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Backend Python Web Developer

The Atlantic is a digital-first media company with over 150 years of history and 30 million online visitors a month. Founded in 1857 and today one of the fastest-growing media platforms in the industry, The Atlantic has throughout its history championed the power of big ideas and continues to shape global debate through our two websites: TheAtlantic.com and CityLab.com. We work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment out of our office in the historic Watergate complex in Washington DC.

Our tech stack includes: - Django - GitHub - Jenkins - NewRelic - Nginx - Percona - SCSS - Slack - uWSGI 

Who You Are

We're looking for a developer who is passionate about clean code and great journalism to join our growing team for full-time on-site work. We welcome out-of-town applicants willing to relocate to the DC metro area but are currently unable to sponsor non-citizens unauthorized to work in the United States.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Write well-documented and maintainable Python code
  • Maintain and improve Ollie, our custom content management system and web platform built on the Django web framework
  • Find and fix security vulnerabilities
  • Discover bottlenecks, optimize code or SQL queries to improve performance
  • Work with our product team to implement and deploy new features to TheAtlantic.com and CityLab.com where they will be viewed by millions of people

Requirements:

  • Able to communicate well with both a technical or non-technical audience
  • Has developed and deployed into production a non-trivial Django application
  • Has written Python code on a team in a professional setting
  • Knowledgeable about Python best practices including PEP8, unit testing, and documentation
  • While not an HTML or CSS expert, is knowledgeable enough to make small front-end tweaks and changes as needed
  • Comfortable enough with Git to rebase without breaking into a sweat
  • Knows SQL and is able to write a query in order to pull reports from a database
  • Feels at ease performing routine tasks on the Linux command line (creating directories, changing permissions, etc)

How We Hire

It starts with a resume, short cover letter, and a code sample – ideally a link to a profile on GitHub, BitBucket, or other service. If it looks like you are a fit, we'll schedule a phone interview to talk about the position, your work history, and talk through some technical questions. If we decide to move forward, we'll have you come into our office to meet the team.

Benefits

Employees at The Atlantic are entitled to benefits including: 401(k) savings plan with employer match, health care with domestic partner coverage, flexible vacation and sick leave policy, commuter benefits, and rooftop happy hours with one of the best views in DC.

 

Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in its candidates.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

1. Force of Intellect - Atlantic Media seeks a discipline and rigor of thought as manifested, often, in exceptional academic performance and, later, success in a professional environment.

2. Spirit of Generosity - Equally, Atlantic Media seeks what we term a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition towards service and selfless conduct.

 

Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

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