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charity: water

Software Engineer

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Main areas of focus: Ruby/Rails, JavaScript (React), RSpec/Capybara, HTML/CSS, Agile, Git

Location: Remote - U.S. only.

Eligibility: charity: water is fully remote and hires from all 50 U.S. states. At this time, we are only considering candidates who are eligible to work in the United States without the need of company sponsorship now or in the future.



As a Software Engineer at charity: water, you’ll code for a cause, developing software to improve our donor experience and internal systems. You’ll report to the Director of Engineering and work on our cross functional Growth Squad to own and solve problems end-to-end. The Growth Squad is composed of a Product Manager, Designer, and Tech Lead, and you will work with them on a daily basis to develop public user facing experiences that inspire greater giving and engagement on our website.


●     Working with cross functional squad members to shape, build, and maintain software related to:

○      charity: water’s public website, including navigation, SEO, and site performance

○      Our componentized CMS & design systems

○      Online Lead Collection & Donation forms, including payment processing, data collection, and conversion rate optimization

○      Supporting marketing initiatives through custom components, integrations, and product functionality

●     Collaborating with other squads that support a logged in user experience, data analytics, and integrated systems that support our fundraising, accounting, and water programs teams

●     Writing modern, well-tested (99% test coverage), maintainable code to ensure the smooth operation of all our systems with minimal tech debt

●     Contributing to technical team discussions with other engineers to ensure efficient, well-maintained systems

●     Conducting thorough code reviews



●     At least 2 years developing full-stack web applications in a fast-paced environment

●     A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent industry experience

●     Proficiency with a modern MVC framework (Ruby on Rails experience preferred)

●     Expertise writing clean, modular, and extensible JavaScript (React experience preferred)

●     A strong passion & interest in modern front end development

●     Knowledge of relational databases and caching strategies

●     An agile approach to software development and maintenance cycles



●     Experience using Builder, Contentful, and Optimizely

●     Experience with nonprofits, online fundraising & payment processing

●     Experience working with Product, and Marketing teams

●     Experience with test driven development



You’re a problem solver

We find ways of getting it done at charity: water. We don’t invest time on why it can’t be done. You know how to articulate and roll out solutions, recognizing there are many solutions to the same problem. You find new and effective ways to streamline and create processes to increase efficiency.


You’re curious and collaborative

You learn from and contribute to your team through means of code reviews, technical team discussions, and pairing.


You execute for quality

You recognize the value of testable and maintainable code and strive to follow best practices to improve the quality of the codebase.


You’re an excellent communicator

You can clearly convey how your solutions will work to address the issues the team faces. You can patiently explain complex concepts or code to a technical or non-technical audience.


You possess strong computer science fundamentals

You know which tools and data structures to use to deliver simple, yet high-performing solutions. You enjoy turning ideas into working code and are passionate about building scalable and reliable products with a fulfilling user experience.



The Engineering team is made up of problem-solvers committed to collaborating well and delivering the highest quality code. They are crucial to the success of our main fundraising platforms and the heartbeat behind the software that makes our work possible. Using our base tech stack Rails, React, and Postgres, they enable us to spread generosity to end the world water crisis.


At charity: water, we believe that water changes everything. We work with local implementing partners to fund sustainable solutions that provide clean and safe drinking water to people around the world. Since 2006, with a diverse team of world-changers and an unstoppable community of supporters, we’ve brought clean water to more than 17.5 million people worldwide. With the makings of a mid-size tech startup, we’re reinventing charity through endless innovation, contagious passion, beautifully crafted stories, and a powerful brand that inspires a new kind of generosity.


At charity: water, we value every background, identity, and experience. We believe that a diverse team, informed by different cultures and perspectives, makes us stronger. We are committed to doing the work and challenging each other to be an organization in which everyone is respected and heard. We commit to providing genuine opportunities for all people to thrive. And we will continue to embed diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equality in everything we do.


Unlimited PTO

Summer Fridays

6-week paid sabbatical leave after 5 years of employment

Annual bonus potential through The Pool

401k plan + employer match

Medical covered at 80% + Dental/Vision contributions

FSA + dependent day care FSA

Employer-paid life insurance, STD, LTD

16-week paid maternity and paternity leave for new parents

Stipends for Home office, Professional Development, TSA Pre-check and a You-do-You Perk

2-4 annual travel requirements to spend quality in-person time with the team

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