The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) engages families for success. Its Division of Family Services (DFS) manages an array of prevention, protective, foster care, adoption and independent living programs on behalf of children in the Commonwealth.
The Permanency Data Analyst supports the reporting and data analytics needs of the Foster Care and Adoption programs within the Division of Family Services, agency, and local departments of social services management. This position reports to the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Project Manager.
The Permanency Data Analyst is responsible for:
- Co-designs, implements and manages select evaluation, research, data, in support of the Foster Care JLARC requirements, VDSS’ Child and Family Services Plan and operational activities
- Compiles and synthesizes information that may be used to define programmatic goals, identifies emerging issues and/or suggests new partnerships
- Develops project/outcome and data visualization tools
- Shares measurement, and data analysis findings and other information in writing and verbally to staff, Directors and the larger community; presents learnings to targeted internal and external stakeholders as appropriate
- Establishes indicator developments and testing
- Builds and manages Permanency reporting services and tools
- Leads efforts to proactively identify all measurement issues and provides recommendations about how permanency services should measure its impact
- Leads efforts to track program/operational indicators and utilize various data sources to monitor progress toward the strategic plan progress and operational goals
- Champions a culture of learning by facilitating and participating in internal and external feedback loops that allow for evaluation findings, as well as community insights to be brought back to the agency and shared across departments
- Conducts ad-hoc analysis of existing internal and external secondary datasets that support programmatic, systems change and policy efforts
- Identifies data quality issues and routine analysis
- Conducts on-going analysis of data regarding children and families, operating practices, and data flows within and between various systems and applications
- Uses continuous quality improvement (CQI) mindset to look for opportunities to correct, streamline and enhance processes and procedures in functional areas of responsibilities, map process flows, recommend and implement change
- Creates and analyzes large data sets of internal and external data, and communicates these results across the Division in a way that informs and drives the programs to action
- Leads the statistical analysis of the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and local departments’ workforce to identify actionable insights and build permanency services decisions
VDSS engages its employees for success. It offers comprehensive pay and employee benefits, development, and unique job and career opportunities in the public service. VDSS employees make a vital difference for Virginia’s families.Minimum Qualifications
- Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or mathematical fields such as Statistics, Operations Research, Actuarial Science, or Applied Mathematics, or equivalent or equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the capability to perform the job.
- Experience using principles of research, statistical analysis, and report preparation using research resources and modern software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Experience with data analytics: Designing and maintaining reports, dashboards, and scorecards.
- Experience assessing and documenting management reporting needs.
- Experience using data warehouse objects and query tools (SQL, etc.).
- Experience with computers and web-based applications.
- Advanced skill using Microsoft Excel.
- Ability to recommend and implement process improvements independently and as a team member with other Family Services staff to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with internal and external customers.
- Ability to analyze data and reach conclusions, which are logical and within state/federal requirements.
- Ability to conduct problem analysis, think critically, and recommend solutions to others.
- Master’s degree in Public Affairs, Public Policy, Computer Science, Information Systems, or mathematical fields such as Statistics, Operations Research, Actuarial Science, or Applied Mathematics, or equivalent or equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the capability to perform the job.
- Experience with CCWIS systems and/or large administrative data sets.
- Advanced Experience using SQL, SPSS, and/or SAS; Microsoft Power BI, or Tableau.
Selected candidate(s) must successfully pass a fingerprint-based criminal history background check. A record of criminal history does not automatically bar an applicant from consideration. Employment verification to include current/previous supervisor reference checks will be conducted.
VDSS employees whose positions are in Band 5 and above perform in emergency roles if needed during state and federal disaster declarations. This is in accordance with the agency’s emergency responsibilities. The selected candidate will be assigned to an emergency role upon hire and is expected to perform in that capacity as needed.
VDSS will record information from each new employee’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) into the Federal E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must apply on-line through the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Recruitment Management System at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com. VDSS does not accept employment applications by mail, e-mail or fax. Please refer to your Recruitment Management System account for the status of your application and the status of this position.
Information on the application is the primary source used for screening the position. A resume will not substitute for a completed on-line State application. Applicants are encouraged to fully represent their qualifications on the application and must include complete information in all sections. Failure to complete any section may disqualify the application.
YELLOW/BLUE CARD SITUATIONS
If you have been affected by Policy 1.30 Layoff as a state employee and possess a valid Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) or a Preferential Hiring Card (Blue Card), you must submit this DOCUMENT BEFORE the closing date for this position. The DOCUMENT may be scanned and attached to the application or faxed to (804) 726-7027. Please include your name and the position number on the fax cover sheet.
VDSS values the service and experience of our Veterans. As such, Veterans are encouraged to apply and receive preference in the hiring process.
AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni also are encouraged to apply.
VDSS does not sponsor applicants for work visas.
The Virginia Department of Social Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.Name
VA Dept. of Social Services - Div. of Organziational Development/HRPhone
804-819-7019 (applications/resumes or any other supporting documents are not accepted)Email