Software Engineer

About the job

About The Philadelphia Inquirer, PBC

Since 1829, The Philadelphia Inquirer has been “asking on behalf of the people” by providing essential journalism for the diverse communities of the Philadelphia region. The Inquirer, a for-profit public benefit corporation owned by the non-profit Lenfest Institute, produces Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism that changes lives and leads to lasting reforms. Its multiple brand platforms — including newspapers,, e-Editions, apps, newsletters, and live events — reach a growing audience of more than 10 million people a month. “In a free state, there should always be an inquirer asking on behalf of the people: Why? Why? Why?” — John Norvell, Inquirer co-founder


Our fast-changing technology team is committed to delivering great stories and digital user experiences through a robust, flexible and scalable technology stack. Our engineers are working on everything from optimizing payment systems to integrating new social media platforms, and everything in between, all focused on better serving our audiences. We’re looking for a self-starter with a positive attitude, a passion for solving difficult problems, and a hunger for knowledge. The ideal candidate is one who can break a problem apart, analyze it from different angles, and put an elegant solution in place.

Join our team in working on projects and problems that include:

  • Building out a new technology stack both functionally and technically
  • Phasing out legacy systems
  • Developing a sophisticated data analytics platform
  • Expanding upon and rebuilding our digital infrastructure into a long-term scalable system

What You’ll Do

  • Works in a cross-functional agile team comprised of Product Managers, UI/UX designers, Engineers (front-end, back-end, full-stack, iOS, Android), & QA
  • Participates and contributes to all team activities (Sprint Planning, Sprint Execution, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective)
  • Works on Arc Suites CMS enhancing the user experience
  • Designs and develops front-end using ReactJS including NodeJS middle-tier
  • Integrates our platforms with other products and vendors
  • Performs code reviews and ensures code quality
  • Designs and implements automated unit and system testing

Who We’re Looking For

  • Preferred 3+ years software engineering experience in a collaborative team environment
  • A deep understanding of software development lifecycle (SDLC), system design, data structures, and algorithms
  • Experience delivering solutions in AWS: CloudFront, S3, Lambda, API Gateway, RDS
  • Strong on web technologies: HTML5, ES6, CSS3, JavaScript, Sass and JavaScript frameworks such as React//React JSX, webpack, JSON
  • Experience in responsive web design, fluid layouts and positioning, browser behavior and compatibility, cross-browser issues and solutions
  • Experience in NodeJS, React, and Sass frameworks
  • Experience with object-oriented design, server-side scripting, and building backend applications with REST API services using Node.js
  • Successful in shipping high-profile user-facing products, working with large codebases, and engineering features for security, scalability, and high availability
  • Ability to work in a highly demanding environment while also remaining flexible; able to change goals as business needs require
  • A tireless belief in the value of local journalism and a desire to support The Inquirer’s mission to be the indispensable source of local news and information serving the diverse communities of the Philadelphia region.

*We know not everyone reading this will fit exactly what we’ve described. We encourage everyone to apply who shares our passion for indispensable journalism and our drive to create a sustainable business model to support it. As an equal opportunity employer, The Inquirer is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, and we especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to submit an application, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with special needs*

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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