How do I hire a Predictive Analytics expert?
January 31, 2014 7:39 AM Subscribe
I'd like to hire a full time person who can use data mining and predictive analytics to steer our fundraising strategy. Only problem is I'm clueless.
posted by meta x zen to Human Relations (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in non-profit fundraising, specifically I manage an annual fund. For those not familiar with the terminology, annual funds are typically an organization's broad based fundraising efforts. Think email, mail and calling programs; lots of small gifts.
I'd like to hire a full time person who can use data mining and predictive analytics to steer our fundraising strategy. My organization is in central Long Island and I could probably afford a salary range of $55k-$60k.
A few questions.
1. Is a full time job justified to design strategy and do analytics for a constituent base of 200,000?
2. Am I correct that my salary range is going to be able to only secure an entry level person? If so, what kind of college experience am I looking for in an applicant?
3. I am convinced I need better data analysis and predictive analytics but I've barely got a surface knowledge of the area. I have read "The Signal and the Noise" by Nate Silver, "Predictive Analytics" by Eric Siegel and "Fundraising Analytics" by Josh Birkholz but that is the full extent of my knowledge. I have zero statistics background in my education. When I'm interviewing, what am I looking for to know I got someone with the right skill set?