Lead Software Engineer, DevOps, Civic Tech

Engineering · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time/Exempt
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

The Company


BlueLabs is a leading provider of analytics services and technology for government, business, and campaigns. Founded in 2013 by senior members of the Obama for America re-election campaign analytics team, we help our clients optimize their engagements with individual customers, supporters and stakeholders to achieve their goals. Today, our team counts over 50 data scientists, engineers, and strategists from diverse backgrounds who share a passion for using data to solve the world’s greatest social and analytical challenges. We’ve served more than 400 organizations ranging from political campaigns to advocacy groups, unions, government agencies, and international groups, as well as companies in the automotive, travel, consumer packaged goods, entertainment, healthcare, media, telecom, and other industries. Along the way, we’ve developed innovative tools in analytics, media optimization, reporting, and influencer outreach.


The Government Practice


The BlueLabs Government Analytics practice is at the forefront of revolutionizing the ways that citizens use and learn about government services. Our team specializes in creating personalized nudges that empower people with the information they need to take action and make informed choices. We work closely with internal government innovation groups, and build on the analytics informed feedback loops pioneered in e-commerce, advocacy, politics, and consumer finance.

The Role

You will lead a small engineering team building and supporting the infrastructure used by the analysts and data scientists for our engagements across the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Many of the team’s needs are similar across projects: most analysts interact with data using SQL and python, we often work with daily batch data from upstream sources, and we do extensive processing of raw data to make it usable for analytics. This creates an opportunity for a platform-based approach. You will work to improve our standardized analyst-facing platform services and also work on specific data-intensive project needs.


In this position, you will:


  • Lead a small team of Infrastructure/DevOps engineers with responsibility for the architecture, deployment, and operations of the infrastructure used by our Government Practice data science teams, including AWS infrastructure, analytics databases, and analytics tools.
  • Steer our team to the use of tools and practices that empower our data science program teams to operate independently.
  • Ensure the reliability, security, and performance of our program team infrastructure and our compliance with client policies and procedures
  • In close collaboration with our program team leaders, set and adjust team priorities to accommodate reactive operational needs and forward-looking development goals.
  • Work with counterparts at government agencies and other contractors to ensure integration with other systems and compliance with policies and procedures


This position is based in our offices in Washington, DC working alongside the rest of our government practice. As part of the ongoing COVID-19 response, we are working fully remotely and expect to continue to do so through much of the year. Permanent remote work will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


You likely have:


  • Past experience in a technical lead role or demonstrated aptitude for team leadership
  • Experience managing cloud infrastructure using Terraform (which we use) or a similar tool
  • Know techniques for keeping systems available and providing visibility when they're not
  • Have performed nontrivial deployments of web applications and/or data pipelines and supported production infrastructures
  • Extensive experience with AWS (our primary cloud provider), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform
  • A good grasp of Linux systems, networking and security

You may have:


  • Experience with analytics databases like Vertica, Redshift, and Snowflake and common data engineering tools such as Airflow or Databricks
  • Experience with containerization and cluster orchestration, specifically Docker and Kubernetes
  • Demonstrated interest in using data and technology to advance social good in areas like health, education or civic engagement


In order to be qualified for this position you must currently have or be able to obtain and maintain a public trust security clearance, which requires either US Citizenship or 3 years of US residency.


At BlueLabs, we celebrate, support and thrive on differences. Not only do they benefit our services, products, and community, but most importantly, they are to the benefit of our team. Qualified people of all races, ethnicities, ages, sex, genders, sexual orientations, national origins, gender identities, marital status, religions, veterans statuses, and disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. As an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer, BlueLabs is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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