Director, Global Volunteers


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About DataKind

DataKind is a global nonprofit dedicated to harnessing the power of data science and artificial intelligence (AI) in the service of humanity. Named one of Fast Company's 2017 top 10 innovative nonprofits, DataKind teams talented pro bono experts from academia and industry with visionary change makers to collaboratively design innovative solutions to tough social challenges. They help social organizations apply their data to predictive analytics, machine learning algorithms, and AI needs in a way that both increases impact and is sensitive to the ethical considerations they have.


DataKind’s data scientist volunteers are the engine of what we do, applying their expertise to assist high-impact, mission-driven organizations tackle the world’s biggest challenges. With chapters across the globe in San Francisco, DC, Bangalore, the UK, and Singapore, the Director, Global Volunteers sets the vision and strategy for engaging and supporting our worldwide volunteer community. Reporting to the Chief Program Officer and managing staff who offer direct support to chapters, the Director will create an environment in which volunteers can contribute in meaningful ways to our partners, feel valued for their unique abilities, and reflect the diverse communities they represent. Ensuring that our volunteers are trained and supported in their work, the Director will partner with the Center of Excellence and other Programs team staff to develop a best-in-class orientation and training program and build volunteer talent pipelines for data projects. In addition, the Director is also charged with carrying forward the strategy for our global chapter model, strategically recruiting new volunteers and chapter leaders, ensuring a clean volunteer database, and developing a taxonomy of volunteer roles and project pathways.

Ideal candidates have developed world-class volunteer engagement programs, have served as a network leader, and preferably have worked in international or volunteer contexts themselves.



Strong alignment with DataKind mission and values, including the ability to build relationships across difference (e.g. culture, skillset, or time zone)
At least 7-10 years of professional experience, preferably including experience at nonprofit or mission driven organization or team
Significant experience in volunteer recruitment, management and engagement with a track record of creating strong community for volunteers
Track record of designing and implementing programmatic strategy, including systems thinking, process improvement, and data-driven decision-making
Experience managing staff and developing high-performance teams
Experience coming up to speed quickly on a technical issue and/or conversant in basic data science Preferably, externally representing an organization or issue area through public speaking or writing


110,000 - 125,000

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