Data Analyst / Agency Policy Specialist

Minnesota Department of Human Services
September 13, 2021
Twin Cities Area, MN
Job Type


Job Class: Agency Policy Specialist

Working Title: Data Analyst

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 09/08/2021
  • Closing Date: 09/21/2021
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Human Services Dept / MAPE DHS Central Office
  • Division/Unit: DHS-Central Office / Office of Inspector General - Data and Analytics Office
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift / 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $29.50 - $43.77/hourly; $61,596 - $91,391/annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

This posting will be used to fill 2 identical positions.

Job Summary

The Data Analyst performs data and fiscal analysis work within the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Responsibilities include:

  • Create tools, insights, and data products including reports, surveys, presentations, dashboards and Visualizations for DHS and OIG business partners, stakeholders, and citizens
  • Collaborate with business partners to define problems, find applicable data, and propose solutions based on data analysis
  • Democratize data and insights to deliver self-service tools that enable business partners to make better decisions more quickly
  • Educate business leaders leveraging data storytelling to present data in a succinct, understandable fashion for diverse audiences
  • Provide technical consultation to OIG management and staff in data analyses, payment methodologies, cost analyses, statistical and analytic techniques, research methodologies, survey design and evaluation, performance measurement, statistical analysis methodologies, data governance, and OIG data systems
  • Implement the Office of Inspector General's data strategy and expand the use of data to empower better decision-making, program compliance, and program integrity in partnership with OIG's four divisions:
    • Background Studies Division (BGS): Performs over 350,000 background studies per year on virtually all individuals who provide health care or human services in Minnesota on behalf of county, state, and federal entities, as well as Tribal governments.
    • Financial Fraud and Abuse Investigations Division (FFAID): Investigates unauthorized use of the state's publicly funded health care, cash assistance, and child care programs. Investigatory scope includes over 100 provider types, as well as individuals who may misrepresent their eligibility to access program funds and services.
    • Licensing Division: In cooperation with counties, licenses approximately 24,000 service providers and monitors and investigates compliance with Minnesota laws and rules, protecting the health, safety and rights of those receiving services by requiring that providers meet minimum standards of care and physical environment.
    • Legal Counsel's Office: Serves as the chief legal advisor to the Inspector General and manages and oversees legal functions across OIG


Minimum Qualifications

3 years professional experience analyzing and reporting with data; performing spatial or statistical analysis and modeling; and managing data and querying databases.

Experience must include the following:

  • Structured Query Language (SQL);
  • Scripting experience with another programming language (Python, R, SAS, Java, Scala) in addition to Structured Query Language (SQL);
  • data collection, data analysis, data manipulation, transformation, and interpretation, data visualization;
  • data visualization tools (Tableau, Power BI, Excel), and analytic tools (Alteryx, R Studio, SAS, SPSS, STATA);

A Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Statistics or area of study related to data sciences and data mining, economics, finance or other analytical fields may substitute for one year of experience. OR a Master's Degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Statistics or area of study related to data sciences and data mining, economics, finance or other analytical fields may substitute for two years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to implement instrument based program monitoring, key indicator systems, differential monitoring, risk assessments, weighting systems, outcome-based measurements, and fraud detection models in a large complex regulatory system;
  • Advanced Alteryx and Tableau knowledge and experience;
  • Teradata Data Warehouse experience;
  • Experience in data modeling, data mining, machine learning, spatial analytics, big data technology or other innovative data solutions.
  • Variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures

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.

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

How to Apply

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If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please email your certificate to Joua Aeling at 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 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.

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