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Publishing tools - Software Engineer - All Levels

The Washington Post
Washington, DC
Closing date
Feb 18, 2023

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Software Developer, IT
Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)

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Job Description

Job summary
The Washington Post is hiring a Software Engineer for our publishing tools team. We equip the reporters and editors in our newsroom with cutting edge tools to help them create and manage their content. We deliver that content to our readers through integrations with The Post's website, including our custom audio and video players.

Our ideal candidate is fearless with their ideas and communicates thoughtfully and compassionately. This team is looking for engineers who are motivated to learn new technologies and expand their skills.

Our engineering team is based at The Post's Washington, D.C. headquarters, but we are open to remote team members anywhere in the United States.
Who we are
  • The publishing tools team is an agile organization building software applications that allow our newsroom to edit and produce captivating stories in a 24/7 news cycle
  • Washington Post Engineering is a department of more than 600 people working to support The Post's world-class newsroom
  • Empower our journalists to rapidly produce engaging stories by closely collaborating to build features across our content management systems
  • Deliver a seamless and engaging user experience by engineering new features and optimizations for our custom-built audio and video players
  • Excellent communication, documentation and presentation skills for other engineers and our newsroom stakeholders
  • Eagerness to explore and learn new programming languages, tools and applications
  • A passion for collaboration and team exploration when tackling complex engineering challenges
  • Support the work of other engineers on the team through technical discussions and code review
  • Work with other engineering teams to integrate media content across The Post's publishing landscape
  • Contribute to the reliability and maintenance of our core infrastructure as part of an on-call rotation
  • Collaborate with Product and Design teams to build the best experience for both our newsroom users and our readers
  • Support the Post's business interests by integrating advertising technology in our audio and video players
  • 2 or more years of experience working as a software engineer, preferably in a full-stack environment
  • Familiarity with JavaScript frameworks, such as React and AngularJS
  • An understanding of modern web technologies and building for desktop and mobile browsers
  • Some exposure to building back-end services and REST APIs using technologies like Node.js or Java
Optional qualifications
  • 2 or more years of experience in agile software development teams working iteratively with designers, product managers and stakeholders
  • 1 or more years of experience building web applications on Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Prior work with DevOps technologies like Docker, GitHub Actions, AWS CodeBuild and other AWS services
  • 1 or more years of experience with end-to-end testing frameworks
  • 1 or more years of experience incorporating analytics instrumentation and enabling A/B testing
  • Familiarity with modern build systems like Maven and Webpack

Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:
  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

The innovation doesn't end in the Newsroom - dozens of teams power The Washington Post. We are now hiring the next innovator - how will you Impact Tomorrow?



Thank you for your interest in a career with The Washington Post. We invite you to review all of our open positions to find the one that's right for you. We look forward to receiving your resume!

Since it first began publication more than 130 years ago, The Washington Post has grown into one of the most storied and respected news organizations in the world. A subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, today's Post is the indispensable guide to Washington. In print, we enjoy the highest penetration of any major metropolitan newspaper in the United States. On the web, we have the third largest news website with 17 million unique visitors each month, and have recently launched a celebrated news app for the iPad. We serve Washington in all media, on any platform, including paid products, events, and tailored content.

More broadly, The Washington Post Company delivers quality products to today's students, readers and viewers. What unites our company is the immediacy of our products and services, created by teachers and tutors at Kaplan; reporters and editors at our media properties; and associates at Cable ONE.
Washington Post Media views its employees as its most valuable asset and provides a comprehensive benefits package to promote healthy and balanced lives at work and at home. We offer competitive salaries, opportunities for training and career advancement and an outstanding, progressive benefits package including:
Health and dental benefits
Flexible healthcare and dependent care spending accounts
401(k) and company-funded cash balance plan
Life and disability insurance
Tuition reimbursement
Adoption assistance
Domestic partner benefits
Employee assistance program
Employee referral program

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1301 K Street, N.W.

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