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.

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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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