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RESEARCH SCIENTIST // City Research Scientist II

NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA)


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Office of Strategic and Management Planning RESEARCH SCIENTIST // City Research Scientist II

In support of the Mayor's progressive agenda to ensure a diverse and effective administration that delivers for the residents of New York City, the Human Resources Administration is seeking an experienced candidate to serve as Research Scientist for the Office of Strategic and Management Planning.

Working under direction of the Deputy Commissioner for Strategic and Management Planning, with latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative, Research Scientist performs policy analyses and complex and sophisticated research on the nature of social, demographic and economic factors that affect the agency's population and evaluation of the programmatic and fiscal impact of proposed administrative and legislative policy changes to support implementation of the Mayor's Program and Policy initiatives.

The Research Scientist will:
•Conduct socio-economic analyses of local, regional and national economy, low wage labor markets, demographic trends and changes in family structure to assess the impact on relationship to the agency cash assistance, medical assistance and employment service populations. Based upon findings, outline policy options including estimates of changes in service delivery, and effects on budget and personnel.
•Conduct literature reviews and determine research priorities for studies and special projects requested by the Deputy Commissioner and executive staff. Apply advanced econometric techniques and computer simulation models to perform quantitative and qualitative assessment and analysis of agency- related service population.
•Develop policy and program recommendations based on research and evaluation results, and communicate findings to internal and external audiences through reports and presentations.
•Develop and maintain econometrics models for demographic analysis of agency's client population in order to apprise the agency of changing client characteristics to facilitate appropriate responses and provide needed support for programs and budget planning for agency caseloads.
•Provide research and analytical support at all project phases, including planning, design, development, testing and the automation of reporting systems.
•Research and understand the data and measurement needs of program areas to effectively manage their programs and plan strategies for improvement.
•Provide technical assistance on available data sources, data base construction, preparation of need assessment and research designs/statistical analysis to agency staff and other city agencies, advocacy and/or community groups.
•Work with program areas and Management Information Systems (MIS) to determine the availability and feasibility of data.
•Prepare analyses of the impact of major agency, state or federal initiatives in areas of Welfare policy, regulatory and legislative issues on service populations and budget.
•Utilize both program and administrative data to develop report indicators that measure administrative efficiencies and program outcomes.

Preferred Skills:
•Strong analytical skills.
•Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
•Experience conducting quantitative and/or qualitative analysis.
•Working knowledge of applied statistics and data analytics, including proficiency in a statistical software package (e.g., SPSS, Stata, SAS, R).
•Experience designing and implementing experimental and/or quasi-experimental program evaluations.
•Experience analyzing large scale survey data, such as the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.
•Working knowledge of federal and state social policies and social service programs.
•Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, managing multiple projects and meeting deadlines.

Qualification requirements: 1. For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.

To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have: 1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or 2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or 3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.

NOTE: Probationary Period Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year

Salary Range: $63,662 - $79,899 New York City offers an excellent and comprehensive benefits package.

Residency Requirement New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

For consideration, please go to https://a127- jobs.nyc.gov/ and search for Job ID #155892 to apply. SUBMISSION OF A RESUME IS NOT A GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE AN INTERVIEW HRA/CITY OF NEW YORK IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


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