Data Scientist

City of Tacoma, WA
August 25, 2023
Tacoma, WA
Job Type


Position Description

Tacoma Power's Power Management section has an opportunity for a Data Scientist to join our team. This position will be required to lead and directly engage in efforts to develop the most complex predictive and analytical models to support data driven decision making in support of Tacoma Power's participation in organized wholesale energy markets. This position will also be required to supervise and direct the work of senior data analysts engaged in model development and interpretation and analysis of model results to inform both operational and strategic decision making. Tacoma Power's stated mission is "We provide affordable and reliable electrical services." This position will lead the provision of both tactical and strategic analytical support to Tacoma Power's Trading and Systems Operations groups. The goal of that analytical support is to maximize the economic benefits of participating in organized energy markets while maintaining Tacoma Power's high standards of system reliability, all to the benefit of Tacoma's ratepayers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Uses computer programming, statistical methodologies, and forecasting tools to develop and build complex predictive and analytical models. Models will be used to provide data driven decision making to support both framing strategic business scenarios and driving continuous operational improvement as related to organized wholesale energy market participation.
  • Uses mathematical and statistical techniques to develop algorithms for use in collecting, analyzing, and detecting useful patterns, trends, and statistically significant relationships in the very large and disparate data sources required for, and resulting from, Tacoma Power's organized energy market participation.
  • Develops, implements, and manages assigned programs, operations, and processes in support of Tacoma Power's strategic engagement and operations in centralized wholesale energy markets
  • Supervises Principal Data Analysts in the development, improvement, and use of complex models for analysis and data driven decision making. Supervision includes monitoring work quality, counseling employees, resolving issues, conducting performance evaluations, and providing recommendations as to hiring, termination, discipline, and salary action.

Minimum Education*
Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Statistics, Mathematics or directly related field.

Minimum Experience*
6 years experience in statistical analysis or modeling that must include developing and building predictive data models, and 1 year supervisory/managerial or analytics experience as a Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements
Some Assignments:
North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection certification (NERCC-CIP)

*Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education

Selection Process & Supplemental Information
This recruitment is being managed by Alissa McLain . If you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with them on LinkedIn.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Tacoma Power
Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

nterested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591-5400 before 5pm on the closing date.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

Closing Date/Time: 9/6/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

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