Program Director, Epiverse Distributed Pandemic Tools Program

Location: Flexible
Reports to: Chief Data Scientist
Hours per week (average): 40
Overtime status: Exempt

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.

data.org is launching a new initiative, the Epiverse Distributed Pandemic Tools Program. This initiative will enable the development of a suite of open-source pandemic data analysis tools for global use. Our goal is to develop, test, and scale distributed and privacy-preserving analysis approaches in partnership with funders, governments, and technology firms, with a particular focus on incorporating “health-adjacent” commercial data sets (such as financial transactions or footfall data) in pandemic analysis. Ultimately, Epiverse seeks to realize an additional longer-term benefit: making this type of data available for analysis in other social impact domains, like climate change. Epiverse is a fast-moving, global initiative, and provides a remarkable opportunity to work with teams around the world using technology to solve society’s most pressing problems.

This is a 3-year, grant-funded position, with the potential for extension. The ideal candidate will be a driven self-starter, able to work across multiple stakeholders from top academics, to tech company executives, to policy makers and Government ministers. The salary range for this position is $150,000 – 180,000 annually and includes a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 3% employer match on 401k contributions, pre-tax transportation benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.

data.org highly values facilitating an equitable standard of living across the regions in which it operates.  This position’s location is remote and flexible.  To promote transparency in compensation practices, this position lists a baseline salary for a US-based cost of living.  Details of actual compensation will be discussed during the interview process to ensure compensation is approached comprehensively and equitability. Occasional travel required.

What you’ll do

data.org is seeking an experienced Program Director who will:

  • Execute, oversee and evolve the Epiverse Distributed Pandemic Tools program strategy and programmatic delivery
  • Serve as an organizational leader to build a collaborative, high-accountability, high-trust environment focused on results, and effective cross-pollination of strategies, initiatives and deliverables
  • Lead the Epiverse team to successfully launch a global challenge, work with subgrantees developing novel software tools, while simultaneously building towards the 2nd phase of the program, which is intended to deploy and scale novel methods developed in year one.
  • Work across interdisciplinary internal and external program stakeholders to develop a culture of collaboration and open-sharing in pursuit of the wider strategy
  • Continually cultivate and engage external funding and network implementation partners
  • Collaborate closely to data.org communications team to ensure that the program takes advantage of opportunities to build its public profile
  • Represent the Epiverse Distributed Pandemic Tools program at international conferences, conversations and convenings

Qualifications you’ll need:

  1. A minimum of 10 years of professional experience.  Demonstrated experience leading international programs in the Global South preferred.
  2. Experience working in Public Health, Technology, Data Science, or Innovation sector
  3. Ability and experience in cultivating and managing large-scale investments and relationships with multiple funding partners
  4. Exceptional critical thinking and attention to detail
  5. Demonstrated ability to toggle between strategy creation and successful execution
  6. Strong interpersonal and communication skills; must be able to collaborate and engage with diverse audiences
  7. Entrepreneurial spirit with problem-solver mentality
  8. Passionate, purpose-driven, collaborative mindset
  9. Ability and willingness to do as well as lead, working flexibly in a nimble, small start-up team

Hiring Statement

data.org, the Data Science for Social Impact Collaborative 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.

Interested applicants, please reach out to jobs@data.org