Protagonist is a women-owned, women-led small business and pioneer in narrative research, analysis, and strategy. We help our clients harness the power of narratives by illuminating the stories that matter to their mission, analyzing the influences and influencers that are driving those narratives, and developing strategies for navigating and shaping those narrative landscapes. Over the past decade, we have developed a line of state-of-the-art narrative products that focus on the deep, enduring stories that define a population’s identity, shape their perspectives, and describe their beliefs. Our Narrative Analytics® technology platform is relied on by dozens of the world’s leading corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits to identify, quantify, and track narratives in online conversations. We have team members in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Chicago, and many points in between.
You’re a self-motivated Engineer, able to support Protagonist’s applications that handle large amounts of data. You’re able to work in a fast paced environment, with a hir h-performing team. You are comfortable with ambiguity and hard problems and you thrive in fast-paced start-up environments, solving cutting-edge data challenges. Self-starting problem solver when responding to use data challenges.
Support the development of technology that powers our Narrative Analytics® offering. This includes web application development, managing ETL processing pipelines, performing AWS maintenance, and writing the random Python script. The Data Engineer will be expected to collaborate with members of the Engineering Team and our customer-facing Client Solutions Team to create solutions that are sustainable and scalable to meet their needs. Specific responsibilities include:
Working within our internal web application to support our user base
Writing Python scripts
Application design and development
Design and deploy new infrastructure to AWS
Work in sprints to create, design, and develop modules in coordination with the rest of the Engineering Team
Take initiative in solving complex technical problems and recommend original solutions and design approaches to meet requirements, making decisions between competing solutions
Own core deliverables, including technical design, logical and physical design of the solution, coding, testing, and debugging
Maintain system reliability and uptime of production applications by measuring and monitoring availability, latency, and overall system health.
Rotation as on-call production support
Must be able to work on US Government contracts restricted to US citizens
Must be eligible to obtain a US Government security clearance
BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field
1 - 3 years experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS); AWS Certification a plus
1 - 3 years experience in software development, using Python
Experience working on a production product with a collaborative team
Experience with Code Version Control (GIT)
Experience with Postgres (or similar) SQL database programming
Experience working with Agile scrum or Kanban methodology to deliver high-quality, high-value software
Experience and understanding of Docker or containerization of services
Understanding of web development best practices
Protagonist is a values-driven company that is committed to doing meaningful work for organizations we respect. We are deeply committed to centering racial and gender justice in the work we produce, in our engagement with clients, and in our internal operations. We believe in the promise of democratic governance and the responsibility of civic participation, and are building a culture that supports these commitments.