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Performance Audit Services - Staff Research Methodologist

at State of Louisiana

Pay: $59280 to $86320/year
$59280 - $86320
Posted: 9/5/2019
Job Reference #: 2534803
Keywords: tax

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Supplemental Information

All applicants should apply through the Louisiana Legislative Auditors' website Specific instructions for applying can be found on this website. 

Any questions about this position should be sent to the email address of the Human Resources Department at the Louisiana Legislative Auditors which is
Benefits: Retirement plan, deferred compensation plan, state holidays, and medical, life and dental, etc., insurance, as well as flexible schedules and individual professional budgets for related certification or advanced degrees.

Profile of Position and Skills
The Staff Research Methodologist position will assist Performance Audit Services (PAS) and other sections as necessary with the design, collection, statistical analysis, and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data. This position requires knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, data analysis software and techniques, statistical tools and other methods in order to provide assistance to various audit teams in devising and selecting appropriate audit questions and methodologies.  The individual in this position must be creative and innovative in devising research designs for audit teams to use in their audits including efficiently synthesizing existing literature in policy areas such as corrections (adult and juvenile), education, revenue, social and administrative services, child welfare, transportation, health, and economic development and using research designs to identify ways to help enhance the quality and impact of audits.
The Staff Research Methodologist position should also be familiar with, or be willing to become familiar with, performance auditing, program evaluation, and public administration. The individual in this position will serve as a member of an audit team for audits on subjects across the full range of state government, including but not limited to evaluating the state's programs for revenue and tax collection, economic development, social assistance, education, public health, industry regulation, corrections, law enforcement, environmental protection, natural resource management, agriculture and forestry, tourism, and state government administration.  
Supervision Received
General supervision received from a Senior Research Methodologist, Senior Auditor, or Performance Audit Manager
Supervision Exercised
May serve as lead on projects of limited scope and complexity.
Job Distinctions
Differs from a Senior Research Methodologist position by the complexity of assigned tasks and by the absence of direct line of supervisory duties on projects. 


Minimum Qualifications
Possession of a graduate degree in social sciences field, such as economics, psychology, sociology, political science, public health, or other degree that emphasized quantitative research methods, statistics, sampling, and data analytics;

The following are the desired proficiencies for this position:

  • Technical competence in various research methods, such as regression analysis
  • Knowledge of sampling and statistical methods
  • Knowledge of ACL, STATA, and/or other programs to analyze data
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related to, or a logical assignment for the position.

Examples of Work

Examples of Work

  • Assists audit teams as necessary throughout the audit (specifically during scoping and planning) to identify what research methods/designs could be used to analyze and describe audit issues including what steps and evidence would be necessary to implement the identified research methods to help enhance the quality and impact of audits.
  • Advocates for, and provides guidance and technical expertise on specific research methods, such as regression analysis and other evaluation research designs, to enhance the quality and impact of audits. This could include measuring the characteristics of a population, developing a model to compare outcomes in different policy scenarios, and other tasks.
  • Serves as a member of a performance audit team and assist with general government auditing tasks, such as legal research, process flowcharts, data reliability testing, reviewing another auditor's work, or writing the final audit report. With sufficient experience, the Staff Research Methodologist may serve as Auditor in Charge.
  • Provides assistance during fieldwork to develop sampling plans, surveys, and to assess the sufficiency of the data gathered and analyzed to ensure the accuracy and reliability of conclusions drawn from evidence.
  • Independently document any work completed on behalf of an audit team or for an independent project to be reviewed by either the Senior Research Methodologist, Auditor in Charge, or Performance Audit Manager.
  • Maintains current knowledge of best practices in quantitative and data analysis research methods, such as fixed effects, time-series analysis, difference-in-differences, regression discontinuity, instrumental variables, model design, and other techniques.
  • Reviews reports to ensure the methodology for any quantitative or data analysis is described and reported appropriately and sufficiently.