Contract Web Developer for LittleSis.org

We are seeking a contract web developer to help bring LittleSis.org to the next level of functionality, reliability, and data coverage. Strong skills/experience with either Ruby on Rails or React is required, and an interest in learning and working on our full technology stack (detailed below) is strongly preferred.

LittleSis.org (the opposite of Big Brother) is a free, open source power mapping database and research wiki developed by the Public Accountability Initiative. The site publishes data on the political, financial, and social networks of over 300,000 powerful individuals and organizations, from corporate executives and politicians to banks and think tanks. By bringing transparency to these networks, we support challenges to the excessive influence of billionaires and corporations in our democracy. Many activists, journalists, and other researchers rely on and edit LittleSis data in their investigations and campaigns. See examples of LittleSis data being put to work here, here, and here.

We are looking for someone who wants to put their coding skills to work to challenge the power structure, in tandem with a growing community of watchdog researchers, journalists, and activists.

The ideal candidate will be a full-stack developer with a strong background in Rails and/or React who is energized by LittleSis’ mission, and user-centered in their approach. We also prefer a developer with some UX and web design experience. Initial work will be focused heavily on maintenance and feature improvement, though there may be opportunities for new feature development, data journalism work, and other projects.

Technology Stack

You should be familiar with most of our technology stack and interested in learning the rest. (Experience/knowledge of either Rails or React is required.)

– Ruby: Rails, RSpec
– JavaScript: React, jQuery, D3
– Bootstrap
– SVG
– SQL
– Ansible
– Git
– Docker

How To Apply

Before applying for the position you should spend a little time familiarizing yourself with the LittleSis site, API, network visualization tool, and our code bases:

– LittleSis: http://littlesis.org
– API: https://littlesis.org/api
– Oligrapher: https://littlesis.org/maps/featured & https://littlesis.org/oligrapher
– Our code: https://github.com/public-accountability
– Rails code: https://github.com/public-accountability/littlesis-rails
– Oligrapher code: https://github.com/public-accountability/oligrapher

To apply, write to [email protected] with a cover letter, resume, and a link to your github account or a relevant code sample. In the cover letter, please include your required rate of pay. This is a remote contract position, though candidates based in the northeastern U.S. are preferred.

We are committed to a diverse workplace. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.