Public Safety Strategic Planning and Data Analysis Coordinator

City of Mesa
January 12, 2022
Job Type


Salary:  $72,736.63 - $107,640.00 Annually

Application period:  2/14/2022 - 1/27/2022


The current vacancy is in the Police Department Assignment; however, this recruitment will be used to establish an Eligible List, which may be used to fill future vacancies in other assignment areas.

The Public Safety Strategic Planning and Data Analysis Coordinator coordinates efforts in strategic planning and data collection/analysis for either the Mesa Fire and Medical Department or the Mesa Police Department.  The position performs complex data mining, and designs/manages analytical models to facilitate departmental strategic planning and related functions such as performance measurements and reporting open data, accreditation, ratings, administrative functions scheduling, and/or deployment models and any other programs or divisions within the respective department that involve detailed data analytics.  This position may supervise professional and paraprofessional classes involved in planning and data collection/analysis or related functions.  This class performs related duties as required.

Analytical Modeling:  Builds/utilizes analytical models with data from existing operational and financial databases, field observations, interviews/discussions, and business processes to provide actionable insights and decision support to help management solve problems and answer complex questions framing data analysis in a comprehensive manner to provide solutions to strategic questions; builds integrated operational and financial models that are able to provide consistent, instant, and accurate answers to multiple management questions, and are able to track processes and process improvement over long periods of time, and  predicts multiple variables; and provides sound perspective on modeling approaches, techniques, and tools used in resolving business problems.

Data Mining and Analysis:  Uses SPSS, SQL, Microsoft Excel, and other analytical tools to gather, clean, and package extensive data files; applies advanced analytical, statistical, longitudinal, and/or optimization methods related to project work; acquires, cleans, integrates, analyzes, and interprets disparate datasets using a variety of geospatial and statistical data analysis; identifies data sources; and chooses and uses appropriate techniques and software tools to answer questions.

Project Management:  Assists in coordinating resources, personnel, activities, value-at-risk assessments, and priorities within multiple, simultaneous projects; identifies and negotiates schedules, milestones, and resources required to meet project objectives; communicates with multiple stakeholders including internal and external staff, contractors, vendors, suppliers, management, and public officials to successfully complete projects; reviews and coordinates acquisition and organization of data; and provides transparent and inclusive information to all involved stakeholders.

Technical Assistance:  Helps develop the analytical literacy/skillset of department personnel; and assists other divisions/programs with short- to medium-term data analytic needs by developing an understanding of the overall management objectives, identifying data/information gaps, and developing user-friendly analytical solutions (example:  queries, reports, dashboards, pivot tables, etc.), and processes to close those gaps.

Work requires considerable independent judgement and initiative in combining a broad scope of knowledge and professional and sophisticated analytical judgements regarding organizational effectiveness to address a variety of complex Department-wide issues.  Incumbents are required to carry out assignments without detailed instruction or guidance.  This position is expected to have considerable expertise in examining and evaluating program results and operational efficiency, and in applying and promoting a data-driven decision-making model that will improve Department operations and outcomes for Mesa residents and visitors.  This position reports to the Assistant Chief or Deputy Chief.  This class is FLSA exempt-administrative.

Please refer to the link below for the full job description and additional information regarding assignments, preferred qualifications, and essential functions.

Qualifications & Requirements:

Employee Values:  All employees of the City of Mesa are expected to uphold and exhibit the City's shared employee values of Knowledge, Respect, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications Required.  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Organizational Development, Management Science, Data Science, Statistics, or closely related field.   Extensive (5+ years) full-time professional work experience in strategic planning, data analysis, performance measurement/program evaluation, or management consulting/auditing, which involved extensive use of statistical, analytical software for decision-making purposes (example:  ArcGIS, SQL tools, Microsoft Excel and Access, or other comparable statistics programs).

Special Requirement.  Because of the confidential, sensitive nature of information handled, successful completion of a background investigation and polygraph is required. (Police Department Assignment).

Substance Abuse Testing.  Due to the safety and/or security sensitive nature of the assignment, individuals shall be subject to pre-employment or pre-placement alcohol, drug, and/or controlled substance testing as outlined in City policy and procedures (Police Department Assignment).

Preferred/Desirable Qualifications.  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Organizational Development, Management Science, Data Science, Statistics, or closely related field.  Good (1 – 3 years) supervisory experience.  Extensive (5+ years) full-time professional project/program/change management experience.  Certified Public Manager, Certified Government Performance Manager, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Quality Manager (CQM), Lean Six Sigma, Balanced Scorecard certification.  Law Enforcement Planner Certification is preferred (Police Department Assignment).


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