Backend Engineer

New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 19, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Role overview

Technology will play a critical role in enabling the next generation of cash delivery: from identifying recipients without needing to knock on doors to a modern payments infrastructure that gets dollars in recipients’ hands faster and more scalably. We are seeking a software engineer to help design and build our systems for identifying, enrolling, and paying recipients, with building out our payments infrastructure to meet our rapid growth being one of your first charges. 

You’ll have the opportunity to wear many hats, from driving architecture decisions to building out robust test infrastructure. Your work will directly help scale GiveDirectly’s capacity to give cash to more people, across more countries, more quickly, while maintaining a high quality recipient experience.  

This role will report to the Director of Field Technology and work closely with our team of Data Associates, as well as cross-functionally with engineers on the Growth team. Salesforce is our canonical data store and what our field operations teams use for operations and case management. This role will include writing some business logic in Salesforce’s Apex (similar to Java/C#) but also, significantly, leading the development of a new core part of our tech stack, apps that interface with Salesforce but live outside of it.


    Architect, build, and test software systems for enrolling and paying recipients, including API integrations with payments providers and other external systems Build out our deployment infrastructure and devOps for apps living outside of Salesforce Debug issues across multiple layers of our stack Design, build, and run tools and automations used by the operations team and data associates to launch programs across at least seven countries Mentor data associates in Python automation and Apex programming

What we’re looking for

    4+ years of industry experience creating production-caliber software and systems Experience with backend architecture: databases, cloud services, APIs Experience building infrastructure to deploy software Experience with strongly-typed, object-oriented programming such as Java, C#, Apex, etc. and scripting languages such as Python, Ruby, etc. Bonus: experience with Salesforce and/or experience with payments/financial software Strong analytical skills and communication - able to break down complex problems, describe trade-offs, and communicate recommended next steps Exceptional alignment with GD values (outlined below)

 GD Values

Recipients first. We prioritize recipient preferences over donor preferences or our own.

Team Next. We do what is best for the success of the organization - not the individual.

Be proactively candid. We say what we believe and are honest in sharing information.

Create positive energy. We strive to be a source of energy - not drain it - for our colleagues.

Think rigorously. Act Quickly. We are intellectually rigorous and oriented towards action - not debate.

Know yourself and grow. We recognize and accept our imperfections with a focus on growth

Accept reality. Propose solutions. We don't dwell on problems. We are actively working to create solutions.

Be productively ambitious. We take the risk of pursuing industry-changing successes, not marginal advancements.

**GD is committed to observing all local, national and international laws that protect children, vulnerable adults, and basic human rights of all. GD is committed to a policy of “zero tolerance for sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH)” and expects anyone who works for GD to uphold the protection and safeguarding of our recipients as a priority.**

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