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Associate Director, Data Science - Office of Advancement

Georgetown Univerisity
Washington, DC
Closing date
Sep 20, 2023

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Job Overview

The Associate Director, Data Science is a key member of Advancements Data & Analytics Group (DAG). In collaboration with colleagues from DAG and Reporting Services, as well as the broader Advancement Services team, the Associate Director serves as the lead technical expert in OA on the application of data science methods and approaches to aid in forecasting, analyzing, and managing the major gift pipeline and overall fundraising results, developing and maintaining internal analytics scores, and developing custom components of the GU360/Salesforce platform that affect such analyses and forecasts.

The Associate Director provides accurate, timely and comprehensive analyses and information to Advancement leadership to help understand performance and bottom-line impact to the office fundraising results. In addition, the Associate Director must demonstrate advanced knowledge of fundraising fundamentals, strategies, and trends in philanthropy and data analysis in order to be an effective partner to the Prospect Development and major gifts (Development) teams. As a part of ongoing work for Advancements knowledge base, the Associate Director will assist in the documentation of new and existing system features/functionality for continuity. The Associate Director is expected to have a strong background and significant experience in applying data science and statistics skills to real-world business problems.

Work Interactions

The Associate Director reports to the Director, Analytics & Business Intelligence and works closely on projects with the other members of the DAG team and members of the overarching Advancement Services team.

This position impacts the most significant aspect of Advancement operations the management of the major gift pipeline, and analysis of bottom-line performance and return on investment. Through that lens, the Associate Director may often consult with or work on projects for the Development and Annual Giving teams. The Associate Director will receive requests for Advancement leadership, partners in University Information Services and University Finance, as well as a wide variety of OA staff.

This position has been designated as Hybrid. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a positions mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown Universitys mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources website: .

Georgetown Universitys Office of Advancement is committed to a safe, equitable, diverse, and inclusive work environment that honors the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of our colleagues and the Georgetown community. Consistent with our Jesuit values, we aim to foster a culture that accepts and cares for each individual, and we believe this is central to achieving our goals in support of Georgetowns mission. We invite you to learn more about the Office of Advancement, our Jesuit values, and our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion here ( .

Requirements and Qualifications

Practical Experience:

+ Required bachelors degree in statistics/mathematics/analytics or equivalent field or equivalent combination of education and work experience

+ Minimum of four to six years of development, fundraising, market research, prospect research or other equivalent experience leveraging applied data analysis.

The candidate should be:

+ a self-starter, ready to make an impact in a mission-driven environment.

+ excited by data and the challenge of helping a large organization become more data driven.

+ highly-organized, independent, and motivated by achieving milestones.

+ known for both strength of communication and ability to adapt to meet the needs and expectations of managing relationships with executives, frontline staff, and everyone in-between.

+ someone with strong project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities.

+ Capable of identifying and working with known and novel data features relevant to prospect identification, pipeline management, forecasting, etc., in the context of specific fundraising opportunities and initiatives.

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certification:

+ Proven analytical skills emphasizing the ability to gather, clean, evaluate and synthesize diverse data, and leverage automation in doing so.

+ Mastery of fundamental skills needed to perform data science work in an Advancement organization (i.e. knowledge of database structures, SQL coding, python, etc.)

+ Advanced proficiency in statistical concepts, data visualization and/or analysis tools and languages (e.g. SQL, R, Python, Tableau)

+ Strong information presentation skills, both in writing and in visuals (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Tableau, Illustrator, etc.).

+ Experienced and comfortable presenting and facilitating conversations with senior or executive-level colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications

+ Masters degree or certificate in data analytics, statistics, or a related field

+ Experience in higher education fundraising/development

+ Experience and/or knowledge of specialized data sources relevant to fundraising such as WealthEngine, Wealth-X, iWave, etc.

+ Practical experience working with the Salesforce platform and/or exposure to point-and-click or SOQL/APEX Salesforce development

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EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer ( fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation) , disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law ( .


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