Tech Lead

Posted on Mar 15

The Department

About the Company

Civis Analytics helps leading businesses, nonprofits and government use data to identify, attract, and engage customers, constituents and citizens. With a blend of proprietary data, technology and advisory services, and an interdisciplinary team of data scientists, developers, and survey science experts, Civis helps organizations stop guessing and start using statistical proof to guide decisions. Learn more about Civis at

Civis embraces the individuality of our employees and we celebrate each other's differences. Our products, services, and culture benefit from and thrive on the unique perspectives brought by each person in our Civis community. We're proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, age, sex, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

Your Role

About the Role

As a Tech Lead at Civis you amplify the contributions of your colleagues by leading an engineering team.  This role is for a technical leader, effective at directing multiple engineers, coordinating with other Tech Leads, and collaborating with peers in product management, client success, etc. Our Tech Leads exhibit excellent judgment, ownership, and autonomy. At Civis, you will be responsible for making important decisions about technology, architecture, priorities and project staging. You will play an outsized role in making Civis a great place to build great software products. As part of the tech leadership team you will collaborate with your peers to set department direction, inspire the team and build great products.

Tech Leads are still working engineers with ~75%+ hands on keyboard time on average. Leaders in this role are expected to maintain strong technical aptitude in order to provide experience-driven guidance to more junior members of the team, as well as participate in building alongside them.

What's great about engineering at Civis? We believe in ownership of our work and continuous learning, and we run our team to reinforce those values.

We trust engineers from all over our team to pick the right architecture, library, or framework for the job at hand. They help make decisions about new features in cross-functional design sprints and take quarterly hack weeks to try out new ideas and new technologies. Civis engineers push code to production on their second day and quickly ramp up on projects of increasing responsibility. We’re looking for a technology leader to champion this culture while ensuring efficient delivery of scalable, reliable software.

We never stop learning. Everyone has a mentor from day one and tracks their personal development alongside their technical deliverables. We staff projects based on what people will learn, not just who knows it best today. Engineers collaborate across departments with our data scientists and analysts who are not only the best and brightest in their fields, but are also eager to teach and learn from you. Finally, valuing continuous learning also means recognizing that our strongest contributors stand out for their capabilities and not their credentials.

We are smart, fun, and a little bit weird. Does this sound like you?


Minimum Qualifications

8+ years of experience as a software developer/engineer, including experience taking a leading role in significant technical projects
2+ years leading teams of engineers and managing other technical leads
Demonstrated experience building team culture and engineering processes, especially on high growth teams
Experience building complex web applications with modern languages and frameworks
Love of problem-solving and a demonstrable ability to self-start
Exemplification of an eagerness to constantly learn and teach others

Preferred Qualifications

Graduate degree in Computer Science or related subject

Significant experience with any of the following:

Developing large web applications or web services
Leading technical teams
Experience with project management and/or UI/UX design
Python, Ruby, and/or Go (golang)
Designing and building APIs
Containerization using Docker
Container orchestration using Kubernetes or similar
Query optimization, database administration, analytics databases, and/or NoSQL
Scaling and ensuring reliability of large SaaS applications
Automated software testing and continuous integration
Cloud application deployment and monitoring
Proficiency working with Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Data visualization for the web (using D3 or similar)
React or AngularJS
Statistics and predictive modeling (using tools like pandas, scikit-learn, NumPy, SciPy, R, STATA)
Political technology and data