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Site / Full Stack Engineer

The Washington Post |  Washington, D.C. | Dev / Eng

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Job Description

The Washington Post is hiring a Full Stack engineer for our site team (washingtonpost.com). In this role, you will work in tandem with editorial and business partners to build leading edge media products that have a material impact on The Washington Post and the industry.

Sample projects include:

  • Transform washingtonpost.com onto a new generation ARC rendering platform

  • Build out and deploy a new content vertical in close coordination with the newsroom, product and design

  • Work with newsroom to develop new tools to work in an always changing digital landscape

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with team members in designing and building highly-scalable backend services and applications for The Washington Post

  • Active participation on a scrum team including story grooming, planning work backlog, work estimation, sprint planning, retros, demos, etc.

  • Contribute to existing, platforms that have a critical role in the digital landscape that supports washingtonpost.com.

  • Work with a wide variety of engineering teams, design, product and newsroom stakeholders in the support and building of newsroom and public facing tools and applications.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, equivalent field, or equivalent experience.

  • Proficiency working with HTML, CSS and JavaScript in the React JavaScript framework.

  • Proficiency in at least one server side programming language; Node, Java, C#, Ruby, Go or Python.

  • Experience with DevOps technologies like Docker, Jenkins, and AWS Products.

  • Familiarity with Git.

  • 2+  years of creating user facing experiences on production sites.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience building web applications on AWS.

  • Experience with end-to-end testing frameworks.

  • Experience with devops teams that own the full engineering lifecycle.

  • Experience analyzing application and cloud environment performance.

  • Eagerness to explore and learn new programming languages, tools and applications.

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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
Other
  • Work from Home
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • Mother Rooms
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Tuition Reimbursement
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

The Washington Post is no doubt an iconic fixture in the world of journalism. For over a century, it has been breaking news, setting journalistic standards and even sharing the silver screen with movie stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

One might ask oneself, “Where, oh, where might a technologist like me fit in?” The answer would be right smack dab in the middle of the newsroom.

To be on the tech team at The Post is to work at the pulse of breaking news directly alongside journalists and editors. Engineers have the unique opportunity to collaborate with content creators and invent new ways to captivate readers, whether it’s powering important election updates or finding clever, simple ways to help amateur chefs master a featured recipe.

Owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and led by one of AdWeek’s “Most Indispensible Executives,” CIO Shailesh Prakash, The Post has undergone a masterful transformation from formidable print newspaper to innovative media technology company. In fact, it landed eighth on Fast Company’s 2018 “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” list.

With a “build not buy” philosophy, Prakash has empowered engineers to invent industry-changing software that does everything from delivering breaking news alerts faster to telling stories through augmented reality. This has led The Post to pursue an entirely new line of business: selling its in-house content management system, Arc, as a service to companies across the globe.

The ongoing emphasis on innovation means that engineers get to dip their toes in a variety of projects. Every couple of weeks ushers in a new development opportunity, feature or update, eliminating the risk of the team’s motivation growing stale.

Though many employees enjoy the buzz of newsroom energy emanating throughout the office, most find The Post has a surprisingly flexible work style. Employees within the software engineering department are first and foremost motivated by the needs of The Post and its readers, but are trusted to work remotely or get their work done off-hours, if needed.

The culture is decidedly down to earth. Described as an ‘inspiring and transparent environment,’ even the conference rooms are filled with light and surrounded by glass. Additionally, it has been noted numerous times that one of the most active Slack channels around the organization is affectionately labeled ‘Leftovers,’ where people post whatever leftover food they have from meetings or events.

Whether you’re a junior software engineer or top political reporter, everyone is a part of the team. And, really, what’s a better way to get acquainted and produce some killer news content than sharing ideas over a cold dish of half-eaten mac and cheese?

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