Director of Analytics, Penn Wharton Budget Model

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Location
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted
26 Aug 2020
End of advertisement period
26 Oct 2020
Ref
JR00012868
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Profile Title

Information Technology Manager Senior

Job Description Summary

The Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM) is a non-partisan, research-based initiative that provides accurate, accessible and transparent economic analysis of public policy. PWBM is seeking a Director of Analytics to oversee the further development of our microsimulation model, including the management of our microsimulation model team, our Social Security team, and the processing of datasets essential to PWBM research.

Job Description

This position at the Penn Wharton Budget Model is responsible for overseeing the further development of our microsimulation model, including the management of our microsimulation model team, our Social Security team, and the processing of datasets essential to PWBM research. Management of these teams includes establishing goals for team members, regularly reviewing progress/proving guidance, and documenting progress for reporting purposes. Together with his or her management of PWBM's microsimulation model, he or she will provide programming support to PWBM's dynamic model as well. He or she will also architect, implement, and monitor the technology and infrastructure needs of all branches of model in order to produce the group's aggregated data and economic modeling results. All tasks mentioned above will require a significant amount of programming work and familiarity with economic modelling. In addition to his or her work on the PWBM model, he or she will be expected to conduct complementary independent research and write papers to document findings or techniques used.

Three-year position subject to renewal based on the discretion of faculty director and available funds. This position is contingent upon continued funding.

*The University of Pennsylvania posts the full starting salary range for this job family. Starting salary for this position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Responsibilities

  • Software development to support the microsimulation team, PWBM's technology infrastructure needs, PWBM's microsimulation, and PWBM's dynamic OLG model. This will require programming in in languages such as C++, C#, Python, R, and SQL as well as a strong understanding of economic modelling.
  • Management of the microsimulation model team, the Social Security team, and the processing of datasets essential to PWBM research. This includes establishing goals for team members, regularly reviewing progress/proving guidance through code reviews, and documenting progress for reporting purposes.
  • Conducting complementary independent research and writing papers to document findings or techniques used.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications

  • A PhD in Economics and 5 plus years of economic modeling experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • The successful candidate will have five or more years of C#, C++, C regression, Java, JavaScript, Python, Visual Basic, and FORTRAN, including the ability to think in an objected-oriented way.
  • Applicant should have prior experience with statistical modelling and software development.
  • It is helpful to have some knowledge of SQL server and/or MySQL.
  • It is also advantageous if applicant has experience working with JavaScript and related libraries/ platforms such as jQuery, Ember.js, AngularJS or Backbone.js.

Working Conditions

  • Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort

  • Typically sitting at a desk or table

More about PWBM

The Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM) is a non-partisan, research-based initiative that provides accurate, accessible and transparent economic analysis of public policy. Besides being non-partisan, we are non-normative, in that we do not make policy recommendations. Instead, the intention of the PWBM is to be the honest broker of analysis working at the intersection of business and policy to help policy makers, the public, and businesses make fact-based decisions. PWBM has been influential in many key recent policy discussions, including tax reform, infrastructure, universal basic income, debt and Social Security

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Wharton School

Pay Range

$72,837.00 - $205,981.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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