Latest Updates: Our Blog seeks developer

Mar 1st, 2018


Ted Han

Come help build the future of journalism. is looking for a developer to help us expand our open-source platform designed to make journalism more impactful, transparent, and trustworthy. is a global platform that now hosts more than 4 million documents and serves hundreds of millions of pageviews each year. It has been used by tens of thousands of journalists worldwide to upload, analyze, annotate and publish primary source documents.

DocumentCloud has helped the largest and most innovative news organizations in the world tackle high-profile stories such as WikiLeaks, Panama Papers and the Snowden documents.

The role is for a full-stack programmer who can continue to evolve and run a large-scale Ruby on Rails site in an AWS environment where uptime matters. The job requires being involved with the entire stack, from front-end to document indexing, but one needn’t be an expert in everything.

You’ll be working closely with an experienced team to help you grow in the areas you’re interested in, including opportunities to experiment with machine learning, chatbots, crowdsourcing and more.

As important, this is for someone who cares about making better journalism but knows that code isn’t the solution to every problem. The developer will work hand-in-hand with the rest of the team to assess new opportunities, forge key partnerships, evolve the product roadmap and overall strategy for DocumentCloud.

We are extremely flexible with location and remote working. DocumentCloud is a distributed team, based coast-to-coast, with people in Philadelphia, the Bay Area and Boston.

We believe deeply in the importance of diversity and inclusion. We strongly encourage people of color and LGBTQIA candidates to apply. We’re committed to structuring our hiring process and organization to be welcoming to applicants of all backgrounds.

This is a full-time position with paid vacation and health care benefits, vision, and dental benefits and a 401k.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience building and scaling Ruby on Rails applications;
  • Experience working with Amazon Web Services or a similar cloud-based infrastructure;
  • Experience with front-end technologies and frameworks;
  • A desire to work for a mission-driven organization.

Other skills we’d like to see but are not a requirement:

  • Familiarity with indexing engines, such as Solr;
  • Experience with Python and Django;
  • Experience working with distributed teams;
  • Experience with using data and documents to tell a story, either through traditional reporting or in other ways.

If this role sounds interesting to you, drop Aron a line at or apply directly at

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