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DATA SCIENTIST

  • 514139
  • PHOENIX
  • REMOTE OPTIONS
  • OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
  • Full-time

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
OEO exists to consolidate and improve analytic capacity for the state with the goal of tracking Arizona's key economic indicators.

Date Scientist

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

Job Location:

Address:  100 N. 7TH AVE PHOENIX, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $85,000 - $100,000 

Grade: 29

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

REMOTE WORK OPTIONS: This position will perform all work remotely from home and is required to attend in-person meetings in the agency’s Phoenix office when necessary.

Job Summary:

The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) is looking for an experienced data scientist to conduct and facilitate research using OEO’s newly built integrated data system (IDS), which links state-collected administrative data across education and workforce programs for longitudinal studies. The IDS is part of a broader effort to improve the state's statistical capacity to research demographic, economic and other issues. With the IDS established, OEO is actively expanding its use and operations with additional data and staff.

This role requires two skill sets: The ability to devise and carry out a research agenda that helps Arizona better understand how well its education and workforce systems serve the state’s residents, and the ability to develop and manage data processes to ensure both data security and accessibility. As the first person in this role in a nascent program, the candidate must be comfortable playing a significant role developing operating procedures and leading many of those development efforts. The candidate is expected to work collaboratively with IDS’s partner agencies and external researchers as well as independently without a lot of direction.

**Cover letter is required to be submitted with an application in order to be considered.**

Job Duties:

MANAGING DATA ACCESS REQUESTS FROM IDS’S PARTNER AGENCIES AND EXTERNAL RESEARCHERS:

• Assist in the successful development of research proposals of interest to IDS’s partner agencies and external researchers by conducting exploratory data analysis to refine such proposals.

• Assist OEO staff and IDS’s partner agencies in the development and execution of procedures to respond to data access requests, secure approval for such requests and manage the technical support for the duration of the approved research.

• Develop and implement disclosure limitation methodologies for data releases.

• Work with the IDS technical team to profile data, assess data quality, and manage a range of other data governance responsibilities.

ESTABLISHING AND CARRYING OUT A RESEARCH AGENDA THAT FULFILLS THE NEEDS OF THE STATE:

• Define a research agenda (and update it, as necessary) by working with a governance committee.

• Develop project proposals of interest to OEO that fit within that defined research agenda.

• Conduct research as principal investigator for approved OEO projects.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Ph.D. in mathematics, economics, demography, sociology, or another relevant social science field
• 3+ years of experience using large datasets for analysis: developing and implementing techniques/applications to transform large sets of raw data into meaningful information using data-oriented programming languages and statistical software; extracting and analyzing information from large datasets; interpreting and reporting data findings.
• Familiarity with social science research methodology
• Knowledge of advanced mathematics and statistics
• Solid understanding of data mining
• Experience implementing privacy protection techniques for confidential microdata
• Proficiency in Python or R
• Familiarity with Jupyter notebook interface for interactive computing
• Fluency in SQL
• Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

Selective Preference(s):

• Familiarity with education and/or workforce data and research

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Ph.D. in mathematics, economics, demography, sociology, or another relevant social science field
• 3+ years of experience using large datasets for analysis: developing and implementing techniques/applications to transform large sets of raw data into meaningful information using data-oriented programming languages and statistical software; extracting and analyzing information from large datasets; interpreting and reporting data findings.
• This position requires the employee to acquire and maintain a Level 1 fingerprint clearance card as a condition of employment.

Benefits:

The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
• Sick leave
• Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
• Health and dental insurance
• Retirement plan
• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

Retirement:

• Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
• Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Nicole Baker at nicole.baker@azdoa.gov or 480-645-2005 for assistance.

ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)

All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.