VotingWorks is hiring its first full-time head of engineering.
VotingWorks is the only non-profit in the United States building voting machines, audit software, and other technology to power our public elections. We believe in democracy and well-run free & fair elections. We see a growing crisis of voter confidence in our elections, and we believe transparent, simple, and secure technology can help. That’s what we’re building. Voting technology developed in concert with election administrators, with all source code and documentation published for the world to see, based on off-the-shelf hardware so it’s affordable to all American counties.
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In a typical week, we expect the Head of Engineering will:
VotingWorks is a fully distributed organization. Team members work from wherever they choose in the United States and attend meetings over video or audio conference. Work when you prefer, as long as you can be available 5 hours per weekday during Pacific timezone business hours for team coordination. We use Slack a lot, and we jump on video or audio calls when synchronous discussion is more effective.
We're a small organization where work can sometimes get busy because elections are never rescheduled, and we care deeply about setting limits and ensuring team members have the balance they seek in their lives.
VotingWorks is deeply committed to building a diverse team and an inclusive work environment. We aim to build a voting system that earns American’s trust, and so we must build a team that represents all Americans. We believe that a team with a diversity of life experiences and points of view is a much better team than one where “culture fit” really means “everyone is the same.” And we know that all of this is a lot easier said than done. In order to reduce our bias and ensure we consider a truly diverse pool of candidates, the interview process is the same for everyone, with clear rubrics on our end about what constitutes a good performance in a given interview. Wherever possible when we're evaluating skill, we do so while collecting and using as little personal information about you as possible. If you enjoy using your software engineering and leadership skills for the public good and contributing to building a diverse & inclusive team where we all learn from one another, then we hope you’ll apply.
When you apply, you'll be prompted for a resume and a cover letter. For the cover letter, we're looking for a paragraph or two about what is interesting to you about VotingWorks, and a paragraph or two about what you would bring to the role of Head of Engineering. The best cover letter is at most a page and covers a couple of thoughts that help us get to know you in ways that are not just repeating your resume.