Chief Data Officer

  • 1904 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

LiveStories is a venture-backed company building modern tools to make civic data actionable and usable. Governments—the world’s largest sector—depend on LiveStories to be more data-driven, transparent, and productive. Businesses, universities, schools, and researchers depend on LiveStories to streamline their data operations.

We love data and believe in its power to transform how we live, work, and play. We obsess over simplifying access to data, so that anyone can gather insights. We look for people who can demonstrate versatility and creativity in working with data.

If you obsess over changing the world, and are passionate about open public/civic data, cool data visualizations, data-driven businesses, we would love to talk to you.

Job Description

Data is core to LiveStories mission. Our customers around the US and around the world sit on a large volume of data. They look to LiveStories to turn that data into actionable insights and stories.

We are seeking a Chief Data Officer to lead our emerging data science effort. In this role you will work closely with the entire executive team, define our long-term R&D roadmap related to data, lead our team of data scientists, statisticians, and economists, and partner with product managers and engineers to deliver data-driven insights and analytics products.

The ideal candidate has a broad understanding of the entire landscape of data science and machine learning, has a solid track record of transferring research results into product, is excellent in all forms of communication, demonstrated successful customer and partner engagement, will be a magnet for others to join the team, and will have a strategic mindset that helps to shape the direction of the company.

When successful in this role you will be recognized as a world-class data science leader. You will both identify best practices that LiveStories should adopt, and develop best practices that will be adopted by other organizations. This role will require great leadership skills to drive change across the entire public sector landscape. Are you up for an exciting, high-impact challenge?


  • Define and prioritize data science opportunities for the company

  • Hire, mentor, and manage exceptional data scientists, statisticians, and economists

  • Partner with engineering team to identify and improve infrastructure opportunities to increase data science productivity

  • Serve as a domain expert in many areas of data science and machine learning

  • Act as an internal advisor on all issues related to data

  • Serve as chief consultant to customers looking for data expertise

  • Contribute to the overall company strategy, especially as it pertains to data

  • Make individual technical contributions where possible

  • Serve as the company's public data ambassador to the public sector

  • You have a habit of bias-to-action.


  • PhD or M.S. in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or a related field

  • World-class experience in at least one area of machine learning

  • 10+ years of professional work experience, and 5+ years of R&D management

  • Proficiency in prototyping advanced algorithms in appropriate programming languages

  • 5+ years of experience in transferring research results into product

  • Outstanding history of communicating complex ideas

  • Experience leading data efforts in public entities

  • Academic publishing track record

  • Strong execution, organizational skills

  • Eligible to work in the United States

Additional Information

Our benefits include:

  • Competitive performance-based compensation

  • Health, dental, vision, and life insurance

  • 401K Plan 

  • An incredible team of smart, dedicated, and supportive people

  • Unlimited vacation policy

  • Company-wide team activities (such as sailing, happy hours etc.)  

  • One Friday off every month

  • Annual Personal Travel Bonus

  • Monthly lunches with the CEO

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.