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Director of Data Science

| Austin

Civitas Learning is bringing together the best of new technology, design thinking, and data science in our mission to help one million more students graduate each year. We are building a data platform and cloud-based applications to deliver insights and action analytics to the frontlines of education. We are looking for insanely talented people who want to jump in and roll up their sleeves with us to make it all happen, and do their best work of their careers.

Improving student outcomes is our mission. An important strategy in achieving that mission is making the most of the world’s learning data to (1) better understand student success opportunities, (2) communicate such prescriptive insights to our partners through products and services so they are inspired to take actions to improve student success, and (3) finally measure outcomes to turn everyone into a student success scientist.  

As a Director of Data Science (DS), you will work collaboratively with Product, Engineering, and Partner Success teams to enable our partners to improve student success outcomes while solving Partner business problems hands on and with the members of the data science team.


  • Collaboration with Product Management and Engineering to inform the product and platform technology roadmaps.

  • Conversion of DS ideas and prototypes into new SaaS products or new functionalities in existing products.

  • Identification of common problems and areas for standardization and automation in our research and production DS platform.

  • Advancement of key data science technologies and their implementations in the areas of various event-based ETL/feature/machine learning algorithms in a cost-effective, scalable manner.

  • Adoption of tools and emerging technologies to reduce custom development while ironing out trade-off issues between simplicity and intentional complexity in solving relevant business problems.

  • Operational management in prioritizing and coordinating DS activities within the DS team and across cross-functional teams.

  • Decomposing complex problems into a set of connected simpler tasks and milestones to help set the expectations of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Collaboration across multiple teams who bring different, yet complementary views to solving business problems.

  • Professional and technical mentoring and providing guidance to an energetic team of data scientists and analysts.


  • Master’s degree or higher in engineering, computer science, and/or quantitative science is prefered.

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience in relevant fields in high-tech or related industries.

  • Strong hands-on implementation skills in a SaaS environment, especially in Python, Spark, Scala, SQL, Java, or R (within streaming ML applications in Kafka would be ideal).

  • Deep understanding of nuances of working through platform migration.

  • Strong analytical and machine learning skills and the ability to apply them to the interpretation of higher education data.

  • Relevant experience with and application of data science concepts to analysis of learning data.

  • Strong ability to manage, mentor, and grow team members while providing operational excellence and leadership in nurturing talent and professional growth.

  • A relentless pursuit of both quality and usability while maximizing application capabilities with the fewest number of components and technologies.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with a diverse team, marching towards fulfilling the company’s mission of helping one million more students to graduate.

About Civitas Learning®: Civitas Learning is a student success company delivering the clearest path to improved higher education outcomes. The company’s Student Success Intelligence Platform leverages each institution’s unique data to find and distribute the strongest signals across the student lifecycle. These signals empower students to make the best possible decisions along their academic pathway. Advisors, faculty, and administrators can personalize support, scale meaningful action, and measure impact to dramatically improve student outcomes.

Today, Civitas Learning is a strategic partner to more than 325 colleges and universities, serving nearly 8 million students. Together with our growing community of partners, Civitas Learning is making the most of the world’s learning data to graduate a million more students per year by 2025.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • OracleDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases


We're in the heart of downtown Austin near great restaurants and watering holes. We also love our view of Lady Bird Lake.

What are Civitas Learning Perks + Benefits

Civitas Learning Benefits Overview

Civitas Learning offers medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a 401k plan. We also have a generous flexible, paid time off policy. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Our FSA allows you to utilize pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision expenses. The pre-tax contribution amount for 2018 is up to $2,650.
Disability Insurance
We offer short and long term disability coverage.
Dental Benefits
Keep your teeth clean! Our dental plan covers 100% of the cost of preventative care, including x-rays.
Vision Benefits
Our vision insurance plan provides 100% coverage for annual eye exams and lenses after a $10 copay. Frames and contact lenses are covered up to $130.
Health Insurance Benefits
We offer comparable health insurance plans and are fully insured. Offering both an HSA (with employer contribution) and an FSA.
Life Insurance
We cover basic life insurance with additional options to purchase individual and dependent plans.
Pet Insurance
We love pets so we offer pet insurance to cover your dog or cat for accidents, illnesses, wellness care and more.
Wellness Programs
We promote healthy habits so we partner with Global Fit to offer various wellness programs and discounts.
Onsite Gym
Our corporate headquarters offers an onsite gym to employees to get their workout on!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
We provide employees with a 401(k) option and auto enroll new employees at a 5% contribution.
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family is important. Primary caregivers receive 100% of wages for 12 weeks with the option to take an additional 4 weeks unpaid. Secondary caregivers receive 100% of wages for 4 weeks.
Flexible Work Schedule
We offer a flexible work day schedule to all employees, pending their manager's discretion.
Remote Work Program
We allow employees to occasionally work remotely, pending their manager's discretion.
Family Medical Leave
We offer up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year, as well as maintained health benefits, for any employee eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
We trust our employees to get their work done and take off time as needed, which is why we offer a paid, open leave vacation policy.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
We offer all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
We offer paid sick days for all employees.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
We are here to do great work - jeans and all!
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
We have a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, hot & cold brew coffee, tea, soda, and all of the flavored LaCroix you can handle.
Some Meals Provided
We provide catered lunches on Wednesdays and breakfast on Fridays.
Happy Hours
Our employees don't worry about where they will park—we cover garage or lot parking. For those who bike or ride to work, we offer a stipend.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

In addition to all of the wonderful perks and benefits we offer employees, we also have a diverse culture committee who's sole mission is to work together, with mutual respect of all perspectives, differences, and approaches, in advocacy of the current and future culture at Civitas Learning.

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