1043 Data Scientist

Recruitment #PEX-1043-086434


This announcement may close at any time but not before June 15, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

ABOUT US: Want to transform City services through the use of data science and analytics? Looking to use your data science skills for impact? Then join the DataSF team to empower and expand use of data in government!  

DataSF is a small, agile team working across City and County of San Francisco. The mission of DataSF is to empower use of data, transforming the way the city works through better use of data. We work to streamline data access through light, agile data infrastructure, improve data management and governance, and boost capacity to use data through training and data science. Read more at datasf.org.  

Our latest project is to demonstrate the value of data science, via our service DataScienceSF. As part of DataScienceSF we solicit data science projects from across the City – ranging from forecasting flights for the Airport to predicting women and children who will drop out of a nutrition program. The range and breadth of data science opportunities is rich and fascinating. Through a client engagement, we solicit and define projects ripe for data science. The goal of DataScienceSF is to demonstrate the power of advanced analytics to improve how the City works. Learn more about the service and projects: datasf.org/showcase/datascience/ and datasf.org/science/.

POSITION SUMMARY: The City has a bunch of data - your mission will be to put that data to work. We work on a range of issues and policy areas and a range of datasets. You will join our team as an analytics ninja and part time data pipeline maker/maintainer to help ensure that data is flowing to the open data portal and for data science deployments. You will help identify opportunities for data modeling and visualization, conduct and communicate the analysis and help deploy the insights into products and operations.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: • Help solicit, define and refine data science projects with clients and manage a portfolio of data science projects from conception to implementation• Conduct a range of analyses or experiments using whatever statistical and modeling methods and tools are most appropriate• Develop data visualizations and tools to support the analysis• Conduct research and analysis as needed to inform the data analysis• Develop presentations and communicate the results of your work• Help develop and implement products, services, tools, or business process changes resulting from the analysis• Create and maintain data pipelines for open data and data science projects as needed• Provide technical assistance and guidance to department partners implementing their own analytical work

JOB TYPE:  The Permanent Exempt- Full Time position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. This project position will not exceed result in an eligible list or permanent civil service hiring.  

NATURE OF WORK:  Incumbent must be willing to work normal business hours and extra hours when necessary as determined by the department. Travel within San Francisco may be required.

WORK LOCATION: Incumbent will conduct the majority of work at the Department of Technology, 1 South Van Ness. However, there may be situations where the incumbent will be required to work at other sites throughout the City of San Francisco as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

An associate degree in computer science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university OR its equivalent in terms of total course credits/units [i.e., at least sixty (60) semester or ninety (90) quarter credits/units with a minimum of twenty (20) semester or thirty (30) quarter credits/units in computer science or a closely-related field].

Three (3) years of experience with a range of statistical methods and tools, including descriptive and inferential statistics, experimental design and machine learning

Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis (up to a maximum of two (2) years). One (1) year is equivalent to thirty (30) semester units/ forty-five (45) quarter units with a minimum of 10 semester / 15 quarter units in computer science or a closely related field.

Desirable Qualifications:

Important Desirables:

  • Substantial experience in Python and R and fluency in SQL
  • Experience with data cleansing, processing, and wrangling and creating data pipelines using tools such as python, ETL tools or the language of your choice
  • Experience conducting data analysis on a variety of datasets and issue areas and presenting and communicating the results of the analysis to a range of audiences
  • Experience in GIS and mapping concepts and tools or equivalent
  • Experience with data visualization tools
  • Experience translating statistical insights into practical tools, recommendations or changes for the client
  • Track record of willingness and ability to learn new tools and languages as needed
  • BS/BA in GIS, computer science, engineering, statistics, mathematics, economics, engineering, policy analysis, or related field

Nice to have Desirables:

  • Masters in statistics or data science or other similarly methodologically rigorous program
  • Experience planning and managing multiple analytical projects independently, including working with clients
  • Experience with operations management and analysis
  • Familiarity or experience with advanced methods such as geo analysis, simulation, and a strong understanding of machine learning techniques and their mathematical underpinning, such as classification, recommendation systems, outlier detection, etc.
  • Experience tailoring machine learning solutions to solve problems and/or generate new insights
  • Experience with modern web-based data visualization, e.g. D3, jQuery, Shiny etc
  • Familiar with the concepts of information design and presentation, including principles of visual encoding and communication
  • Experience conducting geospatial analysis
  • Experience with back end development and database management
  • Experience working with unstructured data
  • Passionate about improving government through data
  • Enthusiastic about empowering use of data across the City



1. MEDICAL TESTING: Prior to appointment, eligible candidates must successfully pass the TB testing process.

2. SECURITY CLEARANCES AND BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: Positions in this classification may require that successful candidates who become eligible for appointment may be required to go through a background investigation to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment in this classification. Factors considered in the investigation may include employment history, use of illegal/controlled substances. Reasons for rejection based on this investigation may include, but not limited to: applicable convictions, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations, falsification of application materials and/or other relevant factors. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination.  

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

In order to be considered for the position, please submit a cover letter with your application.

 Applicants may submit cover letter by:

1.     Uploading the document through JobAps; OR

2.     Scanning the document and send as an attachment to: Raquel.Knighten@sfdpw.org OR

3.     Faxing the information to GSA: 415-554-6042: Attn: 1043 Recruitment

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Raquel Knighten, by telephone at 628-652-5045, or by email at Raquel.knighten@sfdpw.org.

Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Note: Falsifying one's education, training or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. 

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

The application procedure is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in this recruitment, contact Raquel Knighten (628) 652-5045, or in writing at Raquel.Knighten@sfdpw.org. Notification in advance will enable the department and County to evaluate arrangements to reasonably accommodate your need.


Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Terms of Announcement: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents: Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work: All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Issued: June 8, 2018
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 086434


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here. 

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