Senior Data Scientist

Senior Data Scientist

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Senior Data Scientist

Alumni Affairs and Development


Position Description

The Senior Data Scientist will support the ideation and growth of the data science practice, including process, infrastructure, and tooling decisions. They will lead and execute deep-dive diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive analytics initiatives to support business decisions and strategic planning.  The role requires extensive professional programming experience and demonstrated ability to analyze data and build and deploy AI models. Beyond strong technical aptitude, the Senior Data Scientist will engage with internal stakeholders and mentor data science professionals.  

Strategy & Planning

    • Create and iterate repeatable, reusable processes and scalable data systems that address technical and deployment challenges.
    • Author white papers for technical and non-technical audiences to inspire and create a dialog with stakeholders around the value of data science and AI.
    • Demonstrate high creativity when developing solutions to improve business processes using advanced analytical methods.
    • Contribute to strategic planning for broader technology and infrastructure modernization initiative for Advancement at Harvard.

Service Delivery

    • Design and build end-to-end AI solutions that will address business process needs and aid in achieving strategic goals.
    • Manage and execute data science projects from start to finish, including business engagement, data wrangling, analysis, and modeling.
    • Work cross-functionally with business operations partners and the BI development team.
    • Ensure project delivery and continued success from initial development to business support and enhancements.
    • Generate working datasets and configurations to accelerate response rates to requested work from the developing data science team.
    • Formulate data-driven solutions to expressed and unexpressed business opportunities and communicate compelling stories.
    • Create and implement tools and processes to aid advanced analytics work from the wider team.
    • Ensures the team develops consistent practices for documentation and handoff of newly created processes.


  • Mentor and guide developing data science team members on best practices for process and solution.
  • Coach analysts and data scientists on coding, use of Python packages, deployment, and monitoring.
  • Grow capabilities around automation by enhancing data architecture and pipelines in close collaboration with reporting, BI, and Data Solutions teams.
  • Drive a culture of innovation through upskilling, experimentation, and continuous improvement.
  • Act as an AI thought leader, including presentations, reports, and creation of white papers to inspire and create dialog for future projects.

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of seven years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Experience in data science, IT, or software development, including data engineering and advanced analytics work
  • Experienced with full-stack development of data science solutions in a high-security environment
  • Fluent in Python packages for Data Science, such as NumPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, SciPy, Scikit-learn, PyTorch, Tensorflow, Keras, etc.
  • Advanced visualization and data storytelling skills
  • Must have an even disposition and be able to deal effectively and politely with all people from all types of backgrounds and experience
  • Ability to work within a team-oriented environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Must be collaborative, conscientious, and results-oriented
  • Involvement in non-profits or higher-ed Advancement a plus

Certificates and Licenses

  • Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred

Working Conditions

  • For those interested in remote work, this position can be performed as fully remote.  AA&D does require visits to Cambridge for on or around campus-based engagements required by AA&D leadership, your team or unit, such as reunion activities, retreats, etc.   All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA).  Additional details will be discussed during the interview process.    

Additional Information

This position requires a 3 month orientation and review period.
Please include a cover letter with your application.

Why AA&D?
We are a dedicated team of 400 alumni affairs and development professionals supporting Harvard’s advancement activity through roles that include front-line fundraising, alumni and volunteer engagement, technology, events, communications, prospect management and research, business process, talent management and many other areas.

Harvard’s Alumni Affairs and Development team inspires and galvanizes alumni, friends, and members of the University community to support Harvard through philanthropy, governance, and active engagement. AA&D believes a workplace that reflects the diversity of our society and our ever-evolving University constituency makes us a stronger and more effective organization. Our goal is to create an environment of respect that values the many talents, perspectives, and experiences of our community, to deliver the strongest possible results by incorporating diverse perspectives into our daily work, and to make AA&D a great place to work for everyone. AA&D strives to live our values of respect, inclusion, trust, collaboration, innovation and sharing of information in our daily interactions and our work.

To learn more about how Harvard supports diversity and inclusion throughout the University please visit the Office for Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at

Accommodations: Harvard University welcomes individuals with disabilities to apply for positions and participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please let your recruiter know.

Vaccine Requirements: Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees are required to provide proof of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University’s COVID-19 Information Website.


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function

Alumni Affairs and Development, Information Technology

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

I1359P IT Data Architect Prof V

Work Format



Alumni Affairs and Development



Time Status


Salary Grade



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal, Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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