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Full Stack Software Engineer - JS, NodeJS

Agile Six

Agile Six

Software Engineering
Remote · United States
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023

Agile Six is a people-first, remote-work company that serves shoulder-to-shoulder with federal agencies to find innovative, human-centered solutions. We build better by putting people first. We are animated by our core values of Purpose, Wholeness, Trust, Self-Management and Inclusion. We deliver our solutions in autonomous teams of self-managed professionals (no managers here!) who genuinely care about each other and the work. We know that’s our company’s purpose – and that we can only achieve it by supporting a culture where talented people feel valued, self-managed, and love to come to work.

The role

Agile Six is looking for a Full Stack Software Engineer (versed in Javascript, Node.js, and React) who is able to provide technical leadership on a highly collaborative Agile team working with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The team’s mission is to provide a modernized, accessible, single source of truth for Veterans to access information about VA facilities and services available at those locations. The stack includes: React, NodeJS, Metalsmith static-site generator, Liquid templating, Ruby on Rails, Drupal and GraphQL. The roadmap includes eventual migration to NextJS, and potentially the inclusion of JSON:API alongside GraphQL. Not all elements of the stack are experience requirements.

You will be: providing technical thought leadership & mentorship; troubleshooting and enhancing several existing products; and implementing design system to build front end templates for new products. If you're someone who takes joy in tackling a wide range of challenges or flexing outside of your comfort zone, this is a good place for you. The successful candidate will be contributing to the following GitHub repositories, and potentially others within the VA ecosystem:


  • Work with a cross-functional Agile team to iterate on existing products and create new products related to VA facilities
  • Provide guidance and informal leadership / mentoring to other teammates through peer code reviews, encouraging frugal/mindful incremental improvements, tech debt reduction, industry best practices, and test-driven thinking
  • Develop NodeJS & React-based front end for VA.gov’s CMS, collaborating with Drupal engineers
  • Understand the technical "big picture" to provide guidance and direction to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Champion product quality and the Veteran user experience, including accessibility, automated unit tests, integration tests, and functional testing
  • Demonstrate strong communication and team collaboration skills
  • Work with a Product Owner to decompose and estimate work, and give input into user stories and product roadmaps
  • Participate in Agile ceremonies, including daily standup meetings, backlog refinement, sprint planning, sprint reviews, and retrospectives

We're looking for a person who ...

  • Has a track record of creative troubleshooting and solving complex problems, and can do so in the context of government systems and infrastructure
  • Is adaptive, empathetic, collaborative and holds a growth mindset
  • Has hands-on experience building production web applications using JavaScript, modern JavaScript frameworks, the application of a component-based design system, as well as basic HTML/CSS
  • Can explain technical concepts to non-technical people in a clear and understandable way
  • Embraces an open ethos and is comfortable working and communicating “in the open,” including contributing to open source repositories, opening new issues, participating in open/public discussions, and seeking help when you’re stumped
  • Has experience using automated tests to validate software and build behavior, as well as writing testable code
  • Builds and forms strong relationships with the internal team and external partners

Basic qualifications

  • Strong grasp of computer science fundamentals
  • At least 5+ years of experience as a software engineer
  • At least 3 years of production experience with JavaScript, React, and NodeJS
  • Experience working with git for version control; comfortable with command line
  • Understanding of common design patterns, software development principles, front-end engineering patterns, and how to apply them
  • Experience working in different areas of the software stack and solving a variety of engineering problems
  • Experience working on an Agile team and demonstrating an Agile mindset
  • Ability to work independently on high complexity tasks, and to collaborate as it makes sense for the problem and the work
  • Experience in an open-source, collaborative development environment
  • Has lived and worked in the United States for 3 out of the last 5 years

Additional desired qualifications

  • Ruby and/or Ruby on Rails experience
  • Hands-on experience with Drupal content management systems (preferably with Drupal 8 or above)
  • Familiarity with the US Web Design System
  • Experience working in or with government agencies, especially the VA
  • You are a U.S. Veteran

Salary and Sixer Benefits

To promote equal pay for equal work, we publish salary ranges for each position.

The salary for this position is $134,532 - $141,431.

Our benefits are designed to reinforce our core values of Wholeness, Self Management and Inclusion. The following benefits are available to all employees. We respect that only you know what balance means for your life and season. While we offer support from coaches, we expect you to own your wholeness, show up for work whole, and go home to your family the same. You will be seen, heard and valued. We expect you to offer the same for your colleagues, be kind (not controlling), be caring (not directive) and ready to participate in a state of flow. We mean it when we say “We build better by putting people first”.

All Sixers Enjoy:

  • Self-managed work/life balance and flexibility
  • Competitive and equitable salary (equal pay for equal work)
  • Tenure-based profit sharing
  • Employee Stock Ownership (ESOP) for all employees!
  • 401K matching
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Employer paid short and long term disability insurance
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Self-managed and generous paid time off
  • Paid federal holidays and Election day off
  • Paid parental leave
  • Self-managed professional development spending
  • Self-managed wellness days

Hiring practices

Agile Six Applications, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.

Note: We participate in E-Verify. Upon hire, we will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. This role is required to work from the contiguous United States. Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor visas at this time.

Please read and respond to the application questions carefully. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.