Working Title: Data & Research Coordinator

Job Class: Research Scientist 3

Agency: Human Services Dept

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 01/11/2023
  • Closing Date: 01/25/2023
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Human Services Dept / MAPE DHS Central Office
  • Division/Unit: DHS-Central Office / ADSA MFD Administration
  • Work Shift: Day Shift
  • Work Hours: 8;00am to 4:30pm
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes, (Up to 5%)
  • Salary Range: $33.30 – $49.53 / hourly; $69,530 – $103,418 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt – Professional
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

  • Telework (Within Minnesota or Neighboring States) and Flexible Hours Options Are Available.

This position exists to provide research, analysis and evaluation expertise for DHS’s federally funded demonstration grants, Money Follows the Person (MFP) and Money Follows the Person Tribal Initiative (MFP TI). In Minnesota, this project name is Moving Home Minnesota and Moving Home Minnesota Tribal Initiative, respectively.

This position will also provide support and coordinate with Minnesota’s aging and disability resource centers, including the Disability Hub MN, known as “The Hub.” The Hub is a resource network that helps Minnesotan’s navigate the state Medicaid system, government programs and community resources. This includes support for the individual to problem solve and plan for future while managing their health, benefits, work, housing, and more.

This position is responsible to lead the data collection, research and analysis functions, and to make recommendations for the strategic direction and forecasting of the work across MHM and the Hub. This will include complex data extraction and analytics, producing and interpreting data summaries and reports, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders, participating on and leading cross-functional project teams, maintaining subject matter expertise in various aspects of DHS data and systems, and participating in system-wide projects. The incumbent will ensure that MFP, MFP TI, the Hub, and DHS meets federal and state grant requirements, identifies and fulfills evaluation and continuous improvement needs, and contributes to the system-wide efforts to promote the rebalancing of Minnesota’s long-term supports and services.

Minimum Qualifications

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

Three (3) years specialized professional experience demonstrating expertise developing and reporting on program utilization to include core research and analysis functions for a human services program.

Experience must include:

  • Knowledge of Home and Community-Based Services, Long-Term Services and Supports or Long-Term Care programs that serve Minnesotans with disabilities or who are aging;
  • Basic knowledge of Minnesota Health care Programs, grant and contract management;
  • Methods of data collection, data manipulation, data transformation and interpretation, along with statistical analysis:
  • Understanding of various computer programs such as: SAS, SQL, Excel, BI Query, Crystal Reports and Tableau;
  • Knowledge of Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) or similar health care system;
  • Knowledge of data practice rules, laws and best practices to be vigilant and adhere to standards.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures;
  • Expert presenting technical and non-technical report writing and oral presentation of analysis and research results;
  • Project leadership experience to lead meetings and ability to provide clear direction to program staff;
  • A Master’s degree in Public Administration, Math, Statistics, Social Work or another related field;
  • Strong human relations and communication skills; communicate clearly and professionally both verbally and in writing; respond openly to requests and concerns and simplify technical information for non-specialist understanding.

Additional Requirements

  • Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) criminal background check will be conducted on all finalists for this position. Finalists must pass the DHS background check.
  • Employee reference checks will be conducted on all finalists. This may include a review of documentation related to job performance. It also includes contact with the applicant’s former employer(s).

How To Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.

If you have questions about the position, contact Amy Petersen at amy.petersen@state.mn.us .

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID# 62095, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Dennis Stevenson at dennis.b.stevenson@state.mn.us.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an ADA accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Human Services’ ADA Coordinator at 651-431-4945 or DHS_ADA@state.mn.us for assistance.

About Human Services Dept

WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The Minnesota Department of Human Services impacts the lives of 1.7 million people every year, helping them meet their basic needs so they can achieve their highest potential.

Why Work for Us

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The Department of Human Services is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 12 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us and indicate what assistance is needed.