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Senior Data Quality Manager


Job Description

Candid seeks an experienced Senior Data Quality Manager to lead data quality efforts at Candid. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of data and technology, experience leading or developing a data quality function, and preferably a solid background in philanthropic or nonprofit data. They will be strategic and results-oriented, focused on the improvements that will yield the most benefits for Candid’s millions of users and that will enable Candid and others to confidently derive insights about the sector. By joining our team, you will be playing a critical role in ensuring that Candid continues to provide the best-in-class data about the social sector.

Position: Senior Data Quality Manager

Reporting to: Senior Director of Data

Supervises: N/A

Schedule:  35-hour work week, Monday through Friday

Location: Flexible. In-person attendance is expected during our annual, weeklong all-staff summit. Additionally, participation for in-person meetings is expected at least once per year for most employees, and at least once per quarter for senior leaders.

Compensation: $110,000 - $140,000 (this range is for the NYC area and will be adjusted for other localities; additionally, factors like skills and experience will be considered).

Benefits: Health insurance (medical, dental, vision), retirement contribution with additional option for a match, paid life insurance and AD&D, paid leave time (PTO, bereavement, volunteer, holiday, parental), short-term and long-term disability, pre-tax transit, flexible spending accounts, supplemental insurance, summer hours, and PSLF Program eligible employer.

Position summary

Candid supplies the most reliable, comprehensive data on the social sector. We actively collect data on nonprofit and funder data from many sources to make data on philanthropy accessible to nonprofits, foundations, technology providers, researchers and more. The Senior Data Quality Manager will play a leading role in ensuring the accuracy, consistency, timeliness and reliability of this data so that it is “fit for purpose.” Working closely with cross-functional teams across the organization, they will develop and implement data quality standards, processes, and procedures to continuously monitor and improve the overall quality of our data.


  • Develop and implement a data quality strategy aligned with organizational goals and objectives.
  • Establish data quality frameworks, policies, and standards with input from teams across Candid.
  • Collaborate with key teams – such as products, research, and customer success – to define and prioritize data quality metrics.
  • Conduct regular assessments of data quality and establish systems to enable the early detection of issues and to ensure that data quality expectations are consistently met. 
  • Work with others to identify and implement needed improvements to data collection, enhancement, or storage processes, or to put in place preventive measures.
  • Regularly report on data analysis findings, highlighting data quality trends, issues, and improvements—including delivering presentations to senior leadership and staff.
  • Ensure a high level of data quality awareness among internal consumers of Candid’s data to inform product and research decisions.
  • Participate in Candid’s data governance group, and lead discussions as needed.
  • Lead the development of internal dashboards and reports to facilitate communication and alignment around progress on key data quality metrics.
  • Serve as a resource and point person to Candid staff and/or external stakeholders that have questions or feedback about the quality of Candid’s data.
  • Contribute to data documentation.
  • Train staff on data quality standards and best practices.
  • Become a subject matter expert in Candid’s data.

Required Skills

  • College degree strongly preferred in data science, statistics, mathematics, computer science, or related field. Equivalent experience will also be considered.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in related positions working on data quality, including lead experience.
  • Understanding of data management principles at the enterprise level, including data governance, data architecture, and all phases of the data lifecycle.
  • Extensive knowledge of data quality tools and techniques used to detect, monitor, and improve data quality issues.
  • Proficiency in programming languages, including SQL and Python or R, to query and analyze data.
  • Data visualization skills using tools like Tableau or similar to create dashboards featuring data quality metrics.
  • Experience in developing and implementing data governance policies, processes and standards.
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic/nonprofit sector strongly preferred.
  • Independent with a high level of initiative and ownership.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Able to effectively communicate about complex or technical issues with non-technical audiences.
  • Enthusiastic collaborator with strong interpersonal skills. Able to maintain good relationships across functional teams, to facilitate joint decision making, and to align and motivate others to achieve shared objectives. 
  • Exceptionally detail-oriented, with strong organizational, analytical, critical thinking, and leadership skills.
  • Able to manage multiple (and potentially competing) priorities and make well-considered but timely decisions.
  • Experience with Agile methodologies and tools (e.g., Jira, Confluence) a plus.
  • Willingness to perform other duties and special projects as needed/requested.
  • Sensitivity and respect for racial, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural differences.
  • Champions and represents Candid’s core values: We are driven, direct, accessible, curious, and inclusive.

See the world. Make it better.

Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. Candid finds out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, we connect people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it. Our data tools on nonprofits, foundations, and grants are the most comprehensive in the world.

Candid’s vision is an ambitious one. But we know that when we make investments in our talent, it translates to more access and better knowledge for those working for social good around the world.

On February 1, 2019, Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces to become Candid, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

How to apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to careers@candid.org. Please put the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line. Your application will only be considered if all instructions above are met.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Due to the high volume of applicants we typically receive, we regret that we can only contact candidates that we would like to interview.

For more information on positions available at Candid, please visit our website: https://candid.org/about/work-at-candid

Candid is a qualifying nonprofit organization as defined by the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. As such, Candid employees may claim their employment time on their PSLF application.

Candid is an EO/AA/VET/DISABLED Employer.

We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply.

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