Nava | Experienced Software Engineer - Backend -

Experienced Software Engineer – Backend

Nava | DC, SF, NYC | Dev / Eng

Job Description
Company Culture Coverage
You will work on small teams to build scalable infrastructure for our government – designing, implementing, and delivering services that millions of Americans depend on. You care deeply about working on technology that affects people’s lives, and are passionate about building large-scale systems that are well-designed, fast, scalable, and secure.

What you’ll do

    • Work with fellow Nava engineers to build our production infrastructure to be reliable, secure, and performant
    • Build and maintain our infrastructure as code to  automate the configuration, provisioning, deployment and monitoring of our core systems
    • Collaborate with the government and other contractors to invent, implement, and deploy new systems and improvements to existing systems
    • Architect new systems and changes to existing systems to support new functionality
    • Maintain production systems and investigate issues when they occur

What we’re looking for

    • Experience working on web-based systems
    • Meaningful experience working on large-scale applications and systems
    • An adaptive, empathetic, collaborative and positive mindset
    • Ability to think holistically around engineering issues
    • Knowledge of engineering fundamentals and architecture
    • Expertise in development and programming
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, technical and otherwise
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What are Nava’s core values?

Be active stewards; pursue the root cause; think long-term; build together; inclusion is essential; progress takes work. Nava is a mission-driven company with employees who aren’t just “engineering for engineering’s sake,” but actually trying to improve some of the most critical government services through holistic design and engineering. At Nava, team members are always willing to collaborate in order to get the job done.

What is the Nava elevator pitch?

Nava is a thoughtful team of 60+ across engineering, design, product and business that cares deeply about building government services that have a lasting impact on the lives of millions of Americans. Nava was started as a public benefit corporation to radically improve how our government serves its people, and is a champion for the people who don't sit at the table.

What are the most exciting projects right now?

In addition to building for over twenty million users at, Nava works with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicare, and a variety of state agencies. At the VA, Nava helps efforts to modernize their appeals process – veterans currently wait, on average, five years to receive a resolution. With Medicare, Nava is designing and building the national architecture for Medicare’s historic transition to value-based care. Expanding its work to the state level, Nava has partnered with public and private organizations, think tanks, and nonprofits to bring best-in-class design, technical, product and policy expertise together in the ongoing fight against entrenched poverty in the US.

How do employees collaborate?

Google Drive and Slack are two communication tools that Nava team members use frequently. Slack is used to communicate internally, and Google Docs are used to create “Tech Specs”, a brainstorm document that encourages collaboration across all departments. Because Nava is bi-coastal, video conferencing between San Francisco, DC, and NYC allows for connectivity in open spaces.

How often do Nava employees take time to hang out together?

From weekly lunches and dinners, to off-site activities, Nava employees are encouraged to get out of the office and connect with one another frequently.

How does Nava celebrate big wins?

Expect champagne toasts after big contract wins or special announcements. Trips to Medieval Times (a dinner and performance show that takes attendees back to medieval ages), "Paint Nite," or a "bubble ball tournament," where players wear huge, soft inflatable bubbles and run toward and bounce off of each other in an open field, are other bonus outings.

Any Nava traditions?

Every Friday, Nava hosts “Team Huddle,” which is their weekly staff meeting. During this time, updates on projects are shared and employees have the opportunity to give one another “shout outs” to celebrate small victories achieved over the course of the week.

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