Associate Data Scientist at Patrick J. McGovern Foundation


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The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence and data science solutions to create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable future for all. PJMF works in partnership with public, private and social institutions to drive progress on our most pressing challenges, including digital health, climate change, and access to quality education. For more information, please visit our website at

Core to PJMF’s mission is inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA). We apply the IDEA framework to all we do, from growing a diverse team within the Foundation to coalition building with organizations and people around the world, promoting trust-based philanthropic relationships, and democratizing the development and rewards of AI and data.

The Associate Data Scientist must be someone who deeply cares about data for good and loves technology as it will be your mission to help create digital solutions with non-profit grant partners that drive social impact around the world. A creative and innovative team contributor, you will add advanced analytics and ML expertise to the Direct Data & AI Services team as we provide support and capacity building to the Data & Society grant partners. Responding to the expressed need of our partners, you will advise and consult with different nonprofit teams to strengthen and inform their advanced data analysis and ML models. The position will report directly to the Director of Direct Data & AI Services.

Things you'll do in your first year:

    • Leverage your creativity and problem-solving skills to tackle our grant partners’ most pressing issues using an analytical lens, meeting grant partner needs and communicating your work to PJMF leadership
    • Provide advisory/consulting services to grant partners, including initial project design and scoping, model selection, and code debugging
    • Support grant selection process, to include evaluating proposals and interviewing teams for technical scope/fit
    • Work internally across the Data & Society team to identify appropriate solutions, packages, and libraries to best meet our most common grant partner needs
    • Contribute to a growing community of data and AI for good organizations and professionals, representing PJMF as a thought leader for data science within the philanthropic sector

What you bring:

    • Expertise in machine learning approaches and applied AI with demonstrated experience in one or more disciplines (NLP, classification, forecasting, etc.)Ability to translate user requirements and research questions into data science solutions and ideas
    • Clean, efficient coding abilities, in Python and/or R, ideally with experience parallel processing and using cloud computing resources
    • Patience and empathy while providing high-quality advisory services to clients and partners
    • Practical experience with different statistical models, exploratory data analysis, model selection, hyper-parameterization, and tuning Detailed and thoughtful writing skills for documentation and knowledge capture
    • Self-management skills and ability to work as part of a nimble and fast-moving team
    • Creative, naturally curious, and willing to take intellectual risks
    • Strong multitasking and parallel development abilities


    • Comprehensive benefits package including Foundation-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for you and your dependents; flexible spending accounts; disability and life insurance; and a retirement plan that offers a 1:1 match up to 6% of your annual pay
    • Up to 6 months of gender-neutral paid leave for parents and caregivers when they have a new addition to their families
    • Transparency across teams and interaction with all departments
    • Profound opportunities to impact the growth of our organization
The attributes listed above represent our current thinking for the role. You can be a great candidate even if you don't fit everything we've described below. You can also have important skills we haven't thought of. If that's you - even if you’re on the fence - we encourage you to apply and tell us about yourself!

We have built an environment that celebrates the differences in backgrounds and experiences. PJMF invests in activities that lead to greater inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in how AI and data are conceptualized, developed, applied, and deployed. We are applying the same framework as our team grows and expands. We are an equal opportunity employer and we especially encourage and invite members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

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