Director, Data Science (Advocacy & Nonprofit)


Full Time Executive-level / Director
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Civis Analytics is seeking a Director to play a pivotal role in powering Civis’ growth within the Advocacy & Nonprofit sector. You will lead end-to-end delivery of client solutions, including initial business development, problem scoping, and delivery. You will help grow Civis's business by delivering excellent work and identifying new strategic growth opportunities for the company. 

The Applied Data Science (ADS) team is the consultancy arm of Civis Analytics, working closely with global nonprofits and companies, as well as Federal agencies and state & local governments, to help solve their toughest challenges with data science. The Director will manage, supervise, and mentor a team of Applied Data Scientists to deliver analytic solutions to help inform our clients’ biggest decisions.

The Director will work closely and cross-functionally with teams across the company, including engineering, product, legal, finance, and sales, to advise, oversee, and communicate work internally and externally. 


  • Manage and lead a team of applied data scientists, as well as cross-functional client delivery teams, that provides analytics and survey research consulting to achieve our clients’ business goals through the usage of Civis’ services and technology
  • Partner with technical, product, and sales teams to establish a strategy that accomplishes a client's strategic goals
  • Own engagements end-to-end and design the scope and analytics roadmap for clients. Manage a team through the process of solving some of our clients’ hardest problems; defining the client’s problem, designing a solution, and delivering high-quality work
  • Grow Civis' business by delivering excellent work, identifying new strategic growth opportunities for the company, and developing expertise and credibility in nonprofit data science
  • Develop and manage relationships with clients and decision makers and be responsible for all client-facing communication and work product
  • Lead the research design of their projects, including statistical and data management methods, soliciting input from subject matter experts when needed
  • Ensure that all deliverables provide substantive value to clients, adhere to our standards, and further our mission

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in an analytical subject (e.g., statistics, math, social science) or business (e.g., marketing, economics)
  • Minimum of 7 years of applicable work experience in a significant management role, management of line of business, or management of a research group
  • A strong foundation in statistics and data analytics expertise in survey research and statistical modeling. This will be demonstrated by having 5+ years of experience working with large data sets to solve real-world business challenges
  • Firm understanding of statistical software and programming applications (e.g., SAS, Stata, R, Python) and visualization technologies/libraries (e.g., Tableau, D3, Google)
  • Experience managing teams to complete projects within scope and on time
  • Experience overseeing multiple projects with competing resource demands and timelines
  • A track record of helping teams win new contracts
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated history of delivering high-quality analytic work to advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in an analytical subject or business
  • Experience writing proposals, building cost and pricing estimates of proposed work, and selling the work to new or existing clients
  • Experience working for a consulting, services, or advisory firm
  • Familiarity with machine learning and causal inference a plus

All employees either must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, initiate vaccination before your start date, or file an exemption request prior to start date per company policy for review. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, all Civis offices are closed and employees are remote until further notice. This is being closely monitored as the situation evolves. Although it’s likely our offices will reopen, positions hired outside of Civis office locations will be remote roles.

Who we are

Civis offers opportunities for newcomers, seasoned professionals, and anyone 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 help our company—and each other—grow.

Why join our team?

  • The opportunity to be part of a growing tech startup focused on solving interesting and meaningful problems, invested in internal promotion, and committed to fostering a diverse, equal, and inclusive workplace. 
  • Competitive benefits, including unlimited PTO; 401K match with immediate vesting; health, dental, and vision benefits; fully paid parental leave; breastfeeding support, including breastmilk shipping services for traveling moms; commuter benefits; wellness initiatives, including weekly group meditations; monthly on-site massage therapy; and pet insurance.

  • To support employees in our now-fully remote work environment, we have expanded our virtual journal and book clubs, Donut Pals (organized virtual coffee meet-ups), Lightning Talks (five-minute presentations on anything you’d like), Lunch-and-Learns, and HR Open Discussions (bi-weekly meet-ups where we discuss ideas and topics of the day in a casual format). We are also able to support and accommodate flexible work from-home-schedules to help employees juggle their domestic responsibilities.

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

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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Perks/benefits: 401(k) matching Career development Competitive pay Flex hours Flex vacation Health care Insurance Parental leave Startup environment Unlimited paid time off Wellness

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