Senior Software Engineer

Published on May 20, 2024

we’re a social impact business (a public benefit company), and the world's largest social change platform, with 100 million monthly users, over 50,000 campaigns launched on the site every month, and a 100% user-generated revenue model. Our users win campaigns for change once every hour. In the last decade in Mexico, from the mobilization against the Maya train to the campaign to increase vacation days, many nationwide movements were created on Change.org. From the campaign Cáncer Warriors to ask for the release of the elephant Eli , dozens of local, national and international victories are happening every day thanks to the power of our users who are changing our country.

Change.org is searching for a Senior Software Engineer to provide technical leadership, mentorship, and expertise, driving the execution of complex projects and fostering the professional growth and development of other team members.
 
We’re a social impact business (a public benefit company), and the world's largest social change platform with 100m monthly users, 50,000+ campaigns launched on the site every month, and a 100% user-generated revenue model. Our users win campaigns for change once every hour. 
 
From mobilizing over 5 million people to investigate the fires in the Amazon, to mobilizing nearly 3 million against war and famine in Yemen, to large-scale mobilizations for the people of Iran and against the war in Ukraine, and calling for Racial Justice in the US, many movements were born on Change.org. Dozens of local, national, and international victories are happening every day thanks to the strength of our members who are changing the lives of people around the world. We want to help them go even further and we need your help! 
 
A bit about Change.org: we’re a social impact business (a public benefit company), and the world's largest social change platform, with 100 million monthly users, over 50,000 campaigns launched on the site every month, and a 100% user-generated revenue model. Our users win campaigns for change once every hour. In the last decade in Mexico, from the mobilization against the Maya train to the campaign to increase vacation days, many nationwide movements were created on Change.org. From the campaign Cáncer Warriors to ask for the release of the elephant Eli , dozens of local, national and international victories are happening every day thanks to the power of our users who are changing our country. 
 
As a Senior Engineer in the Campaign pack you will have the opportunity to build features in close partnership with other engineers, product managers, and product designers. Some of these projects include dramatically improving the user experience on the petitions to engaging decision makers and journalists with our platform. 
 
Key Outcomes:
  • Took ownership of key project components or initiatives, independently driving them to successful completion by coordinating with cross-functional teams, managing dependencies, and resolving technical roadblocks
  • Provided technical leadership, guidance and feedback to junior team members, leveraging deep expertise to mentor and coach them effectively, and contributing to the overall growth and success of the team.
  • Participated in technical planning and decision-making processes within their immediate team, providing insights and recommendations that drive innovation, efficiency, and long-term success
  • Identified opportunities to improve development processes and workflows, implementing changes that streamline project execution, enhance team productivity, and ensure adherence to best practices
  • Demonstrated a commitment to continuous professional development by seeking feedback and actively engaging in self-improvement activities to enhance leadership skills and effectiveness.

The most important skills and capabilities for the role are:

Mentoring/Coaching:
  • Develop a concise knowledge of our architecture and provide support and guidance to other engineers with design, coding, and pull-requests.
  • Promote the growth of other engineers through regular feedback and pairing sessions
Coding skills:
  • Full stack with experience working effectively at scale
  • Proficient with different technologies, languages and frameworks in all layers of the webstack, from frontend to backend with an emphasis on Nodejs, Ruby on Rails, Elixir, React, Javascript/Typescript, GraphQL
  • Experience with SQL-based databases, able to define and optimize data schemas
  • Experience with infrastructure as code technologies like Terraform, Kubernetes, AWS
Planning & Execution:
  • Deconstruct projects into a well-defined action plan, and be responsible for its execution
  • Identify and fill gaps in project requirements so they align with team goals
  • Manage own priorities and make appropriate progress independently
Architecture & Design, Performance:
  • Familiarity with instrumentation and experimentation, deep system understanding
  • Be a driver for system quality
  • Influence architectural decisions that lead to high-performant, scalable and resilient systems in a collaborative environment
Communication & Collaboration:
  • Communicate early and often, sharing ideas, analysis, and information in a direct verbal and written manner
  • Partner and collaborate effectively across functions such as product, design, devops, QA, analytics and with colleagues located in different timezones
  • Contribute to an open, inclusive and transparent culture
 
Target experience:
  • 4-6 years of experience with full stack web service development
  • 3 years of experience in at least one language that we use at Change: Nodejs, Rails, Elixir
  • 3 years of experience in frontend technologies like React/JavaScript/TypeScript
  • Experience with infrastructure as code technologies like Terraform, Kubernetes, AWS
  • Experience developing data access layers using RESTful APIs and GraphQL
 
Interested? Great! Here's what you should know:
 
This is a full time role, and we are open to folks in Canada and the United States.
 
We’re currently able to support employees based in the following US locations: AZ, CA, GA, IA, MD, MA, MO, NJ, NY, NC, PA, RI, TX, VT, WA. We're also able to support employees in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Required or preferred locations for open roles will be listed in the job description.
 
Change.org is a global company, and salaries are adjusted for cost of labor in each location. For example, the annual salary of a Senior Software Engineer is $184,000 in San Francisco, CA and New York, NY; $175,000 in Austin, TX, Boston, MA, Los Angeles, CA, Seattle, WA, and DC, and $156,500 for all other US locations. The annual salary of a Senior Software Engineer is $169,000 CAD in Vancouver and Toronto, BC; $156,500 CAD in Victoria and Calgary, BC, and $154,000 CAD for all other Canada locations.
 
Benefits and perks also vary based on location. We typically offer a fully remote workforce, 100% employer-paid health plan options, life insurance, unlimited PTO, and 18 weeks of parental leave. 
 
We anticipate moving quickly and our evaluation process is as follows:
  • 30 minute Recruiter Screen
  • 45 minute Hiring Manager Screen
  • 3 hour Virtual Onsite (which will include coding, architecture, and PM collaboration)
  • 30 minute Leadership Interview 
 
We know the confidence gap and imposter syndrome can get in the way of meeting amazing candidates like you, so please don’t hesitate to apply—we’d love to hear from you. We also know it’s rare for someone to meet 100% of the qualifications. Please apply anyway!
We’re working for a world where no one is powerless, and where creating change is a part of everyday life. We’re just getting started and hope you’ll join us!
We especially encourage applicants of different backgrounds, cultures, genders, experiences, abilities and perspectives to apply. We’re actively working to increase the diversity of experience and perspectives on our team and are looking for someone who can help continue to lead that process. 
 
Change.org is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. Everyone says this, right? Well, we mean it—we invest in serious programs to bring in and support women and people of color, we have in-person onboarding experiences and affinity groups to help everyone feel included, we regularly celebrate the heritage of all staff, and we believe strongly in consistent, fair, and transparent salary scales to help level the playing field. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, or disability or veteran status.
We are legally required to conduct EEOC reporting. While this is required by the federal government, we recognize that it does not include all genders and ethnicities. We want you to know that Change.org celebrates all identities and we thank you for your participation.
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