Senior Full-Stack Developer
REMOTE | CONTRACT | EARLY-STAGE PRODUCT
Mission-driven software development
Civilla is committed to dramatically improving how low-income Americans access the social safety net.
Building on years of deep user research and a successful pilot, we’ve launched a service to help distribute millions of dollars in critical benefits to Michigan households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only will this service help keep food in the fridge, people in their homes, and prevent power shut offs – but it will set a new standard for simple and intuitive access to social services.
Our small team recently completed a pilot that engaged households across the state in an enrollment process that commonly takes 40 days to complete. Using the service, the enrollment process was completed in minutes. This speed of delivery was the result of a new policy framework, collaborative decision-making between partners, and software that coordinated data between several organizations. We heard sentiments from applicants like, “I’m so thankful I used this service today. This is such a blessing.” and “I can’t even begin to figure out how to express my gratitude. This has changed my life.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to scale the service due to the recent surge in demand for assistance that can be administered quickly and remotely. Our team is rapidly expanding the pilot software to serve those impacted by the pandemic. We’re working with executive leaders inside state government and social service agencies that are prepared to scale operations as soon as possible.
This is a remote, contract position with the potential to transition a permanent role in late 2020.
You’ll work closely with a small, dedicated team to scale the pilot software and establish the foundation for a long-term team. Although this is a contract position, we plan to invest in building a healthy, collaborative culture and you will be instrumental in that effort.
Our pilot software is written in Rails but our product’s software won’t necessarily be. We’re looking for someone who is eager to help make foundational choices about our stack and is excited by new and unfamiliar technologies. We intend to replace our pilot technology with something production-focused and collectively designed.
Our team has deep roots in human-centered design, and user-driven inputs guide a considerable amount of our decision making. This role will involve translating user insights and working with other engineers to establish and meet product development goals.
What you’ll do
What we’re looking for
Civilla is a nonprofit organization based in Detroit, Michigan dedicated to changing the way our public-serving institutions work. Civilla began in 2015 by partnering with state leaders to streamline the longest public benefit application in America. In a few short years, this work has already improved service for over 2.5 million people. Our work is deeply rooted in human-centered design, an approach to service delivery that focuses on creating functional and enduring solutions that fit people’s lives.
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