Lead Back-end Developer

(Application Closing Date Extended)

Digital Democracy is looking for a lead back-end developer with 5 years experience to join our small, remote team on a 12-month contract (with potential long-term) starting as soon as possible. You will help build cutting-edge open-source mobile and desktop mapping apps 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 engineers, a designer, and a product manager to lead the development of the peer-to-peer database that powers our mobile and desktop mapping apps. You should have existing experience with: peer-to-peer data structures; writing modular Node.js code; designing simple and easy-to-understand APIs. You will work closely with the front-end team to build back-end features to meet user requirements on a regular release cycle. You have 5 years experience working in a team to deliver apps to production and are comfortable using git for collaboration.

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 is a full-time position of 40 hours per week with some flexibility for the right candidate.

The Role

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Our Team

Our small but growing team is based in Oakland, CA; Washington, DC; New York; Montreal, Canada; 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+be2021@digital-democracy.org by 11:59pm EST on Sunday Dec 19th 2021. We will review applications as we receive them and may start interviews before the close date.