The Chief Data Scientist at the Center for Government Excellence (JHU REQ) is core to the implementation of advanced analytics projects in select What Works Cities and across GovEx's portfolio. The Chief Data Scientist plays a central role in the Center's technological and analytical infrastructure, maintaining the capabilities necessary for GovEx to mine insights from large and diverse volumes of municipal data.
Specifically, for What Works Cities, the Chief Data Scientist leads the execution of advanced analytics projects in cities. This includes project management of a team of skilled analysts who are all leveraging modern data science tools and appropriate techniques to help select cities solve problems that matter to leaders and residents. GovEx's Chief Data Scientist also assists in providing technical assistance to select cities who need low-touch support to advance their own analytical capabilities. In addition, the Chief Data Scientist publishes content about innovative solutions to pressing municipal problems, develops high-impact resources and training materials to support the advanced data analytics practices in cities around the world.
This position reports to the GovEx Director of Data Practices.
Specific responsibilities for the Chief Data Scientist include:
Build and maintain a project pipeline for advanced analytics projects in municipalities and scope viable projects for optimal success
Lead and conduct complex analytics projects using municipal data and advanced quantitative methods in mathematics, statistics, machine learning, and computer science to answer specific questions
Provide insights that solve complex problems in a fast paced, collaborative and iterative analytical environment while securely and ethically using data to generate those solutions.
Collaborate with all data science resources at Johns Hopkins University, and other key partners, to execute projects and shape the future of data science practices at GovEx and beyond
Provide coaching and training for GovEx staff and client municipalities
Provide research and analytical support to the Center's Directors and city service teams
Develop a repository of best practices and identify new trends in the use of data science by governments
Help develop curricula for GovEx's academic offerings
Create leading-edge resources, including playbooks, guides, blog posts, videos, etc, governments can use to advance their data science practices
Perform routine administrative functions as needed, including scheduling and document management
GovEx's Chief Data Scientist is an energetic, engaged professional with outstanding computer science skills. Qualifications include:
Bachelors degree in a related field required with 5 years of related experience.
A graduate degree (preferably in a field that requires an understanding of mathematics, statistics, computer science or engineering) and/or at least seven years of experience leading data analytics projects for diverse clients is preferred
A thorough understanding of the types of challenges municipal governments typically face, either through direct experience working in government or in organizations that collaborate closely with governments
An expert understanding of quantitative research methods
Hands-on experience with Amazon Web Services
Familiarity with statistical software packages like STATA, SAS, SPSS and/or R
Strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel
Strong programming proficiency in Ability to create data visualizations in D3.js, RStudio and/or Tableau
Familiarity with Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) such as ArcGIS, QGIS, PostGIS, or Carto
Ability to work with, and understand, complex datasets - including protocols for optimizing data hygiene and working with sensitive data
Ability to review the work of others for accuracy, credibility and value
A commitment to a collegial workplace
Ability to work independently and in a results-oriented workplace
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