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Why Skylight?

Our mission matters

We’re more than a company. We represent a movement to reinvent how the government serves families, patients, veterans, immigrants, and many others in today’s digital world. Everything about us — our structure, values, services, work, thoughts, and team — is designed with that purpose in mind.

You matter

It’s people like you — with talents in research, design, product, engineering, data, and more — who can make a difference. We’ve created an environment that empowers you to unleash your skills for public good, whether that’s improving early childhood outcomes or helping to save veteran lives. You’ll work alongside a team of extraordinarily-talented people who strive to bring out the best in you and each other. You’ll also be taken care of with a well-thought-out compensation and benefits package. We want you to be happy, fulfilled, and well-supported.

We’re just getting started

We’re still in startup mode, and our future is bright. We’re doing impactful work, building an amazing team, and improving every day. Everyone is given the opportunity to shape the company in some way. We’d love for you to join us in creating something special.

Charlye Tran

“I love being able to work somewhere that empowers you to hone in on solving the right problems in an increasingly complex environment, alongside some of the most inspired and talented folks in the industry.”

Karthik Patil

“I appreciate Skylight’s holistic approach to helping agencies achieve digital mastery, which is what the government needs more of from industry.”

Laura King

“Skylight gives me ownership over my work and allows me to carve a path where I can make the biggest impact.”

Care package

We hire good people and support them with the best compensation and benefits possible. We keep an open dialog with everyone on the team to make what we offer even better.

Compensation

We offer a competitive salary, opportunities for a stake in the company’s success with stock options, performance rewards, referral bonuses, and a quick-pay program.

Future

We match your 401(k) dollar-for-dollar up to 10% of your salary. We also offer a budget of up to $2,000 per year for professional development, which includes conferences, training, travel, and materials.

Health

We cover 90% of your medical premium, 99% of premiums for vision and dental, and 50% of premiums for dependents. We also provide life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and a health savings account.

Parental leave

We offer a minimum of 9 weeks paid time off for all eligible new birth, adoption, or foster parents.

Time off

We offer 31 paid days off per year: 15 vacation days, 11 federal holidays, and 5 floating holidays. We also offer a flexible sick leave policy.

Flexibility

We give you maximum flexibility to decide when, where, and how to get your work done. We’re a distributed and remote-friendly team, currently spread out across 25 different states.

Stuff

We provide an annual tech budget of up to $750 for anything, such as a new computer, that you think will help to do your job better. Most software that you need will be provided by us. We also provide an annual Skylight swag budget of $100.

Code of conduct

Everyone deserves a safe, inclusive environment. We live by our Code of Conduct, and actively look for ways to make it even stronger, as well as reinforce expected behaviors.

Community

We give you multiple pathways to engage with your community. We match 100% of any charitable donations you make, up to $500 per year, and offer access to community networks, such as the Digital Services Coalition, which we co-founded.

Open positions

Below are the roles that we're actively hiring for:

Engineering

  • Software Engineer

    Remote

Data

  • Data Engineer

    Remote

Product & Delivery

  • Product Manager

    Remote

Research & Design

  • Product Designer

    Remote

Don’t see your role? Don’t worry, we could be hiring sooner than you think, so we’d still love to talk. We typically hire people with skills in research, design, product management, engineering, data science, security, procurement, digital transformation, and client engagement management. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

For most roles, we also offer paid internship or apprenticeship opportunities for people who are starting their careers or transitioning to new careers. If you’re interested in an internship or apprenticeship opportunity with Skylight, please get in touch.

Is an internship or apprenticeship right for me?

  • An internship is short term, generally lasting 2–3 months. An apprenticeship may last for 12 months or more. If you do an internship, there may be an option at the end to extend to an apprenticeship.
  • Whether you apply for an internship or apprenticeship, our goal is to help you build professional experience, mentor you, and give you exposure to real client projects. Both types of roles are paid and can lead to a full-time role if you’re a good fit for Skylight.

Interview process

If you apply for a position, here’s what you can expect in terms of the process:

Interview basics

We strongly prioritize the human element of the workplace, so the goal of our interview process is to get to know you and how you work. We don’t look for perfection; we look for a growth mindset, excellent communication skills, ability to deal with ambiguity, and capability to adapt. You won’t be penalized for taking time to think before responding, asking to repeat a question, or correcting yourself. With that in mind, please note:

  • All of our screenings and interviews occur via videoconference.
  • A Google Meet or Zoom link will be included in your calendar invitation.
  • Dress in a way that makes you comfortable. No need for blazers or button ups if you prefer a hoodie.
  • We're an equal opportunity employer. If you need reasonable accommodations for a disability, please reach out to us with your accommodation request.
We use the interview process to not only evaluate whether you’re a good fit for Skylight, but also to map you to a career level, which ultimately determines your salary range.

Interview steps

After you submit your application, we’ll evaluate your information against the qualifications of our open positions. If you look like a potential match, we’ll begin the interview process and communicate the next steps.

1. Preliminary screening

The interview process begins with a 15-minute preliminary screening. We’ll send you an email beforehand with background information about Skylight. Plan to talk about your skills and experience and what you’re passionate about. The call will also cover the interview process and basic employment requirements.

Hiring managers will review notes from the screening, your resume, and portfolio (if applicable). If it’s a good fit, we’ll schedule you for a skills interview.

2. Skills interview

The skills interview runs between 60 and 90 minutes. You’ll meet with two interviewers with experience in your discipline. They’ll ask a variety of questions about your experience and skills, and how you’d apply them within the context of Skylight’s work. We’ll leave you with 10–15 minutes at the end for your questions.

What to expect, by role:

  • Product manager

    Meeting with other product experts who’ll be asking questions about your product management experience, including products that you’ve shipped and specific approaches or practices that you use
  • Researcher or designer

    45–60 minutes presenting one or two examples from your portfolio, and 20–30 minutes answering questions
  • Software engineer or DevOps engineer

    A coding and coaching exercise for the majority of the interview
  • Data scientist or data engineer

    60–90 minutes conversation about your experience and knowledge of interacting with data at all stages of its lifecycle, as well as some questions that test your experience with Python, SQL, and/or data analytics (no whiteboard coding questions)
  • Business strategy and operations

    Meeting with people who may not have experience in your discipline, but whose work will closely intersect with yours

We’ll send you an email a few days prior to the interview with more details so you know how to prepare. Afterwards, your Skylight interviewers will share their notes with our hiring team. If you’re a good fit for our open roles, we’ll schedule you for a behavioral interview.

3. Behavioral interview

The behavioral interview lasts for one hour. The intent is to assess whether or not you’d be a good fit for Skylight’s values and standards of behavior. You’ll meet with two interviewers who will ask questions about how you communicate, collaborate, and how you approach challenging situations at work. We’ll leave you with 10–15 minutes at the end for your questions.

There’s no formal preparation needed for this interview, but we’ll send you an email a few days prior to the interview with more details so you know exactly what to expect.

4. Additional interviews (if needed)

In some cases, we’ll conduct additional interviews to evaluate areas we’d like to know more about. At this stage, we’ll also give you the opportunity to meet with potential teammates and ask additional questions, so you can make an informed decision on whether or not you’d like to move forward.

5. The offer

If all the interviews go well, you’ll receive a preliminary offer followed by an official offer, which will include an agreed-upon start date. Congratulations!

Internships and apprenticeships

If you’re applying for an internship or apprenticeship, you’ll go through a shorter process.

First, submit your application. If you’re applying for a research or design role, please include a portfolio of 1–2 showcase projects, if you have one. Your portfolio can be anything from a website to a slide deck (whatever works for you). Please ensure that you either remove the password to your portfolio or provide access details.

If you look like a potential match, we’ll do a preliminary screening. Plan to talk about your interests, experiences, and what you hope to get out of an internship or apprenticeship at Skylight.

The next step is a 60-minute skills interview, where you’ll meet with one interviewer with experience in your discipline. They’ll ask a variety of questions about your experience and skills, and how you’d apply them within the context of an internship or apprenticeship at Skylight. We’ll leave you with 10–15 minutes at the end for your questions.

Finally, if you’re selected for an internship or apprenticeship, you’ll receive an offer! We’ll decide on a start date based on when we're able to onboard a class of interns or apprentices together.

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