Occ. Code 0705400

 

ASSOCIATE STATISTICIAN, GRADE 23

0705200

ASSOCIATE BIOSTATISTICIAN, GRADE 23

0722400

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

            Associate Statisticians or Associate Biostatisticians supervise and direct a statistical program, apply statistical theory and principle in the planning, execution, control, analysis, interpretation and reporting of statistical studies, and provide guidance and counsel to management on statistical matters.

 

            Positions of Associate Statistician are located in several agencies, with the greatest number in the Department of Labor.  Positions of Associate Biostatistician are located in the Departments of Mental Hygiene and Health, and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

 

            For the purpose of this standard statistics is defined as the body of theory and methods used in the collection, classification and evaluation of numeric data.  It represents a system for the collection, compilation, description, organization, analysis, interpretation and presentation of information in numerical form.

 

CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA AND DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

            Associate Statistician or Associate Biostatistician directs a statistical program for a State agency or an organizational division of a state agency.  Incumbents typically supervise a subordinate staff and perform a wide variety of activities with technical independence, requiring the application of the full range of professional statistical theory and principles.  Associates exercise a high degree of professional judgment in determining whether a proposed study or problem is amenable to statistical inquiry; in formulating and planning the study; in adapting or applying appropriate statistical techniques; executing and controlling studies and in performing statistical analysis, interpretation and presenting study results.  Incumbents provide technical assistance, advice and professional consultation to program and administration staff in the application of statistical techniques and methods most appropriate to the study and in the evaluation and interpretation of reports.

 

            Incumbents may use the services of computer specialists and computer equipment in their work.  The use of such services, however, represents one of a variety of tools used by statisticians and as such is incidental to the classification of positions in these classes.

 

            The activities and tasks performed by Associate Statisticians and Associate Biostatisticians are similar, the difference being the subject matter fields in which each works.  Statisticians typically work in such fields as economics, labor, transportation, social science, agriculture, education, and operations and administration; biostatisticians in the health, medical and biological fields.

 

            Senior Statisticians or Senior Biostatisticians apply professional knowledge of statistical theory and principles to the planning and design of surveys and studies which may require the adaptation and adjustment of established statistical methods, and to the gathering analysis and interpretation of numeric data.  Incumbents may supervise and provide technical direction to a subordinate staff consisting of statistical, clerical and professional positions on a full-time or project basis.

 

            A Principal Statistician or Principal Biostatistician usually has multiple program responsibilities in directing and supervising an agency’s statistical operations.  Incumbents participate in project planning activities, and consult with and advise management and others on the optimum use of statistical technology and expected contribution of statistics, as well as limitations of statistical methods in the solution of problems.

 

            Positions in the Economist series apply economic theory and principles to the systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of economic information.  Economists utilize a variety of methods, including statistical and mathematical techniques, as a means of gathering and interpreting information.  The use of such techniques, however, is of only subordinate importance in these positions, whose principal interest is in a subject matter field which requires competence in economics.

 

            Positions in the proposed Program Research Specialist series perform staff services for management in securing and providing operating and management officials with the factual and evaluative materials and the advice needed for the effective direction of agency programs.  Specialists employ a number of standard statistical methods to compare and project quantitative data, and may consult with and receive the assistance of professional statisticians in the design of statistical and analytical methods for program research projects.  The use of such statistical techniques, however, represents only one of a variety of tools used by specialists for fact-finding and the analysis of data.

 

TYPICAL ACTIVITIES, TASKS AND ASSIGNMENTS

 

Incumbents formulate and develop plans for statistical projects and surveys based on program needs as expressed by management.

 

·        Discusses proposed study with management and others involved to determine specific requirements and objectives, background information, problems and other relevant specifics related to the project.

 

·        Develops statistical plans, including procedures and methods covering the statistical techniques to be used, the methods of analysis, collection methods and sources of information.

 

·        If a survey is to be conducted, selects appropriate sampling techniques and procedures, develops questionnaires and as required solicits the cooperation of participants by written correspondence and personal interviews.

 

·        Develops quality control procedures to insure the accuracy, completeness and statistical reliability of the data produced.

 

·        Prepares documents necessary to carry out the project such as schedules, reporting forms, written procedures, rules and instructions.

 

·        Confers with and coordinates the services of computer and other program staff participating in the study by providing schedules, statistical plans and the specific needs and data requirements of the study.

 

·        May modify plans including the statistical techniques utilized, data sources and methods of analysis to insure the achievement of the study objectives.

 

Supervises a staff of professional and statistical clerical support positions performing various activities in a statistical program.

 

·        Establishes and maintains work schedules.

 

·        Assigns work to subordinate staff, providing procedural guidelines and technical assistance as needed.

 

·        Directs staff activities to insure that schedules and procedures are followed.

 

·        Reviews work for accuracy and compliance with instructions.

 

·        Provides training to staff in the procedures and techniques required in the performance of the job.

 

·        Resolves work related problems and answers questions from the staff.

 

·        Evaluates staff performance against accepted standards.

 

Provides advice, consultation and assistance to agency administrative staff and others concerning statistical procedures, methods and plans, and in the interpretation of study results.

 

·        Through written correspondence, telephone or personal contact explains such areas as the status of the study and the statistical methods and procedures being used.

 

·        Provides advice and assistance to program officials and others regarding the most appropriate statistical approaches and applications to be used to solve specific problems.

 

·        Interprets study results indicating such factors as the reliability of the data, the significance of relationships and generally the significance and meaning of the study findings.

 

·        Answers questions and resolves problems concerning project statistical requirements.

 

Associates prepare written reports of statistical studies including narrative reports, summaries and evaluations of study results, along with supporting graphic and tabular presentations.

 

Provides or directs staff in providing statistical information both orally and in writing in response to requests from individuals and groups within and outside of the agency.

 

·        Responds to requests or assigns to staff suggesting sources of information, determining priorities and setting deadlines.

 

·        Contacts individuals within and outside the agency for information.

 

·        Reviews material prepared by staff suggesting changes or additions.

 

Performs certain administrative functions, such as budgeting, the preparation of activities and program reports, and recommendations concerning staffing needs.

 

Incumbents maintain professional relationships by participating in meetings with professional statistical associations and societies to discuss mutual problems and possible solutions.  Keeps up with developments in the field of applied and theoretical statistics through professional journals, attendance and participation in professional meetings and conferences and by participating in other areas concerned with improving their knowledge of the statistical field.

 

RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS

 

The tasks and activities performed by Associate Statistician and Associate Biostatistician require frequent oral and written communications with persons from many different backgrounds and interests including representatives of state and federal agencies, business and industry, professional and clerical staff, program managers, subject matter specialists and others, for the purpose of exchanging technical information, discussing ideas, giving and receiving information on methodology, and securing the cooperation of individuals and groups participating in technical studies.  Incumbents provide advice and technical assistance on statistical procedures and plans and on the interpretation of statistical reports to program managers and administrators.  Incumbents participate in meetings and conferences.  Cooperative relationships are established and maintained with managers, program and technical specialists and others for the purpose of gaining their support and assistance.

 

            Incumbents have a close working relationship with the subordinate staff in making assignments, evaluating work performances, providing oral and written instructions and assisting in solving problems.  Frequent oral and occasional written communications are maintained by incumbents with the supervisor.

 

NATURE OF SUPERVISION

 

            Associates supervise and direct the activities of professional statisticians and statistical clerical support staff.  In this capacity, they plan and organize work to be assigned, make assignments, and review completed work for accuracy, completeness and for compliance with instructions.  Incumbents provide the staff with oral and written instructions and guidelines which provide the basis for the Associate’s review of the assignment.

 

            Associates are supervised by Principal Statisticians or Principal Biostatisticians, by an assistant or bureau director with responsibility for the conduct of statistical programs, or by a Principal Administrative Analyst with responsibility for auditing, evaluating and performing statistical validation studies for a specific program area.  Assignments and guidelines provided are generally broad in scope, leaving the Associate free to develop the project plans, procedures and methods.  The progress of work performed is reported to the supervisor in periodic conferences and in summary reports.  Completed studies are examined for overall concepts, technical results and apparent validity and for policy conformance.  Assistance in specific program or subject matter areas is provided by program or subject matter specialists.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

·        Good knowledge of the principles, theories and techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics, experimental design, the methods of non-parametric statistics, the measurement of regressions and other relationships, the analysis of time series and the construction of index numbers.

 

·        Good knowledge of sources of information, and of the application of statistical methods related to the subject matter field under study.

 

·        Good knowledge of the current developments in the field of statistics or biostatistics.

 

·        Good knowledge of the agency’s policies and regulations and of the objectives of agency programs as they affect the statistical program.

 

·        Working knowledge of the principles and methods of effective supervision.

 

·        Basic knowledge of computer related terminology and of computer equipment, capabilities and limitations.

 

·        Ability to prepare written statistical reports, studies and summaries including charts and graphs, containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.

 

·        Ability to apply established mathematical and statistical methods to the solution of problems in a subject matter field.

 

·        Ability to plan and carry out a comprehensive statistical program.

 

·        Ability to supervise a group of employees.

 

·        Ability to select the statistical methods best suited to the assignment.

 

·        Ability to define statistical program methods and data requirements to computer staff.

 

·        Ability to maintain effective working relationships with others.

 

·        Ability to orally communicate with agency representatives and others for the purpose of obtaining and exchanging information relevant to the study.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

One year of permanent service as a Senior Statistician or Senior Biostatistician.

 

Reviewed:  11/02

 

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.