QA Lead at Civis Analytics

| Chicago
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Who we are

Civis Analytics has opportunities for applicants who are brilliant newcomers, seasoned professionals, and anywhere in between. We value creativity, hard work, and on-the-job excellence.

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

About the Role

Civis Analytics is seeking a talented, motivated Agile QA Lead to help take our award-winning applications to the next level of automation. You’ll collaborate with a strong team of data scientists and engineers to build cutting-edge products that are changing the way data science is done. We take quality seriously and regard it a critical element in the growth and health of our products. The QA Practice Lead will report directly to the VP of Engineering.

We are looking for someone to bring significant existing QA experience with a focus on scalability through test automation and practice leadership. The person in this role has demonstrable experience applying a highly efficient automated approach to testing and instrumenting other engineers within the practice. You will promote software quality and best practices across the entire product suite as well as be an advocate for quality throughout the company.

You will lead by example as the first member of the testing team, developing automated tests and defining the testing patterns that the development teams follow. As the practice matures, you will hire, lead, and manage a QA engineering team to expand the scale and capabilities of your team. You will help establish and measure to metrics.

This role is focused on the advancement of our QA strategy through technology and automation; however, as an active member of the QA team will involve other day-to-day QA activities including non-automated testing.

You’ll do this by:

  • Working closely with Software Development Team Leads, Product Owners, and Design Lead to ensure that the quality standard is set and adhered to
  • Having lead responsibility across the entire QA function
  • Developing, communicating, training, and maintaining automation-testing strategies
  • Creating and maintaining a flexible/scalable test-driven development framework and integrated process by working with other practice leads
  • Identifying and adopting strategies for engineering test deliverables, including a balance of API automation, UI automation and exploratory testing
  • Building tools that help engineers be more autonomous, productive, write better code, and test it themselves
  • Working directly with department leadership to champion automation testing and quality assurance principles in a dynamic and fast paced environment
  • Participating in design, code and test plan reviews as needed and providing appropriate recommendations
  • Constantly seeking opportunities to improve our quality and testing approach and measure impact over time
  • Maintaining aptitude with the latest, most relevant QA technologies and trends
  • Measuring quality using metrics that matter to customers
  • Reporting quality-related KPIs and other relevant information to senior management


  • Four-year degree, preferably in Computer Science or MIS, or equivalent industry experience
  • 5+ years experience in software testing (functional/non-functional/automated)
  • Have an eye for detail and hold a high bar
  • Ability to measure quality using objective metrics
  • Organized, manage time well, and have strong communication skills
  • Experience with testing modern web technologies, like React and Ruby on Rails
  • Strong technical skills and are comfortable with technical tools, scripting, and more
  • Take ownership and price in the software and user experiences you QA
  • Leadership experience or strong, demonstrable leadership skills and the desire to move into leadership
  • Experience with agile software development practices and continuous deployment
  • Experience with modern test automation, testing frameworks, services, their associated processes, and excited to instrument a cutting-edge company with these assets

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience testing applications hosted on, and leveraging the managed services of Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Computer, and/or Microsoft Azure
  • Experience with data science languages, libraries, and tools like pandas, scikit-learn, NumPy, SciPy, R or STATA
  • Specific experience with Selenium, TravisCI, RSpec, Cucumber, or Webdriver with the flexibility to work with new tools to scale testing across roles
  • Strong knowledge of data processing technologies and trends

Why Civis Analytics?

  • The opportunity to be part of a growing tech startup focused on continued learning, mentorship, and internal promotion
  • Competitive benefits including flexible PTO, 401K match with immediate vesting, as well as health, dental, and vision benefits
  • Downtown open office environment near great restaurants and all public transportation options

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 contact us [email protected]

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

Civis will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.


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As one of the popular hubs for tech startups, Chicago is the perfect backdrop for Civis's growing team.

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One of my favorite parts about Civis is the culture of learning—talking about academic papers is encouraged as well as sharing weird facts about things people are interested in. I also love the people at Civis because they genuinely care about each other and also serving the wider world.


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What are Civis Analytics Perks + Benefits

Civis Analytics Benefits Overview

- The opportunity to be part of a growing tech startup focused on solving interesting and meaningful problems, invested in internal promotion, and committed to fostering a diverse, equal and inclusive workplace. 
- Competitive benefits, including unlimited PTO, 401K match with immediate vesting, health, dental, and vision benefits, paid parental leave, breastfeeding support including breastmilk shipping services for traveling moms, flexible work from home policy, commuter benefits, wellness initiatives including weekly group meditations, monthly on-site massage therapy, and pet insurance.
- Modern office, conveniently located in the Loop. Close to public transportation, great restaurants and beautiful city views.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Civis-for-Good; Reading Groups/Journal Clubs
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Acme employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $6000 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 50000 times an employee's annual salary.
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Acme Co. provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match 1% of contributions up to 100% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Acme Co. also provides 8 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 4 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Civis believes that if you are sick you should stay home. We have a flexible sick policy with no stated limits.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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