OPPORTUNITY TO INNOVATE
The City of Los Angeles is hiring a Data Scientist to work within the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation on the Insights Team. The Data Scientist will work on key issues of high importance to the Mayor and City. Examples of these issues include policing, homelessness, and equity. The Data Scientist will be an integral member of the Mayor’s Office Insights Team with high-level exposure to City government leadership, departments, and stakeholders. The Data Scientist will work closely with a Senior Data Scientist as well as members of the Mayor’s Innovation, Performance and Transformation Office.
The Insights Team leverages data-driven research and works closely with internal and external City partners to tackle cities’ biggest, most pressing challenges. The Data Scientist will focus on using data to generate thoughtful, useful, outcomes oriented insights that City leaders can leverage to address these challenges. The role is highly collaborative and, along with the Senior Data Scientist, is expected to support City leaders in making decisions and driving positive change.
ABOUT THE ROLE
The past few years have shown that cities’ use of data is essential to effective service delivery; world-class data scientists have joined local governments to help improve outcomes in key civic areas such as public safety, health, and education.
The Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation is recruiting a Data Scientist will drive the usage of data address the critical challenges the team will address. Responsibilities for the this role will range from gathering and understanding data to better understand the key problem to developing sophisticated analysis and models to determine a solution; additionally, given the city’s commitment to data-driven decision-making, there will be an ongoing need to assess impact and be continually responsive to needs-on-the-ground.
Beyond the core role on the i-team, the Data Scientist will have the opportunity to set a new standard for the way in which the City of Los Angeles, and other cities around the county, use serious data science to measure, assess, and improve service delivery to the public.
The Data Scientist will have three main roles:
Responsibilities for the position include, but are not limited to:
The ideal candidate possesses a passion for making meaningful, sustainable change in Los Angeles and is ready to work in a high-energy, openly collaborative work environment.
The Data Scientist will need to simultaneously balance adherence to an innovation process and protocol that is critical to delivery, and also think creatively and asymmetrically and bring abstract concepts to practical implementation in a time constrained environment. Additionally, the Analyst brings a strong desire and interest in important topics like policing, homelessness, poverty reduction, equity and/or neighborhood revitalization strategies. The candidate must also demonstrate the following:
Personal Skills/ Attributes:
Undergraduate degree required, advanced degree preferred, ideally in computer science, statistics, math or data science.
3 writing samples will be requested for finalists
1 case study will be requested for finalists
Salary will be commensurate with experience, along with additional benefits.
Qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume by July 21st:
Director, Innovation Team
Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
This is an exempt, at-will position. The individual appointed to this position will not accrue any civil service tenure, contractual employment rights, or due process rights. The incumbent may be removed, without any finding of cause, by the hiring authority. Position expected to continue through the anticipated conclusion of the Bloomberg Grant on December 31, 2017, unless otherwise agreed.