Software Engineer at CityBase

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What we are looking for: 

At CityBase, we’re building a suite of products for governments and utilities that facilitate richer, more consistent, and more accessible interactions with their customers and constituents. We’re a team of about 70 in Chicago, IL and across the US. Our products are designed and built with a resolute focus on customer happiness. We’re excited to work with you to redesign the way millions of people access information and services.

 

We use Jira for managing stories and bugs that we address in 2-week sprints (scrum-style agile). Engineers are encouraged to limit in-progress work to one card each where possible. Pairing is optional and supported, but we’ve found that most developers prefer collaborating in design and through the review process and working independently in the code.

 

Employees are currently working remotely and have our complete support if they want to make this arrangement permanent. Applications are currently open to developers living in the continental US, and Canada.  CityBase offers a flexible remote model, with the ability to work from our downtown Chicago office and/or remote from home throughout the week.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Design, build, test, deploy and maintain applications for the delivery of digital services and payments

  • Contribute to the evolution of the platform through strong architectural design

  • Develop standards, tools, processes, libraries, and frameworks that facilitate the development of reliable, secure, performant, and consistent services

  • Identify and resolve issues related to scalability and performance

  • Coach and mentor less experienced developers on the team

Requirements:

  • 3+ years of professional software development experience with Ruby and Ruby on Rails.

  • An appreciation of functional programming and a strong desire to become an expert Elixir programmer

  • Experience working with relational databases at scale

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to document system architecture

  • Strong preference to succeed as a member of a team

Nice to have:

  • Understanding of the challenges inherent in concurrent and distributed systems and strategies for managing them

  • Deep knowledge of microservice architecture patterns and anti-patterns

  • Experience designing and implementing RESTful APIs and services

  • Experience with GraphQL

  • Familiarity with Linux, Git, Docker, and AWS

  • Demonstrated professional experience with Elixir and Ruby

Benefits:

  • Comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance

  • 401(k) (no matching yet, but we’re working on it)

  • Flexible vacation policy

  • Paid parental leave

  • Flexible spending account and dependent flexible spending account

  • Pre-tax commuter program

  • Short and long term disability and life insurance

  • Fitness membership stipend

 

About CityBase:

At its best, local government is a unifying force with the power to dramatically improve lives. Govtech-company CityBase is helping smart people build intelligent government, working with cities, counties, utilities, and states to create a place as dynamic as the people who live in it, work in it, and contribute to it. Accessible and responsive, adaptive and efficient, our cloud-based platform is digitizing the city-hall experience and impacting constituents nationwide.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • RubyLanguages
    • ElixirLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • PhoenixFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • UXPinDesign
    • AbstractDesign
    • InDesignDesign
    • VizzloDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • GraphCMSCMS
    • SalesforceCRM
    • PardotCRM
    • PardotEmail
    • Power AlmanacLead Gen
    • TwitterLead Gen
    • LinkedIn Campaign ManagerLead Gen
    • Google AdWordsLead Gen

Location

A central downtown Chicago Loop location close to all major CTA lines, in a high-rise office with spectacular views of the city and Lake Michigan.

An Insider's view of CityBase

How does your team reward individual success?

We have an awesome rewards platform called Bonusly that allows us to give points to our peers for helping out with things like code reviews,  organizing office events or volunteering for a good cause. The cool thing is we can convert our points into things like Amazon and Chipotle gift cards. 

Gabriel

Director of Engineering

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

We believe in being accessible to one another: if you have a question or need help from the development, support, or hardware teams, you can always ask and expect their support. We have an easygoing vibe. People don't micro-manage. This atmosphere has allowed me to own my projects and to really grow.

Allen

Field Technician

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

It’s been a great opportunity to grow my career within a growing company. I started at CityBase as a manager and am now a director. I’ve learned new skills on the job while collaborating with every team in the organization. Working in a lean and growing team means that every role in the organization can make valuable contributions to our future.

Elizabeth

Marketing Director

What is your vision for the company?

We make government easier for everyone. Offering a single platform that gives cities everything they need to deliver services. We give businesses and residents a single experience so they don't have to waste time context-switching. This also creates unique, emergent benefits, such as helping cities use data to deliver a more personalized service.

Jason

VP of Product

What are some social events your company does?

Before Covid, we would have an annual family picnic and a winter holiday party, as well as events such as Cinco de Mayo, LGBTQIA Pride Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, a Lollapalooza party, etc. Now that we are remote, we’ve had virtual scavenger hunts, trivia, book club, yoga and mindfulness classes, and other creative ways to keep connected to the team.

Catherine

HR Manager

What are CityBase Perks + Benefits

CityBase Benefits Overview

At CityBase, we value benefits that offer flexibility and improve work-life balance. That includes flexible hours, more work-from-home options, and unlimited vacation time.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Letters to Santa for local Chicago Public Schools students
Partners with Nonprofits
CityBase has partnered with Feeding America, Chicago Public Schools, iPaintMyMind....
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have a volunteer culture committee called Build the Base dedicated to planning events, parties and celebrations for CityBase.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Employer-paid disability insurance, both short-term and long-term.
Dental Benefits
Three tiers: base, medium, and high.
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Four generous medical plan options through BCBS, including an HSA in which the company contributes a portion.
Life Insurance
Employer-paid, with the option for staff to add additional coverage.
Wellness Programs
Monthly employer-paid stipend.
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Virtual Yoga, and mindfulness (meditation).
Mental Health Benefits
Free counseling sessions, dedicated mental health awareness month, additional mental health resources provided by Human Resources upon request.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Facilitated by Human Interest
Company Equity
CityBase offers stock options through its employee profit-sharing program, including vesting over a three-year period
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Dependent FSA that can go toward child-care expenses.
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. CityBase also provides 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker. Not only for childbirth, but also for adoption and fostering
Flexible Work Schedule
CityBase provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes remote and hybrid remote work, and flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home full-time remote as well as a hybrid model of some days remote and some days in-office.
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 months of family medical leave.
Company sponsored family events
CityBase sponsors family oriented events.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
CityBase offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all employees.
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Employees can contribute monthly towards parking expenses via our Flex commuter benefits.
Recreational Clubs
CityBase book club, Audiophile enthusiasts, interest-groups via Slack.
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
CityBase offers employees professional development opportunities, and software-focused conferences. We also offer compliance trainings to all staff.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Paid parental leave, competitive pay & stock options, robust wellness programming throughout the year.

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