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SVP, Chief Data Scientist at Bridgepoint Education (San Diego, CA)

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.


  • 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+ y
  • ears of direct work experience with a record of successfully operationalizing analytical insight to drive business performance 12+ y
  • ears of experience manipulating data sets and building statistical models 10+ y
  • ears in a senior leadership role in related management or business development role Stron
  • g foundation in Statistical Analysis, Business, Marketing, Finance and Operations Succe
  • ssful track record of productizing and delivering analytics as a service to clients Stron
  • g 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


  • Bachelors Degree, or equivalent experience, certifications, or military service required
  • Masters and Doctoral degrees a plus

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