SAMPLE STATISTICIAN

About Avalanche:

Avalanche delivers the deep qualitative insight associated with a focus group, but at the scale of polling. Over the last year, Avalanche has provided transformative insight to dozens of the biggest organizations in progressive politics, to build the understanding necessary to resonate, mobilize and win.  We’ve collected millions of data points from hundreds of thousands of Americans, and continue to draw from and create the cutting edge in public opinion research.

About the Role:

As a Sample Statistician, you will be responsible for collecting and curating our most valuable resource: our data. Working closely with an ad buyer, you will develop, assess, and execute, our holistic data acquisition strategy, to allow Avalanche to listen to the people it needs quickly, reliably, and accurately.

About You:

You have a proven track record of collecting, curating, and validating high-quality samples for research, based on best practices and industry-quality models. You have been in charge of high volume and always-on pipelines, and can produce not just a single valid sample, but a pipeline to support a constant stream of national clients. In approaching this task, you are comfortable exploring the literature as well as striking out on your own, and know which to do when. You thrive in a fast-paced, client-driven, and constantly changing work environment; and are genuinely excited about the social, cultural, and political dimensions of our work.

Responsibilities:

  • Using all available methods, distribute deep-listening surveys to tightly targeted samples across the country, to deliver on short and long-term contracts with clients, and internal research.

  • Validate the contents of the sample and its ability to represent the target audience, weighting or subsetting to fit the circumstances, with all the mathematical rigor that is appropriate for national politics

  • Test multiple channels for acquisition, and assess them in terms of price, speed, quality, and other relevant attributes.

  • Assist the ad buyer in targeting their buys to achieve the desired samples.

  • Continually optimize our methods to improve price, speed, quality, reach, etc.

Qualifications & Qualities:

Successful candidates will have all of the following:

  • 3+ years experience in data collection, with a heavy emphasis on the important constituent elements including sampling methods, modeling, and validation

  • The ability to work largely independently on this problem, including making and executing the recommendations for Avalanche’s approach to this problem, with the support from all the rest of the team when relevant

  • Strong process orientation towards user design and internal consultation, to deeply understand the organizational considerations and design solutions that meet them

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group (executives, managers, and subject matter experts)

  • Some experience working outside of research, and understanding the demands and timelines of a client-facing business

This position is based in either Vancouver B.C. or Washington, D.C.. We can assist with relocation and work VISA in Canada for applicants currently based elsewhere. 

Please submit your application using this form. It’s brief and you will have the opportunity to attach your resume. Only resumes submitted through the form will be considered. Thank you! :

https://forms.gle/AZwdkPtGRJfvXgXHA

We are committed to building a workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. We especially encourage women, people of color, and others who are underrepresented in the research field to apply.