Front End Software Engineer

Washington, DC
Dec 19, 2022
Jan 25, 2023
Full Time
Job Description

The Washington Post is seeking a Front-End Engineer to join its Live News + Article team. This team of engineers works closely with product design to build new features that enhance our reading experience for live news coverage. As a Front-End Engineer, you will participate in each step of the development lifecycle from development and code review to automated testing and deployments. You will learn and apply coding best practices as it relates to accessibility, performance and responsive development. A passion for continuous learning and problem-solving is a must. This role reports to the Engineering Lead.

  • You have an aptitude for self-learning and enjoy keeping up with the evolving technology landscape
  • You want to build delightful experiences for readers and empower our newsroom through creative front-end solutions
  • You are dedicated to quality and want to learn coding, testing, deploying, and monitoring
  • You enjoy working with designers and product to define requirements and create reusable patterns
  • You are interested in optimizing our search performance to deliver the news to the most readers possible
  • You are energized by solving problems for low-vision or low-bandwidth readers through accessible and performant code

  • Understand current ecosystem by learning internal tools, workflow processes, API services, and rendering technologies
  • Apply engineering best practices by following established development methodologies and standards
  • Build robust solutions by evaluating, assessing, designing, and developing code to meet technical and business requirements
  • Improve your code and that of your teammates through constructive, collaborative code reviews
  • Educate and empower team by contributing to documentation for new functionality, production problems and their solutions, and areas wherever you identify gaps
  • Ensure quality of production code by developing automated tests (unit, integration, system) and learning monitoring infrastructure
  • Provide timely and effective maintenance support and problem resolution for existing systems

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Experienced with modern JavaScript fundamentals (coding, debugging, testing, and automation techniques)
  • Proficient in React and CSS
  • Experience using git to push and track code changes in a professional environment
  • A collaborative spirit and ability to build strong relationships within and beyond your team
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to deliver quality solutions within established timelines
  • Preferred: Familiarity with automated testing tools like React Testing Library, Playwright, Cypress or Jest. Experience with Node, NextJS, Typescript

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?


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