Apply By: Friday, December 22, 2023 11:59 pm EST
Competition Status: Application Screening

Approximately 464 individuals applied for this opportunity.

We are screening ALL applications received on or before the closing date and rating them against the qualifications outlined in the job ad. Applicants whose resume and cover letter best demonstrate how they meet the qualifications to do the job will be invited to continue in the hiring process.

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Data Scientist

Ministry of the Solicitor General
Public Safety Division
Language of Position(s):
Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
6A008 - ProgPlanEval06
$76,382.00 - $112,555.00 Per Year
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Do you want to be part of an organization promoting excellence, equity and public confidence in policing; one that will optimize evidence-based research and data analysis?

Do you have expert knowledge of data skills, methods, techniques, and tools, including data mining, statistical analysis and models? If so, consider this challenging opportunity the centre of Forensic Sciences, a newly established division, where you will assist with providing leadership, advice, support and education relating to data science analytics, products and tools to support system planning and decision making.

Centre of Forensic Sciences

The Centre of Forensic Sciences prepares legally admissible evidence for law enforcement officers, attorneys, coroners, etc., by scientific examination of physical objects and materials. The centre also supervises Ontario's alcohol breath testing program, and trains operators. A library offers educational materials for persons and agencies using forensic science services.

The Ministry
The Ministry of the Solicitor General is responsible for the safety and security of communities across Ontario through effective policing, correctional services and emergency services programs. The ministry promotes policing excellence by communicating with and providing advice to the police community, as well as through training, developing professional standards and establishing new programs. The Ontario Provincial Police provides front-line policing services to more than 400 municipal and First Nations communities. The ministry is also responsible for maintaining effective and efficient correctional programs that create an environment where offenders are better able to return to the community and make positive contributions to society. Through the work of the Office of the Chief Coroner, Office of the Fire Marshal, Centre of Forensic Sciences and Emergency Management Ontario, the ministry seeks to minimize or eliminate hazards to people and property.

Information Session:
We are offering an opportunity for those interested to attend a virtual session to learn more about the branch and the position to be filled.
Date: Tuesday December 12th, 2023
Time: 10am
Remember to add this event to your calendar

Meeting Link: Information Session - 207729 Data Scientist
Alternatively, you can join the meeting by:
1- Open your MS Teams Calendar
2- Select# Join with an ID
3- Enter the following meeting ID and passcode:
Meeting ID: 296 713 182 153
Passcode: PJXXwn

* This session is optional and has no impact on hiring decisions

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the "How to apply" section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

As Data Scientist, you will:

• Develop data science analytic approaches such as machine learning, deep learning, and natural language programming
• Assist with the development of compelling and effective data visualizations
• Develop interactive dashboards, reports and data visualizations allowing the end-user to explore data and discover insights independently
• Provide data services, interpretation, advice, peer reviews and expertise to client groups and stakeholders
• Communicate data through presentations and interactive dashboards
• Lead/participate in special projects and represents the Ministry on internal/external advisory groups, working groups, task forces and committees
• Lead the design, development and implementation of prototypes and proof of concepts for data, analytic and predictive models, research products and analysis platforms

How do I qualify?

Technical Knowledge

• You demonstrate knowledge of data skills, methods, techniques, and tools.
• You understand information management, data management, financial and business analysis, database architecture, and data-related concepts
• You have knowledge and experience in the use of mathematics, statistics and scientific methods
• You have knowledge of methods such as machine learning/deep learning/neural networks
• You understand legislative regulations, policies and guidelines, policy development processes and data standards

Research, Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills

You can:
• Apply investigation and risk management principles.
• Analyze data in source systems to identify data quality issues.
• Manipulate and analyze complex, high-volume data.
• Assess qualitative and quantitative information.
• Use creative thinking and propose innovative ways as it relates to data mining, behavioural economics, statistics and statistical models.

Consultation, Advisory and Communication Skills

You have:
• Consensus-building skills to maintain strong work relationships
• Negotiation and consultation skills to resolve contentious issues
• Communication skills to prepare technical and non-technical status reports, and provide explanations on data issues and complex data analyses

Coding and Computer Skills

You have:
• Experience with coding skills in various data languages and proficiency with various desktop/cloud statistical computing, modelling, analytics and data visualization software tools
• Computer proficiency to access databases, conduct research and use applications to retrieve and manipulate data from databases located on different platforms

Additional Information:

  • 1 English Permanent - Full Time, 25 Morton Shulman Ave, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (Fingerprint Based)
Compensation Group:
Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario
Information Technology
Posted on:
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Corporate Talent Programs Branch, Talent and Leadership Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
  • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions. These positions may be of various tenures including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.
  • C-SL-207729/23
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Friday, December 22, 2023 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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