Director of Election Data Analytics (REQ-011761_New_York)
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The New York Times is looking for a senior data leader to manage and oversee The Times’s acquisition and analysis of election data, including public polling, election results and the election night live forecasting model known as “the needle.”
In this role, you’ll lead — and help grow — a cross-functional team of data scientists, developers and journalists. You’ll oversee an ambitious effort to obtain, analyze and publish the best election data, from fielding political surveys to scraping precinct results to the development of statistical models and analysis tools, both for internal use and for public consumption. You’ll orchestrate one of the most ambitious live products in journalism while ensuring its rigor and reliability.
This job is collaborative and high-pressure. It requires foresight, organization, careful planning and exacting attention to detail. It involves the coordination across multiple interdependent teams, often composed of staffers juggling other competing demands during the heart of an election season. The ideal candidate has experience managing production-level data projects, and enjoys bringing together staffers from multiple disciplines in a collaborative way to make them happen.
Any successful candidate will have an understanding of the data used most frequently for political analysis, including election returns, voter registrffation files, census data and public polling. It is equally essential to demonstrate expertise in the statistical techniques and social science methods used to analyze political data, including survey methodology and statistical modeling. You should be as imaginative about how models can fail and predictions can run awry as you are excited to innovate new ways of analyzing and presenting election data.
We are R users. As a candidate, you should be proficient in R and data management. You should also be comfortable working with developers who build data collection pipelines and engineer our front-end web applications.
Most of all, you should be excited to stay up late on a close Election Night — maybe even if your job didn’t require it.
Oversee and coordinate the development, testing and production of our election night live model, known as ‘the needle’
Manage the analysts who model and help project the outcome of races on election night, and advise the executive and managing editor about whether the Times can declare winners on election night
Serve as the primary point of contact with our election result providers
Oversee the collection of election-related data, including data from results providers as well as from local governments and other sources
Oversee The Times’s public opinion and survey research, including managing development of poll questionnaires and coordinating with outside groups and internal stakeholders
Work with editors in the Graphics department to find creative ways to clearly present what we do and don’t know on election night
Deep understanding of election results and political data
Experience with statistical modeling
Experience with public opinion polling
Experience working on projects that require development of production-level code
Proficiency in R
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