Director, Data Science & Machine Learning at Apartment List (Remote)

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At Apartment List, we’re on a mission to find every renter a home they love at the value they deserve. As the fastest-growing online rental marketplace, our platform takes the time to understand renters’ preferences and seamlessly finds their perfect match while aligning incentives with our properties on-site. To date, we’ve helped nearly 1 million families find a home they love, and we’re just getting started. Join us!

Reporting to the Chief Product Officer, you will lead the Data Science team (you and 2 Data Scientists)on their mission of applying machine learning to solve customer and business problems. You will be responsible for identifying the areas where machine learning can be applied to solve customer or business problems and developing a full suite of ML products. You will partner with Product, Engineering, Design, Analytics and Growth to prioritize and execute models and measure their impact. You will be a Director on the R&D leadership team and play a key role in shaping the company roadmap and advancing the product to the next level.

Here’s what you’ll do as part of the team:

  • Deeply understand the customer problems, business problems, data and full spectrum of related modeling technologies to map out the full suite of ML products that could benefit AL
  • Set the team’s technical strategy and roadmap, act on technical strategies, define clear scope, scale and timeline and hold the team accountable
  • Partner closely with Engineering, Product, Analytics, Growth and Design to intelligently connect renters and properties and reach shared business goals
  • Deliver and deploy end-to-end ML models, build measurement plans, learn and iterate to drive results
  • Leverage understanding of metrics, solid statistical mindset and business strategy to help define the roadmap of the company
  • Mentor and develop Data Scientists to grow their soft and hard skills
  • Communicate broadly, clearly and often the opportunities and the results of applying ML - to stakeholders at all levels of the organization

Here are the skills and experience you’ll need to be successful:

  • Experience with a broad set of statistical and machine learning methods to solve and optimize critical business problems and metrics
  • Experience leading an AI team in building data products, taking them to the market and iterating and improving them over time
  • Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Physics or related quantitative field or Master's degree with 8+ years of experience in the field of machine learning or AI
  • Strong both technically and theoretically in statistical learning and modeling, engineering, experimental design and analysis, causal inference, etc
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with cross-functional audiences
  • Able to quantitatively research and act on technical strategies, define clear scope, scale and timeline for holding the team accountable

And here is what’s in it for you:

  • An exceptional team: our hiring bar is absurdly high and your colleagues are talented, motivated, self- starters
  • An incredible opportunity to build out a critical function
  • A seat at the table on R&D leadership, and a chance to influence our product and company strategy
  • A virtual-first culture that allows you to work from anywhere

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. If you’re excited about this role, but do not meet 100% of the qualifications listed, we encourage you to apply.

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An Insider's view of Apartment List

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The culture at Apartment List is unlike any other organization I’ve ever been a part of. Coming into the office everyday is something I look forward to because there’s so much energy. And the best part is everyone genuinely likes each other and enjoys hanging out, not just at work!


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What does your typical day look like?

A day in the life of a sales rep at Apartment List looks like collaboration, dedication, and flexibility combining to form a productive and balanced workday. The team is always sharing successes and brainstorming creative ideas. You get to manage your day in how YOU work best, and due to this I've never felt more in control of my work-life balance!


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How does the company support your career growth?

If you want to grow your career, this is the right company. The talent at this company immediately elevates your potential by osmosis. Leadership’s support and transparency gleans insights into growing a business at every level. I personally have grown more in my 2 years here than any other positions I held prior to joining Apartment List combined!


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How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Apartment List is an organization that not only encourages creativity in problem-solving; but also empowers you to think big. We work side-by-side with our peers to help each other win every day. It’s incredibly rewarding to look back and see the fingerprint you’ve left behind, knowing that your work is for the betterment of the company as a whole.


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What’s the vibe like in the office?

Apartment List is more than just your run-of-the-mill job. I've never felt so much support, both professionally and personally, in my career. The office is filled with amazing individuals that extend help to absolutely anyone and everyone. It’s a space full of collaboration with a no man left behind mentality. It's a place you want to be every day!


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What are Apartment List Perks + Benefits

Apartment List Benefits Overview

Lunch Subsidy: Free lunches (in partnership with Grubhub) and unlimited snacks

Transportation Reimbursement: For public transportation and subsidized parking

Health and Wellness Reimbursement: For gym memberships, virtual classes, health program or wellness app subscriptions, etc.

Unlimited Flexible Time Off: Take the time that you need to refresh

Medical Coverage: 100% of medical, dental, and vision premiums covered by Apartment List, for you and all your dependents

Work with a View: Panoramic views of downtown Denver from 27th floor office

Team Activities: Wing Wednesdays, ping pong tournaments, Rockies games, team trivia, and other frequent team outings

Fun Incentives: Daily, weekly, and monthly contests, as well as performance-related incentive trips

Competitive base pay with uncapped commissions (sales roles)

Partners with Nonprofits
Apartment List partners with a variety of nonprofits including Year Up (annual internship program) and Home Bridge (our social impact program that provides free housing to families in need).
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have a multitude of employee-led intracompany committees, including a DEI Committee, a Virtual First Committee, and Work Culture Committee, etc.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
The Leadership team at Apartment List is made up of 50% women! This is just one of the many pieces of diversity we are focused on from a management perspective.
Unconscious bias training
Apartment List provides all of our hiring managers and interviewers with multiple Unconscious Bias Trainings each year.
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Apartment List has multiple, active, employee-led, executive-sponsored ERG's including: Asian, Black, LatinX, LGBTQIA+, and Women.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Apartment List's dental plan covers 100% of premiums, for you AND for all dependents.
Vision Benefits
Apartment List's vision plan covers 100% of premiums, for you AND for all dependents.
Health Insurance Benefits
Apartment List's multiple medical plans cover 100% of premiums, for you AND for all dependents.
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Apartment List provides a monthly Health & Wellness reimbursement program, to help cover anything from gym memberships, to yoga classes, to Peloton subscriptions, to mindful apps.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Apartment List's 401(k) retirement plans offer a broad selection of stocks, bonds and international index funds to choose from. We take your future seriously!
Company Equity
Apartment List offers stock options through its employee equity program. Each of our employees are invested in the success of the company.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Apartment List offers up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave plus a 5-week phase-in program, for both birthing and non-birthing parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Apartment List offers unlimited paid time off, in addition to 12 paid holidays per year. Take the time off that you need to refresh!
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Apartment List offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all employees, as well as a monthly Transportation reimbursement for public transit and parking.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Apartment List provides a weekly Lunch subsidy via partnership with GrubHub. Enjoy your lunch on us!
Game Room
Apartment List wants to make sure all of our employees are having fun. What better way to have fun than to have ping pong tournaments with your colleagues?
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Apartment List offers on-premise parking via our building's private lot, and employees can expense the parking costs via our monthly Transportation reimbursement program.
Pet Friendly
Apartment List loves its employees AND their pets! Woof woof! Let your dog make some new friends in the office.
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

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