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Data Scientist (NYC)

DonorsChoose.org engages the public in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable, and personal way to address educational inequity. In this clip, board member Stephen Colbert tells the organization's story.

Since its launch in 2000, more than 3 million "citizen philanthropists" have donated to classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org, channeling books, field trips, technology, and other resources to more than 28 million students in public schools, overwhelmingly from low-income households. Along the way, the organization helped to pioneer the field of crowdfunding and is now making an impact beyond school supplies.

Thanks to its dedicated team and culture, DonorsChoose.org earned recognition as the #1 "Best Nonprofit to Work For" by the Nonprofit Times.

The Team

This role is on the Data Science & Analytics Team in our Product & Engineering group. The Data team supports DonorsChoose.org’s data-driven philosophy by building and maintaining an analytics-centric data warehouse that holds the single source of truth for all areas of the business. Using this structured data, we combine business analytics with data science to understand user behavior, build machine learning products, and inform business strategy across marketing, operations, and product. We are also dedicated to using our data to understand classroom trends across the nation and to engage the public with our insights.

The Role

DonorsChoose.org is a technology non-profit that is serious about data. We are seeking a Data Scientist who is eager to play a key technical role on a results-oriented two-person team that delivers critical work for teams across the organization. A typical week may involve writing a custom data transformation script, creating a new reporting dashboard, and building a machine learning model.

You will:

  • Lead the end-to-end development and deployment of machine learning products (think user-facing recommendation engines, back-end automations, etc.); from deeply understanding the data, to building and tuning the model, to scaling it in production, you’re in charge
  • Perform analyses on large sets of data to extract actionable insights that will help drive business decisions across our marketing, operations, and product teams
  • Continuously test and improve our current machine learning products
  • Mine our rich data for insights about evolving classroom needs
  • Help maintain and continuously improve our existing business intelligence (BI) tools and underlying data infrastructure
  • Support ad hoc reporting needs

This position is right for you if you:

  • Have 1-2 years of experience working on data analysis and modeling in a professional or academic setting
  • Have a strong ability to code in Python
  • Have a strong grasp of SQL and database concepts (we use Redshift and Postgres)
  • Have experience utilizing applied statistics or machine learning on large, complex, noisy datasets to solve real-world challenges and business problems
  • Love data munging (or at the very least have a love-hate relationship with it)
  • Are eager to expand your data science toolbox; you’re comfortable learning new tools and experimenting with new methods
  • Have the ability to distill ill-defined problems into clear and tractable ones
  • Operate with a high sense of urgency and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment

Bonus points if you have experience with any of the following:

  • AWS infrastructure (specifically Redshift,  EC2, and Lambda)
  • Scaling and turning models into production-ready applications, such as recommender systems
  • Web analytics and event data
  • BI and reporting platforms (we use Looker)
  • A/B testing
  • Natural language processing

Compensation and Benefits

DonorsChoose.org offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes 100% employer paid health, dental, and vision coverage; a matching 401k plan (up to 5% of your salary); an annual professional development stipend; and 5 weeks paid vacation plus national holidays. To learn more about what it's like to work for DonorsChoose.org, visit the careers page.

To Apply

Please submit your application online. In your cover letter, tell us a little bit about your favorite teacher! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until this position is filled.

A Final Note

The DonorsChoose.org team works toward a nation where students in every community have the resources needed for an excellent education. To do this, we hire and support a diverse team of the best and the brightest talent available.

We are an organization increasingly representative of the varied races and ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, and abilities that comprise our nation. DonorsChoose.org focuses on attracting, retaining, and advancing diverse talent because it makes us more effective, high-performing, creative, and resilient.

If you are passionate about our mission, highly skilled in your field, and looking for a place where you can bring all of yourself to work, we want you.

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