[LRUG] [JOBS] Web Developer at mySociety (remote)

Louise Crow louise.crow at gmail.com
Wed Jul 26 03:05:42 PDT 2017

Hi all,

Use your skills for good! OK, I can't make that not sound cheesy, but
really, jobs with us are not the usual run-of-the-mill developer positions.
We have all the things that make a job rewarding - interesting problems,
excellent colleagues, flexibility and autonomy - and we work on things that
matter. If you haven't heard of us, chances are you've used one of our
services - ten million people a year in the UK do.

With Ruby/Rails skills, you'd be working in our Freedom of Information or
Democracy teams. If you're interested, you can find out more here
<https://mysociety.workable.com/j/B1886608FE>, or email me for a chat.

*What does a developer role at mySociety involve?*

Our Freedom of Information team
<https://www.mysociety.org/freedom-of-information/> works on Alaveteli
<https://github.com/mysociety/alaveteli>, the open source Rails platform
that powers WhatDoTheyKnow.com and 27 other sites around the world. You’ll
be working to grow the impact of this mature codebase, both in the UK,
where it has over 500k visitors a month, and in other countries, helping
our partners customise and grow their sites. Our current feature
development focus is through Alaveteli Pro, extending the platform for
journalistic use.

Our Democracy <https://www.mysociety.org/democracy/> team works on
political monitoring and elections, and collaborates closely with
international activists, journalists and reformers to help them make their
projects a success. You’ll be building usable sites and tools in Ruby and
Python and also helping to provide the data which supports transparency —
for example though our work on EveryPolitican
<https://www.mysociety.org/democracy/everypolitician/>, creating a
sustainable dataset of every politician in the world, and with Facebook
increasing people’s engagement with newly-elected representatives.

We're fully remote and collaborate via Slack, Google Hangouts, and Github.

*About mySociety*

Since 2003 mySociety have built and grown a series of democratic and civic
websites and apps, including FixMyStreet.com, WhatDoTheyKnow.com,
WriteToThem.com and TheyWorkForYou.com which are used by more than 10
million people each year. Whilst we continue to run our sites in the UK, we
also help groups in over 40 other countries to establish and make a success
of their own, similar sites.


Salary is in the range of £40,000 to £47,000 depending on experience, plus
pension (3% employer contribution, 5% employee). This is a permanent role.

We have some great benefits including 25 days off per year (plus bank
holidays), a new laptop, flexible working patterns, a yearly annual retreat
and regular company meetups in cities up and down the country. Read more at



Head of Development
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