Senior Data Scientist

Research New York, New York


Who We Are

CCS Fundraising is an international strategic fundraising firm that partners with nonprofits for transformational change. For 76 years, CCS has empowered many of the world’s greatest organizations across sectors to advance some of the most important causes in history. We plan, manage, and implement programs and initiatives that achieve fundraising goals and mission impact.

CCS provides tailored support to more than 700 nonprofit organizations annually. With over 500 professionals and 14 offices throughout the United States and Europe, we have the capacity to help local and international organizations achieve outstanding results.

Our services include:

  • Campaign Management
  • Strategy, Evaluation & Planning
  • Interim Development Management
  • Learning & Leadership Development
  • Data Analytics, Systems and Research

A Career at CCS

Our people are our greatest strength. The collective sum of the individual experiences, backgrounds, knowledge, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation of excellence.

Whether it’s in one of our regional offices or on the ground with our clients, you will have direct access to leaders in the field, expanding your opportunities to learn and build your network for future success. We invest in the training, tools, and support necessary for growth throughout your career and encourage peer collaboration in a lively and engaging environment.

Our staff report that the best aspects of working for CCS are the relationships with colleagues, leading nonprofits, and philanthropists; the performance-based career paths; and the diversity of projects.

The CCS Analytics Practice

The CCS Analytics Practice is a passionate group of high-performing staff that provide specialized data analytics and predictive modeling services to clients supported by project teams throughout the firm.

The Data Analytics Practice at CCS is experiencing rapid growth, resulting in a need to expand the team. We are looking for individuals with skills and insights that will allow us to provide high-quality data analytics services to our clients and develop new innovative services. These new members will bring passion, teamwork, and creativity to the job every day.

About the Data Scientist Position:

Our process is a collaborative, team-focused approach, which means that you will have the opportunity to work on multiple aspects of a client project. On any given day you may find yourself assisting with client onboarding, vetting, and validating data sets, building predictive models, performing bespoke statistical analyses, crafting presentation materials, or participating in the presentation of our work to the client.  We encourage all team members to develop these skills to participate in each step.

Our main objective is to identify opportunities in a client’s constituent database. Some of our services include:

Predictive Modeling:

  • Uses statistical techniques to score a client’s constituents based on data from the client’s internal database. By combining wealth capacity data with the affinity scores generated by the predictive models we can:
    • Identify new compelling major gift prospects.
    • Evaluate the currently managed prospects to find new, untapped opportunities.

RFM Analysis:

  • Scores a client's donors to summarize best givers based on a donor’s recency, frequency, and magnitude of giving. Wealth screening data is combined with the RFM scores to prioritize a client's best prospects.

Year-over-Year Trend Analysis and Benchmarking:

  • Compares fundraising performance over multiple time periods, sources, and gift funds to help identify trends and anomalies that may shed light on future fundraising performance.

We are looking for a dedicated professional that has:

  • At least three years of statistical analysis or predictive modeling experience.
  • A bachelor’s degree or better in Statistics, Data Science, or Math (or comparable professional experience).
  • Experience using R or Python to perform statistical analyses.
  • Experience with process automation using custom scripts and functions.
  • Data visualization skills and the ability to use those skills to tell a compelling story.
  • A passion for helping nonprofit organizations.
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and logically both verbally and in writing. 
  • Comfort articulating strategies with a variety of audiences.
  • Adaptability to manage changing workflows, new situations, and varied personalities.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

Other helpful skills include:

  • Experience with cloud-based data storage and computing services such as Snowflake, AWS, DataBricks, and Azure.
  • An understanding of the professional services/ consulting environment.
  • Experience working for or with a non-profit organization
  • Experience with programming (R, Python) to create interactive applications (Shiny, Streamlit)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and data visualization software (i.e. PowerBI or Tableau).

CCS offers competitive benefits, a dynamic training program, resources, career advancement, mentoring, and networking opportunities. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourage a diverse pool of candidates to apply.

This position is not eligible for employer visa sponsorship.

SALARY RANGE: $120,000-$140,000

Exact salary varies within salary range based on years of relevant experience and education