About MoveOn’s Systems

MoveOn’s millions of members generate significant website and digital tool traffic that creates interesting scaling problems to solve. We have terabytes of data that drive ambitious analytics, fundraising, and engagement programs. At MoveOn, making decisions with data is a core part of how all work gets done. Like many nonprofit tech teams, we’re a small, scrappy crew, wear many hats, and work across the software stack and across the organization. We work closely with fundraisers, multi-channel campaigners, field organizers, analysts, and storytellers to implement and scale their ambitious plans.

While we often split up who is working on which projects, everyone on the team works on all parts of our systems. We have ~10 production systems—and two systems running at significant scale—getting thousands of requests a minute during spikes of member energy. We believe in choosing the best language, platform, and tool for the job and are not language zealots, but we also recognize the switching cost of straddling too many languages.

We do a lot of work in Python and Javascript and deploy most systems to AWS (check out our GitHub) but believe good programmers don’t need to come in with an exact match of experience and can learn our systems and software stacks. We are deeply collaborative and spend lots of time pair-programming over Zoom video. We have a “there are no silly questions” policy and encourage egoless collaboration. We build and maintain infrastructure that powers the organization and amplifies the work of the analytics and mobile teams. We’ve created software management processes that let us work in a flexible, all-remote environment and empower us to embed with organizers and work on tight political deadlines.

Examples of recent and ongoing work:

  • Building and maintaining data pipelines between systems and our data warehouse.
  • Designing, building and launching custom Django apps that extend the functionality of vendor tools.
  • Coordinating and reviewing Spoke code contributions from open-source developers and contractors.
  • Supporting campaigners, field organizers and UX and product staff creating microsites using WordPress.
  • Writing complex, reusable targeting SQL queries to support experimentation and campaigning needs in bulk mail (ActionKit), SMS blast (Upland Mobile Commons), P2P SMS (Spoke).
  • Vetting third-party apps for security risks.


  • Write and review code and lead projects that span the entire software stack, including prototyping, front-end development, API development, high-performance back-end applications, database design, and system architecture.
  • Create and contribute to open source projects that share MoveOn’s innovations back with the larger developer community.
  • Contribute to software architecture and build vs. buy discussions and decisions.
  • Contribute to team discussions on building an equitable working environment.
  • Manage, upmanage, translate and prioritize requests from technical and non-technical colleagues.
  • Learn, grow, and succeed in your career.

Required skills and experience

  • Fluent in at least one programming language and web development platform.
  • Interested in learning and diving into new languages, tools, and frameworks.
  • Determined and thorough—can see a project through from idea to prototyping, design, production, scaling, and beyond.
  • Curious, and a committed learner and problem-solver.
  • Engaged or interested in effective planning, communication and work management processes.
  • Able to be effective in an organization whose staff all work remotely.
  • Comfortable proactively reaching out to, thought partnering with, and negotiating with stakeholders across the broader organization.

Location: Position may be based anywhere in the continental United States.

Classification, salary, and benefits: Full-time, competitive salary including benefits such as 100%-employer-paid premiums for medical, dental, and vision insurance for all staff and their children; 401k plan with employer contribution; employer-paid premiums for life insurance; four weeks accrued paid vacation time per year, prorated for the period that you work; 18 weeks of paid parental leave (birth, adoption, foster care placement of a child), 10 days accrued paid sick time, and paid family medical leave; staff holidays; professional development budget of $1,000; monthly cell phone and internet reimbursement of $175 per month; home office subsidy and everything needed for a home office.

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