Backend Technical Lead

Washington, DC
Nov 12, 2022
Dec 07, 2022
Full Time

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

AARP's Integrated Communications and Marketing (ICM) Group includes Membership, Content and Editorial, Customer Experience, External Relations, Brand Strategy and Strategic Communications. Across paid, earned, shared and owned channels, ICM manages AARP's reputation, drives engagement and member growth, and showcases AARP's mission and value through one, integrated voice.

The Engineer II - Backend Technical Lead works with cross-functional teams and customers to understand business requirements and translates into technical specifications. Discovers the true requirements underlying feature requests and recommends alternative technical approaches. Partners with cross-functional technical teams to launch projects and provide ongoing technical support. Collaborates with management to identify opportunities to streamline technology processes and develop new procedures that support the business unit/department.


  • Establishes a technical roadmap for the platform and/or capability strategy and lifecycle that considers value-based outcomes, costs to maintain, supportability, and performance.
  • Ensures sound integration, data, security, and business architecture design throughout all stages within the platform and/or capability lifecycle.
  • Provides rapid delivery and development of technical solutions that align with business and/or platform desired outcomes.
  • Troubleshoots and resolves technical issues related to platform or capability systems, solutions, and services.
  • Innovates and drives continuous improvements of implementation methodology and technical service offerings based on customer/employee experiences or other enterprise objectives/outcomes.
  • Participates in a Community of Interest for engineers across all capability and platform teams to share information and strengthen understanding of business needs and technology-based business solutions.
  • Develops and maintains deep technical knowledge and expertise related to domain area systems, solutions, services, and applications.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering or related field. 10+ years of programming experience with a high level of agility, analytical, and mentoring skills, 5+ years of experience on public cloud preferably AWS, 3+ years of experience with DevOps pipeline using Git based repositories (BitBucket, GitHub), Static and Dynamic code scanning, Infrastructure as Code (Tanzu Cloud Foundry) and blue/green deployments.
  • Expertise in building high-performance, high-reliability, high-throughput cloud native distributed systems including AWS, S3, AWS Lamda, AWS EKS, etc.
  • Strong understanding of Agile and strategies for improving the efficiency of the methodology through mentoring and continuous improvement.
  • Proven track record, encouraging the creativity and innovation of your teams, crafting a culture of inclusion, experimentation, exploration, and continuous learning.
  • 5+ years of experience with some of the following: API, Microservices, SpringBoot, Containers (Docker or Kubernete), Salesforce and data streaming (Kafka or Kinesis).
  • Expert in API authentication/authorization (with Certs, OAUTH 2.0 and OpenID Connect).
  • Experience with Tanzu Cloud Foundry or other cloud-native platform for deploying and operating modern applications.

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.

Compensation and Benefits

AARP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including a 401(k); 100% company-funded pension plan; health, dental, and vision plans; life insurance; paid time off to include company and individual holidays, vacation, sick, caregiving, and parental leave; performance-based and peer-based recognition; tuition reimbursement; among others.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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