NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL JOB POSTING
Position Data Scientist Work Hours 9am-5pm
Division Legislative Open Date September 26, 2019
Number of Positions 2 Close Date Until Filled

The New York City Council is the New York City’s legislative body. The Council drafts & votes on proposed laws, negotiates the City’s budget with the Mayor, monitors City agencies to make sure they’re effectively serving New Yorkers and reviews and makes land use decisions on the growth and development of our city.

DATA TEAM

The mission of the Data Team is to promote a data-driven approach to the Council’s decision-making process in order to improve the lives of New Yorkers. The Data Team assists legislative staff in developing policy ideas that are driven by data, technology, & science. The Data Team is also responsible for reviewing proposed laws that report data and for leveraging data to create powerful visual narratives used in oversight hearings. The Data Team is in the initial stages of building data products & tools for Council staff. The Data Team’s main data sources are open datasets (NYC Open Data Portal, Census, USGS, etc.). Other sources include data reporting requirements and data requested from agencies.

Visit https://council.nyc.gov/data/ to learn more about their work.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The New York City Council is looking for motivated and curious Data Scientist(s) to join the Data Team. The position entails working closely with legislative attorneys and policy analysts to research policy issues, and suggest recommendations. In addition to supporting the team in building & deploying data products & tools, the Data Scientist(s) will perform data cleaning & validation, conduct exploratory analysis, provide statistical inferences, develop models, and visualize and present findings and insights.

REQUIREMENTS:

• Bachelors degree from an accredited university in a quantitative discipline or 2+ years of quantitative experience
• Strong quantitative and problem-solving skills
• Candidates must have 2+ years experience with Python or R
• Agility to adjust priorities and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously while addressing ad hoc data requests
• Ability to work independently, exercise initiative and follow through to accomplish tasks
• Communicate and visualize scientific and technical results to both technical and non-technical audiences
• Experience with interactive visualizations (Dash, RShiny, etc.)
• Experience building/deploying data products with open source tools (SQL, Unix, etc.)
• Strong desire to improve the community and interest in policy and/or how the city and government works.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:

• Graduate degree from an accredited university in statistics, a physical       science, computer science or other quantitative discipline
• Experience with web scraping
• Experience in government and/or with policy

New York City Residency Required within 90 Days of Appointment.

HOW TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to:

MAIL:
New York City Council
Administrative Services
Attn: Recruiting Unit/DataOp
250 Broadway, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10007
FAX: (212) 791-5266
E-MAIL: counciljobs@council.nyc.gov

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

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