India Accelerator Coordinator 

Location: India (remote) 
Hours per week (average): 40 
Overtime status: Exempt 
Reports to: Associate Director, CAN 

Interested applicants, please reach out to [email protected].

Who we are:

data.org is building a better future with data, and is looking for creative, results-driven professionals passionate about the potential of data and technology to achieve social impact to join our team. 

Launched in January 2020 and building on an initial five-year, $50M commitment from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, data.org envisions a world that uses the power of data science to help solve society’s greatest challenges and improve lives across the globe. As a platform for partnerships, data.org works alongside social impact organizations, philanthropy, technology firms, and academia to build the field of data science for social impact. 

Within data.org, the Capacity Accelerator Network (CAN) is building the capacity of the social impact sector to fully take advantage of the data revolution. Doing this will require addressing how we educate, train, and upskill the next generation of social impact talent, as well as supporting the evolution and capacity of social impact organizations (SIOs) to ensure that they are ready, willing, and able to absorb new data-driven talent.  

At CAN, we are launching two new data science capacity hubs in low- and middle-income countries that will train the next generation of data professionals with the interdisciplinary skills needed to successfully work at the intersection of climate and health. One such hub will be based in India, with partners including J-PAL South Asia and an academic partner based in the country.  Over a three-year period, each accelerator will produce a cohort of data professionals with interdisciplinary subject-matter expertise in health and climate data. Adjacent to the accelerator for individuals, 20-30 social impact or public sector organizations working with climate and health data will be supported to improve their data science capabilities. A set of open-source resources will also be produced, including modular training programs for existing SIO professionals. This accelerator will run in parallel to a climate-health hub in sub-Saharan Africa. 

data.org is looking for a Coordinator to support the India Capacity Accelerator. During this three-year program, this role will act as a liaison between J-PAL South Asia, the academic partner and data.org, responsible for coordination between all stakeholders, putting in place robust frameworks and processes to identify an academic partner and then working with all three stakeholder groups to deliver on the overall program objectives. The ideal candidate will be a driven self-starter, able to work across multiple stakeholders to build capacity and community. 

This is a three-year, grant-funded position, with the potential to extend as the team expands its Network and secures additional funding. This is a full-time, remote position with a salary range of $35,000-$40,000 annually with a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement benefits, employer-paid health, monthly fitness and mobile service allowance, and paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.   

Occasional travel required, including to locations in the US/UK/Europe.  

What you’ll do:

  • Lead the day-to-day coordination and management of the India Capacity Accelerator, liaising with partners on the demand and supply side of data talent. 
  • Execute the programmatic activities of the India Capacity Accelerator as part of CAN, generating workplans, managing stakeholder relations, project deliverables, and ensuring that projects deliver to agreed-upon budgets 
  • Proactively manage communication and tasks across the data.org team, India program partners, and third-party contractors  
  • Facilitate landscaping, identification, selection and onboarding of an Indian university partner to create data science for social impact curriculum for a Master’s / post graduate diploma / micromaster’s / certificate program as well as an online executive & professional learning program and to deliver training with a focus on climate and health domains 
  • Ensure a robust process in university selection including creating a selection matrix and setting up and coordinating with an expert selection panel. The same panel may advise on the milestones and deliverables for the program later 
  • Support cross-hub engagements between Africa, India & US capacity accelerators 
  • Contribute to outreach for the Data Maturity Assessment amongst SIO partners in India as well as drafting of the state of the sector reports, as needed 
  • Work closely with subgrantees and other network partners to ensure successful project delivery, flagging program wins and risks as they occur  
  • Identify opportunities for strategic communication, and work with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate it  
  • Work closely with network partners, data.org’s digital content & product team, and subject matter experts on the development and distribution of resources, content including a playbook documenting the overall hub approach, lessons learned, and checklists for the Accelerator model 
  • Prepare progress reports and contribute to presentations, reports and written deliverables for funder and other stakeholders 
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Qualifications you’ll need: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in any relevant discipline (e.g.: sciences, engineering, social sciences, business, etc.), or equivalent life or work experience; Master’s in a relevant domain a plus 
  • 3 – 5 years of experience in project and stakeholder management 
  • Proven track record of managing all aspects of a successful project through its lifecycle, including ensuring that project plans adhere to budget, timeline, and scope 
  • Proven experience managing stakeholder relationships across multiple cross-functional teams, including managing contractors and technical partners and exercising influence without authority 
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, with a flair for reaching out to people at all levels. Ability to tailor technical information for different audiences. 
  • Mission-driven individual with strong judgement, interpersonal skills and an ability to thrive in a fast-paced, changing environment 
  • Strong quantitative acumen, an eye for detail, reconciling different data, metrics and conveying key figures to stakeholders 
  • Excellent self-organization, with proven ability to take requirements, generate a plan, and execute against it in inter-disciplinary teams 
  • Strong networks in India in the social impact space and / or in the higher education space preferred.  
  • Enjoy working with an international team to solve real-world social impact sector problems 
  • Ability to have meetings with stakeholders across all multiple time zones 
  • Understanding of and experience working in the higher education sector a plus

Hiring Statement

data.org is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

COVID-19 Policy

To center the safety and well-being of its employees, New Venture Fund requires that any employee who is required to conduct in-person activities for their job must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within four weeks of their start date.  This position may require candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Accommodations may be sought and approved in accordance with the law by contacting human resources at [email protected].

Interested applicants, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]