Senior Data Scientist

| Greater Boston Area
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Panorama Education, based in Boston, is a fast-growing technology startup focused on radically improving education.

Today, 900 school systems serving ten million students have adopted the Panorama platform as paying customers, including New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, and Nashville. School systems turn to Panorama to ensure that each child is getting the support they need, so that more students succeed in school, graduate, and go on to college. Panorama helps educators monitor how students are doing across academics, attendance, behavior, and college readiness, and then coordinate action to support each child. Panorama’s platform also helps educators collect data about non-academic factors that are key to each child’s success in school and in life, such as social-emotional skills, safety, teacher-student relationships, and family engagement. Panorama has raised $45 million from Emerson Collective, YCombinator, Spark Capital, Owl Ventures, SoftTech, and Mark Zuckerberg.

About the Team:

We have a big-picture vision to radically improve student outcomes by helping educators leverage data to improve their practice. Through small-team collaborations, we develop data-driven products and impactful research that drives positive outcomes for students, educators, and our business.

About the Role:

Our data science efforts run the gamut from data extraction and pipeline engineering to statistical modeling and data visualization. The primary goal for our Senior Data Scientist is to enable two fundamental ends: product development and educational research. As Panorama’s Senior Data Scientist, you will lead these efforts.

In this role, you will:

  • Compile, analyze, and visualize large, one-of-a-kind educational datasets that include longitudinal, high-frequency data from millions of students, including their academic performance, in-class behavior, school attendance, and social-emotional competencies
  • Innovate and help engineer data pipelines and infrastructure to enable product development and educational research
  • Apply traditional and modern statistical techniques to creatively address key questions of practical and theoretical interest, such as the causal impact of curricular interventions on student outcomes
  • Imagine and help implement data-driven products to help educators better support students
  • Collaborate closely with researchers, engineers, designers, and product managers
  • Concisely summarize extant scholarship and best practices in ways that make that knowledge usable for other team members
  • Work with company leadership to develop our data science strategy, priorities, and practices

This role is for you if you: 

  • Have a passion for using data and analytics to improve education
  • Can expertly join and manipulate large structured and unstructured datasets into analyzable forms
  • Have broad and deep statistical knowledge of traditional and modern methods, including regression, multilevel modeling, psychometrics, dimension reduction, clustering, and causal inference
  • Are fluent in one or more relevant programming languages (e.g., R, Python) and RDBMSs (e.g, PostgreSQL), and can program scripts (e.g., for outlier removal) not available in existing packages
  • Are a team player who thrives in a collaborative, small-team environment
  • Have a master’s degree or comparable credential in data science, statistics, or applied math, or a terminal degree (e.g., Ed.D., Ph.D.) in a quantitative social science
  • Have at least three years of prior industry or academic experience working with software engineers and/or product managers as a data scientist, engineer, or analyst.

Panorama Education is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive company because we serve students, educators and families from tremendously diverse backgrounds and identities across the country; we’ve seen how our product and impact are strengthened the more we reflect that diversity. In addition, we have found (and we believe the research) that diverse teams are higher-performing, and we embrace the varied perspectives that our team members share with each other.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

We're on School Street above the Walgreens at Downtown Crossing. We're just a few minutes walking distance from the Blue, Orange, Green, and Red Lines

An Insider's view of Panorama Education

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We work really hard because we care deeply about what we do and who we do it for. Our rich diversity allows for collaboration with people from all walks of life to build something meaningful and impactful for our future. I would be remiss in not saying that I work with some of the most hardworking, intelligent, and admirable people I’ve ever met.

Jen

Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

My days revolve around our mission of being the best part of our client’s day. Collaboratively working with other engineers and Client Success teammates to problem solve, build new tools, integrate/onboard new clients, and support the needs of existing clients are just a start.

Jahvon

Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Being eager, highly adaptive, dependable, and believing that our work is significant. For example, we’ve prioritized schools visits this year. As an engineer, I saw our product in a whole new light when I watched teachers actually interact with it as a normal part of their day. This allows us to carefully and thoughtfully craft our product.

Jemma

Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We empower each team member to build plans to turn strategy into reality. We believe that leveraging everyone’s unique skills and experiences will yield the best possible outcomes for our clients and cultivate an environment of teaching & learning.

Katie

CFO

What projects are you most excited about?

I am excited about elevating equity and inclusion as we support educators and school leaders in creating environments where all students thrive. For the Teaching & Learning team, we try to focus on designing learning experiences and resources that help partners navigate and process data to learn the ways that students experience school differently.

Nashaira

Workshop Facilitator

What are Panorama Education Perks + Benefits

Panorama Education Benefits Overview

Our team members show unmatched devotion to improving education so in return, we've worked hard to craft a benefit offering that cares for each Panoramian and shows our devotion to and appreciation for them. Our benefits range from 90% coverage of medical premiums to flexible vacation to generous parental leave to daily catered lunch.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
We offer two kinds of FSAs so employees are able to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for health care expenses like copays and deductibles. We also reimburse up to $50 per month for gym memberships.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Panorama covers 90% of the cost of dental premiums.
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Panorama's health insurance plan through BCBS offers a PPO and HMO option. Panorama covers 90% of premium costs.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Panorama matches 100% of employee contributions of up to 4% of their annual salary. Matched contributions vest right away!
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

We work really hard at Panorama so we make sure our team members are comfortable and well supported by benefits and perks that are motivating and encourage them to build longterm careers with us.

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