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The City:

With more than 1.3 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 2016 operating budget of approximately $3.2 billion and employs over 10,000 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 Office of the Mayor and is responsible for supporting the improvement of City operations through long-term initiatives, including strategic planning, performance management, the San Diego Works efficiency and incentives program, Managed Competition, Open Data, and the coordination and development of a 311 customer service project. 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 new Open Data Program was launched in December 2014. The goal of the Program is to create a process for making City data available online using open standards. The City recognizes that making data available online in this manner will promote civic engagement, improve service delivery, allow for more effective communication with the public, and increase 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 assist in identifying efficient solutions for government. The Program is currently led by the City’s Chief Data Officer (CDO). As outlined in the Open Data Policy and implementation plan, the CDO is responsible for developing technical guidelines and policies, working with the public and City departments to identify and publish data sets on the data portal, and regularly providing updates to the public, Council members, and other stakeholders.

The Position:

The Open Data Program Coordinator will assist the CDO in implementing the City’s Open Data Program.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

Roles, responsibilities, and expectations for the Open Data Program Coordinator include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work with the public to identify high-value data sets and make them available in a way that maximizes the number of users and the number of applications;
  • Assist the CDO with continually updating and improving the technical guidelines;
  • Develop and provide training to data stewards and data users within the City;
  • Engage with other departments to prototype and execute data-related projects;
  • Serve as a liaison between City departments and the technical teams who manage the ETL processes for City data sets;
  • Collaborate with other public sector organizations to define best practices and lessons learned for similar projects; 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;
  • At least five years of relevant work experience;
  • Strong understanding of modern technologies and methodologies, including, but not limited to the following:
    • Git source control management;
    • Agile and Lean methodologies and practices;
    • APIs, web services, and overall structure of how the web works;
    • At least one of the following languages: Javascript, Python, Ruby;
    • Traditional and NoSQL database technologies (Postgres, MySQL, Hadoop, Mongo, etc);
    • Data analysis and visualization platforms and languages (D3, CartoDB, R, Excel, etc); and
    • Data management and governance;
  • Strong quantitative analytical abilities, including a thorough understanding of common data analysis tools and programs;
  • Desire and willingness to continuously learn new tools, technologies, and processes and share them with others;
  • Excellent writing and communications skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information in a simple, clear, and straightforward manner, including the use of graphs and tables, as needed;
  • Ability to communicate effectively to different audiences, including elected officials, various levels of City management, members of the public, and Information Technology professionals;
  • Ability to comprehend technical details and understand how they relate to and impact the “big picture”;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment with tight time constraints;
  • Interest in municipal activities and services and how they impact the community;
  • Highly ethical and objective with the ability to navigate in a political environment without being political;
  • Energetic and motivated with the ability and desire to take initiative; and
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service, fiscal responsibility, and innovation in government.

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 SDCERS’ website 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/or 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 contact the City’s Human Resources Department at (619) 236-6313.

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