Statistics Analyst II
Posted on Dec 14, 2018 by ESPN
Sports Data Analyst II is an entry-level role on the Stats & Analysis team within ESPN's Stats & Information Group. Analyst IIs will develop and apply advanced-level knowledge of the tasks, assignments, and duties that are part of production in the Stats & Analysis newsroom. In support of the team's mission of providing accurate, timely, and insightful sports data to ESPN platforms worldwide, Stats Analyst IIs must have the ability to lead peers and part-time employees, and to contribute to their continual improvement and development.
Candidates must have a thorough knowledge of sports statistics, current events, and scorekeeping rules for the sports that Stats & Analysis covers. They must be able to perform at a high level and demonstrate leadership competencies in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment. They will be assigned roles in production that require them to identify and rectify issues jeopardizing the delivery of timely, accurate data. Resourcefulness in addressing challenges is a key trait.
Stats Analyst IIs will have a passion for sports statistics and the stories they tell. They must be able to recognize statistical events that help explain why a team won or lost. By using stats to help tell stories, Analyst IIs support ESPN platforms, including television studio and event productions and digital media.
Those candidates with specialized training, skills, and knowledge - such as in advanced mathematics, economics, databases, SQL programming, etc. -- can use their skills in support of Stats & Information projects and story-telling.
- Ensure sports data distributed by Stats & Information is accurate, timely, and insightful.
- Contribute to the development of others by offering feedback and taking advantage of coaching opportunities.
- Work in individual settings and in groups to deliver accurate play-by-play, clock-and-score, and other statistics and data in real time that power a multitude of ESPN products and productions.
- Verify the results of one's own work and that of others; perform with a consistently high attention to detail and urgency.
- Contribute to production, projects, and initiatives across the newsroom, and assist newsroom leaders who are directing full- and part-time staff.
- Perform leadership roles in the newsroom by directing and leading full- and part-time staff, and hold fellow employees accountable for their performance.
- Anticipate potential problems, both nightly and long-term, and offer potential solutions. Communicate quickly and decisively with colleagues on these issues.
- Develop and maintain a working knowledge of Stats & Information's role in powering ESPN digital products and TV productions, and regularly propose new or more efficient ways statistics can be utilized in ESPN storytelling and products.
- Take a proactive role in working with colleagues in developing or refining production processes.
- Be an active participant in team and department meetings.
- Seek and respond to feedback around personal performance.
- Stay informed of current department policies and procedures.
- 1+ years' working in sports, statistics, or related field, preferably in media. Broad knowledge of sports statistics, current events, and scorekeeping rules for the sports covered by Stats & Analysis.
- Demonstrated proficiency in producing and/or using data to power content executions, analyze trends, or gain insights.
- Proven ability to achieve a high degree of accuracy in time-sensitive or pressurized situations.
- Proven ability to communicate assertively and effectively - verbally and in writing - to supervisors and peers about issues and opportunities, often through the din of a busy workplace.
- Full availability for this position, which will include nights (almost exclusively), weekends, and holidays.
- 1+ years' working in a sports data and information-focused role in media, team sports (pro/college), or other sports industry field.
- Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Excel as a data management tool.
- Experience working with data feeds, data warehouses, and custom software tools.
- Knowledge of uses and trends in sports analytics, including the use and application of player tracking data.
- Experience collaborating with multiple departments.
- Broad knowledge of how sports data is used in media and for research purposes.
- Broad knowledge of ESPN products, productions, and related businesses.
- Experience leading or coaching a team.
- Ability to speak and write Spanish
- Experience using social media in a business or news environment
- High School diploma or equivalent
- College degree or equivalent
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