Data Scientist I

Location: Arlington, VA

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The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America's electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years:

* Top Workplace by the Washington Post
  • 100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine
  • 50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian
  • CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance
  • Best Place to Work Award Recipient - Lincoln, NE
  • Gold Well Workplace - Wellness Councils of America
  • State of NE Governor's Wellness Award - Grower Level

At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields. They are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting, constantly evolving, and requires new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person's overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance. EEO/AA- M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status/Genetic Data

Data Scientist I P.3

Position Summary:

Coordinates, leads and executes member dues-funded data science and analytics projects, programs and initiatives at BTS. Explores cross-functional innovative use of data sets in possession by NRECA using cutting-edge data science for obtaining insights and value beyond traditional statistical data analysis.

Works with staff, and member co-ops to create and disseminate tools and resources that can be used to perform data analytics on electric utility data that will inform decision-making. Leads and participates in the ideation, design, and execution of applied research projects to create easily usable solution platforms including creation of relevant data analytics tools and modules in existing software packages.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Identifies, creates and contributes to the execution of data science and analytics projects across BTS that utilize data from a variety of sources including data from NRECA, consumer-members, electric utility operations and business models, and grid planning and operations to create deep and broad descriptive, predictive and prescriptive insights that can be used in impactful decision making by utility leadership.

2. Interprets challenges faced by NRECA member co-ops and determine whether those challenges are amenable to a data science and analytics solution.

3. Manages data science assignments from idea generation through completion, including needs assessments, technology surveillance, scoping projects and deliverables, and developing project and work plans.

4. Leads efforts using data science methodologies (spanning from basic statistics to machine learning) to analyze electric utility planning and operations datasets. Disseminates data science insights and/or techniques to members through creation of tools and resources easily usable by cooperatives.

5. Leads efforts to effectively visualize and communicate utility data to accomplish the objectives of projects. Creates novel data visualization techniques.

6. Identifies, acquires and explores the data required to provide insights for a challenge, develops trains and tests data analytics models, performs data analysis and creates solutions.

7. Ensures that all work is documented to ensure that subsequent users can diagnose and fix any problems that might arise with designed systems.

8. Works directly with members and industry stakeholders during the projects' research design and supports the pursuit of mutually beneficial opportunities and collaborative efforts, including but not limited to: external funding agencies, such as the Department of Energy (DOE), vendors and other partners (EPRI, TVA, National Labs, universities, federal agencies).

9. Drafts the technical concepts in data science and analytics to support business development, funding applications, and contracting for applicable research projects.

10. Supports business development for securing participation and teaming agreements with co-ops and other research partners.

11. Develops and delivers interim, draft, and final reports, software manuals or other product forms (i.e., videos), and formal research (i.e. journal) papers by obtaining expert and NRECA reviews thereof, integrating reviewers' comments into the drafts, producing final deliverables, and reporting research results.

12. Communicates data science project learnings through writing technical papers on emerging technologies and analysis of technical and business conditions, and participation in NRECA webinars, podcasts and other outreach.

13. Using data science and analytics, develop operational metrics, reports, and performance dashboards for products and services offered by BTS.

14. Supports, advises and make recommendations to co-op representatives to frame uses of data science and analytics applications, develop new research concepts, and provide technical and business research reviews.

15. Monitors industry developments and stays abreast of pertinent policies, regulations and legislative efforts in the topics of data science and analytics in order to identify potential impacts on NRECA and its member cooperatives, and to identify research opportunities.

Direct Reports to this Position:

No Direct Reports

Requirements and Qualifications

Experience Required:

3+ years of combined progressive coding, database, data science and analytic experience, and technical research experience or equivalent desired. Two years of progressive experience working directly with electric utilities desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required (as demonstrated by prior work experience) :

* Knowledge of electrical grid, power distribution networks and power engineering terms.

* Knowledge of general mathematics, operations research, statistical methods and artificial intelligence and programming.

* Knowledge of Data mining and warehousing concepts, big data and applying machine learning concepts and software packages for data analytics.

* Ability to work with multidisciplinary advanced technology research project teams.

* Ability to use strong analytical expertise, data manipulation and modeling skills, and machine learning experience to drive successful electric utility technology development.

* Ability to effectively find, evaluate, test, and integrate (when appropriate) open source software components or libraries into software engineering projects.

* Ability to work well within a team of professionals.

* Ability to manage competing deadlines and multiple projects at various stages of development using effective organization skills and attention to detail.

* Ability to define issues, establish facts and draw valid conclusions and apply to work environment.

* Ability to work with a wide variety of people to foster cooperation in sharing information and materials.

* Ability to apply marketing theory and practices in the execution of duties and responsibilities.

* Ability to be persuasive, negotiate, and collaborate with individuals at all levels throughout organization.

* Interpersonal skills, member service orientation and ability to work in a team environment.

* Ability to conceptualize, produce and disseminate high-quality materials.

* Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse membership, employees and/or vendors in a clear and precise manner.

* Ability to use Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point) in the day-to-day essential duties of the job.

* Ability to operate various office equipment such as personal computer, copier, printer, fax machine, 10-key adding machine, and multiple line telephone.

* Ability to provide service excellence by building relationships, being resouceful, responsive and respectful Experience with modern software development and project management tools

ADA Requirements:

* The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.

* Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

Disclaimer Statemen t : The preceding job description has been written to reflect management's assignment of essential functions. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Internal Number: req492


July 10, 2021


Arlington, Virginia
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