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Lead DevOps Engineer

Brooklyn, NY

Pico is looking for a Lead DevOps engineer to join our fast-growing, mission-driven team. We believe that a strong democracy requires a robust Fourth Estate. That's why we're committed to building a sustainable revenue model for news media in the age of Facebook and Google. As an engineer joining our team, you should feel comfortable wearing multiple hats, getting your hands dirty with both the backend and frontend, working collaboratively with both fellow engineers and the company's founders, and adapting quickly to user feedback.

Your Qualities:

  • Participate in the product design process to craft great experiences for our users and partners
  • Report directly to the CTO to implement technical, organizational, and software practice vision
  • Instill deep systems / operations thinking and best practices into our teams and products 
  • Build and lead a distributed, cutting-edge DevOps and SecOps organization as we scale
  • Synergize with our distributed development team to deliver features with quality and efficiency
  • Assist with application deployments in our cloud environment

Responsibilities:

  • You have a computer science degree and at least 5 years of work experience in this domain
  • You are a master of all major cloud IaaS platforms, especially AWS and GCP
  • You are a SysOps guru, on all major OSes, including RedHat, Ubuntu, MacOS
  • You have the professional and technical certifications to prove it!
  • You have advanced AWS DevOps certifications in SysOps, and advanced level certifications in networking, Linux and RedHat (CCNA, LPIC-2, RHCE, or equivalent experience) which you use in your day-to-day responsibilities and taking Pico to the next level operationally
  • You bring security awareness to everything you do, especially in transactional products, with a certification like MCSE + Security, to go along
  • You use IaC tools like Terraform, and IT automation frameworks like Ansible to manage complex infrastructure in secure, fast, clean, and repeatable ways 
  • You are a fearless infrastructure engineer, ready to tackle creation and maintenance of servers, backups, auto-scaling, ACL/IAM roles and permissions, DNS, CDN configuration, optimization, and distribution, Aurora, Mysql, Postgres, MariaDB, and more!
  • And you won’t hesitate to dive into the actual application code! 
  • You are an eager problem solver!
  • You are a decent JavaScript engineer and would love to learn more (in the context of DevOps!)
  • You have intimate knowledge of the workings of HTTP and RESTful API services
  • You eat Docker and virtualization and CI/CD for lunch!
  • Experience with Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment
  • You have great verbal and written communication skills and business empathy, especially when articulating complex and technical concepts to non-technical audiences. Ideally, you are polylingual, with experience with distributed and international teams

Bonus (experience with any of the following):

  • AWS SysOps, MCSE, RHCE, LPIC, or other professional certifications
  • Javascript, Python, or other infrastructure scripting languages
  • Node.js
  • SDLC, Agile, Scrum, JIRA, and Git

Why you should join us:

It's a rare opportunity to work on something you love, to have the power to improve the world around you, and to get rewarded for doing it. If protecting the press and elevating the standards of public discourse sound like interesting challenges to you, and if you’re in search of a startup that has de-risked upside and strong validation among the investor community, then working at Pico is that rare opportunity.


As an early employee, you have the chance to not just build an amazing platform, but to also help cultivate a company culture that reflects the type of community of which you want to be a part. Trust, mutual respect, and passion already run deep in our young company's DNA. Jason and Nick became friends in elementary school and started Pico several years after graduating from Stanford together. You'll fit right in if, like us, you're curious about the world, anxious to fix what's broken around you, and thoughtful about how you do it.


We believe coming up with the best solutions requires not only intelligence and empathy, but also the patience to explore, experiment, and even get things wrong every now and then. We also believe product experiences are better when they're designed and engineered by a team of people with diverse backgrounds. We encourage applications from people of all stripes, regardless of your gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, pregnancy status, veteran status, or whether or not you have a disability.


There's a lot of exciting work to be done to fulfill the vision and potential of Pico. Join our journey, and let's get there together.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

To apply for this role, please email your resume to [email protected].

Want to apply?

Please email your resume to [email protected] along with your answer (preferably in a Google Doc) to the following prompt:

In the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kimmy grows up and spends her young adulthood in a bunker underground where she is held prisoner. After being rescued from the bunker, she’s invited to a talk show in New York City. She’s given a plane ticket in the mail and told that a car will take her to the airport nearby in Indianapolis, but she has no idea what to do once she arrives at the airport. Explain to her in clear and concise instructions how to get on her flight to New York and how to get to the TV studio once she lands in New York. (There will be a limo driver waiting for her outside JFK. The driver will be holding a sign with her name on it.)

Our Interview Process

We look forward to learning as much as we can about your skills and interests, but we also aim to be respectful of your time. Below are the 3 steps to joining the Pico team:

1

Email your resume (and portfolio, if applicable) to [email protected].

2

Following your phone interview, you will be asked to complete a take-home assignment at your earliest convenience. We recommend setting aside 2 hours to complete the assignment.

3

Once you submit your work for the take-home assignment, the entire team at Pico will review and discuss it together within one week. If your work is well-received by the team, you will be invited to come to our office for an on-site interview, which consists of 3 parts over the course of approximately 90 minutes: (1) discussing your work on the take-home assignment with the team, (2) working on a coding challenge alongside a Pico engineer, and (3) chatting once more with a founder of the company. If everyone at Pico is enthusiastic about having you join the team, you can expect to receive a job offer within 1-2 weeks of your on-site interview. If everyone at Pico is enthusiastic about having you join the team, you can expect to receive a job offer within 1-2 weeks of your on-site interview.

3

Once you submit your work for the take-home assignment, select members of the Pico team will review and discuss it together within one week. If your work is well-received by the team, you will be invited to come to our office for an on-site interview, which consists of 2 parts over the course of approximately 1 hour: (1) discussing your work on the take-home assignment with members of the team and (2) chatting once more with a founder of the company. If everyone at Pico is enthusiastic about having you join the team, you can expect to receive a job offer within 1-2 weeks of your on-site interview.