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posted 27 days ago
    The Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) is a research/policy center located in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. CIDI was founded to use and incorporate inter-agency data to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of health and human services to individuals, families, and children. CIDI works with partner agencies to conduct inter-agency research and provide analytical support to identify and address areas of service need in the City. CIDI collaborates with the Health and Human Service (HHS) agencies: Administration for Children's Services (ACS), the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), the Department for the Aging (DFTA), the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the Human Resources Administration (HRA), as well as other City agencies to promote policy change that will lead to improved services to the people of the City. The vision of CIDI is to make data come alive to inspire change.

    The Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) is recruiting for a City Research Scientist, to function as a Research Analyst, who will:

  • Utilize statistical software to conduct complex data analyses on a portfolio of health
  • and human services related research projects.

  • Participate in the design and implementation of research projects in response to policy
  • problems, including identifying appropriate research methodologies and analytical tools.

  • Develop an expertise in the administrative data and policies of the health and human
  • service agencies.

  • Develop briefing papers, presentations, reports, and similar materials that highlight
  • findings from CIDI’s research projects as well as other aspects of the Center’s work.

  • Convene and participate in interagency workgroups to guide research projects and
  • policy recommendations.

  • Conduct data analyses and review research to inform policy decisions.

  • Coordinating with external research partners to collaborate on projects.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.
To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.

Probationary Period
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

Preferred Skills

Strong quantitative and problem-solving skills.

Significant experience working with large data sets and proficiency with statistical software such as SAS, R, SQL, Python, and Stata.

Ability to write code in SAS, R, Python, or Stata.

Experience designing research studies that examine causal inference and/or prediction questions.

Outstanding written and oral communication skills; ability to distill complex material into actionable recommendations.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work well and communicate with a variety of audiences (agency officials, elected officials, funders, etc.

Familiarity and experience with policy issues in the area of health and human services.

Knowledge of city government and human services delivery in New York City.

Ability to work under stringent deadlines and handle simultaneous assignments.

Additional Information


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DSS/HRA/DHS qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:

In addition, the Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services offers competitive salaries and the following benefits:
Generous Pension Plans (The New York Employees' Retirement System);
401(k) and Roth 457(k) Retirement Savings Programs;
Savings Bonds Flexible Spending Program;
Health Benefits, Dental, Vision Coverage, Prescription Drug Program;
Training and Professional Development;
Opportunity for Scholarship; College Savings Program;
Paid Holidays and Generous Annual Leave.

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Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

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