VP of Data and Insights (Philadelphia, PA)

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The Philadelphia Inquirer is a public benefit corporation owned by the nonprofit Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Together, we're at the center of a critical mission to create a lasting future for ambitious, engaging, and useful local journalism. We're doing this, in part, by deepening our connection with the communities we serve. Our integrated digital and print platforms are the Philadelphia region's largest media network. We're passionate about building a sustainable model for indispensable local journalism, and we take pride in finding diverse, dynamic, and talented individuals to help push our team forward.


The Vice President of Data and Insights will be critical to the Inquirer's transformation into a data-informed organization. This role oversees our team of analysts, our data architects and engineers, and our decision science function, but more importantly, helps guide our data strategy, operations and roadmaps.

To succeed in this role you will communicate across teams and functions, evangelizing your team's capabilities and contributions; you will develop technology and product roadmaps that guide the evolution of our data and insight platforms; you will identify gaps in our visibility and devise strategies for filling them; and you will mentor and coach a team toward delivering insights and recommendations, not just data and charts.

What You'll Do:

Guide The Inquirer's internal data and insights strategies, and define the tools and processes necessary to execute them

  • Evaluate our existing operational measurement capabilities and data platforms, and develop plans to augment and improve
    visibility to successes and areas needing improvement
  • Recommend new data collection, analysis, and activation technologies that fit our needs, ambitions and budgets
  • Develop communication strategies and training, as required, to make analysis and data science key parts of our product
    development and project management practices
  • Act as a trusted partner on strategic initiatives, particularly in developing measurement and data activation strategies for our most
    critical projects

Support and improve the operations of the company in each department

  • As a part of The Inquirer's Leadership team, liaise with other departmental leads to understand how data and reporting can help
    direct their strategic plans, and identify the information they each have that others would benefit from
  • Ensure our goals, and the strategies we use to accomplish them, are well-supported by data and analysis
  • Advance our experimentation capabilities for product development, marketing, advertising, and editorial use cases
  • Guide the discovery and implementation of advanced data products, including ML models, analytics-driven forecasts, and others,
    to add business & customer value.
  • Deliver findings / insights in clear, comprehensible ways across technical and non-technical audiences

Manage our team of analytics professionals

  • Guide the career development of ~8-10 professionals working in analysis, engineering, and data science
  • Provide technical oversight to improve on system capabilities, self-service functionality, query / aggregation efficiency, and
    quality of analysis
  • Suggest technologies to test that could accelerate our growth and/or simplify our tech stacks for data and reporting
  • Advocate for additions / changes to your team to better support the long-term goals of The Inquirer

Who We're Looking For:

Qualifications include:
  • 8+ years of experience in data / analytics / insights roles
  • 5+ years of experience managing teams of technologists and analysts
  • Broad technical understanding of relevant technologies including (but not limited to) RDBMS modeling, real-time data platforms,
    ETL pipelines, columnar stores, no-sql technologies, and third-party data collection products
  • Strong knowledge of experimental design (A/B & multivariate testing) and empirical best practices
    (i.e. the scientific method, qualitative research and ways of knowing, etc.)
  • Proven leadership skills including high emotional intelligence, clear and candid communication, and a history of successful
    stewardship of your people
  • Alignment with The Inquirer's values of good faith communication, teamwork and an embrace of the future, as well as our public
    interest mission to benefit the diverse communities of the Philadelphia region
  • Growth mindset, eager to learn and develop your own capabilities as well as peer and organizational capacity
  • Background in statistics, complex system analysis, or related fields is a plus
  • Familiarity with the business dynamics of a modern media company is a plus

* We know not everyone reading this will fit exactly what we've described. We encourage everyone to apply who shares our passion for indispensable journalism and our drive to create a sustainable business model to support it. As an equal opportunity employer, The Inquirer is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, and we especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to submit an application, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with special needs*
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer operates in the Digital Media industry. The company is located in Philadelphia, PA. The Philadelphia Inquirer was founded in 2022. It has 1001 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Health Insurance Benefits, Paid Sick Days. To see all 27 open jobs at The Philadelphia Inquirer, click here.
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