Director of Data Science

The Sorenson Impact Center is accepting applications for a Director of Data Science to lead the Center’s data science team in its goal of leveraging open-source software to advance data-driven decision making among clients across the private, public, and social sectors. The data science team members work together with staff from across the Center on client projects, conducting analysis and translating findings into actionable deliverables for clients.

 

This Director of Data Science will work under direction from the Center’s Managing Director of Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation and alongside other members of the team, but you will also work closely with clients from across the social sector in locations all over the United States.

Expectations

Manage a team of four data scientists at the Center.

  • Provide team oversight, including resource management and project planning.

  • Create accountability for team outcomes and deliverables.

  • Lead data work on projects, including data analysis, translating data for deliverables, and directly engaging with clients.

  • Cultivate new business and create project scopes, bringing the data science perspective and collaborate with others at the Center.

  • Work with colleagues from other division of the University of Utah to sort out the legal, technical, engineering, and analytical challenges faced by project stakeholders. Tor example:

    • Creating a predictive model of demographic trends in the United States and how they will impact enrollment at public universities.

    • Consulting with legal scholars to ensure that a data sharing agreement meets appropriate privacy standards and federal laws.

    • Operationalizing a predictive analytics platform and dashboard to help identify high-needs individuals.

    • Visualizing several years of law enforcement data and modeling how policies have impacted public safety.

 

* These are all examples of what the team will accomplish together, but the actual projects will depend on which client organizations are selected and what their needs are.

Responsibilities

  • Manages a team of data scientists; supervises junior staff and students within the data team.

  • Oversees the operation of the data team including resource management, project planning, and supervision of project deliverables within the data team.

  • Creates accountability for team outcomes.

  • Oversees the development and implementation of research and data programs in alignment with Sorenson Impact Center objectives.

  • Markets and promotes new and existing programs and services to internal and external customers.

  • Cultivates new business and creates project scopes, bringing the data science perspective and collaborating with others at the Center.

  • Engages in client work, including:

    • Builds relationships directly with clients, translating their needs into a project plan and desired outcomes, and presenting findings and deliverables.

    • Oversees and conducts statistical analyses, employing methods of descriptive statistics, multivariate analysis, regression analysis, and other statistical modeling techniques appropriate for the client’s needs.

    • Effectively communicates data analyses to a variety of audiences, both technical and non-technical.

    • Writes reports and creates dashboards and data visualizations for clients.

    • Devise methods and procedures for collecting data.

  • May travel to a variety of sites within and outside the University to coordinate projects.

 

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

 

The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants (please circulate widely), especially those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, speak English as a second language, and others from overlooked / underestimated communities.

 
 

Assistant Director of Impact Finance

We're seeking applications for an Assistant Director of Impact Finance to join a growing Impact Finance team working in Pay for Success, Opportunity Zones, community development finance, and other forms of innovative finance. The team is highly collaborative and seeks to develop, pilot and scale new financial structures, models and products that are replicable and scalable in order to grow the impact finance market. We work at the intersection of the needs and requirements of communities, underserved populations, private investment, and public capital. Full-time remote candidates are welcome to apply to either position.

With oversight from the team’s Managing Director, the Assistant Director will have responsibility to:

  • Manage a portfolio of clients and projects

  • Manage project teams

  • Lead project development, deal structuring, and implementation

  • Contribute to business development activities

  • Lead the development of new business scopes of work and budgets

  • Contribute to additional projects, working with an experienced Managing Director

  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the Impact Finance team and the Sorenson Impact Center

 

Expectations

  • Develop and manage a portfolio of clients and projects

  • Project development, including determining the scale and scope of the specific social or environmental impact project, developing excel models to assess project economics, identification of outcomes, method of outcomes measurement, work with social service providers to develop implementation plans, develop cost-benefit models. Identify appropriate data sources to measure the achievement of outcomes, if applicable.

  • Project structuring, including development of financial models of project expenses, revenues, benefits, cash flow analysis and internal rate of return, scenario analysis and determining appropriate financing structure and types of investor financing. Develop term sheets and support contract development between project partners.

  • Facilitate regular calls and meetings with clients and project partners and stakeholders. 

  • Creating project and client deliverables and review deliverables developed by junior staff.

  • Manage project teams, including holding the team accountable for outcomes and managing individual team members for professional development.

  • Significantly contributing to business development activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration, a related area, or equivalency required; plus six years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communication skills also required. Master’s degree in Business Administration or related area preferred. This position is not responsible for providing patient care. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 4-5 years of experience in finance with expertise and experience in financial modeling, analyzing investments and/or project economics

  • Experience in social and/or environmental impact finance 

  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel

  • Experience and ability to design and conduct research, gather data, design and present quantitative and qualitative analyses

  • Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical, writing and communication skills

  • Experience facilitating meetings with clients, funders, and stakeholders

  • Ability to collaborate and function effectively on a highly motivated, innovative, and entrepreneurial team

  • Prefer Master’s Degree or higher in finance, business, economics or a related field

The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants (please circulate widely), especially those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, speak English as a second language, and others from overlooked / underestimated communities.

Read more about the Assistant Director position and apply HERE.

Senior Associate of Impact Finance

The Senior Associate will have the opportunity to join a growing Impact Finance team working in Pay for Success, Opportunity Zones, community development finance, and innovative finance among others. The team is highly collaborative and seeks to develop, pilot and scale new financial structures, models and products that are replicable and scalable to grow the impact finance market. We work at the intersection of community needs, the needs of underserved populations and the needs and requirements of private and public investment capital.

With oversight from the Team’s senior members, the Senior Associate will:

  • Support project development, deal structuring and implementation

  • Contribute to business development activities

  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the Impact Finance team and the Sorenson Impact Center broadly
     

 

Expectations

  • ​Conduct research, literature reviews, and gather data.

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis to support project design.

  • Support project development, including determining the scale and scope of the specific social or environmental impact projects, developing excel models to assess project economics, identifying outcomes and method of outcomes measurement.

  • Work with social service providers to develop implementation plans, and develop cost-benefit models.

  • Identify appropriate data sources to measure the achievement of outcomes, if applicable.

  • Support project structuring, including development of financial models of project expenses, revenues, benefits, cash flow analysis and internal rate of return analysis, scenario analysis and determine appropriate financing structure and types of investor financing. 

  • Develop terms sheets and support contract development between project partners.

  • Create project and client deliverables, with support and oversight.

  • Manage deliverables for up to three project team members.

  • Support business development activities.

  • Contribute to the development of project scopes of work.

 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Healthcare Administration, or a related field or equivalency; plus two years of related experience. Also required are a thorough knowledge of established accounting principles and practices; spreadsheet and database skills; knowledge of statistics and demonstrated analytical,problem solving, human relation and effective communication skills required. An advanced degree, such as a Master’s of Business Administration, is preferred. Certain positions may require familiarity with hospital billing systems, Medicare and insurance reimbursement regulations, etc. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Preference will be given to candidates with some or all the following:

  • ​At least 2 years of experience in finance with expertise and experience in financial modeling and analysis.

  • Experience in social and/or environmental impact finance 

  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel. 

  • Experience and ability to design and conduct research, gather data, design and present quantitative and qualitative analyses. 

  • Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical, writing and communication skills. 

  • Ability to collaborate and function effectively on a highly motivated, innovative, and entrepreneurial team.

  • Advanced Power Point a plus.

  • Master’s Degree in finance, business, economics or a related field preferred.

  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description. 

  • Prior work experience in health and/or the environment preferred

  • Experience working with state and local government agencies, social service providers and/or environmental organizations preferred.

The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants (please circulate widely), especially those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, speak English as a second language, and others from overlooked / underestimated communities.

Read more about this position and apply HERE.

 

Associate - Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation

We are looking for an impact-oriented, enthusiastic team member to help us change the world. The Associate would have the opportunity to join a growing team in the Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation division. We consult public, private, and social sector entities to develop impact strategy and measurement and evaluation frameworks to help our clients achieve their impact goals. Expected day-to-day activities include; strategic planning, monitoring and evaluating, analysis and reporting. The ideal candidate will be responsible for managing and supporting research, content generation, data support, and stakeholder engagement.

 

Expectations

  • Project design & evaluation

    • Contributing to the development of project scopes of work.

    • Supporting project development, including determining scale and scope of specific social or environmental impact projects, and identifying outcomes and method of outcomes measurement.

    • Conducting research, literature reviews, and data collection.

    • Conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis to support project design.

    • Identifying appropriate data sources to measure the achievement of outcomes

    • Working with social service providers to develop implementation plans, and developing cost-benefit models.

    • Establishing mechanisms for rapid feedback and learning within projects as well as for evolving a longer-term research projects/agenda(s)

    • Providing statistical, research, and evaluation design expertise to internal and external partners

    • Contributing to the design of new strategies; portfolio development; innovative data initiatives with a focus on coherent, integrated theories of change; measurable impact models; scaling; collaborations; and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact.

  • Project Execution​

    • Creating project and client deliverables, with support and oversight.

    • Working with and supporting student interns to participate in client and internal projects.​

  • Communication

    • Synthesizing large amounts of information into clear, concise and insightful written analyses, literature reviews, and recommendations

    • Drafting and reviewing RFPs and grant proposals

    • Writing and editing program-related publications and promotional or educational materials.

    • Presenting relevant material to clients, partners, team members, and others as applicable.

  • Project management

    • Managing deliverables for up to three project team members.

    • Creating and revising tools and data collection procedures (e.g. logical framework, project performance tracking, indicators, data flow chart, manuals)

    • Keeping abreast of project developments and progress to recommend tools and strategies to increase performance and results.

  • Client relationship management

    • Creating high-quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with business partners

    • Consulting with partners to maximize impact of projects and ensure optimal learning. This may include site visits, convening meetings of key stakeholders, shaping reports on key findings, and coordinating on dissemination plans

  • Internal project support 

    • Supporting business development activities.

    • Contribute to the strategic direction of the Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation team and the Sorenson Impact Center broadly

  • Engagement with the social impact field

    • Collecting, analyzing, and summarizing external research, identifying relevance and applicability to project

    • Promoting effective knowledge management activities, including translation of research knowledge to practice environments, and other activities to promote utility of research-generated knowledge in field settings

  • Other duties as assigned​

 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus one year directly related experience or equivalency required (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Demonstrated ability to work independently, analyze and make decisions related to program content. Strong coordination and organizational skills required to prioritize conflicting deadlines. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are also required.

 

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Preference will be given to candidates with some or all the following:

  • Experience in strategy, strategic planning, client projects.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Knowledge of statistics.

  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Experience with and ability to design and conduct research, gather data, design and present quantitative and qualitative analyses. 

  • Master’s Degree in business, social science, education, public health, or a related field.

  • Experience working with state and local government agencies, social service providers and/or environmental organizations.

  • Ability to collaborate and function effectively on a highly motivated, innovative, and entrepreneurial team.

  • Demonstrated effective communication (written, verbal, other) skills.

  • Commitment to providing excellent customer service.

  • Strong attention to detail and observation skills.

  • Potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants (please circulate widely), especially those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, speak English as a second language, and others from overlooked / underestimated communities.

Read more about this position and apply HERE.

 
 

Data Scientist

Overview

Conducts advanced statistical analyses of qualitative and quantitative data and interprets results. Works on independent projects as part of the data team and applies appropriate data science techniques to provide insights and answers to social impact issues. Effectively communicates data analyses to a variety of audiences, both technical and non-technical.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Oversees/conducts statistical analyses, employing methods of descriptive statistics, multivariate analysis, regression analysis, and other statistical modeling techniques appropriate for client needs.

  • Formats data for statistical analysis.

  • Presents statistical findings to a lay audience.

  • Writes reports and creates dashboards and data visualizations for clients.

  • May devise methods and procedures for collecting data.

  • May travel to a variety of sites within and outside the University to coordinate projects.

  • May supervise junior staff/students.

 

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalency; plus four years related research experience, and demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills also required.

 

A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.

 

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferences

  • Experience in managing projects among diverse stakeholders.

  • A degree in data science, statistics, business, public policy, or a related field. Master’s or PhD preferred.

  • Data engineering or analysis experience required.

  • Strong analytical, writing, and communication skills.

  • Proficiency in a programming language, such as R or Python (R preferred).

The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants (please circulate widely), especially those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, speak English as a second language, and others from overlooked / underestimated communities.

Read more and apply HERE.

 

Film Student Associate

Overview

Create films that tell meaningful stories in the social impact space. Students have the opportunity to engage with real world clients, develop as storytellers, filmmakers, and editors while building their portfolio. We are looking for a dedicated, enthusiastic, and creative individual to join our team that is able to work in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Assist in the pre-production, production, post-production processes with an emphasis on film editing with Adobe Premiere

  • Supports with media management and organization

  • May presents film deliverables to internal and external teams

  • May travel to a variety of sites within and outside the University for film production

  • May supervise junior staff/students.

 

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Extensive experience with Adobe Premiere

  • Some experience with the creative process from ideation to deliverable

  • Experience in multimedia organization

  • Basic production experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in After Effects and, or Davinci Resolve

The Sorenson Impact Center strongly encourages diverse applicants (please circulate widely), especially those who self-identify as Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, speak English as a second language, and others from overlooked / underestimated communities.

Read more and apply HERE.