Director of Data Science

RS21 · Albuquerque, NM

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RS21 is a leading data science and visualization company tackling humanity’s biggest challenges. With offices in Albuquerque, NM and Washington, D.C., we develop interactive, big data analytics and visualization solutions that connect people with the data they need.

RS21 employees enjoy competitive salaries, flexible schedules, professional development, PTO, health insurance, 401(k) profit sharing, casual dress, an open pet policy, birthday gifts, fun events, while working to solve complex problems in beautiful ways.

RS21 is currently seeking a Data Scientist Director to head-up our talented Data Science team, provide mentorship and think strategically about how to offer cutting-edge analytics and impactful insights to our clients.

As the Data Science Director you will work closely with statisticians, engineers, geographers, economists, and scholars on a variety of projects for local, state, and federal governments, healthcare organizations and private companies. Our ideal candidate understands the importance of data’s contextuality as it relates to a variety of analytical methods and needs of the client.

This is a full-time position based in our downtown Albuquerque, NM offices and reports directly to RS21’s Chief Technology Officer.


  • Lead research-driven approaches to create custom solutions using a broad range of data science methods and applications including machine learning, natural language processing, Bayesian and frequentist statistics, geospatial analysis, and graph theory
  • Mentor, develop and lead a highly functioning team while ensuring execution of technical objectives, prioritized effectively and executed with quality
  • Work collaboratively with creative teams of developers, designers, and project managers to lead multiple data science work streams simultaneously
  • Drive adoption and usage of Business Intelligence tools throughout the enterprise
  • Ability to work on complex problems with limited definition of scope or guarantee of expected outcome
  • Build out a data science plan that allows various clients to leverage ML to create sustained value for their organizations
  • Set a vision and strategy that is focused on customer value, owning the overall analytic output of data science teams
  • Capability to lead multiple data science work streams simultaneously in a fast-paced environment in partnership with multiple business stakeholders
  • Set a vision and strategy that is focused on customer value, owning the overall analytic output of data science teams


  • Masters or Ph.D. in statistics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, economics, or related field is preferred
  • 4 years-experience in data/BI leadership role in an agile environment
  • Advanced knowledge of Python, R or similar language
  • Highly experienced in data preparation, feature engineering, model selection, and scaling successful approaches to integrate with cloud-based architectures
  • Inquisitive, conceptual thinker comfortable working on complex problems at the cutting edge with limited definition of scope or guarantee of expected outcome
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute highly visible, cross-business initiatives
  • Proven track record working with senior leaders, technical and functional teams
  • Excellent leadership, communication and experience interfacing with business teams
  • Strong organizational and coordination skills along with multi-tasking capabilities to get things done in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience staffing, managing, and mentoring data science teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including relationship building and collaboration within a diverse, cross-functional team.
  • Relocation to Albuquerque is preferred if you are not currently a resident

Nice to have:

  • Specific interest or experience with any of the following:
  • Model explainability or interpretability
  • Geospatial methods and econometrics
  • Patient-level predictive analytics
  • Automated data modeling
  • Technical skillsets including any of the following:
  • Hadoop, Spark, or other distributed processing engines
  • Papermill, Collab, or MLflow
  • In depth experience working with managed cloud analytics services

RS21 is a dynamic, growing startup with 50+ employees doing great things, and we're looking for the right people to help move us forward. Our nine core values empower a culture of integrity, learning, taking risks, making a difference, constantly improving, and helping our team achieve a healthy work-life balance with flexible schedules and remote work options. As a testament to our exceptional culture, employees voted us a “Best Place to Work”.

RS21 provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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