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Software Engineer 

Full-time •  Competitive Pay • Excellent Benefits • Work from Anywhere in the Contiguous U.S. 

Application deadline: June 2nd, 2024 by EOD

MoveOn is a people-powered force for progress. We wield independent political power by bringing millions together to take action to create a country with a place of honor and dignity for everyone—where all are welcome, we take care of one another, and where everyone is set up to thrive.

For more than a generation, MoveOn has been a bulwark against the radical right and has channeled millions of voices to end wars, protect democracy, and advance justice for all. We've built political power for progressive change through mobilizing the left to Democrats so that we can advance our vision of an America for all.

MoveOn is the largest multi-issue digital-first political campaigning organization in the country. We drive rapid-response campaigns at scale on a multitude of key issues at high-impact moments while building sustainable campaigns that resonate and grow over time. Whether it's democracy, health care, foreign policy, economic justice, immigration, or otherwise, MoveOn provides our members with timely ways to take action for change.

MoveOn’s tech team is a small team that works across the software stack and across the organization. We work closely with fundraisers, multi-channel campaigners, field organizers, analysts, and storytellers to implement and scale their ambitious plans. 

We do a lot of work in Python and Javascript and deploy most systems to AWS but believe good programmers don’t need to come in with an exact match of experience and can learn our systems and software stacks. While we do write code for brand new projects, this is a minority of the work. A lot of our work is maintaining and improving existing software that powers the organization. Engineers are expected to work on a variety of different engineering tasks and to, overtime, become proficient with our full stack of tools.

Examples of recent and ongoing work are building and maintaining data pipelines between systems and our data warehouse, designing, building and launching custom Django or NodeJS apps that extend the functionality of vendor tools, conducting vendor evaluations and tool migrations, supporting campaigners, field organizers and UX and product staff building internal tools for member management, writing complex, reusable targeting SQL queries to support experimentation and campaigning needs in bulk mail (ActionKit), SMS blast (Upland Mobile Commons), P2P SMS (Spoke), and vetting third-party apps for security risks.


  • Write and review code and lead projects that span the entire software stack, including prototyping, data pipeline creation, front-end development, API development, high-performance back-end applications, database design, and system architecture.
  • Engage in thought partnership with people across the organization helping with ideation and serving as tech support
  • Create and contribute to open source projects that share MoveOn’s innovations back with the larger developer community.
  • Contribute to software architecture and build vs. buy discussions and decisions.
  • Contribute to team discussions on building an equitable working environment.
  • Manage, upmanage, translate and prioritize requests from technical and non-technical colleagues.
  • Participate in regular tech support rotations for staff’s various technical needs
  • Continue to build your technical, project management, and general work skills

Required skills and experience 

  • Fluent in at least one programming language and web development framework.
  • Interested in learning and diving into new languages, tools, and frameworks. 
  • Determined and thorough—can see a project through from idea to prototyping, design, production, scaling, and beyond.
  • Interest in being a generalist—learns and works across technical areas ranging from dev ops, data engineering, and web development.
  • Curious, and a committed learner and problem-solver.
  • Engaged or interested in effective planning, communication and work management processes.
  • Able to be effective in an organization whose staff all work remotely.
  • Comfortable proactively reaching out to, thought partnering with, and negotiating with stakeholders across the broader organization

Reports to: The Managing Director of Tech

Location: Position may be based anywhere in the contiguous United States. May require occasional travel.  

Classification, Salary and Benefits: At MoveOn, we commit to equity in our compensation philosophy and practices. We are committed to equal pay for equal work. To counter systemic compensation issues in this country and pay inequality, we have a nonnegotiable compensation practice. We utilize benchmarking and peer organization data to ensure we provide competitive nonprofit compensation and benefits. The annual salary for this position is $131,819.10. In addition to the base salary, we offer a monthly home office subsidy.  We also offer an internet and phone subsidy of $2,100 annually and a health and wellness subsidy of $900 annually. All of these cash benefits are added to your bimonthly paycheck. We offer strong medical, dental, and vision benefits, which are free to employees and children of employees (spouses or domestic partners can be added at a subsidized rate). We offer employer-paid premiums for life insurance; four weeks accrued paid vacation time per year, prorated for the period that you work; 18 weeks of paid parental leave (birth, adoption, foster care placement of a child), 10 days accrued paid sick time prorated for the period that you work; paid family medical leave; and 8 staff holidays and 6 floating holidays. We contribute 5% to your 401(k) after six months of employment. We also offer a $1000 in professional development budget each year for each staff member. Civic Action and Political Action provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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