Senior Data Scientist

DARO · Remote (Global)

Data + Analytics
Partners & Advocates
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
$80,000 - $120,000 Per Year
Posted 3 weeks ago

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Senior Data Scientist, GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and  organizations to transform their communities and the world. The organization works with partners across sectors and borders to understand the drivers and impacts of generosity, explore giving behaviors and patterns, and use data to inspire more giving around the world. GivingTuesday offers the largest philanthropic data collaborative effort in the social sector — with unique, granular datasets from a wide range of organizations featuring key sector information

As we scale up, we are expanding our team of data scientists and engineers, who will continue to grow and improve our unique data assets, methodologies, and technical infrastructure. 

In pursuit of the goals and expansion of the data commons, GivingTuesday partners with key organizations to leverage their expertise to manage and lead different aspects of the work. These data & technology partners (DARO, With Intent) manage staff, projects, and ongoing functions for the data commons with dedicated staff embedded in GivingTuesday in those capacities in cross-functional roles. This role is one of these positions - managed by our partner organizations but embedded in GivingTuesday’s Data Team.

Senior Data Scientist

Our global data science team works on a diverse set of problems and projects related to learning, insights, and impact measurement in the nonprofit sector. We are looking for a Senior Data Scientist to join our growing team, where they will work with data engineers, analysts, and other team members to develop compelling and useful knowledge products for GivingTuesday stakeholders, including academics, data partners, the social/nonprofit sector, and the general public.

In this role you will:

  • Work with a wide range of data types from collaborators and institutional partners in the nonprofit ecosystem to deliver analyses with actionable insights
  • Manage key datasets and improve their usability by creating database dictionaries and user documentation
  • Improve existing data processing pipelines, automate recurrent operations on core datasets 
  • Stay abreast of new research methods, recommend and implement the right methodologies to solve our research challenges
  • Create impactful data visualisations and interactive data dashboards for stakeholders
  • Deliver briefings and rapid-response/ad-hoc data analysis to support the Chief Data Officer in their presentations and media appearances
  • Guide and mentor junior members of the data science team 

We are looking for someone with:

  • Advanced analytical skills in a research context, conducting exploratory analysis and mapping data flows, integration of datasets and reviewing data sources and tools
  • Experience with statistical methods including hypothesis testing, regression analysis, and sampling techniques
  • Experience working with scripting languages (Python preferred) and data querying languages (SQL required)
  • Solid data visualisation skills (e.g. Looker) and an aptitude for translating technical outputs into compelling stories
  • Experience with software development tools and practices (e.g. version control, git)
  • Understanding of legislation around privacy and best practices for securing data
  • Solid relationship management skills, with the ability to collaborate with a variety of internal stakeholders on complex research initiatives
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English and an ability to communicate clearly and directly
  • Interest in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector and use of data to promote better social outcomes

GivingTuesday is actively seeking candidates with unique and diverse work backgrounds to grow our team. We are especially excited to talk to you if have: 

  • Programming tools: Python, Pandas, Jupyter Notebook, SQL, Git 
  • Experience with BI dashboarding tools (ie Looker, PowerBI, Metabase)
  • Experience working with Airflow, Docker, Kubernetes is an asset 
  • Experience working with data platforms such as Databricks (or other forms of data lakes/warehouses/lakehouses)
  • An advanced degree in a quantitative field (definitely not required!)

Position type: This is a full-time position.

Location Details: Remote.

Work Hours: We are looking for candidates who can overlap with a 9:00 to 5:00 EST workday for at least 4 hours per day. 

Salary Range:

For applicants in the US, our salary range is $80,000 to $120,000 per year.

For candidates in other locations, our salary ranges vary depending on local hiring costs, but generally the upper range of our total budget for the position is $120,000 USD.


GivingTuesday is committed to a work environment where our employees feel included, valued, and heard. We value diversity and welcome applications from Indigenous peoples, people from systematically excluded communities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. We welcome people from neurodiverse backgrounds. If you require any accessibility accommodation in the interviewing process please let us know.

We know that applying for a job takes a lot of time and energy and we treat every application with care and attention. Only applicants chosen for interview will be contacted. 

To apply, please provide us with your CV, and a short cover letter detailing your interest in our subject matter and work (2 paragraphs is sufficient).


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