Position: Senior Manager of Data Science
Department: Learning, Innovation and Data Systems
FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Reports to: Learning, Innovation and Data Systems Director
Direct Reports: Data Systems Manager
Date Issued: July 14, 2021
Date Revised: N/A
Location: Washington, DC (remote until Polaris resumes in person business operations)
Polaris is leading a data-driven social justice movement to fight sex and labor trafficking at the massive scale of the problem – 25 million people worldwide deprived of the freedom to choose how they live and work.
For more than a decade, Polaris has assisted thousands of victims and survivors through the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline, helped ensure countless traffickers were held accountable and built the largest known U.S. data set on actual trafficking experiences. With the guidance of survivors, we use that data to improve the way trafficking is identified, how victims and survivors are assisted, and how communities, businesses and governments can prevent human trafficking by transforming the underlying inequities and oppression that make it possible.
The Senior Manager of Data Science leads Polaris’s efforts to collect and share data about human trafficking. The Senior Manager of Data Science serves as a subject matter expert on Polaris’s direct data collection efforts and will work closely with internal and external partners to ensure that this information is responsibly and safely used to inform anti-trafficking strategies. This individual will manage a team of part-time and full-time staff of data professionals focused on data quality and sharing. This individual must excel in a fast-paced and evolving environment, be a proficient writer able to distil complex and technical information for diverse audiences, and experienced at project management. The Senior Manager of Data Science must have excellent attention to detail, have a proven aptitude at using databases and other data related technologies, have exceptional communication skills, and be able to appropriately handle highly sensitive, confidential information.
The Senior Manager of Data Science is responsible for the application of a wide set of statistical, programming and/or engineering disciplines for planning, design, analysis, and specification development for systems and databases to support Polaris’s efforts to collect and share data about human trafficking. The candidate will work with project managers, consultants, programmers, data scientists, analysts, and customers to determine data requirements and see those requirements through to completion. The candidate must have expertise in the manipulation of unstructured data in a data analytics environment, and the use of open-source tools, cloud computing, machine learning and data visualization. Must have ability to use/code in a language applicable to the project including; Python, and advanced knowledge of machine learning.
Data Collection and Processing Systems
Data Analysis and Reporting Systems
Data Justice/Data Privacy
External Data Relationships Management
Project Management and Leadership
This job description provides a summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by individuals in this position. Incumbents may be asked to perform other tasks not specifically written in this job.
Communication (“External” Changes based upon position)
Physical Requirements (can change with position)
VALUES: Polaris is grounded in a set of values and organizational beliefs and strives to model and embody these values in all that it does.
We work with humility and a spirit of service. We serve a mission that is bigger than ourselves, and we recognize that we cannot do this work alone. We foster a caring community of mutual support, and we actively pursue collaborations and partnerships to expand our reach.
Victims’ and survivors’ experiences ground our efforts. We honor the dignity, agency, and resilience of victims and survivors of slavery, both past and present. We serve, work alongside, and stand in solidarity with those who have been most affected by modern slavery.
We strive for inclusion and equity. We engage different perspectives to inform our decisions, actions, and positions. We create opportunities that empower individuals of diverse backgrounds and circumstances. We acknowledge the structural inequities that lead to human trafficking and modern slavery, which drives us to create just and equitable solutions.
We approach our work with courage. We promote a culture of inquiry, innovation, risk-taking, and continuous learning. We are resilient and evolve when faced with obstacles or failure. We recognize that what is typical or traditional is not always optimal.
We create positive impact and achieve results. We leverage and cultivate the strengths of our staff, and we work with discipline, integrity, and a commitment to excellence. We embrace a measurement culture to track our progress. We view impact holistically, considering multiple sectors and the effects on individuals’ lives, as we pursue systemic and social change to eradicate modern slavery
Polaris designs and implements data-driven strategies to prevent and disrupt human trafficking, and restore freedom to survivors. Achieving this ambitious goal requires both trafficking-specific systemic interventions and broader cultural and structural shifts that reduce the inequities that lead to human trafficking. While Polaris alone cannot build a more diverse, just, equitable, and inclusive society, both the success of our work and our organizational values require modeling in the workplace the change we want to see in the world.
This means cultivating a workforce, organizational culture, and priorities that respect and celebrate a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team made up of individuals with different identities, lived experiences, and backgrounds. Within both our team and across every part of our work, we strive to integrate and elevate the full range of survivor voices.
This is a living commitment. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are values to be manifested daily, in the work we do, the decisions we make, and the way that we treat each other and the people we seek to serve. This means creating space where staff can be included, heard, valued, and set up for success, and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, best selves to work. We will not check boxes and consider it done. We will push new innovations and different ways of thinking, and treasure the community built and strengthened by each of our contributions.