Software Engineering Lead - News Video and Podcasts

Washington, DC
Mar 17, 2023
Apr 05, 2023
Full Time
Job Description

The Washington Post is hiring a Front-End Engineering Lead for our Audio and Video
engineering team. The team works across the spectrum of public-facing video and audio players as well as storytelling applications that are essential for the work of our media producers and reporters. Our ideal candidate is fearless with their ideas , and leads both thoughtfully and compassionately. We are looking for a leader who can contribute to our codebases and dream up the next generation of audio-visual experiences while also mentoring engineers and helping the team grow.

Who we are:
The Audiovisual Storytelling team is an agile organization employing scrum
methods to continuously build and deploy software applications that allow our
newsroom to edit and produce captivating stories.
Washington Post Engineering is a department of more than 600 people working
to support The Post's world-class newsroom.

  • Support a team of 3-4 engineers to build innovative solutions by reducing friction and facilitating communication and learning at every turn.
  • Delight our listeners/viewers and exceed newsroom ambitions by closely collaborating with our senior product manager as well as audio and video stakeholders.
  • Hire and train the next generation of audiovisual software engineers by recruiting, interviewing and retaining talented and compassionate engineers.
  • Help build the next generation of audio and video products through technical contribution and continuous personal learning (30-40% of hours).
  • Support the Post's business interests by integrating advertising technology in our audio and video players.
  • Support the reliability of our core infrastructure by participating the on-call rotation for live events and video/audio-on-demand.
  • Minimize the stress levels and support the mental health of team members at every possible opportunity through direct engagement and by closely scrutinizing our workflows and communication patterns.

What we're looking for:
  • 5+ years of software engineering experience
  • Leadership/mentoring experience (1+ year preferred)
  • Extensive experience with JavaScript and React framework.
  • Strong experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) such as S3, ECS, EC2, and Cloudfront.
  • Experience owning and distributing npm packages
  • Eagerness to explore and learn new programming languages, tools and applications.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience building web applications on AWS.
  • Experience with NoSQL databases like MongoDB.
  • Prior work with DevOps technologies like Docker, Jenkins, and other AWS Products.
  • Experience with end-to-end testing frameworks.
  • Experience incorporating analytics instrumentation and enabling A/B testing
  • Familiarity with Javascript module bundling technologies like Webpack.
  • Excellent communication, documentation and presentation skills for other
  • engineers and our newsroom stakeholders.
  • Experience in agile software development teams working iteratively with designers, product managers, and stakeholders.

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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