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Sr Liaison Statistician

Company Name:
VACO
Job Purpose
Provides statistical leadership, coordination, analytics and training along strategic, financial, economic and business analytics lines to help formulate and guide enterprise tactics and strategies.
In coordination with the Senior Director and staff of the Center of Excellence in Analytics, the Chief Strategy Officer and the management of operating divisions, advises the Executive Team and functional departments on the implications of enterprise and operational tactics and strategies through exhaustive statistical analysis of complex data; provides actionable insight to operating and strategic decisions.
Forecasts outcomes based on trends and verifies outcomes with analysis to demonstrate new improvements available.
Also assists senior leaders at the divisional and enterprise levels to help the organization reach its operating and financial goals through an in-depth, statistical analysis of available data; designing and executing experiments to answer key questions; and map actionable strategies and tactics to capture increased efficiency or gain better market/operational understanding.
Essential Job Functions
1. Uses a high degree of concentration to perform statistical analysis, design tests, and develop statistical models that produce operating and financial outputs (metrics, forecasts) based on strategic or operational choices, exogenous forces, consumer behavior and competitive reactions. Ability to derive market, donor, program and other characteristics from stochastic and time-series
events
, using statistical software (R!, SPSS) and other tools. Ability to pull data from internal and external databases using SQL, FTP, XML and various other methods. Ability to build strategic models from variables extracted by statistical and financial analysis, using stochastic modeling and simulation analysis to inform decision making. In so doing, review, analyze and interpret internal and external data that are prepared daily, monthly, quarterly or annually. Involves working in an established office environment under normal lighting and climate control tolerances.

2. Demonstrates significant experience and deep expertise at solving a wide array of Ph.D.-level problems with statistical processes or procedures, including binomial or multinomial choice models, generalized probability models, nonlinear models, probit and logit models, conjoint analysis, segmentation analysis and modeling, cluster analysis, etc. Remains knowledgeable and current about the external environment, including but not limited to consumption economics and behavior, and the competitive environment in fundraising; long-term trends in key factors influencing market for philanthropy (e.g., through econometrics, income distributions, government policy, etc.). Deep expertise with stochastic modeling is required to inform decision making and forecasting under uncertainty, as well as to analyze, model and probe the efficient frontier and expected risks/results of alternative approaches to solving operating and enterprise-wide problems. Familiarity with actuarial risk analysis and valuation. Provides statistical analysis, modeling and scenario analysis related to (a) tactical statistical problems within various fundraising divisions, and (b) long-term strategic opportunities or issues to guide executives with best-practice decision making tools.

3. Exhibits proven ability to provide leadership and work with others in both highly numerical technical fields (economists, programmers, database analysts, analytical strategists, financial and market analysts, etc.) and non-numerical fields (fundraising, creative design, marketing).Working in collaboration with high-level analysts in the various divisions, design experiments, track results, introduce and execute corrections, analyze results and make recommendations to optimize effectiveness, revenue, response rate or donor experience. Build and test stochastic models of donor behavior.

4. Significant understanding of and experience with using macroeconomic and microeconomic data including consumer expenditure, GDP components, output and value added by industry, input-output tables, and other economic variables at the individual and macro level as inputs for statistical analysis, basis for segmentation, and as clustering for outputs.

5. Provides leadership and works with in-depth analysis of important performance metrics for fundraising and internal divisions, for use in formulation of tactical approaches with operating divisions and in strategic planning with senior management. Work with Six Sigma, internal divisions and fundraising to determine and parameterize the root cause of unexpected variances, which oftentimes must be incorporated as risks in strategic models. Perform risk analysis based on historical trends and prospective opportunities, test risk mitigation techniques via modeling to evaluate outcomes, and recommend alternatives to the relevant operating teams and executives. Familiarity with Big Data application and Optimization programming, as well as the development, application and use of simulation programming, typically in JAVA or C++. Requires use of a personal
computer
.

6. Provides training and guidance to analysts, strategists, and others on the use and application of R! and associated packages for purposes of data analysis, model building, experimental design and analysis, among other applications. Must be thoroughly fluent in application and development in R! environment, with the willingness and ability to clearly share that knowledge and experience through one-to-one or one-to-many development sessions and training courses.
7. Provides technical leadership and technical guidance on all types of experimental and sampling designs, including double-blind, recursive, fractional, multifactor, multistage, stratified, cluster, snowball, and other common designs. Also provides technical leadership and guidance on the analysis of results from execution of a particular design with the objective of deriving new knowledge on a variety of topics crucial to organizational strategy, including the effectiveness of different means of soliciting donors, the changing characteristics of the donor base and trends in the larger population of donors generally.

8. Prepares analysis, reports and presentations for the executive team regarding trends in the donor base, marketplace, the nonprofit sector and the global economy, as well as the significant boundary conditions or "corner cases" and their associated implications (e.g., high-risk conditions). Understanding and application of the mechanics of stochastic processes, demographics and probability density distributions of wealth and income, econometrics and consumer choice as well as the principles of valuation for assessment of opportunity cost and economic damages for the pricing of risk. Provides information to senior management by assembling and summarizing data, preparing reports, making presentations of findings, analyses and recommendations.

9. Works with the Center of Analytics and the operational teams on special assignments as requested by fundraising units, senior staff members, executive leadership team members or the executive office. In some cases, the role of the Senior Liaison - Statistician will be as the leader of special projects.
Requirements
Knowledge
Requires thorough knowledge of statistical theory and practice in a business setting; full literacy with statistical application and analysis packages, especially R! and SPSS.
Requires deep knowledge and experience with customer, financial and other data, including but not limited to analysis and interpretation of financial, operational and econometric data; event data analysis; stochastic process modeling using simulation for predictive modeling.
Must have experience building working classification models and applying design of experiments (DOE) with strong interpersonal skills so as to enable multifunctional team working in heavily data-driven problem analysis involving econometrics, behavioral psychology and customer data;
working knowledge of MS Office Suite, Crystal Ball, AnyLogic or other Simulation Programs;
excellent problem solving and organizational skills; ability to publicly speak, write and present persuasively and clearly on very abstract problems for internal/external relations;
ability to train others on complex statistical concepts and on the operating of programming-driven statistical packages (e.g. - R);
ability to think strategically and derive strategic direction based on donor and business trends internally and externally;
understand complex verbal or written instructions;
knowledge ordinarily acquired through a Ph.D. in a technical field / business or a Master's Degree in Statistics with plus 10+ years of proven experience in statistical data analysis, stochastic modeling and predictive modeling, where in-depth statistical data analysis and interpretation are required. Must possess a valid driver's license. (essential job functions 1 - 9)
Mental - Requires relatively high degree of concentration and attention to assist in the transformation of the Company to a data-driven analytic culture; long periods of mental effort and concentration are needed, followed by few projects with lesser concentration and attention requirements. Must be able to work well under pressure and manage multiple projects at a time. (essential job functions 1 - 9)
Physical - Requires walking/standing approximately 10%, sitting approximately 90% and lifting up to 10 lbs. approximately 2% of time. (essential job functions 1 - 9)

Environmental - Requires capability of performing essential job functions in established office environment under normal lighting and climate control tolerances. (essential job functions 1 - 9)

Manual Dexterity - Requires use of hands, arms and feet for occasional lifting; use of hands and arms to operate personal computer, calculator, copier, other general office equipment and to record written information. (essential job functions 1 - 9)

Audible/Visual - Requires ability to hear and ability to visually observe essential job functions for satisfactory job performance. (essential job functions 1 - 9)
Description: Additional Data
Other Job Functions
1. Performs other various job functions as may be assigned.

2. Performs job duties as assigned as part of the Company's Business Continuity Management Program, including annual maintenance and testing of business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency response plans.
Educational Requirement Equivalency
Technical Ph.D

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