You solve problems. You design and build systems and make sure it works.
Here is a look at what a Software Engineer, Alexis, has to say about working here.
What does a Software Engineer do?
As a software engineer, you will:
- Build prototypes to demonstrate technological opportunities
- Design system architectures
- Write production quality code
- Manage deployments to cloud infrastructure
- Because our team focuses on pushing new initiatives, you will also have to:
- Identify potential projects that improve the public good
- Design novel systems that work around bureaucratic constraints
- Advocate and explain these technical ideas to other government agencies
Additionally, more senior engineers will be expected to:
- Establish best practices for developer operations
- Share your expertise and mentor other engineers
- Help with recruiting
You’re not just here to write code, but also to figure out what we should be building and how we should build it.
Your job will be to bring expertise and capability to the public sector. Sometimes this means coding new systems from scratch. Other times this means using the best solutions the development community has to offer. We use cloud services, open source software, and commodity hardware as far as possible. These often include, but are not limited to: GitHub, AWS, React Native, MongoDB, and Stripe amongst others. Knowing what to build and what to reuse lets us avoid wasting time on solved problems and focus on delivering actual value.
You will work on meaningful projects that solve problems pertinent to our society, from transportation, to education, to healthcare. The public sector is full of opportunities where even the simplest software can have a big impact on people’s lives. You will have direct ownership of your work with over 70% of our projects starting as ground up initiatives. Rather than work on commercial ventures commonly found in the startup scene, we’re here to improve how we live as a society through what we can offer as a government.
Who we are looking for
We look for people who:
Have a demonstrated ability to build software - Prior work and personal projects count for much more than specific degrees
Write code to solve abstract programming problems - Clear thinking, the ability to debug, and understanding the limits of an approach matter much more than getting the “correct” answer
Talk and reason about code with other engineers - We work as a team so you need to be able to not just solve problems, but have other people understand your solutions
Take initiative to make things happen - Our job is to push for change in government, so we need to challenge the status quo and not wait for instruction
Want to work for the public good - We are public servants, we serve the public. This sometimes means ignoring political pressures and misguided policies. We need people who will push back if something is not in the public interest
Overall we look for people who have ability, initiative, good communication, and strong values.