Position: Research Specialist II/III
Location: Sacramento, California
Salary Range: Based on education and experience (see full announcement for salary ranges)
The California Department of Finance is seeking qualified candidates to fill a permanent, full-time research position in applied demography.
The open position is within the state census data center group, where the incumbent will assist in the retrieval, analysis, and distribution of decennial census and/or the production of official sub-county, and State population estimates, and other data sets, such as the Current Population Survey, the Public Use Microdata Sample, the American Community Survey, and census summary files. The incumbent has primary responsibility for the implementation of research methodologies and statistical techniques for demographic projects and programs within the Demographic Research Unit, and the collection, compilation, analysis and interpretation of datasets including U.S. Census Bureau products.
Experience with software packages for statistical analysis, mapping, and data visualization are essential. Knowledge of formal demography and statistical sampling methods is desirable. Individuals with strong analytical writing skills, attention to detail, and a passion for research are encouraged to apply.
Applying is a two-step process. To prepare, applicants should first review the hiring announcement (https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=168748) and the minimum qualifications for each hiring level (https://www.calhr.ca.gov/state-hr-professionals/Pages/5729.aspx).
Step one is to complete an assessment. The assessment establishes your eligibility to apply for job vacancies at a particular hiring level. You should take the exam that best fits your level of qualification (you may take both, but you can only take each particular exam once).
- Research Data Specialist II (https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Exams/Bulletin.aspx?examCD=8PB40)
- Research Data Specialist III (https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Exams/Bulletin.aspx?examCD=8PB41)
Step two is to complete a job application, including the following items:
- Completed “Examination and/or Employment Application”. Online applications at https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=168748are preferred. Applications submitted by mail should use the PDF form (https://jobs.ca.gov/pdf/std678.pdf),
- Cover letter (one page) outlining why you are interested in this particular position and how your background, knowledge, skills, and abilities make you an ideal candidate;
- Current CV/resume;
- Names and contact information of three references;
- Writing sample (of any length). Coauthored writing samples should specify the nature of the candidate’s contribution;
- Applications submitted by mail should additionally include a printout of the application packet contents checklist (https://calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobApplicationPackageChecklist.aspx?JobControlId=168748).
Human Resources will review and contact all candidates meeting the minimum qualifications with information about the next steps in the selection process.
Non-citizens who have legal permission to work in the United States may apply. For any other questions, please contact us! Our unit contact for this position is Walter Schwarm, +1-916-323-4086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application materials must be received or postmarked by September 13, 2019.
The Demographic Research Unit, founded in 1951, is currently a team of about 14 people within the larger State of California Department of Finance. The Demographic Research Unit serves as the State of California’s source of official, unbiased demographic data for research and planning, and is the designated statewide liaison with the U.S. Census Bureau.
The unit is responsible for conducting analysis required for research, budgeting and planning purposes by the Legislature, state agencies, city and county governments, the federal government, academic institutions, school districts, and private firms. Work done by the unit sets the demographic research agenda to improve the state’s understanding of population dynamics.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.