Head of Engineering and Data Science
You’re an experienced engineering leader, you want to be part of a company at the forefront of measuring public opinion, and you’re eager to improve the world by providing better data to leaders who will make the world more humane, scientific, and just.
Since 2017, we’ve been making it possible for forward thinking organizations and political candidates to quickly, affordably, and accurately measure public opinion online. Forward-thinking candidates, causes, cities, and companies use our data to understand people’s needs, improve messaging, and accomplish their goals. Change Research’s work sits at the intersection of data, social science, governance, and politics. We strive to improve American democracy and people’s lives.
In 2021, we are continuing our valuable work on politics and advocacy, while expanding our non-partisan business under a second business unit.
We value a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other. We invite people with different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to join our team. Black, indigenous and people of color, LGBTQ+ people, women, veterans, and people living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
About the role:
As the head of our engineering and data science team, you will lead a team of five — software engineers, a data scientist, and a product manager — that builds the software underlying our fast, affordable, accurate approach to polling. This is an important role in our company: you will head up our technology efforts and play a key role in product and strategic decision making with other leaders at Change Research.
You are a curious, data-driven leader. You are product-oriented, and you’re committed to take on technical, product, and business challenges as we push the industry and the world to rethink what measuring public opinion means, and ramp up in the face of heavy demand for polling. You’re comfortable running meetings, mentoring colleagues, diving into code, and collaborating across different parts of the company to get things done.
We are a team of people comfortable wearing multiple hats. We are full-stack developers (backend/frontend), “full-stack data” engineers (data pipelines and analytics and/or machine learning), data scientists, product people, and data analysts.
As an product-minded engineering and data science leader, you will:
-Collaborate with our product manager, survey data analysts, data scientists, and leadership team to define and deliver on our product roadmap
-Work with other stakeholders to define future products and work with engineers to define the best way to build it.
-Be creative in your thinking around how to use data. We have many millions of data points on public opinion, and this is a huge opportunity to build technology to use them to guide understanding
-Lead a team of skilled, experienced engineers to deliver on the product roadmap
-Run standups and planning meetings
-Coordinate with other leaders across the company on priorities
-Participate in decision making for the company’s strategic direction
-Work on critical infrastructure, defining and building client-facing deliverables, and automating a step in the process that was previously rote or time-consuming in any given sprint.
-Code at least 30% of the time. As an engineering team, we focus on shipping features to both internal and external customers.
You’re someone who likes to get things done, and do so in thoughtful ways: Change Research prides itself on leaders who listen, think, communicate, and execute in a way that considers the company’s and customer’s needs holistically. You are obsessed with results, quality, problem solving, and creativity. You are the kind of person whom former colleagues would love to work with again.
-5+ years of hands-on software engineering and data science experience
-2+ years of engineering management experience
-Comfortable working with legacy code AND excited about trying out new technologies. (Our tech stack is currently python. pandas, FastApi, Streamlit, Beam, Docker, AWS, and GCS. It’s constantly evolving.)
-Comfortable managing a remote team
-Comfortable with some ambiguity and a willingness to iron out the missing details
-Enthusiastic and professional
-Startup-minded: you plug holes, get things done, and think of ways to improve systems
-Flexible with the ability to work with a variety of personalities and types of work
-Excited to be part of a team committed to making a difference in how people and organizations consume and use public-opinion data
Compensation and work environment:
This position pays an annual salary of $140,000 – $190,000.
We offer competitive salaries, plus a flexible paid time off program, health, dental, and vision insurance, and company holidays.
Change Research is an equal opportunity employer with a team around the country. We offer a workplace that is both casual and professional, and a culture that is committed to learning, fun, and excellence.
Everyone on our team works hard and is committed to the work we are doing, but we are flexible on the details of how, when, and where you work.
How to apply:
Please send a cover letter, and your resume to [email protected] with the subject line “[Your Name] – Head of Engineering/Data ”. Let us know how you heard about us. No phone calls, please.