ABOUT THE JOB

The Product & Technology Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY seeks applications for the full-time position of Senior Software Engineer to help lead its efforts to build and maintain public-facing products in support of the organization’s mission.
 
Product & Technology is a multidisciplinary department working with stakeholder groups across the organization to build products that reach programmatic goals and support the advocacy, fundraising, communications, and programmatic needs of the nationwide organization. 
 

Reporting to the senior engineering management, the Senior Software Engineer will provide strong technical leadership and guidance to ensure that our designed solutions are scalable, highly available, and secure.

*Note: due to circumstances related to COVID-19, this position can function remotely from a U.S. location on an interim basis and may be eligible for permanent remote work from a location within the U.S. in the future, pursuant to the ACLU’s policies.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Software Engineer will work both on independent tasks and in collaboration with our product teams. Areas of responsibility for this role (accompanied by example duties) include:

Collaborating with product teams to design and build the application services that power
our user-facing products.

  • Communicating project progress with technical and non-technical team members
  • Advocating for pragmatic solutions appropriate to the scale and resources of our team
  • Implementing code and architecture patterns that are performant, resilient, and
    maintainable
  • Mentoring other engineers to inherit and own your contributions through documentation,
    pair programming, and code reviews

Identifying and implementing significant improvements to our software development and deployment processes.

  • Designing and developing automated solutions in service of product health
  • Writing, maintaining, and presenting documentation in service of code and infrastructure
  • Recommending solutions for legacy system maintenance and cleanup
  • Participating in incident management on-call and addressing root causes of issues

Being an active contributor to the overall success of the Product & Technology Department.

  • Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience deploying and maintaining a modern web application in production in a cloud-based environment (e.g., AWS, Netlify, GCP, Azure, Now)
  • Experience implementing or maintaining a CI/CD pipeline
  • Experience with one or more server-side languages / frameworks (e.g. node.js, Python, Flask)
  • Experience implementing or maintaining a robust testing strategy for web applications
  • Experience measuring web application performance
  • Experience scoping and delivering DevOps projects and tasks
  • Desire to develop and promote DevOps best practices across a team, including configuration management, monitoring and logging, security, privacy, and auto-scaling

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience architecting microservices and REST APIs
  • Experience managing, deploying, and administering CMS applications (e.g. WordPress, Drupal) or similar web applications
  • Experience with a headless/decoupled web application architecture
  • Strong understanding of web fundamentals and experience with one or more modern JavaScript development frameworks (e.g., Vue.js, React, Angular) and tooling
  • Experience leading or prioritizing a backlog of DevOps improvement areas
  • An "open by default" stance preferred, demonstrated by a track record of developing and
    releasing software in public with open licenses and open data sets, in collaboration with
    other aligned organizations and software communities

COMPENSATION

The annual salary for this position is $135,795 (Level E). This salary is reflective of a position based in New York, NY. This salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.

ABOUT THE ACLU

The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email benefits.hrdept@aclu.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

 

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