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Senior Software Engineer - Data

Democracy Works

Democracy Works

Software Engineering · Full-time
United States · Remote
118,800 – 125,400 USD per year
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2023

Location: Remote within the US

About our organization:

At Democracy Works, we help Americans vote, no matter what! Our vision is to make voting a simple, seamless experience for all Americans so that no one misses an election, and our team works to help make this happen. Democracy Works is committed to diversity and inclusion in everything we do and aspires to have a team that's representative of the voters we serve.

  • Level: Senior
  • Supervisory role: N

Salary Range:

  • Most regions in the United States: $118,800 - $125,400
  • California-specific: $118,800 - $136,000
  • NYC-specific: $132,000 - $136,000

Offers will vary based on experience and location-based cost-of-living calculations.

The impact you’ll make:

Our teams work closely together to build the next generation of tools for both voters and election administrators. Our suite of tools include TurboVote, the Voting Information Project (VIP), and How To Vote. To power these tools we use a variety of languages such as: JavaScript, TypeScript, Python, Ruby, Clojure. We employ a microservices architecture and run our applications in AWS. We are evolving our program offerings to deliver new experiences that increase our organization’s impact on voters and election administrators.

As a Senior Software Engineer - Data on the team, you will:

  • Build data pipelines to ingest data from across the organization to enable data analysis
  • Enrich data sets with internal and external data sources to drive decision making and demonstrating our organization’s impact
  • Implement large-scale technical decisions that have multi-year impact such as choices of new framework, language, or vendors
  • Serve as a subject-matter expert in the data and software engineering space and act as a go-to resource for thought partnership
  • Provide technical mentorship to members of your team
  • Execute other tasks as may be assigned

You are someone with:

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience delivering technical projects using a functional, object-oriented or scripting programming language
  • An understanding of structured and unstructured data and data modeling techniques
  • Knowledge of SQL including schema design, query optimization, and migration of data to new schemas over time.
  • A strong background in at least one programming language such as Python, R, Java, JavaScript, etc.
  • Experience working with data warehouse/lake technologies like Amazon Redshift or Snowflake
  • Experience analyzing raw data, developing and maintaining datasets, and improving data quality and efficiency

It’s a plus if:

  • You have experience with or an understanding of geospatial databases or spatial relational database extensions
  • You have experience with or an understanding of geospatial software such as ArcGIS or QGIS
  • You have a knowledge of machine learning techniques for data analysis

How we work

Because elections take place everywhere, our employees work from practically every state in the union. We embrace working remotely as the default. Our positions require regular, daily use of a computer (including the use of G-Suite and Slack) to conduct work and communicate with colleagues. We also have regular operating hours (10 am to 6 pm Eastern, Monday to Friday).

For those who prefer to work from an office, we are headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, and we provide support for co-working spaces around the country. We are happy to share more details about the office, including accessibility information, as on-site visits are planned.


As a member of the team, some of the benefits you’ll enjoy include:

  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision option for you and your dependents
  • 12 floating holidays and 25 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) per year
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave
  • $1000 towards professional development activities

We also offer a 403(b) retirement plan, stipends for equipment and internet reimbursement, and annual Calm or Headspace subscription reimbursements.

To Apply

Please attach your resume and answers to the following questions:

  • How did you find this job listing?
  • Why are you interested in this role and working at Democracy Works?
  • Describe a data quality issue that you had a primary role in fixing. How did you resolve the issue and prevent it from happening again?
  • Are you authorized to work lawfully in the United States for Democracy Works?

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) in Hiring

Democracy Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants based on race, religion, color, disability, medical condition, legally protected genetic information, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), age, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics.

As part of our application, you’ll see an optional form used to collect U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) demographic information. Please note the categories used in this survey are set by the EEOC and may not reflect all existing categories.The data collected in this form is anonymized and is used in our EEOC reporting and in ongoing assessment of our recruitment practices.

Democracy Works follows the I-9 requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Immigration sponsorship is not available for this position, and you must possess your own work authorization in the U.S. now and in the future to continue working in this position.

Please reach out to hr@democracy.works if you have any questions about our process or if you need an accommodation for a medical condition during the hiring process.

Democracy Works is an equal opportunity employer.