Career Opportunity

Developer/Statistician (Principal Consultant #1336)
1336
Springfield
IFSOE
Accountability
$52,618 - $67,204
$52,618 - $91,998
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
March 10, 2020
Open Until Filled

​Reporting to the Director, will conceptualize, design, conduct, and collaborate on complex statistical and other quantitative analyses as needed to annually generate and report school summative designations. Will support schools and districts in understanding their data, and develop reports and other data visualizations or tools to assist in data analyses. Will develop models and algorithms to evaluate the effectiveness of the system, or to show the impact of potential changes to indicators or scoring rules.  Will write and review business rules, address policy-related issues, projects and studies that assist Agency decision making. This includes theory, design, implementation, analysis, communication of results and other assignments required to comply with state and federal accountability requirements. 

  • ​Writes SQL code and/or performs computer statistical analysis of large complex data sets and databases using both the data warehouse and using statistical packages (SAS Enterprise, Microsoft Power BI, Tableau, or other software or statistical packages as needed by industry standard).
  • Oversees and advises on the design of data collections related to the accountability system. 
  • Applies complex statistical methods for analysis. 
  • Sets standards for analysis protocols and procedures in collaboration with the Director, as well as collaboratively with staff and stakeholders.
  • Contributes to the technical analysis and evaluation of assessment data quality and results, and data quality for all other indicators in the system.
  • Serves on and leads accountability advisory committees as needed.
  • Identifies policy or technical issues or questions, designs qualitative and quantitative research studies to clarify the issues, implements the studies, and analyzes and reports the results.
  • Conducts and supports the necessary research and analysis for any relevant agency initiative, particularly relating to the accountability system and its indicators.
  • Reviews existing research and methodologies to inform Agency policy and practice. documents research and synthesizes findings in reports and presentations.
  • Responds to technical and practical issues or questions raised by assessment professionals and educators who do not have statistical or measurement expertise.
  • Provides technical information to questioners in ways that they can understand and find the information meaningful and useful.
  • Conducts independent research or analyses for special assignments on an as needed basis as assigned by the Director, senior leadership, or the State Superintendent.
  • Produces ad hoc data requests as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • ​Master's Degree in Computer Science, Business, Statistics, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Educational Measurement, Mathematics, Economics; or a Master's Degree in a different field with extensive coursework in statistics, quantitative research or research methodology; or a Bachelor's Degree in one of the indicated fields plus two years of relevant professional experience; coursework in statistics, quantitative research or research methodology.  (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • At least two years of recent business analysis, systems analysis, data collection and reporting experience working with large data files in a team setting. 
  • Must have experience in using relational database management systems such as SQL Server and/or Microsoft Access, SAS, or R.
  • Knowledge of IT systems and proficiency in Transact SQL, SAS Enterprise.
  • Proficiency with query tools and report writers.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with both technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products.
  • Commitment to public service and equity in schools. 
  • ​Degree in Computer Science, Sociology, Statistics, Economics, Educational Measurement, Educational Psychology, Evaluation, Business Intelligence, or Policy Analysis.
  • Experience in educational or public service context.
  • Experience with educational data warehouses and report writers such as Crystal Reports.
  • Ability to use R.