Lead iOS Engineer

New York City
Engineering
Full-time
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 are making communities safer than ever before.

Since our launch, 3% 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 crime notifications each month, alerting 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 SF. 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 start live-streaming video. We notify our 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 ingests high-quality video at low-latency and then transcodes and redistribute the video to external media outlets seamlessly.
    • 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 (Android)
    • Web: React.js
    • Server: Go, Node (for isolated systems)
    • Systems: MySQL, Redis, Kafka, Firebase (for isolated systems)
    • Infrastructure: Kubernetes on GCP

Role Description

    • The Lead Mobile Engineer will lead the overall technical direction of both iOS and Android, work closely with Product to manage the roadmap, and with Engineering on overall data flow from backend to mobile to frontend systems.
    • Leading from the front - This hire will be expected to work closely with the rest of the mobile team, providing leadership while also working on iOS development daily
    • Working in Swift at all levels – from networking and websockets to user interfaces and live video.
    • Demonstrating rigor with code quality, best practices, and code review.
    • Testing code with tools like XUnit.
    • Collaborating across engineering with designs, code reviews, and whiteboard sessions. We strive to eliminate errors and wasted cycles developing code.
    • Effectively manage our release cycles, balancing feature development with infrastructure investment. 
    • Collaborate with Android, Backend, and Data Science to build features.
    • Work with Product and Design to iterate on and define product scope and features.
    • Implement engineering processes and policies that emphasize quality and progress to shape the future of mobile at Citizen. 

Requirements

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field 
    • 7+ years experience as a developer building applications, with 5+ years working on iOS applications, and 2+ years working with Swift.
    • 2+ years leading iOS development in a hands-on role, working closely with both Product and Engineering.
    • Experience building Android applications is a plus.
    • Proficient in Swift, or Objective-C, with a deep understanding of iOS development best practices.
    • Solid understanding of build tools like Carthage or CocoaPods.
    • Enjoys coaching and collaborating with others.
    • Experience building reusable components

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.