Engineering Manager for Democracy (Remote)




MapLight, a technology-driven nonprofit dedicated to improving U.S. democracy, is seeking an experienced Engineering Manager to lead our software development projects. This position is full-time and available for remote work from anywhere.

This position reports to the President of MapLight, Daniel G. Newman.

Typical software projects at MapLight include:

Responsibilities Include

  • Oversee and manage MapLight’s software projects, working with our engineering firm partner to ensure our products are robust, scalable and delivered on-schedule.
  • Work with the product and design teams to understand end-user requirements and deliver results.
  • Contribute technically yourself, from architecture definition to product delivery.
  • Collaborate with other MapLight staff on how technology can best meet our organizational and social impact goals.

Required Qualifications

  • 3+ years’ experience managing software projects with a track record of timely, successful product delivery.
  • Excellent communication skills, including communicating cross-culturally and across time zones.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented.
  • Proficient in one or more of PhP, NodeJS, MySQL, and .NET, able to make hands-on technical contributions.
  • Experience with cloud services such as AWS or Azure.
  • Experience working in an agile development environment.
  • Personal dedication to MapLight’s mission and work.

How to Apply

The salary for this position is $120,000 plus benefits. For candidates with more than 10 years experience and an exceptional track record, we would consider a higher salary range.

This position can be filled remotely. MapLight is located in downtown Berkeley, near BART (due to COVID-19, we are all currently working from home). This position includes fully-covered health benefits, generous paid vacation, and a 403(b) plan. Our hardworking but casual office environment includes quality-of-life perks such as office snacks, biweekly team lunches, delicious fair-trade coffee, ergonomic workstations, and bike storage on the premises.

MapLight believes that diversity makes us stronger. Building a team with diverse perspectives and life experiences enhances our ability to design products and advocate for informed engagement with our political system across an inclusive audience. To that end, we encourage all qualified applicants to apply. If you have a disability and may require accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact us at

Come work with us to protect our democracy!

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to the attention of Mx. Phoebe Sanders at, and reference “Engineering Manager for Democracy” in the subject line. 


About MapLight:

MapLight, founded in 2005, is a nonpartisan research organization that strives to create a government that (actually) works for the people by shining a light on digital deception, illuminating the influence of money in politics, empowering voters with nonpartisan civic information, and more. Our work has been recognized with a James Madison Freedom of Information Award, a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, a Library Journal Best Reference Award, an American Library Association MARS: Best Free Reference Web Site Award, and a Webby Award nomination.

In the last year alone, we’ve worked tirelessly to counter efforts to undermine the integrity of future elections. We’ve advocated for policies to safeguard elections from online political manipulation. We’ve partnered with democracy campaigns across the country at the state and local levels, generating data analyses to advocate for reforms such as public funding of elections, transparency, and stronger public ethics laws. We’ve published reams of data connecting the dots between political money and policy outcomes. And we’ve empowered two million California voters with Voter’s Edge, our comprehensive, nonpartisan online voter guide for the 21st century.

For more about MapLight's work, visit and