Reducing incarceration quickly and permanently

Software Engineer

$120k - $160k
San Francisco and New York / Remote
Job Type
1+ years
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About the role

About Recidiviz

Recidiviz is a non-profit technology company building common, open-source technical infrastructure to help the criminal justice system reduce incarceration and achieve better outcomes (both for the public and those within the system).

Criminal justice data today is fragmented and hard to use. Our platform not only links and standardizes data across silos, but exposes it in usable formats to help drive state criminal justice agencies toward real-time, data-informed decision making. Recidiviz helps justice agencies test what’s working and what’s not—and then do more of what’s working. Our mission is to build healthier, safer communities by improving outcomes for justice-involved people.

Company History

Since our founding in February 2019, we’ve built an A-team of nearly 50 software engineers, designers, product managers and domain experts. To date, our team has partnered with nine states, representing 20% of the nation’s incarcerated population. And we’re just getting started. For more about us, check out:

You can see Recidiviz in the news right here.

(You can also read a bit more about our founder on Fast Company or Forbes 30 Under 30)

About the Role

We have more demand than ever to expand our team’s work. We are moving into new parts of the country and new justice systems, and growing our product and analytical offerings. We’re hiring our next Software Engineer to bring our work to as much of the country as possible. This person will need to have strong technical design instincts, comfort working on features that span across multiple systems up and down the stack, a willingness to dive into tough problems and diverse data, and a collaborative and kind nature to add to our culture.

There is a slight preference for people who would be willing to work from either our San Francisco or New York City offices, but remote is great, too.

Note that for this role we are considering candidates across a variety of experience levels, including Software Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, and more.

Core responsibilities

Working with our product, design, and data science teams to build new features from end-to-end, across our data platform, web apps, and email reporting pipeline Maturing our data platform, empowering us to scale across the entire country, throughout many phases of the criminal justice system Collaborating with teammates in our state-facing roles to ensure our work is scalably launchable and configurable across all states and systems Ensuring the long-term health of our engineering organization by maintaining high bars for security, privacy, operations, quality, documentation, testing, and ethics

Minimum qualifications

High empathy and kindness 2+ years of practical experience building production software in a collaborative environment A desire to “wear many hats” and make contributions across our technical stack, in many areas of our organization Comfort working directly with deployed systems to ensure high uptime, secure configuration, and rapid development Bachelor’s degree in a technical field or equivalent experience

Preferred qualifications

Experience in a cross-functional setting, capable of working closely with Product Management, Design, and Data Science Experience developing large-scale data processing systems, working closely with a data model representing some real-world domain Comfort working with external partners from diverse backgrounds and worldviews, including government staff, researchers, journalists, and other practitioners in criminal justice reform Familiarity with our technical stack would be a plus, including Python, Google Cloud Platform, Postgresql, BigQuery, Apache Beam, and Firebase

Important Note

Lasting change is always built on diversity. Recidiviz is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, sexual orientation, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or veteran status. We consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a special need that requires accommodation, please let us know in your application.

Even if you don't think you meet all the criteria above, drop your resume, and we'll take a look. You might even be right for another role and/or another time.

Why you should join Recidiviz

Recidiviz is a non-profit technology company based in San Francisco, CA. We build common, open source technical infrastructure to help the criminal justice system end mass incarceration and focus on ongoing iteration towards better outcomes.

Criminal justice data today is inefficient and ineffective: researchers, advocates, policymakers and practitioners each need funding and time for data collection and cleaning (for almost any data at all), and most data collected is too stale by the time it’s compiled to be useful.

Recidiviz has built an open-source platform to ingest data from across data silos, link it, standardize it, and expose it in usable formats to the ecosystem. We’re building some of our own interventions on top of this platform and working with other non-profits to use it to power research at scale, inform agency decision-making, motivate policy changes, and monitor their impact.

Team Size:45
Location:San Francisco
Joshua Essex
Joshua Essex
Clementine Jacoby
Clementine Jacoby