Technical Architect, Full Stack: SEO Team

7 days left

Washington, DC
Apr 27, 2023
Jun 10, 2023
IT, IT Architect
Full Time
Job Description

Job Description:

The Washington Post is looking for a Senior Engineer to improve the search rankings of our critical content initiatives. We must continually adapt to new features, standards, and opportunities in search engine optimization. This requires a specialist who can guide our approach.

This person will make recommendations and be able to implement those recommendations in our rendering, publishing, and delivery tiers. They will consult with the newsroom on keyword strategy and link building. This person will research and analyze competitors and should be aware of tools to do this.

Your Role:

Under limited supervision, the Senior Software Engineer performs technical analysis, design and development or enhancement of applications based on user requirements in a variety of technical environments. The Senior Software Engineer demonstrates expertise in a broad range of related technologies, provides guidance to other team members, and participates in setting Engineering's development standards and best practices. The Senior Software Engineer demonstrates a high level of expertise in all facets of the and is often involved in large and/or complex assignments.

  • Leads efforts to solve complex SEO problems, moves quickly to implement ideas and deliver results.
  • Performs technical SEO audits, investigates logs, and makes relevant recommendations, both technical and editorial.
  • Provides regular reporting and benchmarking for our website and distributes findings to leadership and other teams as needed.
  • Dives into issues and incidents as they occur, helps resolve or escalate them and drives them to resolution.
  • Gives accurate estimates for delivery of features.
  • Stays abreast of updates in search engine algorithms, competitive landscape, and the industry to develop winning strategies.
  • Writes detailed specifications when appropriate.
  • Researches available technologies outside of the company and recommends appropriate design solutions.
  • As a member of the project team, contributes to project scope definition activities, provides input to project plan development, prototypes high-risk project tasks, and advises on complex technical issues
  • Successfully carries out assignments that are technically large or complex or have extensive or complex business implications.
  • Assists in establishing standards. Guides and mentors others. Performs code reviews.

Core Requirements


Bachelor's degree preferred; focus in computer science, engineering, business, or related technical field preferred.


Minimum of 8 years of relevant technical professional experience required including 5 or more years in a software development role.

  • Strong analytical, evaluation and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient in
    • React
    • JavaScript
    • AWS
  • Other desirable skills
    • Python
    • CDN Configuration
    • NGINX
    • Familiarity with performance tools like lighthouse
    • Node
    • NextJS
  • Ability to develop solutions by applying relevant technologies and ensuring maintainability, extensibility, and code reuse.
  • Knowledge of testing and quality assurance practices including unit testing and code documentation.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to deliver quality solutions within established timelines.

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?