Vice President, Data Science

Rockville , MD
Jun 15, 2022
Jul 23, 2022
Research, Science
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Westat is seeking a Vice President, Data Science to lead data science efforts across the organization. In this role you will coordinate, build, and strengthen Westat's data science capabilities; bringing additional visibility internally and externally to these capabilities; and drive strategic planning, hiring, and coordination across Westat to meet the evolving needs in this area. This role reports to the Vice President and Director of Statistics and Data Science.

Responsibilities would include:
·    Lead strategic planning, innovation, and capacity building in data science. Develop a vision and focus on collaboration with practices, IT (Information Technology) and statistics.
·    Serve as a thought leader both internally and externally.
·    Build and strengthen a community of practice around data science capabilities within Westat. Coordinate across practices, IT, and statistics, facilitating cross-practice collaboration and knowledge sharing. Support development of data science resources across Westat.
·    Build and lead a group of data scientists to serve as experts, as needed. 
·    Mentor staff across Westat and suggest additional appropriate professional development. Assist in hiring staff with needed skills.
·    Serve as senior technical advisor on projects providing domain expertise and creative integration of advanced hardware and software to deliver computational solutions that address complex data and analytic challenges.
·    Support business development opportunities by bringing best practices and creative data science solutions (similar to how statisticians support these activities), including participating in capture activities. Serve as main contact to coordinate data science resources. Lead business development opportunities as needed.
·    Monitor competitive intelligence and share the knowledge broadly within Westat.

Basic Qualifications:
·    Master's degree and 20+ years of experience or a Doctoral degree and 15+ years of experience
·    Demonstrated success leading data science programs and/or bioinformatics programs including technical and programmatic concept development, planning, coordination, integration, and execution that can be supported by data science and deep learning techniques
·    Technical knowledge of a variety of data science skills (natural language processing, machine learning techniques, AI, network analyses, collaboration tools, programming skills (R & Python in particular), systems engineering & systems architecture, database management), and bring in user design experience
·    Publication record of peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, other thought pieces in the public domain in data science
·    Presentation record at national conferences

Minimum Qualifications:
·    Supervisory/management experience
·    Strong project management skills
·    Ability to collaborate with technical and non-technical experts

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account


Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.