Recruitment #2305-6388-001


The Tucson Police Department seeks an applied policy researcher to serve as Lead Analyst in its Analysis Division. The Lead Analyst role is designed for individuals with advanced and formal research skills including quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, theoretical backgrounds, and other sophisticated tool kits. As a Lead Analyst, you will have opportunity and autonomy to challenge long-held assumptions of policing and conduct peer-reviewed research to create and guide national best practices.

The Lead Analyst will help improve decision-making in the Department through the discovery and application of emerging research, rigorous examination of data, and the management of both ad hoc and established analytical teams. The successful candidate for the Tucson Police Department's Lead Analyst will bring to bear their experience, expertise, and creativity to help lead the agency toward setting new standards of effective research and data analysis.

Established in 1871, the Tucson Police Department is dedicated to providing professional service to, and in partnership with, nearly one million Tucson metropolitan area community members. The Tucson Police Department enjoys a close collaborative relationship with our community and proudly incorporates community members on review boards, steering committees, and our basic and advanced training academies.

Surrounded by five mountain ranges, Tucson's 220-plus square miles boast the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and an unsurpassed climate of more than 350 sunny days a year –– yet is just a short drive from the cool sub-alpine meadows on Mount Lemmon. Tucson is home to world-class outdoor recreation, a vibrant, growing city center, renowned museums, and the University of Arizona.

General Description

Performs advanced research and analyses to identify issues and develop solutions. This position is responsible for reporting the findings and providing suggestions for improvement in a clear and concise manner.

The class performs related duties as required.

Essential Functions

Conducts advanced data analyses, including integration of quantitative, qualitative, and spatial methodologies.

Manages statistical projects and ensures projects are planned effectively and standards are met; provides analysis of findings and recommendations.

Implements and oversees research methods, including problem statements, background research, and methodological design.

Supports data-integration models and the Department's vision by collecting and analyzing data in a timely and accurate basis; provides detailed trend analysis reports regarding findings.

Strategically develops analytical resources to assist the Department's policing and investigative activities. 

Researches and performs advanced analytical work on large-N data sets.

Develops and implements new approaches and methodologies from peer reviewed literature and other technical reports.

Manages and implements strategies regarding criminal trends, crime analysis principles, methods and functions. 

Evaluates opportunities to improve data integrity in order to enhance data driven approaches; presents findings in leadership. 

Conducts resource allocation studies; conducts analysis of policing strategies and provides recommendations; develops, initiates and completes comprehensive surveys, research projects, and program evaluation studies.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least three (3) years of experience in applied social science research.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications, as well as:
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following statistical software packages: R, Stata, Python, SAS, etc
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and the ability to convey technical concepts to diverse stakeholders
  • Experience developing, collaborating, and implementing programs with partner organizations
  • Flexibility to work as part of a team or independently depending on organizational needs
  • A commitment to mentor Analysts and co-workers with less experience or formal training
  • A strong sense of curiosity and a desire to solve problems

Master's degree or PhD is preferred

Selection Plan

All applicants are required to upload a resume to their online application or email it to TPD_HR@tucsonaz.gov prior to the closing date of the job posting.  Resumes will be reviewed and scored. Please ensure your application contains the required resume prior to submission. 

Applications received without a resume will be considered incomplete and will not receive further consideration.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions, as well as their resume.

The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an oral board interview.

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held June 8 & 9, 2023 
  • Location: TPD Headquarters, 270 S Stone Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701 

Upon completion of the examination process, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on a Civil Service Eligibility List. An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service Eligibility List will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:  

  • 10% - education and work experience
  • 10% - resume review
  • 80% - oral board interview

The Civil Service Eligibility List may be used by the department with an approved vacancy to fill in the next six months. Selection will be made in accordance with Civil Service Rule III, Section 2. The list of employees eligible for consideration will remain in effect for six months after their names are provided to the hiring authorities. Examination results and current status will be communicated by email.

The highest scoring candidates placed on the Civil Service Eligibility List may be invited to participate in a selection interview. Date, time, and location will be provided at a later time.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Eligibility List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in your Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to TPD_HR@tucsonaz.gov. Copies of DD 214s must reflect a characterization of service.

Applicants requiring an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for any of the applicant examinations must email TPD_HR@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the examination.

Candidates placed on the Civil Service Eligibility List who receive a contingent job offer must successfully pass the following:

  • An extensive background investigation, including local, state and national criminal and fingerprint checks    
  • Motor Vehicle History Review


You are highly encouraged to print and save this bulletin as a PDF because it contains important testing dates and information that you will need to refer to later.  It will not be available after the closing date.

Communications throughout this process will be sent exclusively via email so please ensure your browser accepts emails from jobs@tucsonaz.gov and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.

All inquiries should be directed to the individuals listed below:

Carolyn Cruse, 520-837-7755 or email: carolyn.cruse@tucsonaz.gov

Jennifer Urbina, 520-837-7762 or email: jennifer.urbina@tucsonaz.gov

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.

Driving Requirements

The following information pertains to driving requirements for this classification with the City of Tucson. Under "Driving Level" None, Secondary or Primary, refers to the driving responsibility as it relates to the essential functions of the classification. License Type, is just that, the type of Arizona Driving License required for the classification. If the position requires a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), the endorsements will be listed under "Endorsements." Under Safety Sensitive a "Yes" means employees with this classification are subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. License Type A,B,C,D,or M may require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive a City vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage. Exceptions to classification driving requirement's may exist based on position.

Driving Level: Incidental

License Type: Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver

CDL Endorsements: None

Safety Sensitive: No