Staff Software Engineer Full Stack w/Back End, Federal Civilian (remote)
Company: Ad Hoc Team
Posted on: June 25, 2022
This is a fully remote position.
Work on things that matter
Ad Hoc is a digital services company that helps the federal
government better serve people. Our teams use modern, agile methods
to design and engineer government systems that connect Veterans
with services, bring affordable health care to millions of people,
and support important programs like Head Start. And as we work to
make critical government services intuitive, accessible, and
human-centered, we're also changing how the government thinks about
and uses technology. If you thrive on change, want to help close
the gap between consumer expectations and government services, and
can see the possibilities in ambiguity, then we want you here with
What matters most
Ad Hoc operates according to our commitment to inclusivity,
acceptance, accountability, and humility. We aren't heroes. We
believe in missions larger than our individual selves and leave our
egos at the door, learn from our mistakes, and iterate in order to
better serve the people in our country. We prioritize building
teams that represent the diversity of the people our government
serves. We love the challenge of government-size projects. We want
to bring skills to federal agencies, help them better meet the
needs of their users, and close the gap between consumer
expectations and government.
Built for a remote life
Ad Hoc is remote-first and remote-always. We've designed our
culture, communications, and tools to support a nationwide
distributed team since the beginning. Being remote by design allows
Ad Hoc to be thoughtful and intentional about creating diverse
teams and supporting them with a work environment that fits their
lives. With a generous PTO policy and Slack channels for every
interest (from bird watching to space nerds to parenting) our
culture embraces the things happening in your life. Maybe you need
to adjust your schedule to care for your family or take a bike
ride. At Ad Hoc, that's embraced.
The Federal Civilian business unit supports a wide range of
customers that span the federal, commercial, and non-profit space.
Our customers include the General Services Administration, Office
of Personnel Management, PAN Foundation, Library of Congress,
Social Security Administration, Health and Human Services and the
USDA US Forest Service. We partner with these agencies to build new
capabilities, deliver products, establish data as a strategic asset
for informed decision-making, modernize legacy systems, and build
the digital service infrastructure necessary to scale their mission
impact by applying approaches proven in consumer technology.
What you'll do
As an Ad Hoc Staff Software Engineer, you'll be part of a
cross-functional team, working closely with stakeholders, product
managers, designers, and other engineers. We're looking for an
engineer to help our teams deliver the very best digital services
for the public.
Staff Software Engineers generally lead cross-functional, technical
teams of 3 to 6 engineers and are the individuals primarily
responsible for ensuring successful delivery for their team. They
generally establish high levels of trust and operate with
significant autonomy. This position is reserved for individuals
with significant development and leadership experience. Staff
Software Engineers are accountable for the code and systems they
own, lead the resolution of major issues effectively and direct the
evaluation of tradeoffs between implementation complexity and other
costs. They have expert-level capabilities in at least one major
Ensuring effective engineering delivery on their program or
Contributing to and delivering performance reviews with direct
Developing and presenting monthly reports based on program
Shaping the technical direction of their program.
Managing the technical relationship with the client, and
influencing their technical decision-making.
Demonstrating a deep awareness of how changes they make interact
with all components in a broader system. This includes technologies
for frontend, backend, infrastructure, usability, and design, as
well as varying development, testing, and release methodologies
within an organization.
Planning and executing on roadmaps for new projects without
explicit guidance and direction from technical supervisors.
Actively driving conversations and planning sessions with partners
and key stakeholders, and representing the engineering practice
while advocating for the best technical solutions and communicating
tradeoffs. Ultimately providing significant positive impact to a
Influencing the customer toward successful outcomes by establishing
trust through reliable and successful execution and demonstrated
Providing vision for other engineers within their area of
influence, and advocating for that vision while taking into account
Prioritizing high-impact work and delivering on that work over
Periodically traveling to the client site to work with and present
to partners and stakeholders as necessary.
Elaborating and evolving on complex and ambiguous products to
uncover new constraints and opportunities.
Assigning tasks to and monitor the progress of task completion for
Providing mentorship and guidance to team members through practice,
code review, presentations, and architecture. This may include, but
isn't limited to game day design and execution.
Providing general career development advice to team members, and
staying up to date on career options and new opportunities within
the company that may be beneficial for the growth of those
Reducing ambiguity in the systems they work with, including
additional documentation, refactoring, and testing.
Effectively communicate on existing systems, design decisions, past
performance, and a major history of the projects that they've been
part of for bid-writing, tech demos, and other potentially
Informing program leadership of the health of your team and
contributing to evaluation of team members, written or
Actively contributing code and performing code review on your
applications as an engineer.
Participating in technical depth interviews with new candidates
Conducting regular 1:1 meetings and performance reviews with direct
reports; providing general career development advice to team
members based on their knowledge of company policy and process
Creating opportunities for improving not just their immediate area,
but similar areas in other programs across the company.
Ensure that all systems operate smoothly and, in coordination with
QA Manager, align with ISO and CMMI quality standards.
What we hope you'll bring
A minimum of 5 years of experience with open source front-end
Vue.js, and Typescript, including build infrastructure.
Experience with architecting a headless CMS-based content site.
(Headless Drupal, Netlify CMS, Contentful, Forestry.io, or
Experience integrating API endpoints that support our digital
services as well as third-party services.
A solid understanding of accessibility requirements, especially
Section 508 and WCAG.
Experienced with at least one of open source back-end languages and
frameworks such as Java, Python, Go, Ruby/Rails, Nodejs
Experience leading a team of developers and managing workload
across the team.
Experience and understanding of at least one agile methodology such
as Scrum, XP, or SAFe.
Experience with AWS, Azure, or GCP.
Solid spelling, grammar, and communication skills.
A commitment to agility, flexibility, and iteration.
More than that, our ideal candidate wants to contribute to work
that is bigger than themselves and wants to make a difference
collaborating with their team. They care deeply about building
better products, better relationships, and better trust in each
interaction people have with their government. They believe in
intuitive, easy-to-use government services. They collaborate well
with designers, stakeholders, and other teams. They mentor and
guide more junior engineers. They're human-centered.
And if you don't check every box on the list? That doesn't mean you
can't help us in our mission to deliver critical government
services. Talk to us!
Some basic requirements
All work must be conducted within the U.S., excluding U.S.
territories. Some federal contracts require U.S. citizenship to be
eligible for employment.
You must be legally authorized to work in the U.S now and in the
future without sponsorship.
As a government contractor, you may be required to obtain a public
trust security clearance.
Some of our available roles are on federal contracts that require a
degree or additional years of experience as a substitute.
Our technical screening involves completing a homework assignment
that is then graded blindly to remove bias. We do not do tricky,
unreliable whiteboarding tests. You can read more about our
Learn more about engineering at Ad Hoc.
Company-subsidized Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Use What You Need Vacation Policy
401K with employer match
Paid parental leave after one year of service
Continuing education/annual conference attendance stipend
Ad Hoc LLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age,
pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status,
political ideology, marital status, or any other factor that the
law protects from employment discrimination.
In support of the Colorado Equal Pay Transparency Act, and others
like it across the country, Ad Hoc job descriptions feature the
starting range we reasonably expect to pay to candidates who would
join our team with little to no need for training on the
responsibilities we've outlined above. Actual compensation is
influenced by a wide range of factors including but not limited to
skill set, level of experience, and responsibility. The range of
starting pay for this role is $113,889- $149,039 and information on
benefits offered is here. Our recruiters will be happy to answer
any questions you may have, and we look forward to learning more
about your salary requirements.
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