Posting: City of Detroit Recreation Department Summer Food Service Program - Data Specialist

May 6, 2019

Time Frame: June 3, 2019 to August 23, 2019. Work hours can be scheduled between the hours of 8:00am until 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Location:       Butzel Family Recreation Center 7737

Kercheval St.

Detroit, MI 48214

Hours: 30 hours per week

Rate of Pay: $15.00 per hour

Job Description: The City of Detroit Parks and Recreation Department (DPRD) is a sponsor for the Meet Up Eat Up Summer food Program (SFSP). The DPRD has an opening for a Data Specialist to support the 2019 SFSP. This opportunity will allow staff to acquire experience with an urban food service program. The Data Specialist will deepen their understanding of program development and federal grant compliance across the duration of the program.


2 years of research experience, program evaluation skills, and experience using Microsoft Excel.

Scope of Work:

The SFSP requires data collection, program analysis, and program monitoring to maintain grant compliance. The Data Specialist will be asked to:

 Support the program coordinator with data capture and entry

 Record data presented by program monitors

 Conduct research on best practices for overall improvements to the meal service program

 Analyze the effectiveness of mobile sites

 Analyze data patterns, issues, concerns of SFSP

 Prepare documentation for annual SFSP audit

 Monitor program compliance documentation

 Aid senior staff with planning process for future program years

 Design and implement parent survey, identifying barriers to program access

 Analyze and report out on survey findings

 Conduct two community meetings with parents to better understand how the program can more effectively and efficiently address food insecurity among children in the summer months


 2 years of research experience and/or program evaluation

 BA/BS in political science, sociology, urban planning or other related field

 Experience with survey development and data analysis

 Experience in conducting and reporting out on community engagement sessions

 Excellent written and verbal communication skills

 Basic knowledge of statistics

 Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel/Google sheets, SPSS or STATA

To Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter describing your interest in this position and a writing sample highlighting a research project you completed to the City of Detroit Food Service Coordinator:

Jamie Jackson

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