The Motley Fool is looking for a highly skilled Freelance Backend Developer with strong python skills. The ideal candidate will be at the forefront of our AI integration initiatives, working across teams to develop AI-based prototypes that can eventually be automated to production-grade solutions. 

This is a senior-level contract role that requires a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience. This is an independent contract position that will require roughly 40 hours of work per week for at least 12 months.

The role is 100% remote. However, candidates must be located in the United States for consideration. 

Who are we?

We are The Motley Fool, a purpose-driven financial information and services firm with more than 30 years of experience focused on making the world smarter, happier, and richer. But what does that even mean?! It means we’re helping Fools (always with a capital “F”) demystify the world of finance, beat the stock market, and achieve personal wealth and happiness through our products and services.

The Motley Fool is firmly committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a motley group of overachievers that have built a culture of trust founded on Foolishness, fun, and a commitment to making the world smarter, happier and richer.  However you identify or whatever winding road has led you to us, please don't hesitate to apply if the description above leaves you thinking, "Hey! I could do that!"

What does this team do? 

Renowned for our commitment to making the world smarter, happier, and richer, we're at the forefront of integrating cutting-edge AI and ML technologies into our operations. This team creates AI prototypes to be automated to production-grade solutions.  

What would you do in this role? 

You’ll be in a cross-functional team building AWS-native AI solutions. We’re looking for someone who thrives in a fast-paced environment, is adept with all things AWS and development in the cloud, and is eager to move quickly and proactively. 

Okay, but what would you actually do in this role? 

  • Architect and implement scalable AWS-native systems.
  • Using Python, connect various internal tools with third party API’s
  • Utilize Infra-as-Code practices to automate and manage cloud-based resources efficiently, ensuring scalable, reliable, and secure infrastructure for all internal tools and applications.
  • Foster a proactive and adaptable approach to project challenges and evolving requirements.
  • Display enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring within the team, especially in pushing forward technical skill sets and project management techniques.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years development experience 
  • 2+ years of experience in cloud-based development 
  • Experience with AWS services such as DynamoDB, Lambda, EventBridge, SQS, and API Gateway, and a particular interest in serverless architecture.
  • Experience with Terraform for Infrastructure as Code (IaC), enabling automated and reproducible infrastructure setups, scaling, and management across cloud environments.
  • Experience with Docker
  • Strong online collaboration and communication skills, crucial for a fully remote working environment.

Even better if you have:

  • Experience with front-end technologies, notably React or Next.JS, for seamless integration with front-end focused developments, a plus.
  • A passion for long term investing and/or familiarity with The Motley Fool’s tools and services 
  • Data Engineering experience.


Below is our target compensation range. While we are budget conscious, we’re also eager to find the right person for this role, so if your target is outside of this range, please don’t hesitate to apply and we’d be happy to have a conversation. 

Hourly Pay Range
$80$110 USD

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