Applied Data Scientist, Political

| Chicago

About the Company

Civis Analytics is a technology and strategic services company that works with organizations seeking to make more efficient, accurate, and data-driven decisions. Civis was founded in 2013 by former members of the analytics team on the 2012 Obama campaign and today works with some of the nation’s leading progressive political and advocacy organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and major nonprofits.

Civis embraces the individuality of our employees and we celebrate each other's differences. Our products, services, and culture benefit from and thrive on the unique perspectives brought by each person in our Civis community. We're proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, age, sex, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

About the Role

The political Applied Data Science (ADS) Team works closely with candidates, independent political organizations, and advocacy groups to provide strategic insights about elections up and down the ballot. ADS is our client-facing advisory arm. Members of the ADS team work collaboratively with social scientists and survey methodologists, software engineers, and solution delivery specialists to create and deliver scalable solutions to clients’ needs.

As a Applied Data Scientist in our Chicago or DC office, you will structure hard problems, analyze large data sets, build predictive models, collaborate in cross-functional teams, create client materials, and ensure on-time progress and delivery of our projects. This role reports to an Applied Data Science Lead.

Tasks you might encounter in a typical week include:

  • Drafting a set of visualizations that explain the state of a competitive primary
  • Analyzing the results of a web-based survey and assembling a first draft of a memo outlining key findings
  • Setting up an automated pipeline that identifies anomalies in a changing dataset
  • Using predictive models to describe voters in an upcoming election
  • Working with a client to interpret and explain the results of an analysis

While this is a politically-focused role, individuals have succeeded in this role with a range of backgrounds outside of direct campaign experience, including consulting experience in a non-political role. Members of our team have educational backgrounds in physics, political science, philosophy, and more.

We are looking for applicants who are seasoned professionals, dedicated newcomers, and anywhere in between. We are looking for detail-oriented individuals from diverse backgrounds with demonstrated quantitative and problem-solving skills. We value creativity, hard work and on-the-job-excellence and offer competitive compensation and benefits packages. Benefits include paid family leave, comprehensive health, dental and vision coverage, 401k matching, life and disability insurance, and flexible vacation days. In keeping with our commitment to social good, Civis offers all employees regardless of role or seniority the opportunity to work on pro-bono projects and take paid time off for volunteer work.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

Responsibilities

  • Work with colleagues to structure complex client problems to be solved using imperfect data
  • Enhance, find patterns in, and build predictive models on large data sets
  • Produce data visualizations and presentations that communicate technical information to multiple audiences
  • Document processes and decisions, and recommend potential quality control improvements
  • Work with Applied Data Scientist Leads to derive clear, actionable, and timely insights from analyses
  • Work with Applied Data Scientist Leads to create presentations that are client-ready, clear, and correct

Minimum Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to tackle difficult analytical problems, break them down into component parts, and work independently or collaboratively with others to solve them
  • Experience using programming languages, including at least one of Python or R, and a willingness to develop these skills on the job
  • Comfort using data to answer questions and communicate those conclusions to others
  • Bachelor’s degree in an analytical subject or equivalent experience with data and analytics, which can include skills developed in a past job, on a political campaign, or through self-driven learning

Preferred Qualifications

  • Comfort using very large data sets to answer questions and communicate those conclusions to others
  • Demonstrated ability to work under time restrictions
  • Experience working with presentation and data visualization tools, such as ggplot, Tableau, and MS PowerPoint
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ReactLibraries

Location

"With a central location in Chicago’s Loop, our newly renovated office depicts glass conference rooms named after famous scientists!"

An Insider's view of Civis Analytics

What's something quirky about your company?

One of my favorite parts about Civis is the culture of learning—talking about academic papers is encouraged as well as sharing weird facts about things people are interested in. I also love the people at Civis because they genuinely care about each other and also serving the wider world.

Evelyn

Software Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

Even though our department has the primary responsibility for our customers' success, we work with people from every single department to make it happen. Helping our clients succeed is something that every department actively wants to be involved in.

Sean

Team Lead, Solutions Architects

What are some things you learned at the company?

At Civis, I get to use my interest and abilities in science to solve real problems that matter to real people. I get to learn from my colleagues every day, and often get to teach in the places where I'm the one with expertise. There's a real diversity of backgrounds, interests, and experiences.

Katie

Director of Data Science

What are Civis Analytics Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Acme employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $6000 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 50000 times an employee's annual salary.
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Acme Co. provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match 1% of contributions up to 100% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Acme Co. also provides 8 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 4 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Civis believes that if you are sick you should stay home. We have a flexible sick policy with no stated limits.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

Parental Leave. Short & Long Term Disability + Life Insurance. Halloween Costume Contest, Monthly Birthday Celebrations, Happy Hours, & Other Fun Events!

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