This Week in Jobs: ‘They’re Worth What?’ Edition -


This Week in Jobs: ‘They’re Worth What?’ Edition

Bejeweled Beanie babies, jobs and more.

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Editor’s note: Every week we ship an email newsletter featuring the region’s most exciting career opportunities. We’ve lovingly call it This Week in Jobs (aka TWIJ — “twidge.”). Below is this week’s edition. Here’s the last one we published; it’s meant to live in your inbox. Sign up for the newsletter here.

Bear Necessities

If you think your aunt’s Beanie Baby stash is worthless, maybe it’s because you haven’t yet tried bedazzling. Kylie Jenner reportedly dropped a whopping $8,000 on a single shiny, green-sequined Beanie Baby. The bear-shaped lump of synthetic plush, polyvinyl chloride and polyester fiber — one of millions snatched-up in a mid-90s craze for the “collectibles” — was designed by the Los Angeles-based artist Dan Life. It’s one of only five such designs — which apparently somehow makes them valuable — just the sort of belated Christmas gift you can look forward to if your tech-startup goes unicorn.

The News

From founding a resource group for her Black coworkers to launching the District Black Tech Forum to writing code designed to help doctors focus on the quality of the care that they provide, Sheena Bryant is finding new ways to not only use tech for good, but to make the tech industry itself more supportive and diverse. That’s why Bryant, a software engineer at Nava, was selected as one of the 12 influential technologists in the region that make up’s inaugural RealLIST Engineers. Learn more about her work — and how she went from a high school classroom to coding — in her recent interview with


Whether it’s 5G, VR or gamification, businesses and their use of tech are evolving faster than ever — and that’s why Temple University’s Fox School of Business in Philadelphia is now sprinting ahead of the curve. Classes are implementing data analysis and data-driven tools like Tableau, and the school is even introducing a live virtual reality class on fintech — replete with a VR headset for each student. Read on here.

The Jobs


  • If you’re into writing prose as much as writing code, Technically Media (that’s us!) is hiring a freelance Contributing Reporter to help support the team’s D.C. full-time beat reporter. Wanna go deep into the underground hacktivist scene? Or cover how cybersecurity is changing Virginia? Or chronicle how local immigrant-owned startups are affected by ever-shifting national policy? This is your chance to do it.
  • Alternatively, if you love the world of journalism, but prefer to stick to analytics, The Washington Post is hiring a Digital Analyst for Audience Development and Analytics.
  • And while we’re on the topic of storied D.C. institutions, Sixth & I is seeking a Manager, Technical Services, to handle tech and production for events and classes at Sixth & I’s historic 800-seat venue, social hall and classroom. You’ll need to be OK working several nights per week, including some weekends.
  • Now this is a job description: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking a Software Engineer to help provide “end-to-end technical services for the applications and data that enable FBI Special Agents and Analysts around the world to protect the American public and uphold the U.S. Constitution.” Sense of humor optional.
  • Tough act to follow, but Yext is looking for a Software Engineer. This is an entry-level position.


  • SmartLogic in Baltimore is hiring an Operations Manager to help oversee administrative work. This is a part-time position for up to 20 hours per week.
  • It may not be the FBI’s idea of tactical, but SmartLogic is also looking for a Chief of Staff to “provide strategic and tactical support to the CEO.”
  • The Goal, a tech-based consulting firm in Hyattsville, is seeking a Software Developer.
  • Brivo, which provides “cloud-based physical security solutions,” is hiring a Web Developer in Bethesda.


  • Expanse, which helps IT operations and security teams discover, manage and secure their global internet assets, is hiring a Software Engineer in Arlington.
  • Pinnacle Group in McLean is looking for a Frontend Developer.


The End

Don’t let those old Pogs or Betty Boop mugs just lie around gathering dust — with a bit of hot glue and glitter, maybe you, too, can start fetching four-figure prices for your tchotchkes. Just don’t send them to us here at

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