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VP/Head of Engineering

RemoteDC, District of Columbia, United States$180,000 per yearEngineering

Job description

About us
Community Tech Alliance is a nonprofit group of progressive technologists and strategists that provide data infrastructure to the progressive movement. CTA seeks to uplevel program impact by unlocking the potential of data, using software and data engineering, and removing barriers to entry. We are a small team of engineers, data practitioners, product managers, and strategists looking to create infrastructure for progressive change.

Job Description

In this role, you’ll lead our engineering team and technical vision. You’ll partner closely with our engineering managers and leaders in our executive, product, and partnerships teams. You’ll foster a creative environment, adding order to a fast-growing team. You’ll provide coaching and mentoring to our diverse team of engineers.

Our infrastructure leverages powerful open-source and cloud-based tools, including Google BigQuery, Cloud Composer, Airbyte (ELT/ETL), and dbt. We also build applications in React and NodeJS to help make data engineering workloads more accessible to users. This tooling enables us to empower our social-good organization partners to run effective campaigns and bring clarity to pressing analytics and targeting problems in the movement space.

Community Tech Alliance believes strongly that:

  • Inclusive teams are strongest, and supportive work environments take investment, intentionality, and openness

  • Empathy is the cornerstone of building smart technology solutions

  • All team members should take ownership of the project and the team’s development

  • Iteration is key, and smart solutions require action, not perfection

  • Nothing great has been built without making mistakes and learning from them

Job requirements

As our VP/Head of Engineering, you should:

  • Have several years of day-to-day engineering management experience, leading both technical and people responsibilities. You should have experience or interest in managing engineering managers.

  • Be ready to dive into solving problems, writing code alongside the team, while also helping to guide our larger technical vision

  • Have experience architecting solutions leveraging cloud-based infrastructure projects with multiple engineers or contributors

  • Have experience working day-to-day using a popular data warehouse, like Redshift, Vertica, BigQuery, or Snowflake

  • Bring a security- and reliability-first mindset to how we build and support products

  • Have led engineers through faster iterative product cycles, empowering engineers to bring their best work to our organization

  • Be comfortable as an external face of CTA’s engineering team and vision (you can read more about our team and CTA’s awesome work on our Medium)

We use things like:

  • Python, SQL, and Java run in containerized environments on Google Kubernetes Engine

  • ReactJS frontends and NodeJS-powered backends, hosted in Serverless Cloud Run on Google Cloud Platform and Firebase

  • HashiCorp Terraform and open-source build and testing tooling

  • Google Cloud Platform (too many individual services and APIs to name!)

  • Airplane and other cloud-hosted tools that allow us to run an efficient remote team and solve problems quickly and without a lot of overhead. You can even read a case study written about our (fanatical) usage of Airplane here.

We don’t expect every applicant to know or have worked with every technology we’ve listed, so we urge you to apply if you’re interested, and some of the above apply to you.


Remote position; anywhere in the US.

Physical Demands

The physical demands here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • Ability to sit at a computer monitor for extended periods of time

Salary and Benefits

Salary and title commensurate with experience. Salary starting at $180,000 annually.

We are a remote-first organization, so we provide equipment reimbursement. We offer a competitive compensation salary and benefits package, including:

  • Generous healthcare, vision & dental insurance for employees

  • Matching 401K contributions

  • Generous paid time off (PTO)

  • Generous holiday schedule

  • Paid family leave

Community Tech Alliance provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.