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This Week in Jobs: Bei Bei Goes Home Edition

Jobs, pandas and free classes for veterans.

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Bye Bye, Bei Bei

The National Zoo’s beloved giant panda, and arguably the region’s most famous child, Bei Bei, is headed back to China this month. And through Nov. 18, the zoo is celebrating Bei Bei — and giving the rest of us a chance to say goodbye — with a series of special events. Ask your burning question about bamboo and panda mating habits in Q&As with the panda keepers, watch special public snack times for Bei Bei, and pen your farewells at a temporary postcard station. There will even be free dumplings and hot chocolate for panda watchers on Saturday, Nov. 16, starting at 8:30 a.m., courtesy of the Embassy of China and Airbnb. Aw.

The News

If you’ve had enough of taking orders, U.S. Army veteran Joe Giordano’s Project Opportunity is helping veterans learn what it takes to start and run their own businesses. The free program was launched on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 2010, and it’s since expanded to Annapolis, Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel County and Southern Maryland. It offers a broad array of courses led by veterans, from marketing strategies and money management, to navigating the social media minefield.

Clear your morning calendar: D.C. Startup Week is serving eggs and toast with a side of CPMs at a new monthly breakfast series for the region’s startup community. Beginning this Friday, Nov. 15, StartupYourMorning will feature lectures on some of entrepreneur’s most pressing questions —  including this week’s topic, “How To Start Planning For Your Future Exit.” The event is scheduled to run from 10 to 11:30 am at Convene, 575 7th St. NW. Tickets are $20 and go toward supporting D.C. Startup Week and other programming throughout the year.

The Jobs


  • The Washington Post is hiring a Manager, Software Engineering for Professional Services, which develops “bespoke solutions” for new-client onboarding onto the Post’s Arc Publishing platform. Arc Publishing is a SaaS startup within the Post for publishers and brands to produce, maintain and publish content for newsrooms and marketing teams.
  • The Washington Post is also looking for a Digital Analyst for the Audience Development & Analytics department. The team team uses analytics and research to support strategic initiatives and day-to-day operations companywide.
  • Nava is seeking an Infrastructure Engineer to work on a small team dedicated to improving and managing all aspects of Nava’s systems on AWS, chiefly by using tools such as Docker, Packer, Terraform, Jenkins, and Statsd/Graphite/Grafana.


  • SmartLogic, a web and mobile product development consultancy in Baltimore, is hiring an Operations Manager. This is a part-time position, paying about $20-25 per hour for around 20 hours per week, depending on experience.
  • Whitebox in Baltimore is looking for a Javascript Developer to join its fast-paced team of ecommerce experts.
  • Turas Recruiting Group is seeking a Senior Product Designer (Virtual/EdTech Startup) to join a dynamic, mission-driven, well­-funded, fast­ growing edtech startup in Baltimore that’s creating the future of digital curriculum.


  • ChurnZero, a startup in Arlington that’s building customer success software for growing SaaS and subscription businesses, is hiring a Customer Success Manager.
  • Shh, Stealth Startup in Reston is looking for an Engineering Manager. The company applies artificial intelligence to solve complex, real-world problems at scale.
  • StreetShares, a social-lending marketplace in Reston, is seeking a Sales Development Representative.


The End

Bei Bei, like a true Washington celebrity, will be flying home aboard a private flight — albeit one from FedEx. He’ll reportedly be accompanied by chief veterinarian Dr. Don Neiffer and giant panda curator Laurie Thompson. Snacks are included on the flight.

See you next week.

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