Vice President of Engineering

| Chicago

What we do

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 www.civisanalytics.com.

What we are looking for

Reporting to the CTO, we are seeking a VP of Engineering to guide the technology direction for Civis and collaborate with product leaders to create innovative products on time. The VP is responsible for the day-to-day team, people management and leadership duties of the entire engineering department at Civis. Ultimately, success in this role will be measured by the company’s ability to meet the evolving needs of its customers and set the pace of product innovation for the market. 

Under the VP's direction, the engineering organization at Civis will build on the department’s ability to attract, engage and retain the most talented and diverse engineers and motivate them to do the best work of their careers. 

Responsibilities:

  • Guide technical vision and architecture decisions, setting priorities and communicating necessary trade-offs. Takes appropriate risks for technical debt and defines a clear strategy for paying it down. Ensures teams ship on-time, high-quality products.
  • Drive best practice sharing across teams around methodology, documentation and technology decisions including; testing, deploying, and developing code. Encourages and enforces the right behaviors to ensure Civis delivers.
  • Mentors and guides the professional and technical development of the team and creates an environment where employees feel supported and appreciated. Develops their careers, and assigns them to projects tailored to their skill levels, work styles, and professional goals. Grows the next set of leaders. Embraces difficult performance conversations with the goal of improving the overall team.
  • Designs and implements organizational structures to ensure optimal performance and resource allocation. Allocates team members and resources across different product groups as required to meet company/product goals.
  • Ensures that efforts and energy align with clearly articulated goals of the company. Builds a culture of transparency and data-driven intra-team communication to ensure smooth operation and clarity. Makes sure that all members of the team understand the “why” as well as the “what”. Represents the point of view of the technical organization across other business stakeholder groups.
  • Meets with candidates, interviews and builds relationships to ensure an excellent candidate experience. Aligns other stakeholders on the desired qualities of candidates (and how to screen for these). Outcomes focus on hiring of high-quality talent and high acceptance rate of offers.
  • Acts as a spokesperson for Civis in the Chicago Tech community. Engages in brand building activities through meetups, blog posts, personal network, etc.
  • Ensures the Client Success team is meeting our client needs and has the tools to be efficient and successful in their roles.

Qualifications

  • Proven track record/success delivering Enterprise Software and applications at scale.
  • Motivated, positive, and highly engaged hands-on leader.
  • Ability to operate and deliver results on time and on budget.
  • 10+ years of relevant engineering work experience and 6+ hands-on technical management experience.
  • Experience leading managers and engineers at all levels, skilled at guiding them through their career development.
  • Has a technical background and is able to contribute to planning and design discussions.
  • Experience implementing organizational processes to ensure that the team delivers on their accountabilities.
  • Can think strategically but act and lead tactically, sometimes in ambiguous contexts.
  • Experience creating organizational alignment to get the entire team working towards the same vision while still understanding their unique role in delivering upon "the game plan".
  • Bias to action and data-supported results. 
  • Thrives in a collaborative environment, and committed to driving projects. 
  • Experience and ability to succeed in fast-paced, high-growth and dynamic environments.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, backed by experience with both internal and external audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiar with the Civis tech stack (Ruby, AWS, React or AngularJS, Spark, Docker).
  • Familiar with Data Science.

Who we are

At Civis, we have opportunities for applicants who are newcomers, seasoned professionals, and anywhere in between. Our teams are energized by complex challenges and value diversity of thought. Opportunities to stand out and inspire happen daily and we trust and encourage you to act on your ideas – no matter how big they are. We offer you the tools and community you need to do your best work. Each of us is committed to holding ourselves accountable for results, challenging the status quo and finding new ways to grow our company and each other.

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.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ReactLibraries

Location

"With a central location in Chicago’s Loop, our newly renovated office depicts glass conference rooms named after famous scientists!"

An Insider's view of Civis Analytics

What's something quirky about your company?

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.

Evelyn

Software Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

Even though our department has the primary responsibility for our customers' success, we work with people from every single department to make it happen. Helping our clients succeed is something that every department actively wants to be involved in.

Sean

Team Lead, Solutions Architects

What are some things you learned at the company?

At Civis, I get to use my interest and abilities in science to solve real problems that matter to real people. I get to learn from my colleagues every day, and often get to teach in the places where I'm the one with expertise. There's a real diversity of backgrounds, interests, and experiences.

Katie

Director of Data Science

What are Civis Analytics Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
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)
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.
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
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

Parental Leave. Short & Long Term Disability + Life Insurance. Halloween Costume Contest, Monthly Birthday Celebrations, Happy Hours, & Other Fun Events!

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