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LOCATION: Remote within the U.S.
Daily Kos is the nation's largest liberal online political community, news organization, and activism hub. Powered by millions of highly engaged supporters, we're building progressive power by connecting grassroots activists to hundreds of people-powered organizations and campaigns.
We are seeking a passionate Senior Software Infrastructure Engineer who will deliver new features in the Services team on a large Rails application. This person must be efficient, self-motivated, and capable of working with limited guidance.
Daily Kos is an exciting workplace! Our site is used by hundreds of thousands of people a day who care deeply about progressive politics and are working to affect real political change. We provide an extensive feature set that extends from blogging to activism and beyond, built on top of a modern tool chain that includes Nix, Varnish, Nginx, RDS/MySQL, PostgreSQL, and AWS. We have an energized team of great people with diverse backgrounds and skill sets. If you're interested in a position that offers more than just a technical challenge, we'd love to hear from you.
Our offices are in Oakland, CA and Washington D.C., however, we are open to fully remote applicants.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Build scalable high-quality backend services and productivity tools
  • Proactively work to identify areas for performance gains including data and scaling challenges
  • Partner with the engineering team in building best-in-class interface
  • Work collaboratively with the QA team to deliver quality user experience
  • Share on-call responsibilities with team
  • Remain current on test, development, and deployment best practices
  • Be a team player, share knowledge, and mentor other team members through pairing, feedback, and discussions, etc.

EXPERIENCE:
  • 3+ years of experience developing ci/cd pipelines, debugging distributed systems, building and maintaining environments from local through production and building robust monitoring systems
  • Solid knowledge and experience in data infrastructure

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience with AWS (or other major public cloud infrastructure) deployments, RDS, ElastiCache
  • Experience with Terraform
  • Production skills deploying Nix/NixOS systems at scale (preferred but not required)
  • Exceptional operational troubleshooting capabilities
  • Interest in working on monitoring systems for backend which is currently written in Ruby.
  • Ability to thrive in a small team culture with lots of agency requiring strong self-discipline, time management, and strong communication skills

SALARY RANGE: $130,000 - $165,000
Benefits:
Daily Kos is proud to deliver a strong total rewards program to our employees.
The position offers:
  • Competitive compensation
  • Remote-first work environment
  • Paid employee medical, dental and vision benefits
  • 401K with a 5% company match
  • 9 Company-paid holidays
  • 6 weeks vacation
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Traumatic Grief Leave
  • Paid parental/family/medical leave
  • Remote Worker Stipend
  • Professional Development Stipend
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Flex Spending Account
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Company paid short & long term disability
  • Voluntary Accident & Critical Illness benefit

This position is a 40 hour/week, full-time exempt position and reports to the Vice President of Engineering. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Our organizational commitment to personal growth and work-life balance reduces churn and encourages a very rewarding long term position.
At Daily Kos, we believe that the diversity of ideas, experiences, and cultures that our employees contribute to our organization help us be more effective activists, and we are proud to be an inclusive and equal opportunity workplace. We have a team of amazing people with different backgrounds and talents that are energized by the day's news events, and people united by common cause. We're a company that loves learning and supports growth and training for all our employees.
Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Note: Daily Kos does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to any recruiting alias or employee.
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What are Kos Media Perks + Benefits

Kos Media Benefits Overview

Competitive compensation

- Remote-first work environment
- Paid employee medical, dental and vision benefits
- 401K with a 5% company match
- 9 Company-paid holidays
- 6 weeks vacation
- Paid Sick Time
- Bereavement Leave (includes pets and pregnancy loss)
- Traumatic Grief Leave
- Paid parental/family/medical leave
- Remote Worker Stipend
- Professional Development Stipend
- Employee Referral Bonus Program
- Flex Spending Account
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Company paid short & long term disability
- Voluntary Accident & Critical Illness benefit

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Kos Media partners with non-profits such as Prism Reports https://prismreports.org/ and Democratizing Philanthropy https://www.democratizingphilanthropy.org/.
Open door policy
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Kos Media offers up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for new parents.
Remote Work Program
Kos Media is a remote-first organization with the option to work form offices in Oakland, CA and Washington, DC.
Family Medical Leave
Kos Media offers up to 12 weeks of paid, job-protected leave per year, as well as maintained health benefits, for any employee eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Kos Media's vacation policy includes six generous weeks of paid time off for all employees.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Kos Media's sick leave policy includes 70 hours of paid sick time off for all employees.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
We host a company-paid annual staff retreat during non-presidential election years.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Kos Media offers a Remote Worker Stipend payable semi-monthly to cover costs of working remote, peripherals, cell phone usage, internet, office supplies, etc.
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Kos Media offers an annual $2000 Professional Development Stipend to support job-related learning and skill development.
Promote from within

An Insider's view of Kos Media

What’s the vibe like in the office?

My colleagues at Daily Kos are smart, kind, and principled. As a remote company, it's important to feel embraced by a team, and I do. We actually like each other and working together, and that makes all the difference. The work-life balance is real, too—we're encouraged to use our generous PTO and enjoy our lives outside of work.

Adrienne

Copy Editor

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We’d like our very engaged community to better reflect the diversity of the Democratic party. Combine that with a strong desire to tear down the notorious gates of journalism, a bit of trust and autonomy granted by our management, and you’ve got our new Emerging Fellows Program. It’s simultaneously the hardest and most fulfilling project.

Jessica

Managing Editor

How does the company support your career growth?

Daily Kos truly focuses on the growth of their employees as much as they do on their own growth. The education stipend is the highest I have heard of in this industry and you are encouraged to use it. Regular checkins, meetings, and collaboration sessions help you not only choose your path, but offer ways to excel, including internal growth options

Alisha

Software Developer

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