Data Engineer - SF

  • Engineering
  • Full-time
  • North America - United States

Change.org is the world’s largest empowerment platform, used by more than 95 million people around the world to win incredible and inspiring victories on the issues they care about. We’re an innovative business – a certified “B Corp” combining the structure of a business with a powerful sense of mission that drives our work (more about B Corps: www.bcorporation.net). Over 25 million users have signed winning petitions, including strengthening hate crimes legislation in South Africa; fighting corruption in Indonesia, Italy, and Brazil; ending the ban on gay Boy Scouts in the United States, and big wins for women’s rights in India. And we’re just getting started. Here’s a small snapshot of what was changed last year: www.change.org/2014 We love serving our incredible users, and we love our staff too. We show it with very competitive salaries, five weeks of vacation, robust maternity and parental leave, an amazing culture, free language training (if you want it), and a high impact, low-ego team that can’t wait to learn from you and teach you what they know. We’re seeking a Data Engineer who will own the vision and execution of projects from start to finish. The ideal candidate is super passionate and very motivated to have an enormous impact on a company that is quite literally helping to change the world. This individual will be flexible and interested in learning new skills, tools, and technologies as necessary. Given our small team size and the scope of our global mission, we must select the right tools as necessary. At any given point in time, you may find team members working with one or more of the following: Redshift, Cassandra, AWS (Elastic MapReduce, SimpleWorkflow, EC2, etc), Spark, Redis, and Dropwizard, driven by Ruby, Python, Java, Go, and Javascript. We encourage our team members to go to and talk at conferences, our team spoke at Strata, AWS re:Invent and DataWeek. Depending upon your skills and experience, and what you bring to the table overall, we are also open to considering a Senior Data Engineer role.


Here's what you'll do as part of our team:

  • You will get in early and help us set technical direction on the Data Science team for a company with tens of millions of users; and big ambitions.
  • Build a data and computational infrastructure that can simultaneously handle batch large scale analytics, real time streaming analytics and perform machine learning training and prediction to serve millions of users
  • Own the architecture, delivery, and evolution of interrelated big data systems.
  • Follow good engineering practices such as architectural design, unit testing, test driven development
  • Code, write, and converse daily.
  • Work with the infrastructure team to ensure that all the required monitoring, exception handling and fault tolerance is in place to maximize robustness of the data architecture
  • Build fault tolerant distributed machine learning workflows
  • Develop flexible event tracking and querying pipeline for experiment analysis and analytics
  • Contribute to moving to a multi-datacenter, resilient service-oriented architecture with autoscaling

And here are the skills & experience we hope you have:

  • You are able to explain deeply technical concepts, algorithms and products to colleagues of various technical levels is a must have.
  • 3+ years industry experience in developing production software in languages such as Ruby, Java, Python and query languages such as SQL and CQL
  • 2+ years of industry experience in working independently within a cross-functional engineering team
  • 1+ years of experience in developing a data pipeline with custom ETL that accommodates batch and streaming analytics
  • 1+ years of experience in using distributed computing architectures such as AWS products (e.g. EC2, Redshift, EMR), Hadoop, Spark and effective use of map-reduce, SQL and Cassandra to solve big data type problems
  • 1+ years of experience in understanding and optimizing dimensional warehouse data models
  • Passion for converting innovative data science innovations and algorithms into data products

This is a full-time opportunity, based in San Francisco. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, physical disability, or length of time spent unemployed. We are working for a world where no one is powerless, and where creating change is a part of everyday life. We're just getting started, and we hope you'll join us.


Outsized impact

Change.org is the fastest growing social change organization in the world, empowering more than 50 million people to create change in their communities.

Amazing people

We are building a world-class team of technologists and creatives along with the most accomplished team of social movement creators in the world.

Extraordinary benefits

5 weeks vacation

Free language training

Personal growth