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Codecademy // platform for learning to code
New York or Remote    Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2021
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Hello, World! Codecademy has helped tens of millions of learners upgrade their careers, build meaningful projects, & gain confidence in their skills with engaging, accessible, & flexible education on programming & data skills. We provide hands-on interactive lessons ranging from Python to R to JavaScript to Golang & everything in between. Our learners have gone on to start companies, new jobs, & new lives thanks to what theyve learned with Codecademy, & were thrilled to take that impact to the next level.

Codecademy was started in 2011 by two college students in a dorm room at Columbia that were frustrated by the huge gap between education & employment. Almost a decade later, we are a growing, diverse team of 100+ headquartered in SoHo, NYC. Weve raised over $40m in venture capital funding from top investors including Union Square Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Naspers, Y Combinator, & more.

As the Director of Data Science, you will own our companys data practice & see your teams insights turned into real products that benefit millions of learners worldwide. In this role, you will be responsible for serving as the head of our efforts toward better understanding our learners needs & pain points. You & your team of data scientists will gather & synthesize data quickly & accurately, driving product & business choices company-wide. You will be accountable for continuously improving the quality & velocity of our data practice. Going beyond business intelligence you will propose & deliver new applications for data in our customer experience working in partnership with engineering, design, & product teams to better help our learners accomplish their goals.     

If you want to build a business that impacts tens of millions of people & helps them live better lives, join us!


  • Constantly identify ways to expand the Data Science teams charter to better enable us to serve our learners
  • Be an influencer of ideas & collaborative partner across the entire company to drive the usage & adoption of data in our operations & products
  • Decide how to leverage & implement data science, machine learning, & other quantitative investigative techniques to continuously improve a data platform that offers actionable insights
  • Ensure best practices are employed for capturing, storing, structuring, & employing data
  • Optimize the data science teams processes, tools, & skills to increase velocity & improve quality
  • Synthesize quantitative & qualitative data to ensure we understand the what & why of insights
  • Enhance training & tools to enable others to leverage data themselves 
  • Supervise the maintenance & enhancement of our data dictionary & other relevant technical documentation
  • Evaluate data trends to proactively identify opportunities that drive robust business choices
  • Identify & raise opportunities & develop solutions in collaboration with cross functional teams to use data as a strategic asset in product development, marketing, & curriculum development
  • Supervise the development, validation, & maintenance of metrics, reports, forecasts, & dashboards
  • Implement processes for the timely turnaround of ad hoc data inquiry  requests
  • Provide technical direction & guidance to data scientists & colleagues across the company
  • Partner with engineering & product to ensure the right eventing is created & validated
  • Size opportunities to ensure teams are prioritizing the most impactful work & establish metrics to measure performance
  • Develop testing plans & validate statistically accurate results
  • Coach & mentor your team to create high performing data scientists in partnership with our People department


  • Reputation as a customer obsessed data & analytics expert
  • A Founder mentality - relentless, resourceful, proactive, & results-oriented
  • Minimum of 8 years in an analytical role for a digital business
  • Minimum of 3 years as manager of data scientists
  • Clear & concise written & verbal communication skills
  • Experience in communicating the results of an analysis to a variety of audiences
  • Deep hands-on technical experience with SQL, R, Python or other relevant languages as well as publisher/subscriber technologies, databases (e.g., Redshift), analytics packages (e.g., Looker, Tableau), & testing automation 
  • Technical expertise to provide detailed feedback on solutions & implementations to data scientists & data engineers 
  • Expertise in agile development software methodologies
  • Strong track record of establishing trusted relationships


  • Experience improving direct to consumer SaaS acquisition, conversion, & retention with actionable insights
  • Proven track record of democratizing data for cross functional users at varying levels of data literacy
  • Familiarity with popular front & back end technologies
  • Experience with education technology 
  • A portfolio that showcases the accomplishments described in your resume

At Codecademy, we are committed to teaching people the skills they need to upgrade their careers. Codecademy aims to educate a richly diverse demographic of learners with our product & in order to accomplish this, we believe our team should reflect that rich diversity. Our company celebrates diversity in all of its forms-- race, gender, color, national origin, marital status, sexuality, religion, veteran status, age, ability, disability status-- & works to create an inclusive workplace where people of all backgrounds & beliefs are empowered to better their futures.

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