Position description:

We want you to help us establish Classy as THE thought leader in social impact and fundraising. Help us build our dataset and leverage it to publish reports and prototype tools that support awesome organizations achieve their goals to do good.

We’re looking for a data scientist who is a self-starter and has experience driving their own data science project. Be comfortable with:

  • Using a common scripting language (e.g. Python, R) to access data sources (database, csv, json APIs, web scraping), clean, and cross-reference data.
  • Using appropriate statistical / machine-learning methods to analyze the data
  • Publishing insights (visualizations and text, internal presentations & blogging)
  • Prototyping tools to expose these insights internally and/or externally (to non-profit organizations)

You will work on a small, talented team of developers, analysts, and data scientists. We’ll look to you to help answer core questions, such as:

  • What factors predict whether a fundraising campaign is successful?
  • How do we identify our top fundraising users as early as possible?
  • What charities are most likely to succeed on our platform?
  • How much does social impact matter for fundraising?
  • Can we automatically score how good a user’s text and images are for fundraising?
  • Much, much more!

You will have chances to learn new skills, give and receive feedback on projects, work with our unique in-house dataset, and discover new insights in how Classy can best support organizations and the individuals who support them, to do good in the world.


  • Graduated from a Bachelor's, Master's, or Ph.D program
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience preferred
  • Work experience in programming, data science, machine learning (preferably all three).
  • Completion of one or more self-led data science projects (the more diverse the data sources, the better!)
  • Specialization or Expertise in:
    • Deep neural networks (convolution neural network / CNN, recurrent networks / RNN) OR
    • Natural Language Processing (NLP), including sentiment analysis, part of speech tagging (POS)
  • Great attitude, eagerness to learn, motivated self-starter, excellent communicator

Our awesome perks!

  • New office in downtown San Diego overlooking Petco Park baseball stadium and the ocean
  • 29 days off annually including vacation + holidays
  • 10 half-day Fridays a year
  • 20 hours paid volunteer time off
  • Monthly parking pass, public transit pass, or ride-share allowance
  • Employee health benefits available day one
  • Pet friendly office (woof!)

*Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience in a SaaS company backed by prominent technology investors, including JMI Equity, Mithril, Salesforce Ventures, and Bullpen Capital. Classy has raised $53 million to-date in growth capital. For more information, visit www.classy.org or follow Classy on Twitter @Classy.

About Classy:

Classy is a social enterprise that creates world-class online fundraising tools for nonprofits, modernizing the giving experience to accelerate social impact around the world – like curing disease, responding to disasters, providing access to education and other inspirational programs. Classy’s goal is to be a growth engine for nonprofits and social enterprises, helping them engage with supporters through a remarkable giving experience. Since 2011, fundraising on the Classy platform has doubled each year—resulting in thousands of nonprofits collectively raising over half a billion dollars.

Did you know that over $390 billion is donated annually to U.S. nonprofits, yet only a small fraction of this number is donated online? This massive market has been devoid of significant innovation in technology for decades - with most modern technology companies focusing elsewhere. Therefore, this market is ripe for disruption.

Classy is a VC-backed SaaS company headquartered in San Diego, boasting a culture that is exciting, result-oriented, and above all else, committed to our mission. Our customers deserve a technology solution—and a team— that can transform the giving experience. We’d love for you to be a part of it.

Today, the 225-person Classy team services over 3,000 nonprofit customers and also hosts the Collaborative and Classy Awards to recognize excellence in social innovation.


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