Senior Data Scientist, Mayor's Office of Policy and Innovation

  • Washington, DC, DC
  • Full Time
  • Experienced


POSITION:  Senior Data Scientist

OPEN:  January 3, 2022

REVISED: Open until filled

SALARY RANGE/GRADE:    Excepted Service ES6, ($72,935 to $109,403)


COVID-19 Vaccination: All employees of the District of Columbia must be vaccinated against the Coronavirus disease 2019 (SARS-CoV-2) as a condition of employment.

Current District of Columbia residents will receive priority and advanced preference for screening and interviews.


Around the world, cities are bringing the practice of innovation into government as a way to address pressing urban challenges and improve the quality of life for residents. Recently, Washington, DC was selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies to receive a grant that funds local Innovation Teams (i-teams). This grant represents one of the largest private-sector commitments to civic innovation in our nation’s history. Washington, DC’s innovation team is housed within the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Innovation and is charged with providing ongoing innovation capacity to tackle major challenges in the city, especially when it comes to digital services and digital transformation. The i-team will work with government and community stakeholders to deploy a range of strategies, including data analytics, human-centered design, and digital technology to create bold solutions with speed and agility. 


With rapidly advancing technology, increasing resident expectations, and the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, cities need to invest in digital innovation to deliver easily accessible services to residents. Local governments have made progress in enabling residents to carry out basic transactions online, but most cities have a long way to go to deliver the smooth, frictionless, integrated services residents have come to expect from the commercial sector. 


This i-team will respond to this challenge by helping the District prioritize digital transformations that remove common barriers the District faces when transitioning to digital services. Each i-team city will not only dramatically improve the services they deliver but will also share lessons learned with cities around the world with similar digital ambitions.  

The Role

Innovation team members believe in the power of cities — and city government – to dramatically improve people’s lives. The Senior Data Scientist is uniquely positioned to harness the power of data to drive innovative policymaking. They will push partners in city government out of their comfort zone to disrupt the notion of what is possible, tap into new perspectives, and restlessly search for innovative solutions to the root causes of pressing urban problems. 

The Senior Data Scientist has deep experience with a variety of data software packages, including creating intuitive data visualizations. The Senior Data Scientist must be able to operate at a systems level and able to lead structured detailed analysis, but also be flexible and adaptive to the changing needs of the team.  They should excel at collaborating with non-quantitative colleagues to frame the right questions and discover the real-life meaning behind the data.


  • 5+ years relevant experience managing data and conducting quantitative analysis
  • In-depth knowledge of quantitative and statistical analysis techniques 
  • Experience tracking Key Performance Indicators
  • Highly proficient with big-data software such as STATA, R, SAS, GIS software, Tableau, etc.
  • Advanced-level MS Excel skills, including the use of macros, pivot tables, and other advanced functions.
  • Strong ability to communicate complex concepts to diverse audiences and stakeholders
  • Attentiveness to details, deadline-oriented, acute vision, and the ability to give and receive constructive criticism
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • A graduate degree in a relevant field (computer science, statistics, economics, public policy, etc.) is preferred
  • Experience with municipal governance is a plus
  • Strong sense of service to residents of the District


The Senior Data Scientist’s responsibilities include: 

  • Collecting, organizing, analyzing, and presenting data relevant to the innovation team initiatives and related activities that support the technical aspects of innovation deployment within the District;
  • Employing diverse quantitative methodologies and software packages, including data validation, joining of diverse datasets, historical/trend analysis, comparative/cross-sectional analysis, GIS mapping, regression analysis, etc.; 
  • Establishing practices for better collection, documentation, and storage of data; 
  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of a DataHub;
  • Developing metrics and measurement systems to measure the impact of the innovations team’s work and policy solutions;
  • Championing the use of data to drive decisions throughout the innovation team’s work;
  • Collaborating with other innovation team members to distill the results of rich, multi-method qualitative and quantitative analysis into key insights and clear action plans;
  • Producing compelling and intuitive data visualizations to drive comprehension of complex topics and concepts across a broad range of stakeholders; 

Building relationships with data providers and stakeholders in diverse city agencies and private-sector p

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