Senior Software Engineer / Team Lead

  • Engineering
  • Full- time
  • Victoria, British Columbia
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Change.org is the world's largest technology platform for social change. Our goal is to empower people everywhere to start campaigns around the issues they care about, mobilize others, and work with decision makers to drive solutions.

We’re also an innovative business – a "social enterprise” and a certified B Corporation, with a business model designed to support positive social impact.

Over 175 million people have started and signed petitions, and our users win nearly one victory per hour, including strengthening hate crime legislation in South Africa; fighting corruption in Indonesia, Italy, and Brazil; ending the ban on gay Boy Scouts in the United States, and big wins for women’s rights in India. And we’re just getting started. Here’s a small snapshot of some of the victories our users have had: https://youtu.be/h4O81mgK85E.

We love serving our incredible users, and we love our staff too. We show it with very competitive salaries, five weeks of vacation, robust maternity and parental leave, an amazing culture, free language training (if you want it), and a high impact, low-ego team that can’t wait to learn from you and teach you what they know.


Here's what you'll do as part of our team:

  • Be part of a small, close-knit team, using their skills to make the world better.
  • Take part in regular creative brainstorming sessions to improve the product quality.
  • Work in an agile environment (TDD, pairing, short release cycles).
  • Lead technical projects.
  • Support and develop Software Engineers through mentorship and coaching.
  • Architect new systems and components.
  • Troubleshoot scaling and deployment issues.
  • Proactively refactor the codebase to improve its quality.
  • Contribute to our bottom line through rigorous analytics and A/B testing.
  • Work in all layers of the web stack, from JavaScript to Linux configuration.
  • Create tools that turn abstract ideas into something visual.
  • Teach, learn, and document.

And here are the skills and experience we hope you have:

  • 6+ years of experience writing clean, performant, test-driven code; at least 2 years each of Ruby on Rails and JavaScript.
  • 2+ years experience building, mentoring, and managing software engineering teams.
  • 2+ years experience building systems from the ground up.
  • 2+ years experience working with a production system at scale.
  • Identify and analyze issues across the entire stack.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, especially in technical subjects.
  • Properly size-up a feature to understand the potential risk versus gain.
  • Put in place tools to ensure the reliability, availability and serviceability of a service.
  • Sound understanding of Linux and process management.
  • Very comfortable working with relational and NoSQL data stores (MySQL, Redis, Cassandra).

Nice to haves:

  • Experience with Node.js, Backbone.js, and Rendr.
  • Knowledge of Chef or similar configuration management tools. 
  • Knowledge of additional languages and frameworks.
  • Experience in additional software stacks.
  • Experience teaching and mentoring.

This is a full-time opportunity. The position is located in Victoria.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, physical disability, or length of time spent unemployed.

We are working for a world where no one is powerless, and where creating change is a part of everyday life. We're just getting started, and we hope you'll join us.


Change.org Careers

Outsized impact

Change.org is the fastest growing social change organization in the world, empowering more than 50 million people to create change in their communities.

Amazing people

We are building a world-class team of technologists and creatives along with the most accomplished team of social movement creators in the world.

Extraordinary benefits

5 weeks vacation

Free language training

Personal growth