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Head of Engineering

Change Research, a Public Benefit Company
Title: Head of Engineering
Status: Full-time
, non-exempt

Location: Palo Alto, CA; Remote Considered

Salary: $120,000 - $180,000 annually, commensurate with experience, plus equity; health, dental, and vision insurance; flexible PTO and company holidays

You’re an experienced engineering leader, you want to be part of a company at the forefront of measuring public opinion, and you’re eager to have a massive impact on elections in 2020 and beyond.


You are committed to giving back to fighting for what you believe in, and making impactful choices in your everyday life. You wish your career could reflect your commitment to civic engagement, but you’re not sure if there are really jobs that equally value social impact, tech innovation, and business success. There are.

In 2017, we created a new way to quickly, affordably, and accurately measure public opinion online. We use this technology to guide forward-thinking candidates and causes and create winning strategies with them. 


Change Research is innovating to solve critically-important problems at the intersection of data, social science, and politics. And in doing this, we hope to make our democracy better.


Ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other is core to our values. We invite folks with different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer. Join us.

About the role:

As the head of our engineering team, you will lead the team of 3+ software engineers that builds the software underlying our fast, affordable, accurate approach to polling. This is an important role in our company and you will head up our technology efforts and play a key role in product and strategic decision making with other leaders at Change Research.


You are a curious, data-driven leader. You are product-oriented, and you’re committed to take on technical and product challenges as we ramp up in the face of heavy demand for polling around the 2020 elections and beyond. You’re comfortable running meetings, mentoring colleagues, diving into code, and collaborating across different parts of the company to get things done.

We are a team of engineers who are comfortable wearing multiple hats.  We are full-stack developers (backend/frontend) and “full-stack data” engineers (data pipelines and analytics and/or machine learning).


As an engineering leader, you will: 

  • Define

    • Spend time with our project manager, pollsters, data scientists, and leadership team to define our product roadmap.

    • As both an engineering leader and a product person, you participate in assessing the best product to build and work with engineers to figure out the best way to build it.

  • Lead

    • Lead a team of skilled, experienced engineers to deliver on the product roadmap

    • Run standups and planning meetings

    • Coordinate with other leaders across the company on priorities

  • Build

    • Work on critical infrastructure, tweaking client-facing deliverables, or automating a step in the process that was previously rote or time-consuming in any given sprint.

    • Code at least 30% of the time. As an engineering team, we focus on shipping features to both internal and external customers.


Through it all, you’ll listen, think, communicate and execute in a way that considers the company’s and customer’s process holistically. You are obsessed with results, quality, problem solving, and creativity. You are a team player.

About you:  

  • 5+ years of hands-on software engineering experience

  • 2+ years of engineering management experience

  • Comfortable working with legacy code AND excited about trying out new technologies. (Our tech stack is currently python, pandas, flask, mysql, AWS, docker, kubernetes, and airflow.  It’s constantly evolving.)

  • Comfortable with some ambiguity and a willingness to iron out the missing details

  • Enthusiastic and professional

  • Startup-minded: you plug holes, get things done, and think of ways to improve systems

  • Flexible with the ability to work with a variety of personalities and types of work

  • Excited to be part of a team committed to making a difference in our country’s political climate

Compensation and work environment:  

Ensuring a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other is core to our values. We invite folks with different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. Our workplace is both casual and professional, and we are committed to learning, fun, and excellence. We are an equal opportunity employer. This full-time position includes equity, health, dental and vision insurance, commuter benefits, flexible PTO, and company holidays. Everyone on our team works hard and is committed to the work we are doing, but we are flexible on the details of how, when, and where you work.


Our engineering team is largely remote, so comfort with managing a remote team will be very helpful.

How to apply:  

Please send us a note in the body of your email and link to your LinkedIn profile and/or your resume to with the subject line "[Your Name] - Head of Engineering". Let us know how you heard about us. No phone calls, please.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including women, people of color, gays and lesbians, transgender people, veterans and people with disabilities.