KaBOOM! : Ruby on Rails Developers – KaBOOM!

Posted by | September 16, 2010 | Web Pro Job Tips

Location: Washington DC

URL: www.kaboom.org

KaBOOM! (kaboom.org) is a DC-based non-profit with a simple vision: A great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.  We provide strong benefits, a fun work atmosphere, and the chance to make a difference in children’s lives.
We’re looking for a Ruby on Rails wizard who’ll help us build a small team of skilled Web developers.  Unlike most non-profits, we are committed to using in-house talent to write world-class software. Right now we’re working on three projects with high visibility — Michelle Obama is a fan, for instance:
We have some resource constraints, but who doesn’t?  We believe that, by pooling their wits and their raw skill, a few great software engineers can help us to change the world.
Our next Web developer will have three primary responsibilities; the exact mix will depend on the experience you bring.
  • Technology leadership
  • Help to determine the technical framework for Web projects at KaBOOM! Depending on your experience, you may have some management responsibility.
Product development
  • Write code to implement or upgrade Web applications on kaboom.org. Depending on your experience, you may own the product strategy.
Operations management
  • Ensure that all technical aspects of kaboom.org run smoothly; respond to issues as they arise.
Day-to-day responsibilities will include:
  • Collaborate on strategy for specific Web products
  • Plan and implement features and upgrades for these products, making sure they’ll be fast, reliable, and relevant for years to come.  Implement with discipline — run unit tests against new and existing code
  • Monitor live applications; address bugs and performance issues
  • Juggle a stream of ad-hoc requests; deal with occasional management nonsense
  • Envision new and exciting products; push the limits of what was thought possible
  • Handle fast-changing requirements with a minimum of frustration
  • At all times, be the user’s champion
Our ideal candidate has all of the following qualifications and qualities;
  • Formal software development training
  • A track record of delivering polished software
  • Mastery of Ruby, MVC, SQL, and library-free JavaScript
  • Fluency in SVN, CSS, Web standards, browser quirks, bash, and basic Linux administration
  • Experience with PHP and Drupal
  • Comfort explaining technical concepts to people with a wide range of technical understanding

To apply: To apply, send an e-mail to hr@kaboom.org along with two attachments: Your resume and a cover letter. In the cover letter, be sure to tell us (a) your salary requirements; and (b) your favorite piece of playground equipment! KaBOOM! is an EOE dedicated

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