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Data Scientist I/II/Associate


Job Description

Annual Salary Range: $72,197.00 - $142,938.00
First Review of Applications: June 21, 2024
Expected Start Date: August 2024

Overview of the Data Science Department and the Data Quality Assurance/Quality Control Team

The Data Science Department provides SANDAG member agencies, elected officials, other organizations, and the public with information and technical resources for regional planning, funding, and policymaking efforts. The department represents a broad range of expertise from land use and transportation modeling, applied social research, public safety, demographics, economics, and quality assurance. The information the department gathers, analyzes, produces, delivers, and maintains is essential to the success of SANDAG.

The Data Quality Assurance/Quality Control team provides independent verification of data acquired or produced by SANDAG modeling, forecasting, analysis, mapping, and visualization efforts. In addition to conducting data verification steps, the team also develops and implements formalized policies and processes around data quality management.


The Data Science Department is hiring a Data Scientist in the Data Quality Assurance/Quality Control team. Under supervision from the hiring manager, the position will support the development and implementation of quality control checks on datasets used and produced by teams across the agency to ensure quality and reliability.

Experience and Qualifications

  • The minimum education, training, and experience include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in data science, computer science, management information systems, regional planning, geography, demography, economics, statistics, mathematics or a related field, and one to three years of professional experience in data analysis and programming.
  • Intermediate-advanced level programming experience in Python (and other object-oriented program languages) is critical.
  • Knowledge of design principles for relational database management systems; experience creating SQL queries, stored procedures, and data views; familiarity with MS SQL Server or other enterprise relational database systems.
  • Experience using geographic information system software such as ESRI ArcGIS or QGIS.
  • Experience using Business Intelligence/Information Sharing software (Power BI, Tableau, etc.) to create reports and dashboards.
  • Experience updating and maintaining project databases, files, and records, including data documentation.
  • Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control practices used for validating data and ensuring data accuracy and integrity, including statistical analysis and sampling techniques, preferably for demographic and economic data.


SANDAG offers comprehensive benefits, to include health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. Additionally, SANDAG offers the following:

  • Hybrid (Monday and Wednesday telework days; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in office)
  • 9/80 flexible work schedule (every other Monday off)
  • Pay-for-performance merit increases
  • CalPERS pension plan with employer and employee contributions
  • Excellent health insurance options for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Free dental and vision insurance for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Education Assistance of up to $5,250 a year for regular employees
  • Free transit pass for use throughout the San Diego region, Rapid Express, Trolley, and COASTER
  • Paid time off including 12 paid holidays, 2 floating holiday days, generous paid time off (PTO) per year

Call (619) 699-1900 or visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sandag? for information. First review June 21, 2024. EOE.

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Job Location
San Diego, CA
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Employment Type:
Full Time