BAND 2 - Senior Data Scientist

Location: Victoria, BC

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Senior Data Scientist
Management Band 2

This position is excluded from union membership.
Currently there are up to 2 positions available.
An eligibility list may be established to fill future temporary and/or permanent vacancies.
Although this position has onsite office based requirements, it can temporarily be performed virtually due to the current extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19. This will remain in place until physical distancing advisories are lifted.

Bring your analytical expertise to this dynamic leadership opportunity

The Ministry of Finance plays a key role in establishing, implementing and reviewing government’s economic, fiscal and taxation policies. The Policy and Legislation Division provides policy analysis and advice to the Minister of Finance, Cabinet, the Deputy Minister of Finance, and other senior government officials. The Division is responsible for anti-money laundering policy, tax policy and financial and corporate sector policy, and directs the implementation of related government decisions through the development and preparation of legislation.

The Finance Real Estate and Data Analytics Unit (FREDA) provides policy analysis and advice to government in support of legislative frameworks and data analysis to support government’s anti-money laundering objectives. The Data Analysis Branch within FREDA leverages the Ministry of Finance’s data holdings to provide policy analysis and advice to advance government and ministry policy goals and priorities, including tax policy, and detecting and deterring money laundering in British Columbia. This includes providing advice and recommendations on how to improve the quality and availability of data available for the Ministry’s policy work and how to address legal barriers to using and sharing data for policy analysis.

The Senior Data Scientist is responsible for managing specific data analysis projects. The Senior Data Scientist uses their technical knowledge and experience with complex data analysis and modelling techniques to provide analysis related to tax policy and other Ministry priorities such as money laundering and the real estate market. The Senior Data Scientist provides timely analysis and policy advice to provide insights to key decision-makers including the Minister, Deputy Minister, Cabinet and Treasury Board, government caucus committees, and government and independent regulatory agencies.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with beautiful beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from.

The BC Public Service is an award winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer. This is your opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful regions in British Columbia and work for the BC Public Service. We offer a healthy work/life balance, excellent benefits and much more.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. We acknowledge all Indigenous peoples on whose territories we work and play. We honour their connections to the land and respect the importance of the diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. Consider joining our team and helping us build an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact . DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • University degree in economics, statistics, math, or similar quantitative discipline plus two years *related experience. Preference may be given for a graduate degree in one of these areas and/or more years of experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and *related experience may be considered.
    • Related experience includes a combination of at least three of the following:
    • Data science techniques (including statistical, algorithmic, automation, and visualization techniques).
    • Analysis or evaluation of public policy.
    • Analysis of Statistics Canada economic datasets.
    • Leading complex data projects, including mathematical modelling.
    • Providing advice and recommendations (both written and oral) to senior staff.
  • Experience creating easily understandable data visuals.
  • Preference may be given to those with experience in:
    • Using the R programming languages.
    • Using the SQL programming language.
    • Mentoring other staff.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

Cover Letter: NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire: YES - You will be required to answer a standard questionnaire.

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