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Data Science Analyst (Office of Data and Technology)

Urban Institute

Urban Institute

IT, Data Science
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2024

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.

Our Mission

To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

Our Values

Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity

For more information on the Urban Institute, please visit https://www.urban.org.

The Opportunity:

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 will contribute to research across Urban’s research centers, including our growing body of work on data privacy that aims to expand access to data safely. 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.

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 on data privacy initiatives. The Data Science Analyst will apply data science tools and techniques to generate new evidence, data, and analytic tools that inform public policy and safely expand access to administrative data. The Data Science Analyst will bring their creativity and technical skills to help develop innovative research methods, compelling data features, and rigorous analyses used by policymakers and practitioners to make evidence-based policies and decisions across policy domains.

What You’ll Do:

  • Contribute to research that harnesses technology, data science, and statistical methods (e.g., data imputation, synthetic data generation, and formal privacy) 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 Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, Actuarial Science, or related fields

  • Experience with linear algebra, statistical methods like linear regression, and predictive modeling

  • 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

  • Experience in data analysis

  • Ability to quickly learn new technical skills. Experience with statistical data privacy methods is not required, but candidates should bring a strong statistical and/or mathematical background and demonstrated ability to effectively learn new statistical methods

  • Interest in domestic economic and social policy issues. Interest in statistical data privacy 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 with both technical and non-technical staff

  • Ability to communicate respectfully with individuals of differing backgrounds and experience

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.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you have a physical and/or mental disability and are interested in applying for employment and need special accommodations to use our website to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources at urbancareers@urban.org Reasonable accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.