Senior Data Scientist, Engagement

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We’re looking for an exceptional senior-level data scientist to develop data products and drive better decision making across the edX organization and for our partners. As our Senior Data Scientist on the cross-functional Engagement team, your work will support the Engagement team’s mission to help learners find and succeed in courses at edX. 

This is a ground floor opportunity to drive tremendous business value as we build a world-class data team. Improving the use of data is one of edX’s top strategic priorities. 

Responsibilities

  • Identify, implement, and drive adoption of analytics-based solutions to business problems.
  • Provide data, analysis, and recommendations to support decisions across all departments and for end customers. Influence decisions at all levels of the organization, including presenting findings to senior leadership. 
  • Perform quantitative research on large data sets.
  • Mentor other data scientists, analysts, and engineers, and provide scientific support across all departments.
  • Guide and potentially participate in the software implementation of data products.
  • Innovate new ways data science can be used to support the organization and its mission.

Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of data science and/or research experience, ideally with at least 3 years in industry and/or a Ph.D. in a quantitative discipline.
  • Extensive hands-on experience working with large, real-world data.
  • Experience developing thoughtful data visualization that conveys a precise and compelling message. 
  • Demonstrably strong business orientation, with a propensity toward action, and the mentality to get initial results quickly and iterate.
  • Strong programming and algorithm development skills as applied to working with large data sets (e.g. in Python, R, SQL, Spark).
  • Connoisseurship of good science: attention to experimental design, causality, bias, significance, etc.
  • Innately scrappy with big picture thinking, and an interest in solving fuzzy business problems.
  • Careful approach with close attention to detail and motivation to minimize error.
  • Excellent communication skills and a team player attitude.
  • Bonus: Experience with learning science or clickstream data.

How you will grow

  • Be part of a highly talented, collaborative, and practical data team that is always teaching and learning from each other.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally and with senior leadership on some of edX's highest visibility initiatives.
  • Focus your energy on business impact, honing your ability to use data to create quantifiable value for an organization.
  • Play a key role in transforming a company early in its analytical journey into a highly sophisticated data-driven organization.
  • Solve challenging technical problems involving large volumes of data using cutting-edge tools.
  • Dedicate your time at work to furthering an important social cause, and have a big impact on edX's sustainability.

Applicants must be able to work out of our Cambridge, MA office. Sorry, Visa sponsorship is not available.

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Technology we use

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Location

edX is right near the MIT campus in the Kendall Square neighborhood of Cambridge, MA. There are cafes, bars, restaurants, gyms, and a T stop nearby!

An Insider's view of edX

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Always fun and collaborative. I've never worked at a place where so many co-workers greeted me by name after just my first day.

Jim

Sales Development Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

My work focuses on enabling course teams at partner institutions to create high-quality learning experiences on edX.org. Right now couldn't be a more critical time for this work as we ramp up the amount of Master's degrees we are offering this Fall. I work with faculty, instructional designers, media producers, and project managers.

Ben Piscopo

Learning Designer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Working at edX has given me invaluable experience that has allowed me to explore and develop my career. I’ve been able to take on challenges and learning opportunities that have helped me discover the work I’m most passionate about. In my time at edX I’ve grown into a new role and continue to learn more about my work and myself.

Mary Mooshian

Associate Product Marketing Manager

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

At edX, getting your work done is very important, but the company also understands that your life and well being outside of work is directly correlated to productivity during work hours. This is clearly communicated across all levels and departments. There is also lots of company wide fun activities that help us get to know our coworkers outside.

Juliana

Software Engineer I

What are edX Perks + Benefits

edX Benefits Overview

edX employees are eligible for all MIT benefits. Enjoy the benefits of an established benefits program, but still live startup life.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
edX volunteers for the Charles River Conservancy for a Cleanup day and is deeply embedded in the local edtech community.
Partners with Nonprofits
edX partners with Year Up and She Geeks Out.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
edX has a Sustainability committee, various employee resource groups, and an edX Cares committe involved in giving back to the community.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
We have a pension plan too!
401(K) Matching
5% match
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Company sponsored family events
edX's summer party is for the whole family!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive _40__ hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
edX hosts two company outings per year - in the summer and in the winter. There are department-specific outings throughout the year!
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
We offer employees Paid on-site garage parking.
Recreational Clubs
edX has a running group and a pickup basketball team.
Fitness Subsidies
edX has access to the MIT gym at a great rate!
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We have a $5,000 tuition reimbursement (per calendar year) through MIT's benefits. Additionally, we have a $200 stipend (per calendar year) for edX courses.

Additional Perks + Benefits

As employees of MIT, we have some of the best benefits around! Free lunch every day (of various catered cuisines) brings people into the cafeteria to enjoy lunch as a group, and opens up edXer's culinary horizons.

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