The Center for New Data is a tech nonprofit dedicated to unlocking insights from big data to combat voter suppression. Our work has been profiled by The New York Times and Fast Company; introduced as testimony to the U.S. Congress by leaders like Stacey Abrams; supported investigative features by the Washington Post and Center for Public Integrity; and helped reopen polling locations in Georgia’s 2021 Senate runoff election. Our current programs focus on fighting voter suppression and gerrymandering, leveraging location data from 30 million mobile devices and a national volunteer corps of 200+ data scientists, engineers, project managers, and software engineers.

We are seeking a Head of Data Engineering & Analytics to join our founding team and play a key technical and leadership role in redefining big data analytics for voting rights. Working with the Executive Director and founding team, you will help plan the organization’s data-driven strategy to fight voter suppression for the midterm elections and beyond. You will also work with the Executive Director and CTO to ensure that we are advancing our product roadmap, and that we are providing the engagement and conditions for our data volunteer corps to succeed.

There is a tremendous opportunity to work as a strategic thought-partner providing creativity, inspiration, and technical expertise to solve complex problems, and to help shape the roadmap and patterns of an emerging data-for-good organization.

In this player-coach capacity, your typical week may involve updating the technical roadmap, identifying priority projects and assessing the adequate scope and teams to carry them out, digging in hands-on to assess data pipelines or to provide final code and data quality assurance, and working with the Executive Director, Head of Partnerships, and CTO to identify innovative projects in the area of voting rights and social equity.

About Center for New Data

At the Center for New Data, we help make equity-driven and evidence-based change possible by sharing insights from big data with public problem solvers. We are committed to closing the data divide by ensuring the same big, novel datasets currently used to target ads and power consumer apps can also be used to reveal social inequalities and power evidence-driven solutions.

We believe that in order for voting rights to be protected, they first need to be measured. We use new data to identify where in-person voting access is most problematic, which populations are most affected, and which solutions are most effective. Our data products detect voting rights violations at the local level and also paint a big picture about causes and patterns of voter suppression at the state and national level.

Currently, our organization is working to produce and disseminate novel data to fight voter suppression in the 2022 midterms. In the years ahead, we intend to become a center of excellence for the use of data science to protect voting rights, serving our growing network of prominent partners, including voting rights non-profits, journalists, policy influencers, and litigators.

About the Role

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Executive Director and CTO to shape data strategy and vision by providing leadership over implementation, including major initiatives around data modeling, engineering, analysis, and machine learning.
  • Lead, coach, and mentor teams of high-skilled data science and data engineer volunteers, helping them deliver excellent work by providing advice and technical guidance.
  • Get hands-on, performing statistical analyses on large sets of data to extract actionable insights that will help drive business decisions across our marketing, operations, and product teams.
  • Build a data strategy roadmap aligned with the product roadmap of data-powered features for our partners like voting rights nonprofits, litigators, journalists, governments, and researchers.
  • Drive visibility of social impact work by engaging “Civic Tech / Social Innovation / Data for Good” community and external researchers.

Required Skills:

  • 4-6 years of experience using datasets to solve business problems, planning strategically for the business
  • Experience advocating use of data as a tool for change
  • Experience building, leading, and growing team(s) of highly-skilled data analysts and engineers
  • Data warehousing/ETL & dimensional modeling
  • Intermediate to expert level command of SQL and Python.
  • Expert understanding of data pipelines, relational databases (e.g., Snowflake Database)
  • Strong aptitude for statistical modeling and other data science techniques.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing open-source projects and developing patterns for reusable code
  • Familiarity with modern business intelligence and reporting platforms, e.g., Looker and PowerBI
  • Familiarity with GIS and other forms of novel data
  • Familiarity with big data infrastructure, e.g., S3, Snowflake, and Astronomer

Compensation and Benefits

  • The annual salary range for this role is $130,000-150,000 consummate with experience
  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision benefits plan
  • 401k match program
  • A flexible time-off policy for vacation and sick time, observance of federal holidays, and regular wellness days after team sprints
  • A fully remote work environment (for US-based employees) along with flexible schedules and time-off policies that work with your life
  • The opportunity to build your career alongside New Data’s founders as a key member of our fast-growing tech nonprofit

To Apply

Please submit your application online via Breezy. In your cover letter, tell us a little bit about your experience or motivations around using big data analytics to drive social impact! Applications will be accepted through July 1.

Center for New Data is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.