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Senior Data Scientist

National Security Innovation Network

Job Description


The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) is hiring a full-time Senior Data Scientist in Arlington, VA.

About Your New Team

NSIN is a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) organization with the mission to build networks of innovators that generate new solutions to national security problems. NSIN does this by building communities of non-traditional defense problem solvers from the academic and venture communities, presenting these communities with national security problems through direct interaction with the DOD, and supporting the further development and transition of these solutions into the DOD. The principal way in which NSIN achieves its mission is through three mutually supporting portfolios of programs: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. NSIN’s Regional Network Team is physically located in more than 35 different locations throughout the United States and is responsible for building the new communities of problem-solvers through which NSIN executes its programs.

NSIN’s commitment to diversity and an inclusive work environment extends beyond our network to our team. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, or other non-merit factor.

About Your New Role

The Senior Data Scientist will lead NSIN’s work to become increasingly data-driven in its decision-making. The Senior Data Scientist will engage with NSIN’s senior leaders to identify questions that are better answered with data-driven insights and lead NSIN’s data cell to provide these insights. Key initial tasks will include building a business intelligence system that will regularly report on the organization’s progress toward meeting its goals, identifying gaps in understanding that can be better understood through the analysis of internal and external data, and providing statistical analysis of existing performance and organizational data for consideration in strategic-level decision-making. In addition to being a key leader and individual contributor, the Senior Data Scientist will also lead a team of two Data Analysts as they manage regular data collection, ETL, and analysis processes related to NSIN’s Key Performance Indicators and other internal analyses. The Senior Data Scientist will support NSIN’s Chief of Staff as a member of his team.

The Senior Data Scientist will engage with senior NSIN leaders to identify areas of strategic decision-making and expertise that are best supplemented by the use of statistical analysis and leading the data cell to producing corresponding, data-driven insights. (40%)

The Senior Data Scientist is responsible for managing a team of two Data Analysts as they manage and build on-going and new analyses for NSIN. The ongoing responsibilities include NSIN’s collection, ETL, and analysis of its Key Performance Indicator data, data supporting analysis of Managing Director decision-making and Chief of Staff decision-making. (40%)

The Senior Data Scientist will also lead and manage the selection, implementation, and use of any required data analysis platforms leveraged by the Data Cell. (20%)

The Senior Data Scientist reports to the Chief of Staff and helps lead the Data Cell team as it pursues NSIN’s mission.

This position is located at the NSIN Headquarters in Arlington, VA.

To Crush this Role, You’ll Need to Bring

  • A proven track record of success in leading Data Science, Business Intelligence, Database Management, and/or a combination of all three in a corporate or government setting
  • Expertise in communicating complex data insights for those without a data background
  • Deep knowledge of and demonstrated experience with Data Analysis
  • Prior experience with relational databases / DBMS and related programming languages, such as SQL, R, and Python;
  • Prior ETL experience; and
  • Experience with one or more data visualization tools. such as Tableau, Domo, Google Analytics, Salesforce, or Power BI
  • Possess at least an earned B.A./B.S. degree in Computer Science, MIS, Statistics, or other field related to data analysis from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent)
  • Foresight, maturity, and the ability to present thoughtful and data-led solutions to complex problems
  • A willingness and aptitude to operate successfully as a part of a team that is distributed geographically
  • Demonstrated experience leading a team or teams (Preferred)
  • Experience implementing new large scale data platform across an organization (Preferred)
  • Experience teaching an organization to become more data-driven (Preferred)

U.S. Citizenship required


This position is a federal contractor position (GS-13 Level Compensation).

How To Apply:

Email your resume and cover letter to Jobs@NSIN.us with the subject line: Senior Data Scientist by 5 pm (EST) on February, 9, 2021.

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Job Location
2231 Crystal Drive, Suite 201
Arlington, VA 22202
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Employment Type:
Full Time