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emoji of a pushpinArlington, VAemoji of a money bag$134,000 - $164,000emoji of an envelopetaylor@storyblocks.comemoji of a clockTue Sep 29 2020
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Storyblocks is a subscription-based stock media service focused on empowering the creative community. We offer a suite of content - video, audio, and images - to fuel our mission of helping our customers create more moving stories. Storyblocks helps digital storytellers unlock their creative potential by providing beautiful stock videos, images, and music that fit with any budget. We are a member-driven company, serving over 200,000 content creators that range from prosumers to SMBs to studios and Fortune 500 brands. Our members can subscribe to our video, image or music libraries, or any combination of the three, to ensure they are able to be brilliant on any budget.

Come join a fun, inclusive, and cutting-edge engineering team that believes in creativity, freedom, and transparency! Storyblocks is the first unlimited download subscription-based provider of stock video and audio. We have a growing base of hundreds of thousands of customers ranging from hobbyists looking to enhance their YouTube videos to major television and movie studios. Storyblocks subscribers are able to find, discover, and download an unlimited number of clips from a vast and growing library of stock video, production music, motion backgrounds, sound effects, special effects, After Effects templates and more. We are looking for a data scientist to join our team and help research, design, and bring to fruition solutions that will enable creators to best tell their digital stories.

The data science team at Storyblocks is a key component of the business. We work on complex and interesting projects at a fast pace. We value data scientists who think critically and effectively weigh the benefits of machine learning implementations to deliver maximum value. Our core mission is to deliver the right piece of content to the right person at the right time. With millions of pieces of content in our libraries, and users with a wide array of tastes and preferences, it is easier said than done, but that is part of the fun!

What You Bring to the Table:

  • Curiosity - You are an independent thinker, able to work autonomously or with a team, and capable of taking on loosely defined problems and translating complex thinking into practical application. You will develop research questions and undertake data exploration to understand who our users are, how they get value out of our content library, and where we can develop our product to bring greater value. You can perform exploratory analyses to understand and monitor the performance of our machine learning systems

  • Analytical Chops - You will analyze data sets, transforming raw intelligence into concise and actionable insights. You can develop and integrate models to solve critical business problems. You have a strong understanding of statistics, and can design, analyze, and interpret the results of A/B tests.

  • Unafraid of Code - You have experience with Python, SQL, and big-data technologies like PySpark. You know your way around modeling frameworks like sklearn, TensorFlow, Keras, or PyTorch and visualization tools like plotly, ggplot, or matplotlib. You are familiar with object-oriented programming and cloud technologies like AWS’s EC2, EMR, Redshift, S3, or DynamoDB.

  • Kaizen (philosophy of continuous improvement) - You are eager to find ways to improve the way we do things. You are a regular participant in code reviews, design reviews, and retrospectives. You like to research, prototype, and deploy emerging tools and techniques in machine learning, statistical modeling & analytics domains.

  • Ownership mentality - You are happy to engage at the problem-level, communicating directly with our product, marketing, sales, customer service, finance, and content teams as needed to regularly discuss prioritization and refine requirements. You value building strong relationships with colleagues and partners and enjoy advocating for data science and machine learning.

2+ years of professional software development experience. BA/BS in Computer Science or related technical field, or a suitable technical certification

What We Bring to the Table:

  • Competitive and fair compensation - For each title, we have consistently applied competitive salary bands based on market data and benchmarks. What you’ve been paid before, fear of conflict, or willingness to negotiate does not play a part.

  • Company-paid medical - Our medical, dental and vision premiums are covered 100% for you and your dependents.

  • Paid parental leave - Welcoming new family members is exciting, but it can also be challenging. We offer twelve weeks paid leave for primary caregivers and four weeks for secondary caregivers. We have a dedicated private nursing room available to new mothers.

  • Unlimited vacation - At Storyblocks we take vacation seriously. That means take the time off when you need it. Don’t worry about tracking hours or accounting for partial days. Typically employees take about three or four weeks each year.

  • Flexible work-from-home options - Much of our workflow is online, and for meetings, we have dedicated video-conferencing setups. As long as you deliver results, you are welcome to get your work done outside of the office or during unusual times when desired.

  • Company-sponsored mentorship and growth - We have a formal mentorship program that involves regular career and growth conversations. “360-degree” feedback is collected twice a year and synthesized into actionable, peer-reviewed, performance reviews. We happily foot the bill for conferences and online courses that will add value to the organization. We encourage attending meetups and are happy to host them as well.

  • Casual Work Environment - Sure we all get dressed up once in a while, but in general we want you to be comfortable at the office – whatever that means to you (flip-flops, shorts, jeans, etc.).

  • Fully stocked kitchen - Everyone gets input on the food and drinks we stock in our shared refrigerators and snack room. We have multiple mechanisms for making coffee and cold-brew kegs are often on tap.

  • Dogs in the office - We love dogs and we will probably love your dog too. With help from a calendar, we allow employees to bring in their dogs to help guide us through the day.

Storyblocks supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.

What is your Interview process like?

2 phone screens, take home test, final round interview

What efforts are you making in terms of increasing diversity & inclusion within your company?

We value the existing diversity of our team, but want to expand further by adding more diverse experts in the field!

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