Do you want to join us on our mission to shape democracies for the digital age? Are you looking for an international and fast-paced, yet collaborative and inclusive environment to thrive in?
You have come to the right place.
CitizenLab, a global social impact scale-up with its HQ in Brussels, and presence in New York, works to make public decision-making more participatory, inclusive, and responsive. The open-source SaaS platform is already being used by 300+ local governments and organizations in over 18 countries, facilitating two-way communication between governments and their residents. Since it was founded in 2015, CitizenLab has given 750,000+ community members a direct voice in local politics, has earned recognition as the 'Best Social Impact Startup in Europe', and was featured in outlets such as The New York Times and Forbes.
CitizenLab is looking for purpose-driven talent to join us on our mission to enable millions of people in cities across the globe to shape the future of their communities.
As a Back-End Engineer, you contribute to our core product, which allows local governments to engage their citizens through a wide range of digital participation methods. You’re part of a small cross-functional squad. You are focused mostly on the back-end, developing well structured, performant and secure APIs in Ruby.
You actively contribute to the specifications and designs to deliver on your squad’s objectives, uncovering technical constraints and breaking down the work in iterations and tasks
You take ownership over the back-end tasks and implement them in close contact with your colleagues. You take into account all aspects, from data modeling, to testing, to performance, delivering well-engineered scalable solutions.
You help out with some front-end tasks, and are able to bridge the back-end/front-end knowledge gaps for your colleagues.
You deliver your work in small iterations, often soliciting feedback from colleagues, spontaneously and through code reviews
At CitizenLab, we work in small teams where members collectively take ownership of the outcome of the features they build. We work in short iterations and release continuously. We’re strong believers in user testing and understanding live product usage.
As a Back-end Engineer, you can demonstrate
You have multiple years of experience developing web applications with Ruby on Rails
You’re a firm believer in well tested and peer-reviewed code
Experience with React or similar front-end frameworks is a strong plus
Experience with DevOps or infrastructure is a plus
You have a bias for action and love writing code
You love to think about the product you’re building, transcending the code
You’re located in a timezone within UTC-05 and UTC+03
Eagerness to learn, talent, and enthusiasm are more important than ticking the boxes though. Even if not all desired requirements are met, but you're very excited about the role, we want to hear from you.
Unlock your full potential and create social impact at scale through our open-source product. Day-to-day, we work with local government leaders across the world to help them connect with their communities.
Become a key factor in our rapid growth as scaleup (75 employees), and contribute to our international expansion.
Work in a fast-paced, collaborative, and supportive environment. We share a participatory culture of autonomy and ownership by everyone, not only by leadership.
Be part of our dynamic, international team. We are as serious about our work in digital democracy as we are about having fun on our journey together.
Enjoy an informal work vibe with open communication and full transparency on results.
Participate in our various in-person and remote team events, inspiring team lunches, our company book club, bi-quarterly strategic town halls, and yearly global team retreats.
Spend 10% of your time on personal projects and self-development for the long run. We’re committed to both collective and individual growth.
Receive a competitive salary package, incl. perks such as 26 days off, a professional development budget, a collective bonus plan, your own laptop, full flexibility on working from home, and much more.
CitizenLab is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. Whilst we are proud of our cultural diversity and gender parity, we are aware of the limited racial diversity in our team and are committed to making a change on this. We strongly encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply.