Head of Data Science - US

Full time

Employment Information

About Us!

Kooth is a fast-growing organization with a social purpose. After 20 years of successful services in the UK, we are rapidly expanding in the United States!

OUR MISSION: To provide welcoming and effective digital mental health support to students proactively.

Using the collective insight from nearly 1 million hours of professional intervention, we guide students to three areas of evidenced-based support: self-guided, community/peer interactions, and chat-based counseling provided by licensed Counselors. These areas of assistance are designed to match each individual student’s current needs, wants and goals as well as identify and refer to a higher level of care when needed.

The Head of Data Science for the US will be responsible for developing and executing Kooth’s data strategy. Recruiting and developing a team of talented Data Science/ML professionals in the US and UK. Overseeing the strategic direction of AI-driven solutions across the whole organization.

If you are seeking a fun, professional culture, in a fast-growing company, look no further - Apply today!

Primary Job Responsibilities:

Technical Leadership and Strategy

  • Set and execute Data Science strategy for the whole organization
  • Develop a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities in front of Kooth as a business, as it expands in the US and UK, that Data Science can solve and unlock
  • Grow the Data Science team in the US and UK
  • Manage and mentor a team of data scientists and ML engineers, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence
  • Keep up to date with the latest developments and breakthroughs in AI and ML, incorporating relevant advances into the company’s AI strategy
  • Effectively evaluate trade-offs and make data-driven decisions to achieve tangible outcomes

Hands on ML development

  • While growing the team you will need to be hands-on working with data tools and products. As the team grows, this will take up a smaller percentage of your time and will ultimately become optional.

Cross-functional Collaboration and Communication

  • Work closely with product, engineering, service delivery and clinical teams to enhance Kooth’s products and services through data-driven insights
  • Build strong relationships, prioritize work to deliver impactful data solutions, and bring leadership to Data Science decisions
  • Communicate complex concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders effectively - including clients, investors, our board and wider external audiences.
  • This role will likely involve occasional travel to the UK.

Delivery, Operations and Compliance

  • Identify and prioritize high-impact data products across different business units, ensuring alignment with company objectives and customer needs
  • Oversee the infrastructure and processes required to support data products, ensuring data quality, security, and compliance with relevant regulations
  • Define metrics and KPIs to measure the success and impact of data products, regularly evaluating performance and making data-driven improvements
  • Ensure data meets the strict data residency requirements (e.g. California service user data cannot leave the US)
  • Use your strong understanding of the ethical and regulatory issues involved to ensure that our products are safe for our users.


  • Experienced leader with a track record of setting and executing Data Science strategy that results in business impact
  • Master’s degree qualification or equivalent demonstrable work experience in machine learning, natural language processing, statistics, or another numerate discipline
  • Line management of data scientists and team lead experience
  • Demonstrable experience of owning and driving Data projects, overcoming obstacles, and delivering results
  • Knowledge of & experience using Data Science and ML algorithms
  • Software Engineering/Computer Programming (Python, SQL)

Compensation: $ 240,000-260,000 based on experience.

Here are some of the exciting benefits you will receive as a team member at Kooth:

  • Excellent Medical, Dental and Vision benefits
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Generous paid time off
  • 8 paid holidays plus two, half-day holidays (Christmas Eve and New Years Eve)
  • 401(k) retirement plan

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