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Senior Data Scientist

Date Posted:  Jul 14, 2024
Requisition ID:  443640

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana


Begin a fulfilling career with the State of Indiana by joining one of the largest employers in the state, offering a diverse range of opportunities across 60+ agencies. At the state, you'll find competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a commitment to work-life balance. Most importantly, you'll have the chance to make a real and measurable impact on the lives of Hoosiers across Indiana.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion—we make it our goal to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace with a workforce that is representative of Indiana's population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process as well as perform the essential functions of a role.


About the Indiana Management Performance Hub (MPH):


The Management Performance Hub (MPH) provides analytics solutions tailored to address complex management and policy questions enabling improved outcomes for Hoosiers. We partner with state agencies to leverage data in innovative ways to facilitate data-driven decision-making and data-informed policymaking.



This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $79,118.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

Role Overview:


The MPH Senior Data Scientist plays a key role by creating in-depth analyses to convey accurate, meaningful insights that empower state agencies and other partners to better serve their populations and the Hoosier community.


A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Provides supervision, leadership, mentoring, and guidance to other Data Scientists and staff;
  • Engages with key business stakeholders on strategic projects and initiatives to understand their analytical and operational challenges and translate these needs into data solutions;
  • Assesses the structure, content, and quality of the data through examination of source systems and data samples;
  • Collaborates with other DS professionals, data engineers, and BI professionals around data/table structures to optimize architecture, ETL procedures, dashboards, and other self-service needs;
  • Prioritizes requirements and creates rapid prototypes and minimally viable products for end users;
  • Identifies opportunities to improve current processes or find efficiencies by applying industry best practices as a DS professional;
  • Mines and analyzes data from state databases to drive insights into problems and efficiency in processes while maintaining the standards of organizational excellence; 
  • Interprets data and from multiple sources using a variety of analytical techniques, ranging from simple data aggregation to data mining, to more complex statistical methodologies;
  • Monitors the input for code repositories for code version control;
  • Provides end-user education for interpretation of business data;
  • Tests and evaluates data solutions as it relates to upgrades to existing software;
  • Provides oversight of the maintenance and support for existing data solutions for the agency;
  • Records and communicates technical specifications to ensure that proper techniques and standards are incorporated into deliverables and understood by the end users.


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 

What You'll Need for Success:


The ideal candidate in this role should minimally have either 

  • a Master’s and 1-2+ years of experience, or
  • a Bachelor’s Degree and 3-4+ years of experience, or
  • 7-8+ years of experience applying the below-outlined knowledge, skills, and abilities in a similar role.


Related certifications and coursework may be considered for education or experience.

  • The ideal candidate should also have at least 1-2 years in a team lead, project lead, or supervisory capacity;
  • Strong leadership skills including strategic thinking, communication, and presentation skills;
  • Considerable knowledge using computer languages (R, Python, SQL, etc.) to manipulate and draw insights from large data sets as well develop software for automation;
  • Broad knowledge of advanced statistical techniques and concepts (regression, properties of distributions, statistical tests and proper usage, etc.) and experience with applications;
  • Broad knowledge of a variety of machine learning techniques (clustering, decision tree learning, artificial neural networks, etc.) and their real-world advantages and drawbacks;
  • Strong understanding of relational and dimensional databases, theories, principles, and practices; 
  • Exceptional analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving abilities;
  • Strong written/oral communication and presentation skills;
  • Resourceful self-starter and highly motivated team player;
  • Able to perform well in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience with data manipulation to include cleansing, standardizing, and transforming; 
  • Experience in leading workshops or training sessions with a user community;
  • Experience generating and distributing visualizations to a broad range of audiences;
  • Effective communicator and someone who enjoys getting to understand the nuances of a problem;
  • Ability to delegate work, set clear direction, and manage workflow;
  • Ability to effectively give feedback, provide guidance or corrective action, coach, and develop employee skillsets;
  • Ability to lead, encourage, and influence others to perform.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may provide direct supervision for one or more staff members.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
    • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
    • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, selecting, developing, and promoting employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to complete this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.

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