Data Science Lead

| Chicago

What we do

Civis Analytics helps leading businesses, nonprofits, and government use data to identify, attract, and engage customers, constituents, and citizens. With a blend of proprietary data, technology and advisory services, and an interdisciplinary team of data scientists, developers, and survey science experts, Civis helps organizations stop guessing and start using statistical proof to guide decisions. Learn more about Civis at www.civisanalytics.com.

Who we are

At Civis, we have opportunities for applicants who are newcomers, seasoned professionals, and anywhere in between. Our teams are energized by complex challenges and value diversity of thought. Opportunities to stand out and inspire happen daily and we trust and encourage you to act on your ideas – no matter how big they are. We offer you the tools and community you need to do your best work. Each of us is committed to holding ourselves accountable for results, challenging the status quo and finding new ways to grow our company and each other.

About the Role

The Data Science Research and Development team is responsible for the data science algorithms and methods that sit at the core of Civis’s products. We research and develop data science software that solves problems like probabilistically resolving data records across siloed data sources, running natural experiments to measure the incremental causal impact of campaign ads, performing large-scale constrained resource allocations, and modeling thousands of interesting outcomes for Civis clients.

At Civis, our data scientists are responsible for integrating, scaling, and optimizing our team's data science within software products. They also contribute to our core research goals of developing new methodological approaches to the toughest statistical problems we encounter. We are looking for individuals from diverse backgrounds with demonstrated quantitative, software engineering, and problem-solving skills. As a data scientist on our Chicago-based Research and Development team, you will work on cross-functional product teams to develop new data science solutions, make our existing methods better and more general, work with our users to identify new ways data science can help them solve problems, and maintain an extremely high standard of innovative data science work.

We’re looking for a senior candidate to lead the data science roadmap for one of our product teams, as well as managing a team of data scientists. Our ideal candidate has professional data science management experience or significant professional experience, and an interest in people management. We value creativity, an ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, on-the-job excellence, and offer competitive compensation and benefits packages.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in statistics, operations research, computer science, economics, physics, or other quantitative field
  • 2+ years experience in professional data science or data-intensive software engineering
  • Experience with using machine learning or statistics in real-world applications
  • Experience with software engineering best practices
  • Proficiency with database querying languages such as SQL
  • Proficiency with Python or R

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in statistics, operations research, computer science, economics, physics, or other quantitative field
  • Experience working on cross-functional teams with engineers, product managers, designers, and other non-data-science stakeholders
  • Familiarity with Agile software engineering best practices
  • Familiarity with user-centric design, and a deep motivation to build products that solve real problems for their users
  • Experience managing data scientists, or an interest in managing data scientists in the future

Why Civis Analytics?

  • The opportunity to be part of a growing tech startup focused on continued learning, mentorship, and internal promotion
  • Competitive benefits including flexible PTO, 401K match with immediate vesting, as well as health, dental, and vision benefits
  • Downtown open office environment near great restaurants and all public transportation options

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 contact us [email protected]

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

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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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