22OCT - Community Engagement Associate - DataKind - Deadline: N/A


Organization Description
Named as one of Fast Company's 10 most innovative nonprofits in their 2017 World's Most Innovative Companies List, we are a global organization that harnesses the power of data science in the service of humanity. We bring pro bono data scientists together with organizations that are dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing challenges. Every day, mission driven organizations apply to us with their data science needs.  We then work to understand their pain points, how their organization works and, most importantly, how their data and other data sources can be used to make the biggest impact on the world. 

We’ve helped the World Bank estimate poverty from satellite imagery, teamed with the Grameen Foundation to improve their mobile knowledge programs in Uganda, and joined the American Red Cross in using fire data and open city data to understand where fires are most likely to occur. We’ve gained a prominent voice in both the data sector and the social entrepreneurship world and you can find word of us in The Guardian, The Economist, Mashable, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  See this TEDx video for more about what we do.

Job Description
DataKind would not exist without the dedication, intelligence, and generosity of our thousands of volunteers worldwide that donate their time and talent on projects aimed to help organizations leverage data science for the greater good. Our volunteers represent some of the most talented data scientists around the world and their commitment makes DataKind’s work possible. So what motivates and keeps these experts coming back for more? Getting to work on challenging problems with inspiring and talented people. 

To ensure we’re providing volunteers the best experience and rally even more to join us, we’re seeking a Community Engagement Associate that is equally inspired by the power of volunteers as they are technology and data. You will support our six international chapters and volunteer community to ensure we provide volunteers a seamless experience as they tackle some of the toughest social challenges out there.

Location – Brooklyn, NY

Job Responsibilities

  • Support a Global Community of Pro Bono Data Scientists. You’ll support the development of tools, training materials, and processes that will help us better engage our existing volunteer community and inspire others to join.  You’ll help nurture meaningful connections and experiences while also ensuring our programs are as effective as possible by gathering volunteer feedback to inform improvements.
  • Ensure Seamless Operations for our Chapter Network. You’ll work closely with our Network Team to ensure efficient Chapter operations, including managing vendors and reimbursements for our global network of Chapter Leaders.  You’ll develop seamless relationships throughout DataKind’s Chapter Network to support learning and efficiency.
  • Plan Fun and Inspiring Events. Community events are where the magic happens - the space where data scientists and social change makers can brush elbows, exchange ideas, and let their diverse skills converge to solve big challenges. You’ll plan Meetups and other events that engage the DataKind community in New York and support the Annual Global Chapter Summit that convenes our Global Chapter Leaders to share learnings and prep for the year ahead.
  • Systems Management. You’ll maintain and improve current volunteer management systems for community events and Chapter Network events. This could be anywhere from maintaining a database of volunteers to coming up with creative ways to ensure our records are up to date. The goal here is to not only manage volunteer records, but to ensure that what we collect and how we collect is in service of meeting and improving the key performance indicators (KPI) of our volunteer engagement efforts.

Job Requirements

  • 2-3 years relevant experience in an external engagement position such as consumer marketing, community management, volunteer, experiential activities, events, promotions and/or media
  • Project management and business operations experience required
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills (verbal/written) with the ability to interact effectively internally as well as with external contacts
  • Exceptional organizational and multitasking skills with the ability to work well both independently and as a collaborator
  • Demonstrate integrity, dependability, responsibility, accountability, self-awareness, work ethic, and empathy
  • Available to work some nights and weekends for volunteer meetings and events.

How to Apply
Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@datakind.org (with ‘Community Engagement Associate’ in the subject header) telling us why you’ve got what it takes to be our new Community Engagement Associate. In the cover letter please answer the following questions:

  • What excites you most about this position?
  • What one experience proves you're best suited to take on this role?
  • What’s your favorite example of how using data has improved the world?

Deadline – N/A