Kos Media

Senior Software Development Engineer at Kos Media (Remote)

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LOCATION: Remote within the U.S.
Civiqs is the leading online scientific polling platform and a division of Kos Media LLC . Civiqs has been conducting surveys online since 2014. Every day, Civiqs surveys thousands of people across the United States on politics, culture, and current affairs.
We are hiring an experienced and results-driven Senior Software Development Engineer to join our talented remote engineering team. Our data science platform is built upon a modern tool chain that includes Python, Ruby on Rails, NodeJS and React, PostgreSQL, Elasticsearch, Kubernetes, and AWS. If you're interested in a position that offers more than just a technical challenge, we'd like to hear from you!
Benefits of working at Civiqs
  • Inclusive - We are proud to be an inclusive and equal-opportunity workplace. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply
  • True Work-Life Balance - Our organizational commitment to personal growth and work-life balance reduces churn and encourages a very rewarding long term position
  • Remote First - We've been cultivating remote engineering teams for nearly a decade before the pandemic. The position offers a flexible work environment and the ability to work remotely or from home, including a remote worker stipend
  • Generous Six Weeks Paid Vacation + Paid Company Holidays
  • Full medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Optional 401K with a company match
  • Professional development stipend
  • Employer-paid maternity/family leave

Civiqs maintains one of the largest databases of public opinion in the United States, with a scale and quality that is unmatched in the survey industry. You will work alongside researchers and data scientists to help shape the Civiqs survey application as we build new research products and features. The ideal candidate for this position will love data as much as we do!
  • Collaborate with Civiqs Engineering and Management in order to formulate long term initiatives and take a leadership role in the accomplishing of those initiatives
  • Mentor members of the Civiqs Engineering and Data Science teams
  • Write well-tested code on a daily basis
  • Communicate updates about progress using the designated engineering tools and processes
  • Be a team player, share knowledge, and collaborate through pairing, code reviews, feedback, and discussion
  • Develop a deep technical understanding of Civiqs' research systems

  • 5+ years experience in professional software development using Go, Python, Ruby, and/or JavaScript
  • 3+ years experience Web Application API development
  • 3+ years experience working within an agile software development workflow

  • Ability to understand and explain complex concepts in plain language
  • Self-motivated to author high quality, test driven code
  • Solid understanding of object oriented software engineering principles
  • Inviting of constructive feedback within and outside of formal code reviews
  • In-depth knowledge of SQL and database design
  • A natural curiosity for, and willingness to learn new technologies
  • Comfort in mentoring others

Learn more about Civiqs by browsing these links:
What We Do - https://civiqs.com/what-we-offer
Our Results - https://civiqs.com/
Our Methods - https://civiqs.com/methodology
Our Team - https://civiqs.com/about
Join In! - https://civiqs.com/join-in
SALARY RANGE: $130,000 - $165,000
This position is a 40 hour/week, full-time exempt position and reports to Civiqs' Engineering Manager. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the United States. The position offers a flexible work environment, the ability to work remotely or from home, competitive salary, excellent benefits including: full medical, dental and vision benefits, optional 401K with a company match, remote worker stipend, a generous vacation package, traumatic grief leave, a professional development stipend, as well as employer-paid maternity/family leave. Our organizational commitment to personal growth and work-life balance reduces churn and encourages a very rewarding long term position.
At Civiqs, we believe that the diversity of ideas, experiences and cultures that our employees contribute to our organization help us be more effective in our work, and we are proud to be an inclusive and equal-opportunity workplace. The atmosphere in our office is energized by the day's news events, and people united by common cause. We're a company that loves learning and supports growth and training for all our employees.
Women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
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What are Kos Media Perks + Benefits

Kos Media Benefits Overview

Competitive compensation

- Remote-first work environment
- Paid employee medical, dental and vision benefits
- 401K with a 5% company match
- 9 Company-paid holidays
- 6 weeks vacation
- Paid Sick Time
- Bereavement Leave (includes pets and pregnancy loss)
- Traumatic Grief Leave
- Paid parental/family/medical leave
- Remote Worker Stipend
- Professional Development Stipend
- Employee Referral Bonus Program
- Flex Spending Account
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Company paid short & long term disability
- Voluntary Accident & Critical Illness benefit

Partners with Nonprofits
Kos Media partners with non-profits such as Prism Reports https://prismreports.org/ and Democratizing Philanthropy https://www.democratizingphilanthropy.org/.
Open door policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Kos Media offers up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for new parents.
Remote Work Program
Kos Media is a remote-first organization with the option to work form offices in Oakland, CA and Washington, DC.
Family Medical Leave
Kos Media offers up to 12 weeks of paid, job-protected leave per year, as well as maintained health benefits, for any employee eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Kos Media's vacation policy includes six generous weeks of paid time off for all employees.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Kos Media's sick leave policy includes 70 hours of paid sick time off for all employees.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
We host a company-paid annual staff retreat during non-presidential election years.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Kos Media offers a Remote Worker Stipend payable semi-monthly to cover costs of working remote, peripherals, cell phone usage, internet, office supplies, etc.
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Kos Media offers an annual $2000 Professional Development Stipend to support job-related learning and skill development.
Promote from within

An Insider's view of Kos Media

What’s the vibe like in the office?

My colleagues at Daily Kos are smart, kind, and principled. As a remote company, it's important to feel embraced by a team, and I do. We actually like each other and working together, and that makes all the difference. The work-life balance is real, too—we're encouraged to use our generous PTO and enjoy our lives outside of work.


Copy Editor

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We’d like our very engaged community to better reflect the diversity of the Democratic party. Combine that with a strong desire to tear down the notorious gates of journalism, a bit of trust and autonomy granted by our management, and you’ve got our new Emerging Fellows Program. It’s simultaneously the hardest and most fulfilling project.


Managing Editor

How does the company support your career growth?

Daily Kos truly focuses on the growth of their employees as much as they do on their own growth. The education stipend is the highest I have heard of in this industry and you are encouraged to use it. Regular checkins, meetings, and collaboration sessions help you not only choose your path, but offer ways to excel, including internal growth options


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