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Senior Data Specialist

Posted: 12/19/2018 (Employment)

Position Description

The Office of Labor Standards (OLS), an agency which provides outreach, education and enforcement of Seattle’s labor standards, seeks a Research & Evaluation Assistant II (Senior Data Specialist) . This position will perform data analysis, presentation, and research related to both enforcement and policy initiatives. Under minimal supervision, it will collect, prepare, and analyze data arising from and related to OLS enforcement investigations to support investigators, track investigation metrics, and prepare numeric, info graphic, and narrative reports for public consumption. It will also research workforce metrics found in governmental and non-governmental sources to aid strategic enforcement efforts and to inform policymakers. This position will report to the Enforcement Manager but work closely with Director, as well as with the Enforcement and Policy teams.

Job Responsibilities

• Gather, compile and analyze data from enforcement investigations using a variety of methods and processes.

•  Ensure quality and integrity of data in enforcement case management (Dynamics) database system. This will include entering, accessing, cleaning, preparing, analyzing, and visualizing data as well as working with enforcement staff to ensure they update the database appropriately.

• Support enforcement investigators related to calculation of back pay, interest and other remedies.

•  Develop metrics to monitor and evaluate outcomes of enforcement efforts, in part to gauge whether resources are or can be used to ensure that the City’s most vulnerable workers realize the benefits of its labor standards.

•  Prepare and deliver internal and external written, numeric, and visual presentations, reports, or memos related to enforcement efforts, which communicate qualitative research and quantitative analysis in a simple, concise, and interpretable manner. Such presentations, reports, or memos will be reported internally, to the public, other city departments, Executives, the Mayor’s Office, and City Council.

•  Perform research on industry sectors and employee groups requiring enhanced outreach and enforcement attention by using data and information from other governmental and nongovernmental sources.

•  Initiate ideas for data collection, research, and evaluation, and select the appropriate statistical and data tool for completing the task.

•  Commitment to Race and Social Justice to lead work, including participating and leading critical conversations around equity and access through data.

•  Ability to meet critical deadlines.

• Perform other related duties of a comparable level type as assigned.


Successful candidates will have proven experience and knowledge of computer software and database management techniques.  Advanced proficiency in Excel, including ability to manage and manipulate large datasets in Excel. Proficiency with Tableau, or other data visualization tool, or demonstrated ability to quickly become very proficient. Familiarity with database concepts, including relational databases, such as SQL or Access. Experience with labor standards and/or administrative agencies. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Education: College graduate (B.A. or B.S.)

Experience: Two years of experience as a data analyst, business analyst, or quantitative researcher, or a closely-related field involving data gathering and general analysis, and statistical analysis, along with knowledge of computer software and database management techniques.

(Other combinations of education, training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability.)

Additional Information

If you have questions, please contact Aisha Foster at

This position is classified as a Research & Evaluation Assistant II

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans and those with diverse life experiences.


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Deadline: 01/08/2019

Location: Office of Labor Standards (OLS), City of Seattle