Southern California Public Radio: Sr. Rails Developer, Apps & Systems

Posted by | May 7, 2012 | Web Professional Jobs Blog

Location: Pasadena, California


Sr. Rails Developer, Apps & Systems
Love news and public radio? Be a part of an innovative voice in Southern California digital 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 media organization that operates several
radio stations in and around Los Angeles, and is rapidly growing its
digital news platforms. We reach more than 700,000 listeners every
week– more than any public radio 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 the best NPR
Do work that matters
part of a small team of developers and designers, your work will have a
positive impact on hundreds of thousands of California residents who
rely on KPCC for their news, and will make a mark on the landscape of
local news and public media. You’ll get to partner with the newsroom to
build the tools and systems that help efficiently deliver vital news and
information, and work on building digital editorial products that bring
clarity and insight to the issues that affect Los Angeles and its
diverse communities.
You will:
  • Lead and mentor developers in building new apps, products and features
  • Build custom editorial tools and CMS products to support an efficient 21st century newsroom
  • Put in place the best platform and tools for our team of developers to build great sites and apps
  • Monitor site stability and performance
  • Scale infrastructure to meet demand
  • Troubleshoot system issues
  • Document system design and procedures
You are:
  • An experienced Ruby app developer with the heart of a sys admin
  • A
    systems thinker who gets deep pleasure out of devising clean,
    maintainable solutions to complex architectural and business problems
  • Someone who enjoys working on small, agile development teams
  • Excited about learning new things, and always up for a challenge
  • A clear thinker and communicator who loves tackling tough problems
You have:
  • Solid understanding of fundamental communication protocols like TCP/IP, HTTP
  • Knowledge of best practices related to security, performance, and disaster recovery
  • Mastery of LINUX/UNIX
  • Experience with web server configuration, monitoring, trending, network design, high availability
  • Experience with network and server planning,
  • Experience with development and performance tuning of MySQL database-driven websites.
  • Experience building, scaling and maintaining robust streaming and downloadable media systems.
  • Deep experience with version control and application deployment (Git, Capistrano)
  • Mastered of Rails/Ruby, or equivalent MVC framework
  • Experience publishing and consuming APIs using REST/JSON
  • Experience maintaining, customizing and extending content management systems
  • Good ideas, strong opinions, a collaborative attitude and strong work ethic.
You’re extra awesome if you:
  • Experience
    with current tools & techniques for building rich client-side
    applications, including Node.js, Backbone.js, and CoffeeScript.
  • Experience in working with large-scale, consumer-oriented websites
  • Experience
    with HTML5/CSS3 and related technologies: particularly CSS media
    queries, HTML5 video/audio, JS feature detection, geolocation and web
    storage, and Canvas.
  • Are passionate about the news business, and digital journalism in particular
Why you’ll love it here
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. 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.
How to Apply:
To apply, email a cover letter, resume and link to online portfolio to, please reference “job #180-12 Senior Web Developer, Apps and Systems” in the subject.

To apply: Apply Here:

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