Description

Column was founded by a fifth-generation member of a local newspaper family based in Manhattan, Kansas. We are a group of principled, talented builders who believe in dedicating our time and effort to solving hard problems that matter.
We are initially focused on the system of public notice, due to its critical importance to the future of journalism and the business of news. For centuries, laws have required that notification of certain actions be proactively distributed to the communities that they impact, by way of journalists — professionals that those communities trust to tell the truth and ask questions on their behalf. 

We believe the challenges our information systems now face are existential ones for our system of self-governance. The best use of our time and talent is to do the hard work to fortify trustworthy institutions — young and old — and be active participants rather than bystanders to change.

Public notice exists at a unique intersection of government, journalism, and commerce. The technology we are building is a form of connective tissue that we expect to have far-reaching implications.

For many of the early members of the team, this is our second company together. We are building a company of consequence and know from experience that having a team of exceptional people is the best part of the journey.

Our team is made of folks that have followed non-traditional paths to local media and to startups. Our founding team's first jobs included: newspaper delivery, political campaign staff, professional baseball, museum docent, library book-shelver, chartering planes, and rec-center marketing. We know that experiences with other industries, geographies, and life backgrounds are critical to creating the best product possible for our partners.
Column is a remote-first company with core members of our team on four continents and an in-person headquarters in Washington, DC.

Column is looking to hire a full-stack developer as we expand and scale our product offering. We are looking for a full-time addition to join a small team at an early-stage startup focused on the future of public interest information and journalism.
As an experienced member of a small but growing engineering team, you will play an immediate role in architectural, product and customer experience decisions across our application.
We are looking to grow quickly. We think this role is excellent for someone that has spent several years working in a larger engineering organization and is now looking to apply what they have learned to a smaller more dynamic environment, and wants to help build a development team from the ground up.

Column is a remote-first company with core members of our team on four continents and an in-person headquarters in Washington, DC.

Skills and responsibilities

This role will report directly to our CTO and will work collaboratively with our Product and Customer Experience teams. Full-stack software engineers will:
  • Lead the execution of major features across our application
  • Communicate, plan and implement architectural changes across our stack
  • Work collaboratively with product, go-to-market and customer success teams

Details

  • Location:
    Washington
    ,
    DC
    Column is a remote-first company with team members all over the world. All roles are work-from-anywhere.
  • This job is remote friendly.
  • Deadline: n/a

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Significant professional experience as an individual contributor in an engineering organization
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams of engineering, product and design
  • Excitement to be part of building a company from the ground up

Preferred qualifications

  • Humility - we are a young company, and we learn by recognizing that we don't know everything. Our team routinely engages partners that have worked in similar roles for decades — willingness to seek help and advice is core to folks that will succeed on our team.
  • Effective Communicator - we want folks who are empathetic, exceptional listeners, and clear & concise communicators verbally and in writing.
  • Optimism - we are setting out to do a hard and important thing in an industry underserved by modern technology, something entirely uncertain, and optimism that it is possible is a must.
  • Rigor - attention to detail without losing the forest for the trees; strong analytical lens on what's working and what isn't — consistent and adept follow-through.
  • Strong affinity to live and work by our operating principles.