Software Engineer

Skylight - Remote

Skylight ( is at the forefront of a civic movement to reinvent how the government serves the public in a digital world.

We’re looking for a Software Engineer to join our talented team of technologists in driving this movement forward.

You’ll be a key part of our small, but rapidly growing team, which consists of former Presidential Innovation Fellows, founders of 18F, and members of the U.S. Digital Service.

We work in small, fast, agile teams to create exceptional customer experiences and enduring solutions out of the government’s most complex design and technology challenges. The work is challenging, but highly rewarding.

Your initial engagement will be with the State of Connecticut, which is one of the first state & local governments undertaking an organizational-wide digital transformation. The initial focus of this transformation is on improving services related to serving the needs of children and families. These services range from reducing infant deaths to improving early childhood development.

Our job is to help jumpstart and accelerate the State of Connecticut’s transformation through high-impact activities such as:

Identifying and prioritizing which services to improve through user experience research and technical discovery
Creating a comprehensive, flexible roadmap for change to guide decisions and actions around service improvement, policymaking, and budgeting
Instituting new digital policies & standards (for example, API standards)
Developing and empowering digital talent throughout the state government (for example, via recruiting, training, and coaching)
Executing on tightly-scoped delivery projects to set the foundation for broad-based change, as well as demonstrate the art of the possible

What you’ll do:
Engineer applications, as part of a cross-functional team that includes user experience researchers and designers, product managers, engineers, and other functional specialists
Achieve technical excellence by advocating for and adhering to lean-agile engineering principles and practices such as API-first design, simple design, continuous integration, version control, and automated testing
Select and use the right tools, frameworks, languages, and technologies for the job, with a preference for open-source solutions
Analyze systems to identify technical debt, instability, unreliability, and other opportunities for improvement, and design, document, and communicate solutions
Represent Skylight's culture of delivery when interacting with government stakeholders and other contractors

What we’re looking for:
In-depth knowledge of computer science
Experience engineering scalable, high-performing web applications using various standards, languages, frameworks, techniques, and libraries such as HTML5, CSS3/Sass, Responsive Design, WCAG, JavaScript, React or Angular, and Ruby/Rails or Python/Django
Expertise in relational databases such as PostgreSQL
Expertise creating and consuming APIs
Expertise using version control systems such as GitHub
Expertise setting up and using CI/CD tools such as Jenkins and Maven
Ability to author developer-friendly documentation such as API documentation and deployment operations
Proven ability to apply good software engineering principles and practices
Ability to select and use the best tools for the job, particularly open-source solutions
Ability to communicate clearly to technical and non-technical audiences
Experience working within a multidisciplinary, agile team format
A mindset and work approach that aligns with our core values (
Ability to travel to Hartford, Connecticut frequently

We focus on supporting you in a variety of ways:
Competitive salary
Profit-sharing and/or bonus opportunities
Health insurance, including medical, dental, vision, and more
401k match at 10% of your salary
Unlimited paid time-off policy
$2,000 continuing education allowance, including conference events
Time to focus on activities such as learning & development, open-source projects, and community outreach
An environment that empowers you to unleash your superpowers for public good
Potential for relocation assistance if willing to move to a HUBZone area ( (Read more about us being a HUBZone:
Note that we participate in E-Verify and upon hire, will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.