LEAD ENGINEER

About Avalanche:

Avalanche delivers the deep qualitative insight associated with a focus group, but at the scale of polling. Over the last year, Avalanche has provided transformative insight to dozens of the biggest organizations in progressive politics, to build the understanding necessary to resonate, mobilize and win. We’ve collected millions of data points from hundreds of thousands of Americans, and continue to draw from and create the cutting edge in public opinion research.

About the Role:

Avalanche is looking for an engineer who is excited to lead our engineering team in developing the many parts of a complex product, that is inspired by our deep expertise in machine learning, behavioral science, and message creation and strategy.

About you:

  • You excel in an early-stage tech startup — you prioritize high leverage decisions, and are eager to both develop brand new tools and to refine existing solutions.

  • You thrive on a multidisciplinary team --- and are able to confidently provide the expertise that sets you apart, and value the perspective of experts in other areas 

  • You care deeply about the social, cultural, and political dimensions of our work

  • You understand communication, trust, and morale affect performance above all else.

  • You build stuff -- you’ve shipped quality products end-to-end, and aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty with whatever a product needs to roll out

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for our engineering team, and the way Avalanche builds software

  • You’ll have primary ownership over building and designing large parts of the software we use to collect, transform, and store data; train, test, and apply statistical models to that data; analyze, visualize, and present that data, for both internal and external users.

  • Lead on the design and implementation of engineering specific tools, and support the establishment and maintenance of engineering practices and standards

  • Support the other branches of the company in building tools specific to their work, and work with them closely to understand their needs

  • Overall, enable Avalanche to produce more core product, of higher quality, with greater ease, and in less time.

Qualifications & Qualities:

Successful candidates will have all of the following:

  • 4+ years experience as an engineer building mission-critical software

  • 1+ years leading a team of engineers

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group (executives, managers, and subject matter experts)

  • Exceptional ability to translate client needs into technical requirements and technical data into actionable insights for clients

  • Our legacy system is in R, and our production system is in python and javascript

  • We’re currently working with Django, Django ORM, and Postgres, on the back end, and React and Redux on the front end. You are very comfortable with these tools, or at least these paradigms.

This position is based in either Vancouver B.C. or Washington, D.C., but we can both assist with relocation, and sponsor permanent residency in Canada, for applicants currently based elsewhere.

We are committed to building a workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. We especially encourage women, people of color, and others who are underrepresented in the tech industry to apply. 

To express interest or refer a candidate, please send a brief note and either resume or LinkedIn profile to team@avalanchestrategy.com. We’re looking to close the position as soon as possible so please apply sooner rather than later.