Data Science Lead

Data Science Lead

The Democratic National Committee’s Tech Team is hiring a Data Science Lead to help drive our modeling and predictive analytics work, providing best-in-class targeting resources to help Democrats optimize their investments and outreach.  You’ll be part of our Data & Analytics team, made up of data scientists, analysts, and analytics engineers building data products and leveraging that data to generate insights that inform DNC programs and support campaigns around the country.

Who We Are: The Tech Team works closely with campaigns up and down the ballot to provide them the tools and data they need to win. We are a fully remote, distributed team living in 19 states and from a variety of backgrounds.  Some of us have worked in political campaigns, others in public sector tech, and others in industry.  We value diversity in perspective, lived experience, and the many paths one may take towards becoming a data scientist.  We believe deeply in the promise of breaking the boom-bust cycle of political tech work and building technology infrastructure that will support campaigns from cycle to cycle and will improve with every iteration.

You will...

    • Manage Data Scientists – support individuals on the team in their ongoing work and in their overall career development;
    • As part of the roadmapping process and as new needs emerge, identify and evaluate data science priorities, both surfaced from the team and identified through user & ecosystem engagement;
    • Work with Data & Analytics Team leadership and the DNC Tech Product Team to develop roadmaps that account for key priorities balanced against team capacity;
    • Make determinations about capacity allocation of Data Scientists to individual projects on the roadmap;
    • Keep up with political data science research and promote a culture of sustainable innovation;
    • Collaborate with partners in the Democratic ecosystem to identify opportunities for methodological and operational improvements in tackling shared problems; and,
    •  Capacity dependent, contribute directly to individual data science projects either as an owner or reviewer.

What we look for...

    • Several years of experience using R and/or Python to build and deploy predictive models with a thoughtful and methodical approach to model validation and documentation;
    • Knowledge of political data science, either through academic or volunteer work with voter file data or through hands-on experience working in politics;
    • Fluency in SQL Leadership through curiosity, humility, and a spirit of collaboration;
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and experience explaining technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences;
    • You won’t just be building data science products, but you’ll be helping us ensure our diverse users trust them and know how to use them for their individual needs;
    • A passion for documentation, knowledge sharing, and process engineering: coworkers should be able to learn from each other and avoid repeating mistakes.

What we would like to see...

    • A background working in political data science is a strong plus, but not essential. If you're coming from the tech industry, having experience as a volunteer and having end-user familiarity with the tools that campaigns use will be a boost for your onboarding, but we've also had people thrive here who were completely new to political tech;
    • Demonstrated experience managing a technical team where people from a wide set of backgrounds and experiences can thrive;
    • Experience designing and analyzing randomized experiments; and,
    • Experience implementing entity resolution or record linkage processes or algorithms.

Do you want to...

    • Secure the future of our country? Right now a lot is at stake in our country and our team has a huge opportunity to make a real difference;
    • Work with amazing people? We’re building a diverse, distributed team, hiring the best people we can wherever they are—alumni from past Presidential campaigns working out of DC and New York, experienced product developers from the SF Bay Area, and more;
    • Never stop learning? There are people who know about politics and people who know about technology and a few who have figured out some things about how to combine the two, but we are blazing a lot of new trails and you should be comfortable exploring and learning from everyone you can.
The DNC is headquartered in Washington, DC, but you can work remotely from wherever you are. We’re definitely looking for someone who will come in with relevant work experience and be ready to lead a political data science team, but we don’t require previous experience in politics. If you are coming from industry, however, be aware that some things are different in the world of politics: while we've done some budget hacking so we can be competitive when it comes to salaries we know we can’t beat Google or Facebook.

Benefits:
The DNC offers a generous benefit package, including:
- More than 30 days of paid time off, including Federal holidays, vacation, and personal days;
- Health and dental insurance for employee and dependents;
- 90% paid by the DNC, 10% paid by employee;
- Supplementary vision plans available to employees for purchase;
- Up to a 4% employer match DNC 401(k) plan;
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available to DNC employees and their dependents at no cost to staff;
- Pre-tax Flexible spending account benefits available to employee and dependants.

Physical Requirements:
The DNC is committed to supporting employees of varying abilities and to providing reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to succeed at the DNC. The requirements of this role, related to its physical demands, described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

All DNC employees must be able to operate a computer and use a cell phone. For roles at the DNC that include frequent business travel expectations, we can discuss reasonable alternatives to travel in some instances. Most roles also require communicating with key external stakeholders of the organization in person, via the telephone, or via email. We welcome applicants with questions about accommodations to request to speak with our Human Resources Department. When an applicant with a disability requires an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for this position, they may request it in writing by emailing our Human Resources Department.

Essential functions of the role include:
- Working from a computer for long periods of time; and,
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee may also frequently be required to communicate using the telephone, email, and in person with stakeholders.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC), is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The DNC is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or disability, or any other legally protected basis. The DNC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the hiring process and on the job, as required by applicable law. The DNC will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.
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