The Atlantic

The Atlantic has, for more than 160 years, advanced ideas that matter and sparked global conversation on the most important issues of our time. We aim to bring clarity and original thinking to questions of consequence, on topics ranging from politics, the economy, and global affairs to technology, science, and culture. As the third-longest-running magazine in America, we find ourselves at a remarkable moment: one of both continuation and transformation, of upholding our legacy while continuously reinventing ourselves for the future.

The Atlantic is seeking a Senior Data Scientist with a broad set of skills who can translate business problems into quantitative research projects and see them through to completion. The role will work closely with partners in Product, Engineering, and Consumer Strategy to understand their strategic goals and identify opportunities where Data Science can bring value to the organization.

Data Science at The Atlantic covers a lot of ground, and we expect you to juggle multiple projects and work with multiple stakeholders. On some days you’ll be heads-down building a machine learning model to power unique onsite experiences to our readers; on other days, you’ll work closely with stakeholders to understand their strategic goals and design an A/B test to achieve them.

Who are you?

You are detail-oriented and scrappy.  You have excellent problem solving and analytical skills, but you also enjoy zooming out to understand the big picture.  You love to learn and to teach; you love to help others succeed.  Collaboration excites you.  You are passionate about journalism and the mission of The Atlantic.

  • You can go both broad and deep, taking in the requirements and goals of a project and identifying the best analytical tool for the job.
  • You have a collaborative mindset, and you’re eager to work with both technical and non-technical colleagues.
  • You effectively gauge the complexity of analytical problems and tirelessly pursue the simplest approach.
  • You are an excellent communicator: you convey complex ideas and findings to stakeholders in a clear and concise manner. 

What will you do?

  • Analyze large datasets to report on nuanced experiment results, to understand complex reader journeys, and to identify key insights and opportunities for revenue and reader growth.
  • Translate business problems into quantitative research projects and machine learning problems.
  • Work with product and marketing managers to shape quantitative research projects and data products, from hypothesis to analysis to delivery.
  • Spearhead the development of machine learning models focused on churn prediction, personalized recommendations, and natural language processing.
  • Collaborate with Engineering to deploy machine learning models and ensure actionable results.
  • Develop best practices for website experimentation, bringing confidence and rigor to questions of velocity, sample size, and methodology.
  • Socialize an analytical mindset across the organization, advocating for data literacy, data-driven insights, and a culture of experimentation. 

We work in Python, R, and SQL, on platforms such as BigQuery, dbt, and Looker. 

Qualifications:

  • Relevant professional quantitative experience (not necessarily in the media industry)
  • Experience communicating effectively with peers, stakeholders, and leadership
  • Strong SQL skills
  • Experience in Python or R (Python preferred)
  • Experience applying statistics to strategic problems
  • Knowledge of statistical methodologies and tools, including experimentation design
  • Demonstrated success analyzing large datasets.

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Experience with Looker (or Tableau, or other similar BI tools)
  • Experience with dbt
  • Experience with Google BigQuery
  • Experience with data visualization. 

This position can be based from either our Washington, DC or New York City office.

Salary Minimum: $105,000, Salary Maximum: $150,000

The Atlantic Monthly Group LLC and its affiliates (“The Atlantic”) are Equal Opportunity Employers. We do not discriminate against our applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.  

Job offers to work at The Atlantic are contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of reference checks and compliance with The Atlantic’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. The Atlantic requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including subsequent boosters, and submit proof of vaccination status. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.

Tell us about the interview process for this job

Phone Screen, Project, 5 interviews

Tell us about your diversity and inclusion efforts

The Atlantic Monthly Group LLC and its affiliates ("The Atlantic") are Equal Opportunity Employers. We do not discriminate against our applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.

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No

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