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Murmuration: Data Scientist [New York, NY]

Murmuration is seeking a creative and endlessly inquisitive Data Scientist to join our team. You will be working hand-in-hand with our Director of Analytics to develop highly optimized predictive models from a large volume of regularly updated data.

At: MurmurationMurmuration
Location: New York, NY
Position: Data Scientist

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Who We Are

Murmuration seeks meaningfully improved education outcomes for kids by providing information, infrastructure, and support for education-related elections, public advocacy and community building efforts.

One of Murmuration’s key initiatives, m{insights, is a technology product that seeks to aggregate data from a combination of sources such as partner organizations’ member data, publicly available data, consumer data, voter file data, and more. These data are then used to build a variety of models and tools that will position Murmuration’s partner organizations to activate and expand their supporter bases effectively and mobilize them for sustained political change. Murmuration has the unique opportunity to build, with partners, a massive dataset that can leverage creative data science to profoundly change the way that education advocacy efforts and service providers engage their bases.

About the Position

We are looking for a creative and endlessly inquisitive Data Scientist to join our team. You will be working hand-in-hand with our Director of Analytics to develop highly optimized predictive models from a large volume of regularly updated data and to design experiments to test the effectiveness of various campaign tactics. In addition, you will be a key resource for building out custom analytics to help analyze our partners’ work in the political and advocacy spheres. You will be working in a small but dedicated, detail-oriented team that is committed to our mission. The Murmuration work environment is friendly, driven, and non-corporate but professional.

The Data Scientist will:

  • Create predictive analytics using the latest machine learning algorithms on relatively “big” data (hundreds of features on > 100 million records)
  • Provide analytic insights for partners throughout the lifecycle of their campaign(s); build, review, and recommend custom models; provide real-time visualizations and analysis of campaign work; and produce post-campaign analytics to help our partners constantly learn from their efforts
  • Design and implement large-scale randomized controlled trials to gauge the general effectiveness of advocacy and campaign efforts
  • Produce post-mortem analytics on the advocacy and campaign work being performed in our platform to help our partners constantly learn from their efforts
  • Conduct various analyses to infer causality from large sets of behavioral data.
  • Work closely with the data engineering team to analyze and augment our data
  • Work closely with our business analysts to draft clear and informative data visualizations
  • Work with our staff and partners to develop practical ways to apply our leading analytics to the real world
  • Help optimize our analytic work to perform well on large datasets stored in Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Never stop asking questions and always be hunting for the next impactful insight

Candidate Profile

Murmuration attracts employees with distinctive and diverse backgrounds and accomplishments. Integrity, creativity, flexibility, and drive are key attributes of competitive candidates. The Data and Analytics teams are highly collaborative, friendly and hard-working, and we are looking for a Data Scientist who embodies those values.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • PhD in political science, sociology, mathematics, statistics or other related field or 4-5 years of experience performing data analysis work as described below
  • Excellent general data science skills (data cleaning, munging, data visualization)
  • Excellent Python or R skills
  • Experience building machine learning models on large datasets
  • Experience identifying appropriate statistical techniques and applying them to a variety of real-world datasets
  • Strong problem-solving skills as well as the ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively
  • Experience with databases and knowledge of SQL preferred
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services, in particular applying analytics in that setting (desired not required)
  • Interest in politics and/or educational policy


This position will be based in New York, NY, and requires occasional travel.


The Data Scientist position is a full-time, salaried position with a comprehensive benefits package. Compensation for this position is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter here.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Murmuration is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

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