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Social Sciences Research Supervisor - 20039932 at STATE OF OHIO

Posted in Nonprofit - Social Services 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Columbus, Ohio

Job Description:


Our mission is to improve the well-being of Ohio’s workforce and families by promoting economic self-sufficiency and ensuring the safety of Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens.

This position is held within the Office of Workforce Development. Learn more about the office by visiting Job and Family Services-Office of Workforce Development website.

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In this position, you will manage the team responsible for state and federal reporting and performance evaluation of several workforce grants which provide career services and training to job seekers, dislocated workers, and youths. These programs are administered by local area workforce boards and County Job and Family Services lead agencies, but you and your team regularly and as needed, will be called upon to provide data reports, insights, and expertise.  

You and your team are also responsible for submitting program data to the US Department of Labor (DOL) and other applicable federal agencies. These data will be extracted from Ohio’s Case Management System, cleaned, and matched on state data systems on a quarterly and annual basis.  Additionally, you will create reports for the local area workforce leads, ODJFS leadership, and workforce stakeholders. Examples of reports are publicly available and can be found here: With these deliverables also comes an evaluation of program outcomes, which generally include employment and earning outcomes and credential attainment. You will also be responsible for negotiating state performance targets on a biennial basis with DOL as well as local area targets with the local area workforce boards and lead agencies.  

Overall, you will provide internal stakeholders and leadership with programmatic data reports, analyses, and executive summaries. You will be called upon for data driven operational and policy recommendation as well as performance and reporting-related program knowledge.  You will provide leadership and supervision to your team; presently a staff of five social sciences research specialists.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Under general direction, supervises social science research analysts and/or specialists assigned to one work unit, initiates research agenda, and prepares implementation plans: oversees research and analysis related to Office of Workforce Development (OWD) program evaluation utilizing advanced data analytics, statistical projections, and forecasting; creates analytical reports used in policy and administrative decision making utilizing advanced statistical (e.g., univariate and multivariate techniques; multiple regression; parametric and nonparametric statistics) and research methods (e.g., sampling theory; survey research; experimental, quasi-experimental or non-experimental); formulates and implements policy for OWD performance systems and protocols; establishes effective workflows to ensure accurate reporting of OWD performance measures; reviews, evaluates, and plans implementation of system design improvements based on performance outcomes; evaluates adherence of performance operations and measurements with the US Department of Labor (DOL) and state performance guidelines; uses available data bases; creates new data bases; conducts research and analysis of data in order to identify inefficiencies in data collection instruments and recommends enhancements to system functions.

Supervises assigned staff (e.g., assigns work and provides direction; makes recommendations for hire; reviews work and provides feedback; establishes employee goals; conducts performance evaluations; monitors and evaluates staff performance; approves/disapproves requests for leave; recommends disciplinary action; conducts staff meetings; encourages staff development).

Prepares comprehensive statistical written reports summarizing findings and recommendations (e.g., design of system enhancements for data collection; technical solutions to meet federal requirements; corrective action steps to identified problems); develops and implements protocols to integrate DOL performance guidelines into state system functions; provides technical assistance to state and local staff on appropriate use of data and reporting tools; coordinates with other workforce agencies or programs related to performance measurement and outcomes; prepares background papers to inform management of current performance measurement research; develops and conducts training workshops and seminars for various groups (e.g., county agencies; state staff; advocacy organizations); operates personal computer and applicable software to create, store, and retrieve reports and/or spreadsheets.

Performs other related duties as assigned (e.g., participates in and conducts meetings; travels to attend trainings, workshops, and seminars; operates personal computer to produce correspondence, reports, and other documents; maintains logs, records, and files).

The following are the minimum qualifications for this position. For further consideration, applicants must clearly identify how qualifications are met within the education and/or experience sections of the application.

The ideal candidate, at minimum, must have the following:

  • Completion of graduate core coursework in social science or public administration 

  • 2 yrs. exp. in social sciences research &/or policy analysis

  • 2 yrs. exp. in use of computer hardware, software used for spreadsheets, statistical analysis & graphics presentation & word processing

  • 12 mos. exp. in supervisory principles & techniques, management or acting as leader of project team. 


  • 12 mos. exp. as Social Sciences Research Specialist, 65262. 


  • The equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications for Employment noted above.

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