Government of Alberta

Senior Data Analyst

Job description

Job Information

Job Title: Senior Data Analyst

Job Requisition ID: 55595

Ministry: Advanced Education

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Permanent/Temporary: Permanent

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: Two Weeks

Classification : Program Services 4

Salary: $2757.39 to $ 3604.17 bi-weekly ($71,967- $ 94,068 /year)

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx

Ministry of Advanced Education

Advanced Education supports Albertans by providing the education and training opportunities they need to prepare for the workforce. This is accomplished by: approving programs of study; funding public post-secondary institutions and other adult learning providers; providing financial aid for learners; registering and certifying apprentices; and, supporting academic research and innovation.

Programs and services are driven by 3 outcomes: (1) Adult learning opportunities are accessible and affordable for all Albertans; (2) High-quality education, skills development and research make a positive contribution to Alberta’s economy, society, culture and environment; and, (3) The adult learning system is accountable and coordinated.

For more information on the Ministry of Advanced Education, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/advanced-education.aspx

Role Responsibilities

The Forecasting, analytics and research (FAR) unit provides strategic information, analysis and research, including surveys, to internal and external stakeholders to facilitate strategic planning and decision making, including the development of policies, programs, and business processes.

The unit provides research and evidence to support identified policy issues and key priorities and provides forward-looking input to shape the policy agenda of the department and Alberta government. This includes surveys of apprentices and graduates; enrolment and post-secondary demand models; statistical profiles; dashboards; randomized control trials; and various advanced statistical analyses. Within the broad mandate of Advanced Education (AE), the unit integrates and responds to input and perspectives from multiple areas. It works extensively with representatives within the ministry (e.g. data and policy teams directors in other divisions), other Government departments (e.g. Treasury Board, Education, Jobs, Economy and Trade, Finance, Health), other Governments (e.g. Government of Canada, provincial and territorial counterparts), and advanced learning system stakeholders (e.g. Institutional Researchers Committee).

The Role of the Senior Data Analyst performs the below tasks:

  • Works with internal and external stakeholders to understand their information and knowledge needs.
  • Identifies internal and external data sets relevant to stakeholders needs;
  • Develops appropriate approaches and methodologies needed to clean, integrate, analyze and interpret data in ways that respond to stakeholder needs.
  • Conducts advanced analytics using internal and external data, including integrated data from various sources, to respond to stakeholder needs, including but not limited to projections and forecasting, rate calculations, model development, quasi-experimental net impact analysis and more.
  • Translates findings from complex data analyses into compelling visualizations and understandable key messages that are tailored to stakeholder and audience priorities and decisions, including through the drafting of briefing notes and presentations.
  • Leads and supports ministry responses to urgent requests, including developing the most appropriate approach and pulling together teams as required. Respond to inquiries from within the Ministry, other Government of Alberta ministries, the public, stakeholders and the academic community regarding data availability and data resources.

Role Contd

  • Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to understand the gaps in current information and knowledge that are unable to be met by existing analyses or research;
  • Designs and oversees research projects that respond to priority Ministry initiatives using project management best practices.
  • Liaises with other ministries, including Service Alberta, Treasury Board and Finance, Jobs, Economy and Trade, Education, Health and Seniors, Community and Social Services to procure required datasets and conduct data linking, cleaning, coding and analysis on large databases to turn data into knowledge.
  • Develops an in-depth familiarity with the post-secondary data housed and managed by Statistics Canada, with an understanding of the methodology, metadata, and differences in collection and reporting between provinces and territories.
  • Uses subject matter expertise and judgment to determine the best approach and methodology to use for research projects and data analysis projects. This includes participating in all aspects of research including clarification of the issue, literature reviews, designing methodologies, developing information collection tools, collecting information, collating and analyzing information, and presenting results.

APS Competencies

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies: https://www.alberta.ca/system/files/custom_downloaded_images/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf .

  • Creative Problem Solving- Facilitates the creation of a work environment for generating and finding newer ideas to solve existing and potential problems
  • Develop Networks- Develops and sustains a network of relationships across the division and with other GOA ministries on issues and work with other branches to develop effective communication channels to enhance and maximize the effectiveness of interactions.
  • Drive for Results-Plans for and delivers results, from concrete deliverables to process improvements, managing resources effectively and ensuring attention to detail.

Qualifications

A university degree in a relevant social sciences discipline supplemented by four years of progressive experience or

Equivalent 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or 1 year of experience for 1 year of education.

Assets

  • A Master’s degree related to statistics or social sciences, such as economics, sociology or public health, with an emphasis on advanced training in quantitative methodologies, is preferred.
  • Experienced in descriptive and inferential statisticalmethods such as measures of central tendency, regression analyses, causal inference techniques, such as propensity score matching, time series forecasting..
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience in social sciences research methodologies, techniques and procedures, specifically as it relates to hypothesis testing in the social sciences;
  • Experience in communicating complex statistical analyses to lay audiences through presentations and briefing notes;
  • Experience in documentation of analytic methods to ensure reproducibility and auditability of research findings;
  • Experience in leading and managing research and advanced analytic projects
  • Advanced level of proficiency in programming languages and/or ability to write syntax in statistical software, such as Python, R, SAS, SPSS, or STATA for analysis of data.
  • Knowledge of software needed to carry out job responsibilities including new software as it becomes available (i.e., Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of Government of Alberta data sharing policies including best practices in developing data sharing agreements.
  • Interpretation and application of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Statistics Act, the Post-Secondary Learning Act, and other relevant legislation and regulations.

Minimum recruitment standards outline the minimum education and experience required for appointment to a job classification.

Refer to https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-minimum-recruitment-standards

Competencies

Notes

This permanent position is located in Edmonton and works 36.25 hours per week, 8:15am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Applicants are advised to provide a cover letter summarizing information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.

The final candidate will be required to undergo a security screening.

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary.

Any costs associated with obtaining the required documents/checks as noted or interview travel expenses, will be the responsibility of the candidate. Out-of-province applicants can obtain the required documents/checks from the province they currently reside in.

Links and information on what the GoA has to offer to prospective employees.

  • Working for the Alberta Public Service - https://www.alberta.ca/advantages- working-for-alberta-public-service.aspx
  • Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) - https://www.pspp.ca
  • Alberta Public Service Benefit Information - https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-public-service-benefits
  • Professional learning and development - https://www.alberta.ca/professional-development-support-directive
  • Research Alberta Public Service Careers tool – https://researchapscareers.alberta.ca
  • Positive workplace culture and work-life balance
  • Opportunity to participate in flexible work arrangements such as working from home up to two days per week and modified work schedule agreement
  • Leadership and mentorship programs

How To Apply

Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience, and relevant examples of required competencies.

Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/job-application-resources#before for more information. Please visit Recruitment Principles , for more information.

It is recommended applicants who have completed post-secondary studies from outside of Canada obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)( https://www.alberta.ca/international-qualifications-assessment.aspx ) or from a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information ( https://canalliance.org/en/default.html ).

It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, please contact Shannon Roweat Shannon.Rowe@gov.ab.ca .

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