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Director of Data Science & Engineering



Data Science
Posted on Monday, June 3, 2024


ActBlue is a nonprofit that builds tech and infrastructure for Democratic campaigns, progressive-aligned causes, and people trying to make an impact in order to fuel long-term, people-powered change. If you’ve ever given online to a Democrat or progressive organization, chances are you’ve used our powerful online fundraising platform.

We put power in the hands of small-dollar donors and help thousands of groups — from presidential candidates to environmental organizations — build grassroots movements. We envision a democracy where everyone looking to make progressive people-powered change can easily and effectively deploy their resources, energy, and creativity to shape our country and futures. Each and every one of us, from the political activists to the tech innovators to the customer service pros, is fully committed to our mission.


ActBlue is seeking a Director of Engineering to lead our Data Science & Engineering department in order to foster a data-centric culture through building teams, infrastructure, systems, and services that facilitate organizational insights and power data driven product experiences.

The Data Science & Engineering department encompasses ActBlue’s entire data function—including data infrastructure, business intelligence, and machine learning capabilities—that powers both internal decision making and user-facing products.The Data Science & Engineering department is central to ActBlue’s ability to turn our data into a critical advantage for Democratic and progressive grass-roots fundraising.


  • Collaborate with leaders across the organization to develop and execute on a data strategy inline with ActBlue’s near and long term goals
  • Foster a data centric culture by increasing our ability to make data-informed decisions and build best in class data products
  • Identify new opportunities to deploy data science and analytics capacity in service of our mission
  • Oversee our Data Science, Data Analytics, Data Engineering, and Data Platform teams
  • Guide the evolution of our data systems, tools, and architecture to meet the organization’s needs
  • Build out our machine learning infrastructure and capabilities
  • Ensure high-quality communication and a stakeholder-centric approach between our data teams and their internal customers


  • 8+ years or equivalent in successfully managing and leading Data teams
  • 2+ years of leading Data organizations of size 20 or more
  • Expertise in the use of data science in strategic and operational decision-making
  • Expertise with machine learning fundamentals, modeling techniques and productionizing machine learning models
  • Expertise in data security and compliance
  • Strong familiarity with statistics and quantitative analysis
  • Strong familiarity with Data Engineering, Data platforms, and tools for high performance big data infrastructure
  • Strong familiarity with implementation and use of experimentation platforms
  • Effective cross-functional collaborator who can effectively partner across business functions to understand needs, manage expectations, and oversee joint projects
  • Outstanding stakeholder orientation and a strong desire to be of service


  • Background or experience in electoral politics and/or the political technology space
  • Previous experience in payments, b2b, and/or two-sided marketplaces
  • Background in analytics and reporting
  • Experience managing in an organized labor environment
  • Product management skills: conceiving and evaluating concepts for new data products based on understanding of market and user needs, leading a team in the design and implementation of new data products


This posting is for a full-time, remote, salaried position. Travel may be required on a limited basis to attend all-staff and departmental retreats (1-2 times per year). Additional travel may be required for select positions. ATS is currently authorized to support remote work employees in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin.

Salary Range: $212,000 - $250,000


  • Flexible work schedules and an unlimited time-off policy
  • Fully paid and trans-inclusive health, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their families; plus fully-paid health reimbursement arrangement to use for out of pocket expenses and fully-paid short- and long-term disability
  • Fully paid basic and AD&D life insurance and a voluntary supplemental life insurance option
  • Dependent and health care flexible spending account options
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits for employees
  • Automatic 2% Employer-paid 401K contribution, plus up to an additional 6% match on employee contributions
  • A minimum of three months paid medical, family and parental leave (for all new parents, adoptions included)
  • Commuter or home-office benefits, including a $1,000 home-office setup allowance for all new full-time remote employees
  • Additional perks including quarterly snack deliveries and digital subscriptions to the Boston Globe & New York Times

ActBlue is unable to sponsor work visas at this time.

Supervisory role not part of the Bargaining Unit position: Certain employees who report to this position may be covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

ActBlue is deeply committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. We commit to retaining, developing, recruiting, and hiring a diverse staff community. We honor the dignity of all. We celebrate their unique qualities. And we recognize the wide range of human differences, backgrounds, and intersectional identities that enrich the workspace and help us better meet our mission. If you feel a connection to our mission and see your interests reflected in this job description we encourage you to apply - even if you don’t meet every requirement.

ActBlue is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the interview and employment process, including using our online system to apply for a position. If you would like to request an accommodation, please contact us at recruitment@actblue.com to get started.

*ActBlue will never ask candidates to buy equipment, nor will we email from anything other than an actblue.com or actbluetech.com email address.