Apply to become a Web Application Engineer of The 19th

Minimum wage: $90,000

Location: Austin, Texas or remote

Reports to: chief technology officer

The 19th is hiring an experienced and knowledgeable Web Applications Engineer to help us build and develop the web platform for our growing non-profit news organization.

In this role, you will work closely with a cross-functional group of journalists, designers, product managers and engineers to advance our mission to empower those we serve – especially women, women of color and the LGBTQ+ community. – with the information, resources and community they need to be equal participants in our democracy. You will work closely with our CTO and Product Engineer to continue to develop our WordPress-based web platform, launch our open source strategy, support decentralized republishing of our content, and build tools to support our newsroom.

Responsibilities include:

  • Create sleek frontends with an eye on accessibility and inclusiveness.
  • Write back-end code inside and outside the WordPress framework.
  • Write code and configure infrastructure to improve site security and performance.
  • Identify and respond appropriately to production issues.
  • Stay abreast of new technologies and developments that may affect our platform and our mission.
  • Propose, design and execute disjointed solutions within available time and resources, working with the technology team and integrating feedback from cross-functional stakeholders.
  • Write clear technical specifications and revise with clear and constructive feedback
  • Work closely with relevant teams to ensure implemented software meets business, technology architecture, and performance objectives.
  • Provide timely, substantive feedback on code written by peers.

Non-essential duties (if capacity permits):

  • Participate in organization-wide design brainstorming and thinking sessions.
  • Participate in culture building, inclusive decision-making and contribute insights to different parts of our work to help us improve as an organization, such as helping to onboard new team members or by participating in our hiring process.
  • Participate in team, organizational and individual relationship building and professional development throughout the year.

Relevant skills include:

  • 3+ years of experience building cross-platform web applications using web standards.
  • Technical experience with:
    • 3+ years writing standalone PHP 7+, ideally including WordPress and WordPress plugins
    • 3+ years writing modern JavaScript/TypeScript, including using Webpack and Babel
    • 2+ years writing modern CSS and SASS
    • 3+ years of integration with external APIs
    • 3+ years of experience with source code management in Git
    • 2+ years of working with package managers like npm and Composer
    • 2+ years of experience with unit testing and testing frameworks like Jest and PHPUnit
    • 1+ years of writing tasks using CI/CD pipelines like GitHub Actions, CircleCI or similar
  • Ability to identify bottlenecks and optimize code for execution speed.
  • Ability to communicate directly with stakeholders on product changes and delivery in an accessible manner.
  • Understanding of open source and Creative Commons licensing and ability to articulate licensing differences.

We know there are great candidates out there who may not tick all of these boxes or have important skills we haven’t thought of. If this is your case, do not hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We also encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities.


  • Vacation leave (20 days per year)
  • Sick leave (10 days per year)
  • Personal days (6 days per year)
  • Holidays (17 days in 2022)
  • Paid family leave (100% up to 6 months)
  • Caregiver leave (100% up to 4 months)
  • 401(k) plan (up to 3.5% match on 6% contribution)
  • Flexible Spending Plan (for eligible medical or child care expenses)
  • Health, vision and dental insurance (100% employee / 60% dependents)
  • Professional development allowances
  • Reimbursement benefits of wellbeing and working from home
  • Long-term and short-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance

How to register

(Note: we do not accept resumes or email applications; apply here.)

Interested candidates should apply here before August 14 at Midnight CT. Do you have questions about this position? Contact [email protected]