Join the team
We're looking for great people in the fields of design, engineering, data science, product management, and more to join us in a movement to make government work in a digital world. You'll work alongside a team of talented technologists who embody our culture and strive to bring out the best in each other.
Below are the roles that we're looking to hire for. We're 100% open to freelancers or boutique firms who would prefer to work on a contract basis. If you don't see a position that fits you, we'd still love to talk! Simply send us your info.
Who we're hiring
Skylight is seeking designers, engineers, product managers, procurement experts, and more who are committed to making government work in a digital world. Our staff comes from a diversity of backgrounds, including startups, high-tech companies, government agencies, higher-education institutions, and schools of life.
Skill sets we're looking for
We're looking for candidates with the hands-on skills, leadership ability, and growth potential to work with a diverse group of teammates to improve how government delivers public digital services. We're looking for the following skills:
- Software engineering
- Frontend web development
- Legacy software reengineering
- DevOps and site reliability engineering
- Security engineering
- Engineering management
- Data engineering
- Data science
- Data analytics
- Internet of things
- Product management
- Product design
- Service design
- User experience design
- Visual design
- Content design
- Technology procurement
- Technical recruiting and talent operations
- Enterprise agile transformation
- Client engagement management
This isn't an exhaustive list, but it does represent the most common skills that we seek. Don't see what you do on this list? Apply anyway!
Who is eligible to work with us
There are a few basic requirements to work at Skylight:
- For some positions, due to client requirements, you must be a U.S. citizen. All positions require work authorization.
- You can live anywhere in the U.S. Some geographic limitations may apply depending on the location requirements of our client work or the type of role we need filled. In addition, in order to maintain our HUBZone status with the Small Business Administration, which gives us privileged access to federal contracts, we must maintain 35% of our employees in a designated HUBZone area. In some cases, we may be able to provide relocation assistance.
- Many of the positions with our government clients, due to the public-trust or national-security nature of the work, require you to pass through a background investigation and drug test.
- Some positions with government clients may require you to possess formal educational credentials or professional licenses. Except in these instances, there are no such requirements to apply to Skylight.
- You must excel at what you do, have the capacity to grow even more, and fit into our culture. Candidates with experience in building and improving public-facing or consumer-facing digital services using modern practices, as described in the U.S. Digital Services Playbook, will be particularly competitive.
Where we're hiring
We're a certified HUBZone company, which requires 35% of our employees to be located in one of the many HUBZone-designated areas across the country. Our principal office location is in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. If you already live in Chapel Hill, or another designated HUBZone area, that certainly makes retaining our HUBZone status with the Small Business Administration a lot easier! If you'd like to move to a HUBZone location, particularly Chapel Hill, we may be able to provide relocation assistance.
If you don't currently live in a HUBZone nor plan to in the future, no problem! Up to 65% percent of our employees are free to live anywhere in the United States. We're a distributed and remote-friendly team, with members currently divided between Chapel Hill, Austin, and other locations.
In some cases, our client contracts may require you to work at specific site location or we may ask you to work at a particular location based on your role.
Equal opportunity employer
We're an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.
The entire interview process usually takes 1–2 weeks, followed by 1–2 weeks for onboarding.
Within five days after you submit your application, we'll evaluate your information against the qualifications of our open positions and communicate next steps. If you look like a potential match, we'll begin the live interview process.
The interview process begins with a 30-minute preliminary screening call by phone or video. Plan to talk about your skills and experience, what you're passionate about, and the work we do here. The call will also cover the interview process, structure, basic employment requirements, and employee benefits.
If the preliminary screening call goes well, we'll schedule you for a skills interview and a behavioral interview, which are typically held back to back on Fridays. Both interviews are generally held by phone or video.
The skills interview lasts approximately one and a half hours. You'll be asked a variety of questions about your experience and skills, and how you'd apply them within the context of Skylight's work.
The behavioral interview lasts approximately one hour, and will assess how you interact with colleagues and get work done.
Additional interviews (if needed)
In some cases, we'll conduct additional interviews to evaluate skills we want to know more about.
The offer and onboarding process
If all the interviews go well, you'll receive a conditional offer followed by an official offer:
- You'll have a call with someone from Skylight to go over your conditional offer, including salary. "Conditional" means it's contingent on meeting conditions specific to your position such as passing a government suitability and security review. If you accept the conditional offer, you'll move on to the next set of steps.
- If a government suitability and security review is required by your position, you'll fill out a standard government form that covers all your employment, travel, residences, and other types of information for the past several years. (For "contracting" positions with the federal government, the standard form is either an SF-85 or SF-86.) You'll then complete a drug test. You must be able to pass through both the background investigation and drug test.
- Once the conditions of the conditional offer are met, you'll receive your formal offer.
- We work with you to set a start date. New staff start every other Monday.
Many of our "contracting" positions with government require some kind of background check. Lower level clearances such as "public trust" are more thorough than most private-sector background checks. Higher level clearances such as "secret" are far more intensive by comparison. The background review process adds some time and forms to the hiring process, but we'll guide you through it.
Note that whatever form you need to fill out for your background review is quite extensive. It may take substantial time to collect contact information for previous employers, as well as old addresses. Delays in providing this information will slow down your onboarding process.
Pay & benefits
We hire good people and support them with the best benefits possible, which will only get better and better as our business grows:
- Competitive salary
- Profit-sharing and/or bonus opportunities
- Health insurance, including medical, dental, and vision
- Life insurance
- Short-term and long-term disability insurance
- Flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care
- 401k match at 10% of your salary
- Unlimited paid time-off policy
- $2,000 continuing education allowance, including conference events
- Incentives for living in a HUBZone area, including relocation assistance and a monthly stipend to help offset the cost of rent or mortgage
- Access up to $1,000 before payday to cover emergency expenses
- Remote-friendly work environment
- 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
We offer relocation assistance on a case-by-case basis. We give strong consideration to cases where an individual would like to move to what the Small Business Administration (SBA) calls a HUBZone area. Since Skylight is a certified by the SBA as a HUBZone company, we encourage people to live in one of the many HUBZone areas across the country, particularly Chapel Hill, North Carolina, which is the location of our principal office.
Our Emerging CivicTech Stars internship program offers paid opportunities to undergraduate students to gain hands-on experience with making government work in the digital age. To prepare you for a successful career in civic tech, the program offers:
- Supportive environment to learn design or software development
- Real-world client delivery experience
- Opportunity to make a civic impact
- Paid work and flexible schedules
- Opportunity to apply for a full-time role upon graduation
To become a member of Emerging CivicTech Stars, you must meet a few basic requirements:
- Be an undergraduate enrolled in a program related to design or technology
- Have completed some design or programming coursework
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or above
- Have time to work at least 10 hours per week during business hours
- Be passionate about making government work better through technology
Given our headquarters location in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, we strongly encourage undergraduate students enrolled at the universities of North Carolina, Duke, or NC State to apply.
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If you don't see an open position that fits you, or we're not currently advertising any openings, we'd love for you to apply anyway!