Election Features Engineer (all-levels)

Washington, DC
Feb 13, 2023
Mar 30, 2023
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Job Description

The Washington Post is hiring engineers at all levels for roles on our Election Features team, a subset of the Election Engineering team . We're looking for a collaborative engineer who would like to work closely with our newsroom, product, and other engineering teams to build the next generation of software to support journalism at The Post.

The Election Engineering Team is a React / Node, Python, and Amazon Web Services shop, working on a variety of cutting edge projects at the intersection of journalism and technology. We're a cross-functional team of full-stack engineers and data scientists, with varied technical and academic backgrounds, responsible for delivering live election results across The Post's platforms.

Election Features is a visually-focused frontend team. Members of our team have refined the data visualization for our model insights, created and maintained a library of live results components for The Post's homepage and election pages, partnered with our Graphics and Design desks to build tools for visual storytelling and more. This position is remote-friendly for work in the U.S.

  • You have a desire to contribute to The Post's journalism through technology.
  • You are passionate about refining and improving team process, culture, documentation and communication while tackling complex engineering challenges.
  • You want to work at a deeper level of abstraction than a single story or beat.
  • You are excited about learning new technologies and applying them to the practice of journalism.

  • Enhance The Post's ability to pursue ambitious journalism and digital storytelling by suggesting features, designing solutions, and contributing to the team's technical architecture and codebase.
  • Keep the team up to date with current technology and best practices by pursuing opportunities to learn and experiment with new tools.
  • Maintain the team's high standards for quality and reusability by regularly reviewing code and collaborating with colleagues on solutions.
  • Foster effective team collaboration and communication by improving and documenting internal tools, processes and guidelines.
  • Assist in attracting and hiring engineers by actively participating in recruiting and contributing feedback on our overall hiring process.

  • Professional experience working in a software setting. Years of experience, among other qualifications, will determine level.
  • Experience building and maintaining systems in production environments.
  • Familiarity with some of the languages and frameworks in our stack including modern JavaScript like React and NextJS. We also use Amazon Web Services.
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills.

  • If you have less than three years, we'd love to evaluate you for a software engineer role
  • If you have more than three years but less than about seven years, we'd love to evaluate you for a senior role
  • If you have more than about seven years, we'd love to talk to you about a principal role

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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