The 19th* is hiring a web applications engineer

Hi y'all! If you don't know The 19th, please let me introduce my team: we're a nonprofit newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy. Our goal is to center women of color, LGTBQ+ folks, and anyone else marginalized in mainstream political news. We launched in 2020 and now have 47 FTEs all across the country, including a growing technology team!

We're looking for a full stack engineer to help us make the news more relevant/accessible for the communities we serve — we embrace the open web, we look for creative solutions to inform/serve audiences where they are, and we embrace a culture of equity, transparency and collaboration.

Will include full job specs (and awesome benefits!!) below — applications are due at this link by August 14. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions: [email protected].

Responsibilities include:

  • Build elegant front-end interfaces with an eye on accessibility and inclusivity.
  • Write back-end code both inside and outside of the WordPress framework.
  • Write code and configure infrastructure to improve our security and site performance.
  • Identify and respond appropriately to production problems.
  • Stay on top of new technologies and developments that may affect our platform and mission.
  • Propose, design and execute scrappy solutions based on available time and resources, in collaboration with the technology team and incorporating feedback from cross-functional stakeholders.
  • Write clear engineering specifications and review with clear, constructive comments
  • Partner closely with related teams to ensure implemented software meets business, technology architecture, and performance goals.
  • Provide timely, substantive feedback on code written by peers.

Non-essential functions (as capacity permits):

  • Participating in brainstorming and design thinking sessions across the organization.
  • Participating in culture building, inclusive decision making and bringing ideas to different parts of our work to help us improve as an organization, such as by helping onboard new team members or participating in our hiring process.
  • Participating in team, organizational and individual relationship building, and professional development throughout the year.

Relevant skills include:

  • 3+ years experience building cross-platform web applications using web standards.
  • Technical experience with:3+ years writing stand-alone PHP 7+, ideally including WordPress and WordPress plugins3+ years writing modern JavaScript/TypeScript, including use of Webpack and Babel2+ years writing modern CSS and SASS3+ years integrating with external APIs3+ years experience with source code management in Git2+ years working with package managers like npm and Composer2+ years experience with unit testing and test frameworks like Jest and PHPUnit1+ years writing tasks using CI/CD pipelines like GitHub Actions, CircleCI, or similar
  • Ability to identify bottlenecks and optimize code for execution speed.
  • Ability to communicate directly with stakeholders about product changes and delivery in an accessible way.
  • Understanding of open source and Creative Commons licensing and ability to articulate the differences between licenses.

We know there are great candidates who might not check all these boxes or who possess important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We also encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities.


  • Vacation Time Off (20 days per year)
  • Sick Time Off (10 days per year)
  • Personal Days (6 days per year)
  • Holidays (17 days in 2022)
  • Paid Family Leave (100% up to 6 months)
  • Caregiver leave (100% up to 4 months)
  • 401(k) Plan (up to 3.5% matching on 6% contribution)
  • Flexible Spending Plan (for qualifying medical or child care expenses)
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance (100% for employee / 60% for dependents)
  • Professional Development Stipends
  • Wellness & Work From Home Reimbursement Benefits
  • Long Term and Short Term Disability insurance
  • Life insurance