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Data Scientist

– New York, New York
Employment Type Full-Time, Exempt

 Data Scientist 

About Murmuration:

Murmuration transforms how political campaigns, advocates, and organizers identify, engage, and mobilize people and communities. Our focus is on driving change and accelerating progress toward a future where every child in America has the opportunity to benefit from a high-quality public education. 

What We Do: 

We provide sophisticated data and analytics, proprietary technology, strategic guidance, and programmatic support to help our partners build political power and marshal support so necessary changes are made to improve our public schools. Our precise, predictive intelligence and easy-to-use tools are used by practitioners and funders, on their own and working together, to make informed decisions about who they need to reach, what they need to say, and how to achieve and sustain impact.

Who We Are:

Our team includes experts and innovators in data, analytics, and strategy. We are former teachers, organizers, data scientists, nonprofit executives and political campaign veterans, and we are looking for people whose passion and expertise can help improve our work and realize our vision.


Over the past four years, Murmuration has established itself as a trusted resource for our partners who include the leading practitioners and funders of efforts to elect people who believe our public schools should be safe, learner-centered, and well-resourced, so they can serve the needs of each individual student, irrespective of background or circumstance. We have demonstrated that our data, analytics, and technology can be used to help deliver improved electoral and organizing outcomes. We have also made early contact with key players across the sector, notably funders and vendors, already working on these and related efforts. Through our work, we have confirmed that to be successful, and to achieve our long-term goals, everyone committed to massively improving public schools and ensuring all children across this country have equal access to quality education must be aligned. Our collective efforts must be focused, disciplined, and the work must be collaborative and wide-ranging. At the same time, we recognize that it will take more than our current offerings – and particularly how and where they are being used, and by whom – to drive sustainable change.

We believe that Murmuration is uniquely positioned to facilitate more coordinated decision-making and collective action among practitioners and funders. We enable and promote collaboration and learning among partners. Our work expands and diversifies the political activities in support of quality public education, and, by sharing our insights so others can learn, we help to advance individual and collective efforts that align with and accelerate progress towards our vision. In short, we believe our perspective on the critical role of politics in transforming public education, the processes to engage in during the journey, and the belief system that underlies the importance of traveling in a particular way, should be broadly understood and embraced by others.

The Data Scientist will:

  • Create predictive analytics using the latest machine learning algorithms on relatively “big” data (hundreds of features on > 100 million records)
  • Provide analytic insights for partners throughout the lifecycle of their campaign(s); build, review, and recommend custom models; provide real-time visualizations and analysis of campaign work; and produce post-campaign analytics to help our partners constantly learn from their efforts
  • Design and implement large-scale randomized controlled trials to gauge the general effectiveness of advocacy and campaign efforts
  • Produce post-mortem analytics on the advocacy and campaign work being performed in our platform to help our partners constantly learn from their efforts
  • Conduct various analyses to infer causality from large sets of behavioral data
  • Work closely with the data engineering team to analyze and augment our data
  • Work closely with our business analysts to draft clear and informative data visualizations
  • Work with our staff and partners to develop practical ways to apply our leading analytics to the real world
  • Help optimize our analytic work to perform well on large datasets stored in Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Never stop asking questions and always be hunting for the next impactful insight

Candidate Profile

Murmuration attracts employees with distinctive and diverse backgrounds and accomplishments. Integrity, creativity, flexibility, and drive are key attributes of competitive candidates. The Data and Analytics teams are highly collaborative, friendly and hard-working, and we are looking for a Data Scientist who embodies those values.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • PhD in political science, sociology, mathematics, statistics or other related field or 4-5 years of experience performing data analysis work as described below
  • Excellent general data science skills (data cleaning, munging, data visualization)
  • Excellent Python or R skills
  • Experience building machine learning models on large datasets
  • Experience identifying appropriate statistical techniques and applying them to a variety of real-world datasets
  • Strong problem-solving skills as well as the ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively
  • Experience with databases and knowledge of SQL preferred
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services, in particular applying analytics in that setting (desired not required)
  • Interest in politics and/or educational policy


This position will be based in New York, NY, and requires occasional travel.


The Data Scientist position is a full-time, salaried position with a comprehensive benefits package. Compensation for this position is commensurate with experience. 

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Murmuration is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

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    Full-Time, Exempt
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