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NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: April 1, 2021
RESUME AND LETTER OF INTEREST REQUESTED BY: 05/03/2021 POSITION WILLR EMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Police Department
Job Title: Traffic/Crime Analyst I
Job Code: # M309-701
Civil Service Position: Subject to Civil Service rules and regulations
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per work week

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The primary role of the traffic and crime analyst will be to support the Department and the City in efforts to reduce crashes and improve traffic safety, particularly under the umbrella of the City's Vision Zero initiative. The Analyst will conduct statistical and GIS analyses of various traffic-related data to identify patterns, develop traffic safety improvement strategies, evaluate efficacy of safety improvement interventions, and communicate with stakeholders and the public.

This position requires a technical understanding of relational databases, data models, statistical methods, research methods, and geographic information systems - as well as the ability to synthesize and visualize complex information and communicate findings and recommendations to various audiences. A clear understanding of Vision Zero, multi-modal transportation, and impacts of traffic safety on people walking, riding bikes, taking transit, and driving cars is required. The analyst will also support crime analysis using techniques such as Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS).

Work is conducted under the general supervision of the crime analysis supervisor with a substantial expectation of independent initiative and judgment.  Duties may include but not are limited to the following:

  • Leverage and use data analysis to support decision-making with the Department and across the City and to assist in development of targeted interventions and improvements.
  • Collect, analyze, visualize, and interpret traffic, crash, and enforcement data and statistics, including identification of hotspots and trends. Tools include computer databases, electronic spreadsheets, desktop publishing, word processing, and statistical/programming software such as R.
  • Develop, analyze, and manipulate Geographic Information Systems and related databases. Use GIS data and software to develop high-quality mapping visualizations.
  • Identify additional sources for traffic and crash data and new applications for new/existing data.
  • Provide data analysis and results evaluation support for Vision Zero and other traffic safety initiatives.
  • Provide detailed analysis/investigation in response to serious incidents or identified trends.
  • Conduct comprehensive research projects, including assisting with program evaluation studies, resource allocation and beat reconfiguration studies, and other administrative programs.
  • Respond to traffic data requests from citizens, businesses, and other law enforcement agencies
  • Work with other departments to provide data for and input on traffic studies, development reviews, and roadway and intersection design.
  • Attend regular coordination meetings with Traffic & Parking, Community Development, and other partner departments.
  • Provide support for open data initiatives.
  • Participate in industry groups and organizations in order to stay current on best practices and share Cambridge outcomes.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with major coursework in Geographic Information Systems, Statistics, Research Methods, Program Evaluation, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Police Administration or related field or an Associate degree in the above fields and one (1) year of work experience in an analytical job.  Some experience in statistical research and working knowledge of MSOffice applications is essential.  Demonstrated proficiency with ArcGIS is required.  Knowledge and experience with DDACTS preferred.  Other preferred qualifications include: college level coursework in data modeling; analytical experience in a police or criminal justice agency; experience developing relational databases; writing SQL queries; data-mining; and using statistical methods and software such as R, STATA, or MATLAB are strongly desired.  Must possess strong communication skills, verbal and written.  Because of the sensitive nature of the information handled, a successful background investigation is required.  A proficiency test to demonstrate basic knowledge of certain applicable software systems may be administered. The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse.  Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Ability to access input and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to answer phones, maintain multiple files and be able to lift a minimum of at least 10 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Standard office environment. Fluorescent lighting, carpeted floors, and air conditioning. Moderate noise level.

RATE: $48,780-$59,808 annually + excellent benefits

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to employment@cambridgema.gov  or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resume and letter of interest requested by 05/03/21.  Position will remain open until filled.

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. THE CITY IS COMMITTED TO ADVANCING A WORKFORCE CULTURE OF ANTIRACISM, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION.

CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ESPECIALLY ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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