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Senior SAS Programmer

Washington State Institute for Public Policy

Bulletin number: 2013-044SM

Opened: 8/29/2013

Closes: 9/12/2013 at 5:00 p.m. PST
Note: The college will be closed on 9/2/2013 in observance of Labor Day.

The Evergreen State College is committed to prohibiting discrimination and to building a diverse faculty and staff. We strongly encourage qualified persons of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations, people with disabilities, persons over forty, women, Vietnam Era and disabled veterans to apply.

The Institute is currently recruiting for a full-time overtime-exempt Senior SAS Programmer.  This position is an “at-will” appointment, exempt from Washington State Civil Service rules and the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements.

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) is a nonpartisan research organization that conducts public policy research at the request of, and funded by, the Washington State Legislature.  The Programmer/Analyst works in a multidisciplinary setting that includes staff with degrees in economics, public policy, public health, agriculture, and related fields.  WSIPP offers a stimulating, team-oriented work environment. 

WSIPP is strongly committed to the core values of quality and objectivity.  This exempt position serves at the discretion of the Director and is dependent upon additional legislative assignments and the versatility of the individual who is hired; ongoing employment is a possibility but not guaranteed. 


  • Salary is $6,135 to $8,094 per month of full time work; experience and training may be considered in salary placement.
  • A full state benefits package which includes: paid sick and vacation leave; paid campus holidays; a generous medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.  For more information about Evergreen's excellent employee benefits, please view http://www.evergreen.edu/payroll.
  • Permanent status employees that work 0.5 FTE or more are eligible for the tuition waiver program.

Provide data management, programming, and analysis support—primarily in SAS—for WSIPP and its research staff. 

The Senior SAS Programmer is the sole person responsible for maintaining WSIPP’s data systems and providing programming and analytical support for research projects.  The Programmer must be able to work independently and maintain data security and data sharing agreements for WSIPP.  The position reports to the Associate Director.


  • Three to five years of work experience using SAS to perform complex data manipulation of large administrative or program datasets.
  • Three to five years of work experience computing descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • All required experience must be paid and full-time.


  • Knowledge of the state’s criminal justice data systems.
  • Washington State government agency experience.
  • Familiarity with other statistical software packages (e.g., Stata, SPSS, R) and programming languages (e.g., C#, VBA).


  • Perform complex manipulation of large datasets in SAS to restructure data for analysis and document all programming.
  • Assist in statistical analysis, including summarizing data output in tables and graphs.
  • Maintain the criminal justice research database: handle quarterly updates, improve data quality, and compile datasets for both internal (WSIPP) and external researchers. 
  • Manage data sharing agreements for research projects.
  • Safeguard WSIPP’s computer files, including maintaining backup tapes and ensuring that data security policies are implemented with fidelity.


  • Serve as agency expert in SAS.
  • Provide limited technical support to staff in cooperation with the IT systems administrator.
  • Complete other projects upon request.


  • Ability to write code and interpret code written by other programmers, including troubleshooting and maintaining language using SAS/BASE, SAS/MACRO, and SAS/SQL.
  • Strong data step programming skills.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a variety of individuals: researchers, legislative and agency staff, legislators, higher education institution faculty and staff, the general public, etc.
  • Ability to complete all assignments responsibly, independently, with accuracy, and on time.
  • Demonstrated ability to work diplomatically, professionally, and in a nonpartisan manner.


  • Must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility within three days of beginning work.
  • May be required to pass a pre-employment background check.
  • The Senior SAS Programmer works in an office environment with occasional meetings in a group setting.  Flex scheduling is allowed, and a partial telecommuting schedule may be approved by the Associate Director.



1.    A letter of application that addresses the extent to which you meet the Minimum Qualifications and the Desired Qualifications, and that thoroughly describes how your qualifications, education, training and work experience has prepared you to demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities statements listed above.
2.    A resume that includes a chronological work history that details your education, training and professional experience, including months and years in each position.
3.    At least three work-related references including name, address, and telephone number. Note: By providing this information you are authorizing the college to contact your references.
4.    An Affirmative Action Data Sheet (Word | PDF) Note: This optional information will be separated from your application materials and kept confidential.

Please carefully read the job bulletin and submit all requested items by the closing date listed above.  The committee in its screening of applicants will assume your abilities and experience include only those elements specifically documented within your application materials.  By submitting a completed application for this position you are acknowledging that all of the information that you have submitted to apply for this job is true and complete to the best of your knowledge.  You understand that The Evergreen State College may verify this information and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if you are hired.  If invited for an on-campus interview, you may be required to pay your own travel expenses.

Materials may be submitted using any one of the following options:
Email: jobline@evergreen.edu
Mail: The Evergreen State College
Human Resource Services, Library Bldg Room 3102
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA  98505
Fax: (360) 867-6823
Or in person to the Human Resource Services office, Library Building room 3102.

Application materials submitted to the College become property of the College and will not be returned.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, call the Human Resource Services Office at (360) 867-5361 (voice), or (360) 867-6834 (TTY) or email your request to jobline@evergreen.edu.

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Senior SAS Programmer

Date Posted: 8/29/2013

Provide data management, programming, and analysis support—primarily in SAS—for WSIPP and its research staff.

Location: Olympia, Washington
The Evergreen State College