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Full Stack Software Engineer

Switchboard

Switchboard

Software Engineering
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2023

During the 2022 election cycle, Switchboard launched an automated messaging platform that strengthened Democratic digital fundraising and organizing programs. In our first 18 months, we worked with over 900 campaigns from school board to U.S. Senate races and sent more than half a billion messages. Now, we have ambitious goals to deliver an integrated suite of tools for the 2024 cycle, bringing together a never-before-seen level of coordination across outreach channels, powerful analytics, and an easy-to-use platform.

As a Full Stack Software Engineer, you’ll play a foundational role in architecting and building infrastructure and web applications for Switchboard, leveraging modern technology platforms and frameworks. We’re looking for engineers who have experience and are excited about working at all levels of the stack, from backend data systems to frontend web applications. Projects will range from setting up new cloud-hosted services, to deploying existing open source projects, to building new tools from scratch. Ideal candidates should be comfortable jumping into new areas, scoping projects, and executing on them.

As a member of our small team, you’ll take on significant ownership over large parts of our codebase that are critical to the success of the product.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Design and build backend infrastructure to support evolving data models and integrations with third-party products.
  • Develop web applications to support the needs of campaign staffers, sometimes deploying existing open source projects and other times developing new tools from scratch.
  • Collaborate with team members and campaign staffers outside the org to define, implement, and test new features and tools.
  • Develop and manage key components of our technical setup, including code deployment, testing infrastructure, the security of our data and systems, and performance management.
  • Help establish and contribute to a positive engineering culture, with best practices around testing, code quality, security, and automation to help reduce errors and maintenance costs.

Ideal Candidates:

  • 3+ years experience building and deploying large-scale web applications, with an eye towards adaptability, scalability, and reliability.
  • Knowledge of Python, JavaScript, or the ability to learn them quickly. (e.g. we use Django Rest Framework on the backend, and NextJS on the frontend)
  • Experience setting up and managing cloud-hosted databases, distributed systems, and data pipelines. (e.g. we use RDS Postgres on AWS)
  • Experience with AWS, Google Cloud Platform, or other cloud service providers.
  • Communicate effectively within teams and with outside partners.
  • Comfortable taking on projects in new areas for them, learning quickly to develop the expertise and execute on those projects.

Compensation

  • $160k-$215k annual salary and an equity grant depending on experience
  • Switchboard covers 100% of health, dental, and vision coverage for employees and 75% for dependents
  • 21 days of paid time off plus federal holidays
  • Unlimited sick leave
  • 12 weeks paid parental leave for parents of any gender, including adoptive parents
  • 401(K) match with immediate vesting

Diversity

We believe the best products and companies are built by diverse teams where everyone’s perspectives are heard and respected. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+, women, and members of other underrepresented groups to apply. Even if you’re not sure if the role is a good fit, please apply! We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the hiring process and on the job.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the US. Unfortunately we're unable to sponsor work visas at this time.