Data Scientist

Long Beach
Sep 08, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Data Scientist

Salary: $88,134.00 - $120,083.00 annually
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Number: 18-017
Location: Long Beach, CA
Department: Inst Research/Acad Srvcs Dean
Closing: 9/26/2017 4:00 PM Pacific


Organizes, designs, manages, and conducts comprehensive research processes, program sequences, and studies. Designs and conducts advanced analysis and validation from various unique sources, and other sequenced research steps using accepted-to-novel study designs and testing/research methodologies. Organizes and coordinates tests of research work and data provided by peers, verifies significance and quality of data, and prepares validation reports.

The Research Data Scientist is a first-line working manager in a career path for institutional research. The Research Data Scientist requires expansive knowledge of project and study design, research procedures, the ability to design, prototype, develop, and field predictive models, and coordinate program steps to meet standards and outcomes. The Research Data Scientist has key leadership in bringing together data science and work assignments of staff to improve information about student success.

The Research Data Scientist requires a master's degree, three years of experience at the equivalent to a Senior Research Analyst, and expanded ability to perform program or study design, and used advanced research, statistical, and survey methods and procedures. Senior Research Analysts are capable of, and will generally administer research or data management projects.

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.
  1. Manages and conducts broadly defined institutional research projects and studies. Designs advanced research methodologies for projects including but not limited to, course/academic outcomes validity, reliability and accuracy of placement examinations, basic skills interventions, SEP adherence, and tracking of college Strategic Plan metrics.
  2. Establishes and implements research standards used by subordinate staff wo are collecting, converting, and studying data relationships.
  3. Leads predictive analytic strategies to identify new leading indicators for student learning and success. Develops an understanding of opportunities, constraints, and problems from stakeholders' and constructs and executes analytics work plans.
  4. Identifies and manages compilation of internal and external data sources to build predictive modeling capability, concentrating in education research studies such as curricula, positive enrollment, student retention, matriculation, staffing patterns and ratios, community and student demographics, and instructional characteristics.
  5. Creates study and evaluation designs to measure project outcomes to established goals and hypotheses. Sets up tests designs and methodologies to confirm research results and data analyzed and documented by others.
  6. Designs and develops systems and data collection tools and measurement instruments and procedures including tests, surveys, rating scales, observation recordings, and structured interview worksheets. Trains and provides technical support to faculty and staff on data collection and recording methods.
  7. Leads discussions with faculty, administrators, and other stakeholders about predictive findings to identify new leading indicators for measuring student learning and success. Working with others within a climate of reflective practice, identifies key indicators that encourage evidence-based decision making.
  8. Writes research reports containing descriptive, analytical, and evaluative content. Describes, organizes, analyzes, and presents academic assessment data and evaluations using descriptive inferential statistics and deductive and inductive reasoning.
  9. Conducts research of best and evident-based practices used in education and related industries. Researches and analyzes external report findings, trends in education, community characteristics, and translates implications to current work.
  10. Consults with, and may coordinate viability studies for developing outcomes supporting grants and other funding. Researches and develops strategies and proposals to access funding for programs and initiatives.
  11. Initiates and coordinates surveys of school districts to gather academic, demographic, and other institutional information for use in analytics for both the District and its Colleges. Participates in preparing survey summaries and other documentation.
  12. Sets up 'evaluation' routines to assess work-in-progress and outcomes of grant funded and other programs and projects. Prepares and reviews reports with project leaders.
  13. Develops and maintains collaborative partnerships/working relationships with academic divisions and administrative units to design forward thinking research and evaluation methods to continuously improve teaching and learning and support services.
  14. Stays up-to-date with leading research practices by attending and presenting at regional and state-level agencies and forums that are advancing the role of education research.
  15. Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.

Knowledge of:
  1. Advanced professional specialization in the theories, principles, and practices associated with advanced academic and demographic research planning, survey and design methodologies, and study/program evaluation.
  2. Data gathering and univariate, multivariate, descriptive and inferential statistical methods and non-parametric statistics used in educational research.
  3. Data warehouse structures and relationships which support data entry, retrieval, and conversion techniques.
  4. Project management structures used and methods for sequencing studies and preparing research reports.
  5. Educational environment, of vertical subject matter articulation, evidence-based curriculum, and blended instruction practices.
  6. Advanced skills using office productivity applications such as spreadsheets, statistical and simulation applications, and presentation graphics.
  7. Well-developed and correct language and writing skill to read, and understand professional literature, research, and research instructions.
  8. Advanced math skills to direct and conduct tests and analyze statistical data using descriptive and inferential methods.
  9. Well-developed human relations skills to convey technical concepts and consult with internal contacts for purposes of managing projects, conducting interviews, facilitating focus groups, and preparing formal presentations to a wide range of audiences.
Ability to:
  1. Perform the functions of the position, including planning, and supervision of research, testing, and reporting.
  2. Define problems, develop hypotheses, sequence and adapt study processes, and conduct a complex array of tests using advanced and original research methodologies.
  3. Analyze and interpret analyze and interpret academic, demographic, and environmental data and statistical methods and conclusions.
  4. Direct the work or actively lead and provide technical guidance to Associates and educators.
  5. Work collaboratively, follow logical progressions of research, testing, and reporting and to think logically, creatively, and in abstract terms.
  6. Employ critical thinking and evaluation techniques when testing significance of research-oriented data.
  7. Analyze and solve technical problems under time pressure.
  8. Read, interpret and apply complex technical information.
  9. Work collaboratively within and among internal and external program, project, and study teams.
  10. Plan and organize work to meet timelines and to prepare clear and comprehensive reports expected of this level.
Education, Training and Experience:The position requires a Master's Degree in a research-oriented discipline such as math and statistics, psychology, marketing, or equivalent discipline and three years of experience in a novel research, research design or analysis emphasizing predictive modeling. Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:May require a valid driver's license.

Additional Information
The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk or hear, both in person and by telephone, use hands to handle and feel computers and standards business equipment, and reach with hands and arms. Requires the ability to function indoors in an office environment engaged in work of a sedentary nature. Requires the ability to retrieve work materials within reach. Requires the near visual acuity to write and to read written materials and data appearing on computer screens. Requires arm-hand-finger dexterity to use a keyboard and pointing device for operating a computer. Requires the ability to use hearing and speech for personal and telephone conversations, hear sound prompts from equipment, and to facilitate discussions with small groups of team members.

Mental Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret complex data, information and documents; analyze and sole complex problems; use mathematical reasoning; perform highly detailed work under deadlines on multiple concurrent tasks, and interact with District administrators, management, faculty, staff, state and federal agencies and funding sources, representatives of other public agencies and others encountered in the course of work.

Work is typically performed indoors where minimal safety considerations exist and the noise level is usually quiet. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Long Beach Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the District's policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity and are not subject to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, gender, color, language, accent, citizenship status, ancestry national origin, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, transgender, parental status, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability or medical condition, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics.
Disability Accommodations
If you require accommodations in the Application or Examination Process, please notify the Human Resources Office at least two days prior to the closing date, by calling (562) 938-4372.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES:To be considered a candidate for this position, all materials required should be received in the Long Beach City College Office of Human Resources by the Closing Date. Incomplete application will not be considered and disqualified from further consideration.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all requested materials are received. All material included in the application packet become District property, will not be returned, and will not be copied.All information qualifying an applicant for the position must be included on the Long Beach City College application. Do not submit a resume with the application. Resumes will be removed from applications. A complete file consists of all of the following:
  1. Completed electronically signed Long Beach City College application electronic form.
  2. Copies of college transcripts showing college coursework and/or degrees. Unofficial copies are acceptable during the application process. Candidates not holding the education requirements for a position must attach a statement in lieu of transcripts requesting an evaluation of experience to meet the position requirements.

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Applications will be reviewed for eligibility. Only applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the examination process at their own expense.

The supplemental examination application is the first phase of the examination process. Please answer each questions thoroughly. They will be read and scored by Subject Matter Experts. You must pass all phases of the examination process to be placed on the eligibility list.

Supplemental Questions (Pass/Fail) Screening: Tentatively Scheduled for 10/06/17
Performance Examination/Qualifications Appraisal Interview (100%): Tentatively Scheduled for 10/13/17
(Qualified candidates will be notified in writing of the time and location)

The district contributes to medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and eligible dependents, and life insurance for the employee. Benefits also include 21 vacation days and 5 management leave days.
01 Please describe your experience creating predictive models to inform education practice/policy. Include what the models were designed to inform and you used the information.
02 Please describe your approach in creating a research agenda for the college.
03 Please explain how you would bridge research findings with action recommendations for the college. Indicate what audiences need to be engaged and how you would best communicate/work with those audiences. Please include how you approach making recommendations about research findings that are controversial or counter to stakeholders' perceptions.
04 Please describe your experience supervising, leading, directing, and evaluating staff. How would you handle an employee who is not meeting the demands of his/her position and what actions would you take to address the performance?

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