Description

You will be working within the government ecosystem, which means working, sometimes closely, with other government contractors and civil servants. Working with people outside of your company means you'll likely encounter different working styles and cultural norms. At the same time, working as part of a larger team allows us to deliver on projects of larger scale and complexity.
The government also imposes a level of bureaucracy that is typically not present in a company of our size in the private sector. We operate in a regulated environment, where checks and compliance is built into the process of building software. This can make the path to production slower and some decisions, such as tools and processes, lie outside of our control. However, beyond writing code, finding and recommending ways to improve the way government software is built is one of the highest-leverage ways we help fulfill our mission.
You will be working with legacy systems. While our work is to build new systems with up-to-date technology, we have to do that within an existing ecosystem. Our work is building functional, resilient software for production. We don't build flashy prototypes that don't work for real people. This usually means getting to know legacy systems, often with poor documentation and unreliable narrators, and trying to determine how to replicate the systems' behavior or how to integrate with these systems. This is a great opportunity for engineers who enjoy software archaeology. If you care deeply about how software systems work over time, and building systems for longevity and resilience, this work is for you.

Skills and responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the product team, government stakeholders, and other contractors to build new systems and make improvements to existing systems.
  • Design and spec out major functionality.
  • Participate in planning and breaking down requirements into tasks.
  • Maintain production systems, handle on-call duties, and systematically debug and resolve issues when they occur.
  • Review code and give feedback on technical specs.
  • Make improvements by proposing new tools and practices.

Details

  • Location:
    Washington
    ,
    DC
    We're open to filling this role in DC, SF, or NYC
  • Deadline: n/a

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications

Preferred qualifications

  • 2+ years experience developing software in a team environment, preferably building medium to large-scale systems.
  • Experience with modern web development frameworks.
  • Experience designing and implementing application architectures and code that is highly scalable, available, and performant.
  • Self-directed, requiring minimal supervision.