Under Mayor Ben Walsh, the City of Syracuse's vision is to be "a growing city that embraces diversity and creates opportunity for all. With a population of about 145,000 and located in Central New York, the city is big enough to feel like a city, but small enough to prototype new solutions with big impact. 

The City of Syracuse’s Office of Accountability, Performance, and Innovation (API) strives to help the city make data-informed decisions by helping departments access the data they need, building dashboards to show progress toward goals, taking on advanced analytics projects, and publishing data publicly to better engage residents. In the past several years, the City of Syracuse has launched an open data portal – DataCuse, hosted multiple hackathons, worked to predict water main breaks, and more. This position would report to the City's Chief Data Officer and would work alongside a team of six. 

Some of the work this team has completed is detailed here:

Reporting to the Chief Data Officer, the Data Analyst will work to formalize the process for releasing data to the public, build dashboards that track progress toward city-wide performance metrics, and assist on other data and analytics projects. The Data Analyst will be expected to develop good relationships with key personnel while providing and communicating in a confidential capacity regarding program performance.

Skills and responsibilities

  • Create a formalized process for identifying and getting approval for datasets to be released to the public
  • Automate the upload of data to the open data portal
  • Engage with local organizations, universities, and other groups to encourage the use of open data – this may include planning or partnering on open data events
  • Assist in the acquisition of data and design of dashboards that show progress toward performance metrics set by the Mayor
  • Participate in other discrete data projects as assigned


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Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field
  • Proficiency with software programs like R and Python that aid in statistical analysis and graphical presentation of data
  • Ability to learn and use geographical information systems to analyze data
  • Ability to clean, analyze, and interpret data from disparate data sets
  • Ability to manage projects that involve multiple stakeholders, constituencies, and/or agencies
  • Experience in conducting process improvement analyses and recommending changes that save time and money
  • Ability to thoughtfully communicate with team leaders and relevant stakeholders
  • Familiarity with the field of open data