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SVP, Chief Data Scientist

San Diego, CA, USA | Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

  • Industry:
    Education (Higher)
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    IT / Information Technology
  • Experience:
    15-20 years
Job Description:
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The Senior Vice President, Chief Data Scientist (CDS) position is a full-time employment opportunity.

Zovio (formerly Bridgepoint Education) is seeking an experienced and high performing CDS to join our fast-paced team as we transform online education. The CDS will report directly to the CEO and have a primary focus on designing and executing a strategy that leverages the power of analytics and insights to change lives through education.

Essential Job Duties:

Driving data-driven decision making and harnessing the power of Machine Learning, Analytics Data and Technology to improve student outcomes, help clients achieve their goals and deliver superior performance for the business

Identify areas of opportunity, develop the business cases, marshal the capabilities required, and move the organization to successful implementation

Develop and lead a team of both internal and external resources to design and implement data and analytical environments

Boldly innovate in tools, techniques, methods, and technologies to drive analytical insights

Be on the forefront of analytical techniques in Education, Marketing, Operations, and HR

Communicate value to the organization, develop sound business cases and build consensus on the need to act

Drive implementation of operational changes required to realize value from work


Variety of machine learning techniques (clustering, decision tree learning, artificial neural networks, etc.) and their real-world advantages/drawbacks

Advanced statistical techniques and concepts (regression, properties of distributions, statistical tests and proper usage, etc.) and experience with applications

In statistical and data mining techniques: GLM/Regression, Random Forest, Boosting, Trees, text mining, social network analysis, etc.

​​ Experience:

Query databases and using statistical computer languages: R, Python, SLQ, etc., using web services: Redshift, S3, Spark, DigitalOcean, etc.

Creating and using advanced machine learning algorithms and statistics: regression, simulation, scenario analysis, modeling, clustering, decision trees, neural networks, etc.

Analyzing data from 3rd party providers: Google Analytics, Site Catalyst, Coremetrics, Adwords, Crimson Hexagon, Facebook Insights, etc.

Distributed data/computing tools: Map/Reduce, Hadoop, Hive, Spark, Gurobi, MySQL, etc.

Visualizing/presenting data for stakeholders using: Periscope, Business Objects, D3, ggplot, etc.

Using statistical computer languages (R, Python, SLQ, etc.) to manipulate data and draw insights from large data sets

Preferred Relevant Experience:

15+ years of direct work experience with a record of successfully operationalizing analytical insight to drive business performance

12+ years of experience manipulating data sets and building statistical models

10+ years in a senior leadership role in related management or business development role

Strong foundation in Statistical Analysis, Business, Marketing, Finance and Operations

Successful track record of productizing and delivering analytics as a service to clients

Strong problem-solving skills with an emphasis on product development

Background in e-commerce, banking, insurance, consumer-facing financial services business or management consulting

Advanced degrees in related fields. Candidates with Doctoral Degree


Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience, certifications, or military service required

Master’s and Doctoral degrees’ a plus

Education Requirements:

If a degree or education credit minimum is required for the position, all education must be conferred by a regionally accredited or approved nationally accredited institution. All candidates must provide proof of higher education (official transcripts) upon request.

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