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Data Scientist

Fully remote

16 days ago
Not Specified

Related skills

data analytics data

About Nava

Nava is a consultancy and public benefit corporation working to make government services simple, effective, and accessible to all. Since 2013, federal, state, and local government agencies have trusted Nava to build transformative digital services to help people access public benefits. Meeting our mission is an opportunity to restore trust between people and public institutions. We focus on populations that are the least protected because the stakes are higher.

As a client services company, we work with government agencies to improve how people apply for benefits, navigate their health care, and more. We bill for our time, selling our expertise and problem-solving methodology to government clients. Our clients hire us to help improve their products and services so that their users and beneficiaries have a better customer experience.

These end-users—the humans who benefit from our work—are at the core of everything we do. We research beneficiaries’ needs to help our government clients better deliver on their missions, providing everyone at Nava opportunities to do meaningful, impactful work.

Position Summary

Nava is at the forefront of reimagining how our government serves its people, and this role will drive our vision forward and we are looking for a Data Scientist who will help us execute our mission of reimagining the digital services our government provides. Working directly with the government and across Nava’s engineering, design, and business teams, you’ll create experiences that improve the lives of millions of Americans. You care deeply about end users and are passionate about crafting simple and usable solutions.

What You’ll Do

  • A few key verbs: data collection and cleaning, pattern-seeking, model development and enhancement, statistical analysis, problem-solving through machine learning, hypothesis validation and statistical analysis, storytelling and data visualization, and deployment into production.
  • You will solve problems backward from how clients will use the results of your analytics and models to the levers they can pull once they have access to your results
  • You will drive actions through your results with client presentations that are clear, concise, credible, actionable, and memorable
  • Evaluate which datasets are most essential and use programming languages like Python or SQL to draw insights from large datasets
  • Identify which plot(s) and datavis are going to help you convey actionable results to clients and deliver on our mission
  • With a production-oriented mindset, test for performance in production and seek models that are deployed, monitored, and maintained
  • Develop processes and tools to monitor and analyze model performance and data accuracy. The scoring stage is key – train models to reduce data leakage.
  • Create new, experimental frameworks to collect data, build tools to automate data collection, and assess the effectiveness and accuracy of new data sources and data-gathering techniques.
  • Required skills

  • 5+ years of working in a qualitative production environment
  • 5+ years of experience using statistical and query languages like R, Python, SQL, etc. Ability to manipulate data with SQL.
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques and concepts (regression, properties of distributions, statistical tests and proper usage, etc.)
  • Knowledge of a variety of machine learning techniques (clustering, decision tree learning, artificial neural networks, etc.) and their real-world advantages/drawbacks
  • Experience using web services (like Redshift, S3, Spark, or DigitalOcean)
  • Additional Information

    Other requirements

    The individual working in this position:

    ● Must be legally authorized to work in the United States and meet any other requirements for government contracts for which they are hired.

    ● Candidates who are offered a job with Nava must possess work authorization that does not require sponsorship by their employer for a visa now or in the future.

    ● May be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or applicants who are eligible for security clearances.

    Perks working with Nava

    ● Your well-being is important to us, so we offer highly competitive benefits for medical, dental, and vision

    ● 20 days of PTO accrued, 12 days paid federal holidays, 5 floating holidays, unlimited sick leave

    ● 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave and weekly meal deliveries during leave

    ● Comprehensive Employee Wellness Program

    ● Virtual Doctor visits with zero copay through UHC

    ● Fertility Support and Treatment

    ● Sabbatical Leave

    ● 401k contributions match at 4% of your salary

    ● Flexible work arrangements

    ● $1,000 new home office set up budget, monthly phone allowance

    ● Monthly partial reimbursement for utilities (where applicable)

    ● Comprehensive learning and development program

    ● $2,000 annual tuition and professional development budget, on top of a LinkedIn Learning license

    ● Equity stock options

    ● Employee referral program

    ● Commuter Benefits

    ● Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance

    ● Life and Accidental Death Insurance

    ● Diverse, inclusive, highly collaborative, and vibrant culture, fostering remote work!


    You can work in a hybrid work arrangement from one of Nava’s offices in NYC, DC, or San Francisco. We also have fully remote options if you reside in one of the following states:

    Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, DC, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.

    *If you are not living in one of the states listed above, unfortunately, you will not be considered for a position at this time.

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    Nava PBC equal opportunity employer that is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, age, gender, religious or political beliefs, national origin or heritage, marital status, disability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran or any characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion not only reflects our values as a public benefit corporation but also enriches our ability to do our work. Learn more about where we are today and hope to be by 2025.

    Please contact the recruiting team at recruiting@navapbc.com if you would like to request reasonable accommodation during the application or interviewing process.

    We participate in E-Verify. Upon hire, we will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. This role is required to work from the contiguous United States.

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