Android Engineer

New York City
About Citizen

Citizen’s mission is to protect the world. We began by opening the NYC and San Francisco 911 system to local Citizen app users, creating access to real-time crime and safety information. By increasing situational awareness and transparency, we hope communities will become safer than ever before.

Since our launch, 6% of New Yorkers use our app every month, and that growth is accelerating. We launched San Francisco last fall, and over 1% has already joined the Citizen safety network. We send over 4 million nearby crime notifications each month, alerting our users to emergencies and dangerous situations near them. Citizen broke both recent NYC terror incidents to people nearby, keeping thousands in the vicinity safer and informed in real-time. Citizen has been featured on local NYC news over 100 times in the past 3 months. 

We’re looking for passionate, mission-driven individuals to help take the Citizen app to the next level as we scale up new cities and expand globally.

Citizen is backed by Sequoia Capital and Founder’s Fund. 

Our Challenges

    • Scaling: We have one of the fastest growing organic user bases in NYC, and right now we’re geo-restricted to New York City and San Francisco. Soon we will launch nationwide and we need to support that scale. A Citizen international launch will follow.
    • Bursting: Without warning, a major incident occurs and multiple users begin live-streaming video into the app. We notify the entire user base, causing a massive burst of simultaneously connected clients. The core systems we build need to efficiently support traffic that can grow to hundreds of thousands of concurrent users today, and millions in the future.
    • Analytics: We want to alert users to incidents that matter to them, in a way that scales across different geographic densities and demographics.
    • Mobile video streaming: Our app will ingest high-quality video at low-latency, transcode, and redistribute the video to external media outlets seamlessly.
    • Extracting signal from noise: During major breaking news events, tensions are high and a lack of information persists. We build tools to raise facts and suppress noise.
    • FM radio: We use software-defined radios to consume all radio dispatch in NYC, SF and eventually every major city, whether analog, digital, or trunked.

Our Stack - languages and technologies we use and teach

    • Mobile: Swift (iOS), Java/Kotlin (Android)
    • Web: React.js
    • Server: Go, Node (for isolated systems)
    • Systems: MySQL, Redis, Kafka, Firebase (for isolated systems)
    • Infrastructure: Kubernetes on GCP

Role Description

    • While we launched on iOS first, we've found we have a significant, fast-growing base of Android users that in many neighborhoods has already surpassed iOS. The Senior Android Engineer will drive our mobile product execution for the Android platform in concert with the iOS engineers.
    • We view Android as a core offering, not as a follow-on to iOS. We want to be able to launch and experiment with new features in both.
    • Work with Product and Design to define and iterate on product scope and features.
    • Collaborate with iOS, Backend, and Data Science to build and launch new features, as well as re-architect and maintain existing features.
    • Collaborate across Engineering with designs, code reviews, and whiteboard sessions. We strive to eliminate errors and wasted cycles developing code.
    • Demonstrate rigor with code quality, best practices, and code review, while understanding product tradeoffs.


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field
    • 5 years experience as a developer building applications for Android
    • Proficient in Java/Kotlin with strong object-oriented development
    • Stays current on Android platform developments
    • Champions best practices to ensure performance, quality, and responsiveness for mobile applications
    • Enjoys teaching and collaborating with others
Citizen offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, paid time off, company holidays, stock option plan, commuter benefits, and various wellness perks.