Head of AI at Nextdoor
San Francisco, CA, US
Nextdoor is where neighbors turn for trusted connections and the exchange of helpful information, goods, and services. Nextdoor’s purpose is to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on.
Building connections in the real world is a universal human need. That truth, and the reality that neighborhoods are one of the most important and useful communities in our lives have been guiding principles for Nextdoor. Today, neighbors rely on Nextdoor in neighborhoods around the world in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Australia and Canada, with many more to come.
Meet your Future Neighbors
At Nextdoor, data is central to how we build the experience for our neighbours on our platform. Machine learning, data science, and experimentation are transforming our product, driving a major impact across all parts of our platform and communities around the world. We also believe that how we use data and ML should be ethical, equitable and encourage healthy habits and interactions. We are looking for a great data and engineering leader who believes in the power of the local community to empower our members to make their communities great places to live.
The Impact You’ll Make
You will lead a growing team of nearly fifty people across machine learning, data platform engineering, data science, and business intelligence. These teams build data-intensive products, machine learning models, and critical decision-making models for our products and business, which enhance relevance and the value of our platform for neighbors around the world.
Define a long term data strategy that enables sophisticated decision-making across all aspects of the product and business
Foster a collaborative, data-centric culture across product development teams
Guide the creation of high-performance, scalable, and reliable data services and infrastructure that power Nextdoor
Extend and enhance an experimentation platform that all product teams rely on
Develop a diverse, inclusive, highly-talented, multidisciplinary team through recruiting and mentorship 
Promote a growth-mindset for all team members, where feedback and candid communication are encouraged
Coach and groom the next generation of Nextdoor data leaders
What You’ll Bring to The House
MS or PhD in a technical disciple, with specific interest in machine learning, data engineering, and/or data science; 15+ years industry experience preferred
Experience scaling teams and helping people learn and grow
Successful track record of building ML based products related to recommendation systems, personalization, feed ranking, and search
Deep understanding of experimentation platforms that accelerate product development velocity
Clear, concise communication and presentation skills, demonstrating grace underpressure
Ability to be flexible and adaptable in a dynamic start-up environment
Genuine curiosity and a hunger for learning
Strong desire to serve communities and people worldwide
Bonus Points
Experience architecting and deploying distributed systems on Amazon’s AWS platform
At Nextdoor, we empower our employees to build stronger local communities. To create a platform where all feel welcome, we want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the customers we seek to serve. We encourage everyone interested in our purpose to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, or any other trait that unfairly targets a group of people. In accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we always consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.