Data Science Lead

£36,000 - £45,000 yearly
  • DataKind UK
  • London, UK
  • Nov 19, 2019
Permanent Artificial Intelligence Data Programmes Volunteers

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DataKind UK is looking for a Data Science Lead to help social change organisations use data for good. We are a tiny but mighty not-for-profit organisation harnessing the power of pro bono data science to bring operational improvements and increased data literacy to the UK social sector. Most importantly, we’re serious about getting stuff done, but we also want to make it fun. Our Data Science Lead will generate a healthy pipeline of well-scoped projects, manage our Office Hours programme and Social Data Society, provide technical oversight of all our projects and provide direct data science advice/support where necessary.

Hours and location

We have a preference for the role-holder to be full-time (35 hours per week) and largely based at our (dog-friendly) London office, and are open to considering remote or job share working for the right candidate(s).

We support flexible working schedules and work from home days. The role requires regular out of hours commitments - at least two evenings a month and one weekend per quarter for our volunteer events, plus other more ad-hoc evenings. We expect you to take time off in lieu to make up for work done out of your normal working hours. There is the possibility of occasional national and international travel. 


The salary for this position is £36,000 - 45,000 (full-time) with 5% employer pension contributions, and an annual training budget to support your personal and professional development. This is a permanent role, with an initial probation period of 3 months.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about how social change organisations can make the best use of their data. You are good at translating complex concepts into accessible ideas, and you enjoy working with volunteers. You’re experienced in using data and data science in an operational context, and have 5+ years of experience. 

At DataKind UK we continuously look to improve our services. We’d like you to bring your ideas, helping us to better meet the data/data science needs of the social sector.

Ideally you have a keen interest in the role that tech/data will have on society, and want to explore the ways that data can be used responsibly within the social sector.

You’ll be one of a small team comprising our Executive Director, Project Manager, Communications Officer and you. We have a vast volunteer community, with around 50 of those serving as core volunteers, helping us to run our programmes. You’ll be line managed by our Executive Director.


We’d like you to have experience of:

  • Designing data-focused projects 
  • Project management
  • Working in/ with social sector organisations 
  • Working on data or data science projects
  • Creating and maintaining strong strategic partnerships 

It would be a bonus if you have experience of:

  • Volunteer management
  • Presenting technical concepts to lay audiences

What you’ll do  

Key Responsibilities:

Project Lead Generation

  • Generate new project leads by proactively reaching out to social change organisations well placed to benefit from data science. This includes building awareness for DKUK and the support we offer, e.g. by identifying and presenting at relevant social sector events/conferences; and identifying key partners that can provide us with potential project leads
  • Spot opportunities for, develop and maintain strategic partnerships with other capacity builders
  • Create a strong network within the social sector, acting as a trusted advisor and signposting where necessary
  • Ensure a healthy pipeline for our schedule of DataDives and DataCorps, liaising with the Project Manager to identify projects for upcoming DataDives and plan which projects to bring to which events

Project Scoping

  • Work with the Scoping & Impact committee to review and refine project applications and put together DataDive and DataCorps project briefs. This includes managing and supporting volunteers

Manage two of DataKind UK’s key support programmes

  • Coordinate the Social Data Society (a meeting of data scientists that work in the social sector) which meets every six weeks
  • Run monthly Office Hours ensuring social change organisations come prepared and the volunteers can provide the right advice. This includes:
    • Managing the 15+ team of Office Hours volunteers, ensuring they have the onboarding, training and ongoing support needed to perform their role to a high standard
    • Overseeing the data use and data science support/advice given to social change organisations
    • Expanding the current scheme from one location (London-based) to multiple, starting with Edinburgh and Southampton 
  • Provide technical oversight for DataCorps projects 

Provide support (directly and through signposting)

  • Provide direct support and advice to social sector organisations around their data needs through 1-2-1 support, when queries are not suitable for Office Hours 
  • Design events to support charities with their use of data, such as a series of technical workshops for social change organisations. These will be run with the communications officer
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with key data/digital infrastructure organisations to enable signposting of social change organisations to the most relevant support. 
  • Develop resources that are appropriate for and accessible to social change organisations (i.e. translate technical into non-technical) 
  • Advocate for the responsible use of data and its applications within the social sector

How to apply

Send a 1-2 page cover letter outlining what you would bring to this role along with your CV to by 9am Monday 9th December. We will review applications as they come in. 

Interview schedule

We are planning to hold an initial interview by phone on Thursday 12th December and a second interview in person in London w/c December 16th.

About DataKind UK

DataKind UK promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace and in our community of volunteers and partner organisations. We particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates and candidates with disabilities, as we would like to increase the representation of these groups in our community.

We make employment decisions by matching business needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

We are happy to talk about flexible working to accommodate your needs. We strive to create a workplace and community where you can be yourself and achieve your full potential.