Lead Technical Architect at Citizen


Lead Technical Architect

Full-Time in New York, NY

Who we are

We are a tech startup based in Downtown Manhattan, backed by top-tier Silicon Valley venture capital. Our mission is to keep people safe and informed. The Citizen app for iOS and Android provides instant alerts about incidents and events happening around you and creates total transparency with live video and real-time updates.

Who you are

We like to hire proactive, creative leaders who value autonomy and share our mission. You may be right for this role if most or all of the following describe you:

  • You are an expert with server side software development and scalable architecture. You have worked at a major technology company that has operated at huge scale. You know how to create scalable software services and love being hands-on with implementation to make sure its right.

  • You are familiar with best practices. Knowledge of best practices and IT operations in an always-up, always-available service. Comfortable with managing a number of different services.

  • You love hacking things together, both hardware and software. You’re have an insatiable curiosity, a system for getting to the root cause of any issues that arise, and a deep love of researching the best tools for a given challenge.

  • You balance strategy with execution. You don’t wait to be told what to do – you bring recommendations on what needs to be done and then get out and implement your strategies. You’re not afraid to learn from mistakes and you quickly rebound from failure and try again.

  • You are a collaborator. You thrive in a fluid job environment where your job description changes constantly and no team member is afraid to offer or ask for help.

What you’ll do

You’ll lead the architecting and development of scalable software and services as we grow Citizen to millions of users.

  • Apply your experience building at scale to architect, create, and maintain software and services:

    • Nodejs, SQL/NoSQL databases, and video streaming architecture

    • Ability to use a wide variety of open source technologies and cloud services (experience with AWS is required).

  • Experience with deployment:

    • Jenkins, Circle CI or equivalent

  • Experience with packaging tools:

    • Packer/Docker

  • A working understanding of code and script:

    • Nodejs (our primary code base), PHP, Python, Perl and/or Ruby

Perks of joining our team

  • Work with openly passionate, smart people on big ideas backed by top-tier VCs

  • Competitive salary

  • Competitive equity, currently seed stage

  • Experienced team of startup veterans

  • Full benefits

  • Flexible vacation policy