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We make government work in a digital world. Skylight is a digital consultancy using design and technology to help agencies deliver better public services.
Why Work At 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.
At Skylight, data engineers work closely with product managers, researchers, designers, engineers, and data scientists to design ways to ingest, optimize, synthesize, and analyze data to help users make informed decisions. They build software and infrastructure to process data from a variety of sources and store it in a way that supports analytical and other needs of end users.
What you’ll do:
We participate in E-Verify and upon hire, will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you’re authorized to work in the U.S.
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.
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:
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.
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
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). We’ll leave you with 10–15 minutes at the end for your questions.
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!
We want to give you the most competitive salary possible. After all, you deserve it! To that end, we use the results of our interview process to determine what salary is most appropriate given your current level of seniority. For a Data Engineer at Skylight, the current salary ranges are as follows:
Your well-being is important to us, so we focus on supporting you in a variety of ways: