Agency Policy Specialist - Strategic Analytics Specialist

State Of Minnesota Saint Paul , MN 55102

Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Details

Job Class: Agency Policy SpecialistWorking Title: Strategic Analytics Specialist

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 11/01/2018

Closing Date: 11/19/2018

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Human Services Dept / MAPE DHS Central Office

Division/Unit: DHS-Central Office / Agency-wide Supports

Work Shift/Work Hours: Not Applicable Shift

Days of Work: Monday

  • Friday

Travel Required: No

Salary Range: $28.15 - $41.76/hourly; $58,777 - $87,194/annually

Classified Status: Classified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE

FLSA Status: Exempt

  • Administrative

Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

This posting will be used to fill 2 identical vacancies

Job Summary

As a Strategic Analytics Specialist at the Department of Human Services (DHS), you will coordinate, plan, design, and conduct evaluation and research, performance measurement, and data analysis for cross-program activities, including the Strategic Plan and Equity Initiatives, among others. You will be focused on providing agency-wide understanding of services in order to drive decision-making and policy development at the highest levels.


  • Consult with the commissioner, assistant commissioners, directors, and others, leading projects on agency-wide data analytics, evaluation, measure development, and strategic planning to increase the agency's ability to improve cross-program and cross-administration outcomes.

  • Use data, statistics, and research to identify and communicate meaningful data patterns and make recommendations for both short-term and long-term strategic plans by policy makers and planners for policy changes and to improve performance.

  • Provide guidance and expertise in the establishment of performance measurement, evaluation and tracking throughout the agency to improve the quality of services delivered and minimize waste.

  • Collaborate agency-wide and externally with counties, tribes, other state agencies, and other stakeholders to support analytics, evaluation, and dashboard efforts.

  • Coordinate a strategic approach to agency-wide analytics to better target outcomes for both internal and external audiences.

  • Make policy and action recommendations based on research and analytics

  • Coordinate, develop, initiate, and respond to information and data requests received from within the Office of Strategy and Performance, other DHS divisions, county and tribal supervisors and managers, other state agencies, and community groups so that decision-makers have necessary information to make evidence-based and data- informed policy.

  • Use strategic planning and continuous improvement methodologies, such as Results-Based Accountability, Lean, Six Sigma, Balanced Scorecard, Baldrige Performance Excellence, etc.

  • Participate fully in division-wide activities, including equity work, as well as document and create standard templates and processes for their key responsibilities to ensure high quality work.


Minimum Qualifications:

Three (3) years of professional experience that demonstrates the following:

  • Data analysis, performance measurement, research and/or program evaluation

  • Project and research management skills

  • Presenting data using visualization and analysis tools (Tableau or similar tool)

  • Experience performing quantitative analysis

  • Ability to manage large data sets

  • Project management and/or leadership experience

A Bachelor's degree in Human Services, Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, Social Services or another related field may substitute for 1 year of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with SQL, SAS, R and/or Python

  • Understanding of state administrative databases

  • Knowledge of inferential statistics

Additional Requirements

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS - The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and criminal background check prior to appointment.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

This position is located in Minnesota's great capital city, St. Paul. The State of Minnesota offers employees subsidies for public transportation allowing for convenient and easy access to commute to work. Ride the new METRO "Green Line" Light Rail Train to work! The 10th Street Station is located close by.

Our mission as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome and support a workforce, which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of state policies, programs and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people who call Minnesota home.

How to Apply

Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to


If you have questions about the position, contact Nick Petersen at

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please email your certificate and the Job posting ID#/number to Liz Mack at Elizabeth.Mack by the position close date.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an ADA accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Human Services' ADA Coordinator at 651-431-4945 or DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN for assistance


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.

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Agency Policy Specialist - Strategic Analytics Specialist

State Of Minnesota