Azavea is a civic technology firm based in Philadelphia that uses geospatial data to build software and data analytics for the web. As a B Corporation, our mission is to use advanced geospatial technology for positive civic, social, and environmental impact. Most of our work deals with local governments, non-profit organizations, and academic or federal research projects. We build custom web applications, perform geospatial analysis, and contribute to open-source projects. Our engineers work across the technology stack, from modern browser-based front-ends to robust service-based backends residing on scalable infrastructure.
Azavea is looking for an Engineering Lead to join our Geospatial Technology and Research Team (GTR). The GTR team leverages open source tools to design large scale data processing pipelines in the cloud, and leads Azavea’s machine learning and research efforts. The Engineering Lead role at Azavea is a Software Engineer role that includes management responsibilities and provides technical leadership for the team. Engineering Leads are expected to spend about 50% of their time on team management and leadership activities, and 50% of their time directly contributing to project and research work.
Ideal candidates will have some familiarity with a number of cloud technologies and service based architectures, proficiency with functional programming, a working understanding of the geospatial domain, and experience leading projects and/or people on a software engineering team. Although most of the GTR cohort are located near the Philadelphia area and we welcome nearby colleagues, this position can be fully remote and we are open to candidates from all areas. All remote colleagues are expected to be available for collaboration between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST.
We welcome qualified candidates from all walks of life and value diversity in our company. Even if you are not familiar with all of the technologies mentioned here, you will be supported in learning them as your interest and project work directs.
A note on hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic
The majority of our colleagues have historically worked out of our Philadelphia office, but during the pandemic we transitioned the entire company to remote work. While many of our colleagues are continuing to work remotely for the time being, the office is now open and we can accommodate either in-person or remote interviews depending on the health and safety concerns of you and our team. We have made arrangements for remote onboarding, including shipping relevant materials and a laptop to your home. We are fortunate to have invested in meaningful work-from-home tools and processes over the years and have been able to continue providing a secure, flexible, and safe work environment for all of our colleagues. We ask for your patience as we adapt our hiring process as well, and are happy to answer any questions or concerns about the process.
Office and Benefits
Our Philadelphia headquarters is located in a brightly lit office on the 5th floor of a converted factory building in the Callowhill neighborhood, a short walk from Center City, the Reading Terminal Market, and SEPTA subway and regional rail stations. For bicyclists, we have in-house bike parking, showers, and lockers. The office itself is arranged as an open office plan with many smaller rooms for team meetings and concentration time. You get your own desk with a high-end Linux workstation or Apple laptop and extra monitors. We have flex-time to deal with personal stuff, and most people work a 40 - 45 hour week on a regular schedule. After the first six months, our staff can also spend up to 10% of their time on an open source, professional development, or R&D project. Recent 10% time projects include experiments with machine learning, React Native, and various forms of serverless processing with Amazon Lambda.
We offer a salary commensurate with skills and experience. Azavea's salary for Engineering Leads ranges from $124,000 -$145,000.
Our benefits package includes:
• Fully subsidized health care, dental, prescription plan, including for spouse/partner and children
• Fully subsidized life and long term disability insurance, plus voluntary short term disability insurance
• Medical reimbursement plan to cover what the health insurance does not
• Retirement plan with matching percentage
• Almost 4 weeks paid vacation plus sick/personal time off
• Family and medical leave
• Flexible work schedule
• Paid maternity and paternity leave
• Child care subsidy
• Paid time off for voting and volunteering
• Education assistance plan
• Student loan assistance
• Public transit and biking reimbursement plans
• Monthly lunches on the house
• 10% time for Research or Training Projects
• Profit-sharing bonus plan
• Financial transparency through an open book policy
• Kind, capable, and thoughtful colleagues
We welcome qualified candidates from all walks of life and value diversity in our company. We prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, military service, disability, marital status, or domestic partner status.