Southern California Publc Radio: Public Media Web Developer – Rails/Django/MVC

Posted by | July 21, 2011 | Web Professional Jobs Blog


Location: Pasadena , CA


Love news and public radio? Help us become an innovative voice in Southern California online journalism!
We’re on a mission
At KPCC, we are on a mission to redefine how public service journalism can serve a diverse metropolis. KPCC is part of Southern California Public Radio, a member-supported public radio network that operates several radio stations in and around Los Angeles. We reach more than 600,000 listeners every week– more than any public radio news service of any kind in Southern California– and our audience is growing. We broadcast lots of award-winning local coverage and programs, as well as NPR content.
Who we’re looking for
You enjoy working in small teams, and are comfortable at any layer of the web application stack. Our current CMS runs on Django/Python, but we like Rails too. We welcome anyone who has mastered OOP and at least one MVC framework, and is willing to adapt and learn new things.
You should be a backend developer first and foremost, but you should care about web standards, be proficient in CSS and Javascript/jQuery, and enjoy moving around across a range of technologies. If you have extensive experience building or customizing content management systems, the you probably also have strong opinions about how a CMS should work. That’s good– we want both. Also, we’re a radio station, so experience developing custom media players, media formats (streaming and on demand) and systems is a big plus.
You should love working on the command line, know how to tune SQL queries for performance, and it would be great if you can spin up and admin a new Linux server in a pinch. Bonus points if you’ve managed servers using Puppet or Chef. Publishing or consuming APIs using REST, JSON and XML should be a piece of cake for you. Even if you haven’t built a mobile app as part of your day job yet, you’ve played with the iOS SDK, jQuery Mobile or Sencha Touch in your spare time.
Above all, you should be a clear thinker and communicator who loves tackling tough problems and coming up with clean yet practical solutions. We want someone with good ideas, strong opinions, a collaborative attitude and strong work ethic.
Do work that matters
If you like cranking out marketing sites for ad agencies, or building slow-moving corporate software, look elsewhere. If, however, you want to build sites and apps that help inform, challenge, entertain and inspire Southern Californians, then we want you. Your work will have a positive impact on hundreds of thousands of Southland residents who rely on KPCC for their news and information, and will make a mark on the landscape of local news and public media.
As part of a small team of developers and designers, you will be called upon to build into a powerful, elegant platform for a wide array of digital content: investigative news stories, topical blogs, on-demand audio, talk shows and multimedia. Additionally, you’ll get to partner with the newsroom and to help visualize stories and data in ways that bring clarity and insight to the issues that affect Los Angeles and the region.
Why you’ll love it here
You’ll come in every day and work on meaningful challenges and interesting apps with a crew of smart, friendly, creative people. You’ll get to work in a small, fast-moving team that is focused on making a small number of products the absolute best they can be. We use tools like Git, Django, Rails, MySQL, Redis, Fabric, and SASS. We’re serious about delivering news to mobile devices, which means you’ll get to build some kick-ass HTML5 apps, dive into the iOS SDK, or dust off your Java skills to build an Android app.
You’ll get to work from the Mohn Broadcast Center, our beautiful office in the heart of sunny Pasadena, CA. We offer competitive benefits and salary, and support a diverse and inclusive work environment.

To apply: How to Apply:
To apply, email a cover letter, resume and link to online portfolio to, please reference "job #223-11, Django/Python Developer, Web & Apps" in the subject.

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