status (new hire, rehire, etc.). For further information, visit Risk Management, Employee Benefits at Some benefits currently offered to employees may be modified in the future.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following: Proof of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check. The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego.

Medical Evaluation:

A City medical examination including drug screening and documentation of medical history may be conducted following a conditional offer of employment or promotion. The individual must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. The City of San Diego is committed to a drug and alcohol free work place.

Selection Process:

To be considered for this position, please submit your: 1) current resume; 2) a letter of interest highlighting your relevant work experience and qualifications for this position; and 3) a list of three professional references via email to

Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.

If you have any questions, please email the City’s Human Resources Department at

The City of San Diego has an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in the workplace.

Opening Date/Time: Thu. 01/18/18 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 02/02/18 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Complete job description here.

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