Civis Analytics: VP / Director of Applied Data Science

An experienced analytics leader to guide a team of client-facing data scientists, who work with intelligent organizations in healthcare, media, education, and other domains, and build cloud-based tools to do Data Science better.

Civis Analytics Company: Civis Analytics
Location: Chicago, IL

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Who We Are

Civis Analytics is building a data-driven world. We create technologies that empower organizations to unlock the truth hiding in their own data-transforming them into smart organizations that are ready to thrive.

While our history is rooted in political campaign targeting, we're now partnering with intelligent organizations in healthcare, media, education, and a range of other domains. We're also building cloud-based products to do data science better.

We're solving the world's biggest problems with big data. Through research, experimentation, and iteration, we're transforming how organizations do analytics. Our clients range in scale and focus from local to international, all empowered by our individual-level, data-driven approach.

Our incredible team of engineers, statisticians, researchers, and solution seekers come from all over the world with diverse backgrounds in Fortune 500 companies, international non-profits, Ivy League academia, and even actual rocket science.

Why should you join our team?

We are already hard at work on solving the world's toughest problems with Big Data - working with organizations to analyze and understand their individual level data to improve outcomes and implement organizational change. We use cutting edge data science techniques, and we want to continue be on the forefront of innovation in our field.

We are smart, fun, and a little bit weird. Does this sound like you?

Position Overview

Civis Analytics is looking for an experienced analytics leader to guide a team of client-facing data scientists. As VP / Director of Applied Data Science, you will ensure that all client deliverables and interactions meet Civis' high standards of quality by serving as the final point in the analytics process for client deliverables. You will provide thought leadership and a clear direction to your team by challenging their assumptions, methods, and conclusions, but you will also roll up your sleeves and participate in all phases of the engagement process when appropriate. This position is multi-disciplinary - your department's work will range from consulting/advisory services to database development to data science and visualization to implementing new analytics technologies.

You will work closely with every department in the company to develop a deep understanding of our products and services in order to improve, leverage, and scale our offerings across clients. You will also work closely with senior leadership to establish strategic operational and financial objectives and ensure that your team meets these goals.

We value creativity, hard work and on-the-job-excellence and offer competitive compensation and benefits packages. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify their identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

  • Ensure that all engagements deliver substantive value to clients and further Civis' mission
  • Ensure that all engagements are executed on time and within budget and scope
  • Train, coach, and mentor a team of high-performing data scientists, providing continuous feedback and facilitating professional development
  • Attract, develop, and retain exceptional talent
  • Manage day-to-day operations, including staffing, scheduling, and prioritization of engagements
  • Identify and implement best practices to increase efficiencies and drive continuous improvement in processes and results
  • Standardize formatting and presentation of client deliverables and ensure consistent adherence across all engagements
  • Assess and anticipate client needs and determine how our products and services can meet these needs
  • Serve as a leadership sponsor to large accounts and key executives

Minimum Qualifications
  • Strong background in quantitative analytics and the technology platforms that enable it
  • BA/BS degree with at least nine (9) years of experience in consulting, industry data science, practical academic research, or related field
  • A passion for Civis and the work we do
  • Experience managing multiple clients and projects and executing against an aggressive growth strategy
  • Strong leadership skills with a proven track record of people management and development
  • Ability and eagerness to constantly learn and teach others
  • Ability to multitask and work well under pressure in a fast-paced, constantly-evolving team environment
  • Excellent writing, communication, and presentation skills with an attention to detail
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Availability to work long hours, during nights and weekends as needed

Preferred Qualifications
  • Masters / PhD in a quantitative field
  • Background in statistics, computer science, econometrics, or related fields
  • Knowledge of databases and predictive analytics
  • Experience working with clients, products, and services across multiple industries
  • Experience in a startup environment

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