Lead Developer

Digital Democracy is looking for a lead front-end developer with 5+ years of developer experience to join our small, remote team on a 12-month contract (with potential long-term) starting as soon as possible. See also our Front-end Developer role. You will lead the development of a cutting-edge open-source mobile and desktop mapping app for remote and marginalized communities to document, map, monitor, manage and report information on environmental and human rights issues around the world.

We’ve seen firsthand that change does not come from technology, but from how people use it. We are building tools our partners are using to achieve transformative change. We are dedicated to working towards a world where all people can participate in the decisions that govern their lives.

What we’re looking for

You will work with our growing, small team of four engineers and designers to build new features and fix bugs in a desktop app written in React/Electron and a mobile app written in React Native. You have 5+ years experience working in a team to develop and deploy apps and have experience with React, Electron and/or React Native. You have proficiency in Javascript, and are comfortable using git for collaboration. You will work closely with our Product Manager and Tech Director to lead our front-end development.

We are a small, high-impact team that takes a collaborative approach to tool-building and decision-making. Our tool development is led by our partner communities. You would be building tools that will be tested and used by our partners to confront real problems on the ground in the Amazon and around the world: Protection of the world’s forests and their ancestral homelands from deforestation and contamination. We need someone who can think creatively and collaboratively to solve these problems.

This can be a part-time or full-time position of 20-40 hours per week (negotiable).

The Role

Important traits for this role

Other qualities we’re on the lookout for

Our Team

Our small but growing team is based in Oakland, CA; Washington, DC; New York; Montreal, Canada; Abuja, Nigeria; Barcelona, Spain; Goiás, Brazil; Hastings & Oxford, U.K. and we welcome candidates from around the world, especially South America. We embrace distributed working, and are happy for you to work from where you live. The Indigenous communities we work with have lived through colonization and deal with its effects everyday, along with marginalization and discrimination against their language and culture. It is therefore particularly important that we build a diverse team with individuals who understand and empathize with their situation. Indigenous people, people of color, women, LGBTQ folk and others who identify as coming from a marginalized identity are strongly urged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


How to Apply

Send a note with the following to jobs+ld02@digital-democracy.org by March 17th 2021. We will review applications as we receive them.