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Our Webby award-winning website, GreatSchools.org, had nearly 46 million unique visitors last year and reaches more than half of all U.S. families with school-age children every year. As the nation’s leading guide to preK-12 schools, the site offers profiles of about 200,000 public and private schools and more than one million ratings and reviews by parents, teachers, and students. In addition, GreatSchools offers thousands of research-based articles, videos, and worksheets to help parents support their children’s learning.

Data Science Analyst

Summary

The GreatSchools Data Science Team is seeking an analytically skilled, creative-minded person who excels at building, sharing, and improving statistical models for real-world solutions. The Data Science Analyst will develop models that form the core of GreatSchools ratings and other data products and drive public-facing reports.They will be responsible for leveraging a variety of data sources to create insights for internal and external audiences. Through this work, the Data Science Analyst will help make a measurable difference in the lives of millions of families across the country who use GreatSchools.org. This is an opportunity for someone with strong quantitative skills and a passion for increasing access to quality education.

Responsibilities

  • Develop, test, and implement statistical models to support GreatSchools’ school quality ratings.
  • Maintain ratings scripts and queries using R and SQL, updating and improving as necessary based on methodology changes or standardization.
  • Incorporate quality checks into ratings methodology to ensure accuracy and consistency of output.
  • Build data visualizations to help colleagues and other stakeholders understand data and ratings methodology changes.
  • Contribute to the creation of internally and externally facing reports on a variety of K-12 education issues.
  • Serve as a resource and thought partner for Customer Service, Marketing, Engineering and other teams in the interpretation of rating methodology implementation to specific cases.

Qualifications

  • Skilled with the core technical tools of the Data Science Team at GreatSchools:
    • R – Ability to write and understand complex R functions.
    • SQL – Perform queries of basic to intermediate difficulty.
    • Pluses include familiarity with working in a shell environment or using scripting languages such as Ruby or Python.
  • Extremely detail-oriented and organized.
  • Flexible and creatively-minded, comfortable with ambiguity, and able to think beyond statistical models to generate solutions.
  • A strong communicator who can share technical knowledge in understandable ways to team members of diverse backgrounds and skill sets.
  • Positive work ethic, sense of humor, and contributor to our fun work environment.
  • Pluses: Experience working with K-12 education data, analytics or data science tools, automated reporting, and working in a non-profit.
  • A passion for the GreatSchools mission, to help parents get a great education for their kids.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a résumé. Your cover letter should include reasons as to why you want to work for GreatSchools. Résumés without cover letters will not be considered. Apply now.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage diversity in our workplace.


Data Analyst

GreatSchools is the leading national nonprofit empowering parents to unlock educational opportunities for their child. We are looking for a Data Analyst to help us extract, transform and load educational data for display on our website. If you love working with data and want to use your talents to help tens of thousands of parents every day find the right school for their child then this position is for you.

This position reports to the Senior Director, Engineering. It is a full time, exempt position located in Oakland, CA. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage diversity in our workplace — education is a universal concern and we need people from all backgrounds to help parents navigate their options.

Responsibilities

  • Key player in the data pipeline. Take raw data supplied by state DOEs, etc, and transform it for internal and external consumption.
  • Become proficient in our data schemas — where and how data is stored, and why. This includes starting to understand the complex interplay between data and web/feed code.
  • Gain an understanding of our data tools, pipelines and processes. Use this with support from Engineering to implement small-scale tool and process enhancements that support increased automation and quality control of data loading.
  • Perform thorough quality assurance analysis before and after loading data and participate in quality assurance on the work of other members of the data team.
  • Support Engineering in solving data architecture problems.
  • Support Data Science in implementing scalable processes e.g. creating new database infrastructure, writing scalable R code, etc.
  • Assist in size and difficulty assessment for acquired data loads.
  • Participate in code reviews.

Qualifications

  • Hands on experience with SQL.
  • Hands on experience with a programming/statistical computing language.
  • Ability to apply a detail-oriented, critical eye to data quality.
  • Able to prioritize work, manage multiple projects and work within tight deadlines.
  • Good communicator and strong contributor to team projects.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, including salary requirements, along with your résumé. Your cover letter should include reasons why you want to work at GreatSchools. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please. Apply now.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage diversity in our workplace.


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We are an equal opportunity employer and actively seek to recruit a diverse workforce. Unless otherwise specified, all of our open positions are located in our Oakland, CA office. Sorry, we do not offer relocation assistance.