Software Engineer at Vote.org

San Francisco, California, United States Full-time Allows remote

Vote.org is hiring a Software Engineer to help us permantly increase voter turnout in the United States of America.

Company description
Vote.org is a Y-Combinator backed nonprofit startup that uses technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy. We believe that Americans want to vote, and will vote in higher numbers -- and more consistently -- as voting becomes more convenient. We launched in April of 2016, and have since helped 13 million Americans register to vote and cast ballots via a combination of best-in-class technology and innovative proactive outreach. Most recently, we ran the single largest nonpartisan GOTV (get out the vote) drive in Alabama history. Our work has the potential to change the outcome of elections by bringing millions more voters into the voting booth.  

Vote.org is deeply committed to diversity. We strongly encourage women, people of color, first-generation Americans, new parents, single parents, people with disabilities, and members of the queer community to apply.

Job description
Software engineers at Vote.org are integral to everything that we do, whether we're talking about building best-in-class civic engagement tools, or running massive outreach campaigns to low-propensity voters. This isn't just a regular coding job: you'll also interact with the legal team, the partnerships team, the communications team, and any other team that forms over the next few years. Millions of voters will use the tools you build, and dozens of national organzations will rely on your technology to power their outreach efforts. Intrigued? Keep reading.

These are the required skills for this position:

  1. 3+ years experience building user-facing web applications.  
  2. Fluency in web development (HTML/CSS/JS) with Python or Ruby and related frameworks
  3. Experience working with internal and external APIs

We’re hoping you bring 1-2 (or more) of these bonus skills:

  • Experience with Ruby on Rails
  • Experience or interest in security, aws, and other infrastructure/scale related challenges
  • Experience scraping websites for data and righting the crimes committed against data
  • Experience with advocacy, nonprofit, or campaign work
  • Experience working remotely
  • Experience working on a small team
  • Experience with GitHub, forking, and issue tracking.
  • Experience building accessible software and testing for accessibility
  • Experience with TDD, rspec, and/or similar approaches to testing

You will thrive in this role if you’re someone that:

  • Loves the idea of putting your skills and experience to use to help increase voter turnout in a non-partisan fashion
  • Is comfortable shipping "good enough" features instead of waiting for them to be perfect
  • Likes the idea of working remotely, since we are an all-remote team
  • Prefers planning and consistent execution over fire-fighting and chaos
  • Loves front-end and feature work more than devops and backend (we do it all, but we primarily build and ship software)
  • Can get down with our team motto: "If you get 1% better every day, you'll be over 3600% better in a single year." We think this is the right approach to Life, The Universe and Everything

Some of the benefits of working for Vote.org:

  • Diverse and inclusive team. 
    • The Vote.org team is 70% women, and the engineering team is 75% women.
    • Our CEO is a loud, proud, queer woman.
    • Our board of directors is intentionally all female -- and they're also 40% women of color.
    • Almost half of our team members have kids, and all of the kids are under 5 years old. 
    • We love both dogs and cats, although we have slightly more cats on the team. 
  • Short commute. We all work from home and it's just the best. 
  • Family friendly policies. If you need to take 3-5pm off every day to get your kids from school and make after school snacks, we're totally cool with that. 
  • Excellent benefits. Full health, dental and vision for employees and generous coverage for your children.
  • Generous time off. 3 weeks of mandatory vacation and 12 paid holidays.
  • Retirement accounts. We offer both a 401(k) and a Roth 401(k) because we want you to retire one day.
  • Awesome slack channels. Including #music, #pets, #politics, and #OMG-WTF-LOL.
  • Fame and fortune. Obama once tweeted about us, and now we're besties. 

Salary:
The salary range for this position is $90,000 to $110,000 for applicants in the Bay Area, New York, and DC markets. It's adjusted based on cost of living for other markets.

To Apply:

  • Submit at application via Recruiterbox. Here's the URL: https://votedotorg.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk01fte
  • You’ll need a resume and the ability to answer a handful of short questions. We don't require a cover letter, because you don't want to write one and we don't want to read them.   
  • Applications are processed on a rolling basis.  
  • We will stop accepting applications on Saturday June 24, 2018.

Vote.org is an equal opportunity employer. This means that we don't discriminate against people because of their race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, personal appearance, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, genetic information, or political affiliation.