Planning & Research Analyst - Human Services Worker I- Housing and Community Development
Howard County Government - Columbia, MD

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POSITION SUMMARY:

Performs a variety of research and planning functions within the department under the direction of the Director and/or Deputy Director, involving the collection and analysis of data regarding housing and community development policy and programs. The scope of such activity may include but not be limited to federal, state and local housing finance programs, rental housing assistance programs, inclusionary zoning, land use policies, foreclosure prevention, community revitalization and homeownership programs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
• Works with public data sources from a wide range of Federal, State and Local data providers, including the U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the State of Maryland, as well as private data providers to extensively analyze social, economic, and demographic conditions.
• Prepares charts and tables, maps, memoranda, and write sections of reports.
• Conducts field research through interviews, surveys, focus groups, and literature reviews.
• Effectively uses queries and custom processes to extract data for analysis from a variety of databases.
• Analyzes data and generates research summaries, reports, analysis for the department or partnering organizations as required by the Director and/or Deputy Director.
• Determines information needs and desired analysis by interviewing those requesting data collection and reporting.
• Provides technical assistance to divisions within the department in support of the preparation of annual reports, documents, grant applications and community planning documents.
• Performs ad hoc analysis for program outcomes and assessment.
• Presents solutions and makes recommendations based upon analysis and documented findings.
• Incumbent reports to the Director and/or Deputy Director.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

Associate's degree and a minimum of 1 year experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

PREFERRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:
A degree in economics, public policy, planning, or a related discipline and two to three years relevant experience is preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to read, comprehend and analyze technical documents.
• Demonstrated knowledge of spreadsheet formulas. Ability to perform mathematical computations and to write and analyze reports.
• Proven ability to research, analyze, write and verbally communicate information in a clear, logical and concise manner.
• Ability to work independently with broad guidance and to carry out continuing assignments requiring the organization of material and the preparation of reports.
• Working knowledge of current office equipment and computer programs, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Access.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, consultants, contractors, community organizations, government officials and to communicate effectively with people from a broad range of backgrounds.
LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedures manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Public speaking experience is desirable.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.

REASONING ABILITY:

Ability to solve practical problems and handle a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATIONS:

Maryland Class C driver's license, or equivalent issued by state of residence.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Employee must be willing to work some evenings and Saturdays to coordinate and present educational events and classes throughout the year.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is generally quiet.

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