The Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

Community Data Fellowship

Employment type
Full Time
2 months ago
Los Angeles

The Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti is seeking a passionate and creative Community Coordinator to manage data literacy and civic engagement initiatives that empower residents, advocates, researchers, journalists, and data enthusiasts to leverage city data to create meaningful community change in Los Angeles.

The Community Coordinator is a full-time, grant-funded position available for three years and will work in close collaboration with California State University, Los Angeles and Community Partners.


About the team

The Mayor’s Data Team¨ within the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation, implements Mayor Garcetti’s data strategy for the City of Los Angeles. We work with city departments, the civic tech community, sister cities, private partners, and academics to develop insights and digital tools that make the City more livable and equitable for all Angelenos.


About the role

The Community Coordinator is responsible for managing data partnerships with academia, civic tech, nonprofits, and other community groups to accelerate the use of city data to drive community action. This is a unique role that sits at the nexus of community engagement, education, data science, and program development. The Community Coordinator will lead the Mayor’s Data Team’s data literacy initiative to train students and nonprofits to leverage open data for advocacy. The Community Coordinator will incorporate existing curriculum from the City’s Open Data Community Training program to expand the use of data among non-traditional users. The Community Coordinator will also manage the Data Angels program, a pro-bono technical support initiative.


The Community Coordinator reports to the Chief Data Officer and will:

● Develop a new academic curriculum on how to use the Open Data Portal and the GeoHub

● Train students using the curriculum and compile training materials for replication by other teaching fellows

● Coordinate the Data Angels volunteers to increase opportunities for civic engagement through short-term data sprints

● Coordinate open data events including trainings, data days, workshops, and hackathons



September 2018

The ideal candidate is passionate using data to inform decision-making and improve the quality of life in Los Angeles for all residents. The ideal candidate thrives in a high-energy environment where complex problem solving and collaboration are key to successful project delivery.


Personal Skills

● Excellent oral and written communication skills

● Investigative ability and intellectual curiosity

● Ability to learn and embrace new technologies

● Ability to work independently or part of team

● Comfort with risk and frequent change

● Well-versed in the principles of open data and civic engagement

● Solid understanding of government processes and practices, including but not limited to legislative process, contracting and procurement, and budget


Technical/Knowledge Skills

● Experience in teaching data skills including GIS and data analysis in academic setting

● Knowledge and experience working with various technologies including, but not limited to the following is a plus:

○ Knowledge of ESRI suite of GIS solutions including ArcGIS Desktop suite of software and ArcGIS Online

○ Tableau Server

○ Open Data Portals: Socrata, CKAN, etc.

● Ability to coordinate with multiple partner organizations and deliver clear results

● Great communicator and presenter

● Strong quantitative analysis skills



Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, statistics, geography, information sciences, public policy or related field, though advanced degree is preferred. Current doctoral students with related areas of study who have advanced, and are able to commit to a full time schedule, are encouraged to apply.



The fellowship is $75,000 for the year, without additional benefits in the first year.

Start Date


To apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Sari Ladin-Sienne at:


This is an exempt, at-will position. The individual appointed to this position will not accrue any civil service tenure, contractual employment rights, or due process rights. The incumbent may be removed, without any finding of cause, by the hiring authority.