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Director of Data Science



Data Science
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2023

Job Title: Data Science lead

Reports To: VP of Engineering

Location: Remote

Department: Engineering

Status: FT Exempt

About the Company:

Octave is a modern behavioral health practice creating a new standard for care delivery that’s both high-quality and accessible to more people. With in-person and virtual clinics in California, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington D.C., the company offers personalized care plans that can include individual, couples, and family therapy, while pioneering relationships with payers to make care more affordable through insurance. By raising the bar on how care is delivered and how providers are supported, we are building a sustainable system that values equity, affordability, and effectiveness.

Job Summary:

We are seeking an experienced and motivated Data Science Lead to join Octave. As the Data Science Lead, you will play a crucial role in driving our data-driven decision-making process and shaping our data science team from the ground up. We are looking for someone with a strong practical background in data science who also has experience developing and implementing data science strategies in a fast-paced startup environment. Being the first member of this function at the organization, the individual should also have a desire and willingness to be hands on.


  • Drive data-driven decision-making: Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including product managers, analysts, engineers, and business stakeholders, to identify key business problems and develop data science solutions that drive growth and innovation.
  • Develop and implement data science strategies: Define the data science roadmap and vision, aligning it with the company’s overall goals and objectives. Drive the development and implementation of best practices, methodologies, and tools to enhance the team’s efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Hands-on data science work: You will also be expected to contribute directly to data science projects. This may involve data exploration, model development, statistical analysis, and predictive modeling to derive actionable insights and solutions.

Required Skills:

  • Practical data science expertise: Strong background in data science with hands-on experience in data exploration, statistical analysis, predictive modeling, and machine learning. Proficiency in Python, along with experience using relevant libraries and frameworks.
  • Startup experience: Prior experience working in a startup or similar fast-paced environment is crucial. Demonstrated ability to thrive in an agile and rapidly changing work environment, adapt to new challenges, and help scale a data science team as the company grows.
  • Strong communication and stakeholder management: Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to translate complex data science concepts into actionable insights for non-technical stakeholders. Experience collaborating with cross-functional teams and presenting findings and recommendations to senior leadership.
  • Analytical and problem-solving mindset: Strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and the ability to think critically and creatively to solve complex business problems using data science techniques. Experience with experimental design, A/B testing, and data-driven decision-making is highly desirable.

Join our innovative startup and take the lead in shaping our data science capabilities. Together, we will leverage data to drive meaningful insights, impact business outcomes, and build cutting-edge solutions. Apply now and be part of our exciting journey!

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to frequently communicate with others through virtual meeting applications such as Zoom and Google Meet.
  • Must be able to observe and communicate information on company provided laptop.
  • The ability to lift 15 pounds regularly.


Octave is committed to pay equity. To maintain our commitment to pay equity, Octave will follow Pay Transparency regulations on all open job postings. Current Pay Transparency laws require companies to include a position's salary or hourly wage range (not including bonuses or equity-based compensation) in any internal or external job posting. This requirement extends to job postings published by a third party at an employer's request.

Octave will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with Octave’s legal duty to furnish information.

Starting pay for qualified applicants will depend on a combination of job-related factors, which may include education, training, experience, location, business needs, or market demands. The expected salary range for this role is set forth below and this range may be modified in the future.

The salary range for this role is $200,000-$240,000 annually

Additionally, this position is eligible for the following benefits: company sponsored life insurance, disability and AD&D plans. Voluntary benefits such as 401k retirement, medical, dental, vision, FSA, HSA, dependent care and commuter/parking options are also available. Octave offers generous Paid Time Off as well as paid parental leave benefits.

Must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship now or anytime in the future

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Application Instructions:

Please complete the following application. Please note that the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Information questions below are used for the purposes of EEOC reporting and are optional to complete. Octave is unable to change these questions and we acknowledge that many of the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Information questions are not inclusive or affirming of all aspects of cultural identity. Octave is committed to an inclusive workplace environment, and this information will not inform how we approach hiring or employment.