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This Week in Jobs: Booze You Can Use Edition

Alcohol, COVID-19 tips, 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 called 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.

Just Don’t Drink the Stuff

What can’t alcohol do?

Craft distilleries across the DMV are converting their taps to start churning out hand sanitizer to help fill region-wide shortages — and spike sales — amid the global response to coronavirus. Distillery startups such as Cotton & Reed and Republic Restoratives in the District and Baltimore Spirits Company and Old Line Spirits in Baltimore are offering free bottles of home-produced hand sanitizer with purchases of their craft-distilled spirits.

We’ll toast to that.

The News

Do you have plans for lunch? If not, join for a webinar on HR/recruiting strategies in the ongoing global crisis. Listen in from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 (hey, that’s today!) to hear advice from panelists from high-tech growth companies like Guru, Axios, Syapse and Ordway and more discussing how to take care of their people, confront staffing needs and plan for the rest of the year.

Timing is everything. So what do you do if you’re an early stage startup seeking venture funding in the middle of a global pandemic and stock-market meltdown? This investment climate is certainly a challenge, it’s not entirely anomalous — VC activity started flagging as early as mid-2019. But that doesn’t mean it’s nonexistent. Read up on the investment trends and what you can do.

Sure, we know you can work from home. But what if you’re the boss? What’s the best way to stay in touch with employees while working remotely? How do you keep everyone’s “social batteries” charged? How do you stay professional even if you’re not wearing pants during all those Zoom calls? As companies figure out how best to respond to COVID-19, spoke with leaders at three D.C.-based startupsGiveCampus, SEED SPOT and Byte Back — about their approach to work-from-home.

Video production and graphic design aren’t exactly the fastest mediums. But health education company Osmosis has cranked into overdrive, creating and updating videos and social media graphics with everything from basic public information to fact-checks to help deliver the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rishi Desai talked with about the team’s work.

The Jobs


  • If current events have you itching to help save the planet, Conservation X Labs is hiring a UX Designer. The company applies technology, entrepreneurship and open innovation to source, develop and scale critical solutions to the underlying drivers of the Sixth Mass Extinction.
  • Now here’s a real D.C. gig: Quotient is seeking a Web/Drupal Developer to join its work with a “large museum” on the National Mall.
  • Another timely opening: Opportunity@Work is looking for a UX UI Designer. This nonprofit social enterprise is working to increase career opportunities for the 71 million adults in the U.S. who do not have a four-year college degree but are “Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs).”
  • You’ve probably heard of Mapbox: The company, which aggregates anonymous data from millions of sensors and phones in real-time to generate maps that accurately represent our ever-evolving world, is hiring a Software Engineer.



  • Stardog — we assume Star Fox’s more indoorsy cousin — is hiring a Front-End Engineer in Arlington.
  • While we’re talking space, Intelsat in McLean is seeking a Software Engineer.
  • Synergy Interactive in Arlington is looking to a Front-End Developer with Angular experience.
  • If you don’t mind a company called Hatch referring to its ethos as “Hatchitudes,” it has an opening for a Product Designer in Richmond.

Remote (even after social distancing ends!)

The End

The craft-distillery hand sanitizers apparently carry a whiff of their imbibable cousins: “There’s a certain rum-iness to it,” Cotton & Reed’s cofounder says. And while sanitizer is a good stop-gap, always be sure to wash your hands (as if you haven’t heard that enough).

Thanks for joining us this week! See you soon.


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