Lead Data Scientist, Recommendations

| Greater NYC Area | Remote
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The Role: 

Using quantitative data to model user behavior on Newsela, you will lead data science projects to drive high level decisions as well as day-to-day development on the team to build out a suite of recommendation systems for Newsela. You will be collaborating closely with the product and systems engineering team to deploy the research from the team to live users. Your goal is to improve the ease of discovering content for teachers in their lesson plans and to recommend to students to improve their educational outcomes. You’ll advise the team on research that translates into solving real-world problems, with an emphasis on live testing. Your work is driven by practical applications, continuously tying development to tangible outcomes based on the product roadmap. You’ll also help to establish KPIs and metrics for recommendation systems, both offline and online.

Why You’ll Love This Role: 

Reporting to the Director of Data Science, you’ll work closely with data scientists, engineers, product, and content teams to improve content discovery. As a data science lead on the team, you’ll be encouraging thought leadership, evangelizing new technologies, and keeping up to date on the latest research. You’ll cross-pollinate ideas with the search team and delve into information retrieval techniques. You’ll be at the forefront of using cutting-edge technologies to improve the learning experience of K-12 education across the nation. You’ll have the opportunity to build a complex system from the ground up and be part of a culture that values teaching and learning. And you’ll have the ability to shape the recommendations roadmap with partnership from the product team.

Why We’ll Love You:

You have 5+ years of practical machine learning experience in industry, building out machine learning systems in production, and have experience with showing users the content they want to see (such as media, e-commerce, advertising). You understand the complexities of deploying live machine learning pipelines in production and have experience choosing metrics to monitor as well as understand tradeoffs between modeling decisions. You think about the architecture and system of interactions between different algorithms. Bonus if you have experience with knowledge graphs and how it relates to content, experience with NLP, or topic modeling. You love learning more about information retrieval. You are fluent in SQL and Python (or other scripting languages), and you are comfortable using git and Linux environments. You have experience working alongside product managers to take business outcomes and break them down into projects. You are passionate about improving literacy for students and empowering teachers to find the best content for the classroom.

 About Newsela:

One of the fastest growing tech companies in K-12 education, Newsela was founded on the principle that while every child may have unique learning preferences, they all deserve a rich learning experience that ignites a love of learning. We built our platform based on learning science research to deliver the most engaging, authentic content to modernize how teaching happens in the classroom. Along with interactive assessments and tools, we provide teachers with digital content at five reading levels -- from +100 of the best sources -- that is relevant to the diverse backgrounds and interests of their students. Since we started in 2013, we’ve established a presence in 90% of U.S. K-12 schools and over 2.5M teachers and 37M students have registered with Newsela.

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Amazing. Newsela is a trusting and responsible environment where we have control to get our work done when and where is best for us.

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What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team works with school leaders and teachers to create innovative applications of Newsela's content to support our mission of "meaningful classroom learning for every student." Our goal is to engage and empower educators with tools to enhance their students' learning.

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Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Newsela offers the opportunity to join various affinity groups operated by members of each community to help facilitate an inclusive and diverse workplace where all people are valued.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
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Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
In addition to weekly virtual wellness events (guided meditation, yoga, etc.), we offer virtual group discussion sessions with a licensed therapist to help navigate a variety of topics and challenges.
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401(K) Matching
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Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
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Company sponsored family events
Every year we bring Newsela's youngsters to our offices for our Take Your Child to Newsela Day. It's one of our favorite days of the year, filled with crafts, story time, workshops, and even yoga!
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Sabbatical
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Paid Sick Days
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Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
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We provide free daily breakfast. Employees can select from our cereal bar, yogurts, oatmeal, fruit, granola bars and unlimited cold brew on tap!
Game Room
Our teams love to take time to challenge each other to a game of ping pong or pool throughout the day, and maybe even a ping pong tournament every now and then.
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Newsela has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored seltzer you can handle. You might even be able to catch a Top Chef competition every now and then.
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Job Training & Conferences
All employees receive an annual stipend to put towards professional development or learning courses and resources. We also hold bi-monthly manager training sessions.
Diversity Program
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We offer an annual stipend to encourage all employees to keep learning!
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