Data Science Analyst (Office of Technology and Data Science)
About Urban Institute:
At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.
To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.
Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity
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Data scientists at the Urban Institute serve as the bridge between cutting-edge technology and evidence-based policymaking, and work closely with the research programming and DevOps technology teams within the Office of Technology and Data Science. The team works with researchers to improve access to data, analytics tools, and innovative research methods. They also use and advise on such tools as machine learning, natural language processing, web scraping, big data platforms, and data visualization techniques and their application to relevant public policy issues. They will contribute to research across Urban’s research centers, including our new body of work on Equitable Automated Systems in partnership with the Office of Race and Equity Research.
The Urban Institute’s Data Science team is hiring a Data Science Analyst to work with researchers across the Urban Institute and our change-maker partners to apply data science tools and techniques to generate new evidence, data, and analytic tools that inform public policy. The Data Science Analyst will bring their creativity and technical skill to help develop innovative research methods, compelling data features, and rigorous analyses that are used by policymakers and practitioners to make evidence-based policy and decisions across policy domains.
What You’ll Do:
Contribute to research that harnesses technology, data science, and statistical methods to answer practical social and economic policy topics.
Build, maintain, and modify systems and processes to collect, analyze, and combine multiple sources of data in novel ways.
Analyze data in R or Python programming languages.
Work with both technology and research staff.
Apply and implement research principles and goals into code.
Effectively communicate results to research and other Urban staff and contribute to papers, blogs, visualizations, and other dissemination materials.
Debug and solve programming problems.
Take initiative to suggest improvements or innovations to methods or processes.
Who You Are:
The successful candidate will have:
A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, with a concentration in Computer Science, Mathematics, Economics, Statistics, Actuarial Science, Public Policy, or related fields.
Up to 2 years of experience in a professional or academic environment with R or Python programming languages (code samples will be requested).
Experience with version control such as Git and GitHub preferred.
Ability to quickly learn new technical skills.
Experience in data analysis.
Interest in domestic economic and social policy issues. Interest in equitable AI is a plus.
Proven ability to consistently manage and prioritize multiple tasks, projects, and relationships.
Willingness to learn and adapt to changes in work assignments, deadlines, and team environment.
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize.
Ability to communicate clearly to both technical and non-technical staff.
Ability to communicate respectfully with individuals of differing backgrounds and experience.
Experience applying data science methods and tools preferred but not required. Examples include text analysis, big data platforms, machine learning, web scraping, or cloud computing technology.
What You’ll Experience:
No matter your role with Urban, you will contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference for people and communities across the country. And whether you call the Washington, DC area or elsewhere home, you can expect to be part of a welcoming and hybrid workplace. We are committed to cultivating a community and working in a manner defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity.
Urban’s greatest asset is our people.
The target salary range for this position is Min $57,800, Mid $68,443, Max $79,086. Salary offered is commensurate with experience and considers internal equity. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Salaries are just one component of Urban Institute’s total compensation package.
Urban is committed to supporting our staff’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being through a robust benefits package for yourself, eligible dependents, and domestic partners. It includes generous paid time off, including nine federal holidays, medical (including prescription), dental and vision insurance, and transit benefits. Urban is unique in that we offer 403(b) retirement plan participation immediately after you’re hired and a generous employer contribution after six months of service and 500 hours, with immediate vesting. You’ll also have access to a health advocate, personal finance coaching, an Employee Assistance Program, and educational assistance for undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
The Urban Institute has formally recognized the Urban Institute Employees’ Union, which is part of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). Urban management and the Union work together in good faith and are motivated by a shared commitment to this institution. This position is included in the Union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms and conditions are subject to collective bargaining negotiations.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned. This posting is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Urban management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.
The Urban Institute is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy or family responsibilities, matriculation, disability, political affiliation, or any other protected status under applicable law.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.