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Accountability Specialist
State of South Dakota | Pierre, South Dakota
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Job ID:12695

Agency: Department of Education/Division of Education Services and Support

Salary: $21.80 - $27.00 per hour; depending on experience

Pay Grade: GJ

This is a full-time position with the Department of Education. For more information on the Department of Education, please visit http://doe.sd.gov/.

Are you investigative? Do you enjoy numbers?

Are you able to take complex data and turn them into actionable visuals?


The Department of Education is looking for and individual to fill a Management Analyst position in the Office of Title and Accountability Programs.

Accountability Specialists are proactive decision-makers who understand data, and use data warehouses and programming to translate complex, raw data tables into understandable and actionable visuals for a wide array of users - researchers, school administrators, parents, legislators, and school board members. They leverage the latest in technology, data systems, and telecommunications. They are able to work with colleagues from across the department to produce high quality reports within the parameters set by program needs. They regularly work with data and stay abreast of newest research to understand trends in student growth and achievement.

The South Dakota Department of Education works to ensure that all students in the state graduate college, career, and life ready. The state accountability system is used to help measure progress towards this aim while fulfilling federal education requirements. Both in-state and out-of-state travel is required.

As an Accountability Specialist, you will have the opportunity to:

* interpret and apply federal and state rules regarding reporting requirements, data confidentiality, and other mandates to establish business rules for accountability and reporting;
* research best practices and trends in education to determine policies and procedures to be utilized within the department;
* utilize data warehouses and programming to translate complex, raw data tables into understandable and actionable visuals for a wide array of users such as researchers, school administrators, parents, legislators, department staff, and school board members;
* leverage the latest in technology, data systems, and telecommunications;
* work with colleagues across the department to produce high quality reports with the parameters set by program specific needs;
* design and build new accountability report cards from backend data tables;
* work with a cutting-edge team on use of educational data to inform decision-making;
* create reports to analyze data to better inform department-wide efforts in support of ensuring all students are college, career, and life ready;
* maintain the highest ethical standards and work product confidentiality;
* be part of a team of professional, dependable, and accountable individuals.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Bachelor's degree and professional experience in computer programming or data analytics is preferred. The ideal candidate will also have experience in one or more programming languages and data visualization software such as Python, SPSS, SAS, STATA, SQL, Tableau, Access, and Excel.


* data analysis - Use basic statistical procedures to understand trends in education data.


* attention to detail - attend to all details of assignments and complete work properly, accurately, and thoroughly;
* communication - listen attentively to others and clearly convey information and ideas;
* composure - remain focused in stressful situations and keep emotions under control at all times;
* decisiveness - exercise sound judgment when making decisions and take prompt, decisive action;
* information seeking - actively seek, collect, and evaluate information to learn more about issues or events;
* initiative - display a high level of effort and commitment towards completing assignments and goals.


* problem solve - analyze problems and make sound decisions;
* build relationships - work to build and maintain professional relationships with people who provide information, assistance, or support;
* customer services - treat customers courteously and respond to their needs.


The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9.

The State of South Dakota offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information please visit https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/. This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Apply at: https://scssdltmprod.agilera.net/ltm/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=21E

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources

500 East Capitol

Pierre, SD 57501-5070

Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344


"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

About State of South Dakota

Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state's largest, most comprehensive institution. This fall SDSU topped its enrollment record for the eighth consecutive year, hitting 11,706 students. SDSU graduates students from eight different colleges representing more than 200 majors, minors, and options, and offers master's degrees in 25 majors and doctoral degrees in six fields of study. The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings and at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City. SDSU is a Division I university and the state's only land-grant institution.

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