Posted March 30, 2021

Software Engineer

Nava is at the forefront of reimagining how our government serves its people, and we’re looking for experienced developers to help drive this mission forward.
You will work on a small, cross-functional team to build scalable digital services for our government – designing, implementing, and delivering software that is depended on by millions of Americans. You care deeply about working on technology that affects people’s lives, and are passionate about building large-scale systems that are well-designed, fast, scalable, and secure.
Below are some of the traits of candidates who will likely be successful in this role.  If you’re excited about this opportunity but don’t think you meet all the requirements, apply anyway!
You can work remotely or from Nava’s offices in DC, SF, or NYC. For fully remote roles, view them here. Occasional travel to government partner offices or Nava offices in SF, DC, or NY may be required on a project to project basis.

Opportunities and Challenges

You will be working within the government ecosystem, which means working, sometimes closely, with other government contractors and civil servants. Working with people outside of your company means you’ll likely encounter different working styles and cultural norms. At the same time, working as part of a larger team allows us to deliver on projects of larger scale and complexity.
The government also imposes a level of bureaucracy that is typically not present in a company of our size in the private sector. We operate in a regulated environment, where checks and compliance is built into the process of building software. This can make the path to production slower and some decisions, such as tools and processes, lie outside of our control. However, beyond writing code, finding and recommending ways to improve the way government software is built is one of the highest-leverage ways we help fulfill our mission.
You will be working with legacy systems. While our work is to build new systems with up-to-date technology, we have to do that within an existing ecosystem. Our work is building functional, resilient software for production. We don’t build flashy prototypes that don’t work for real people. This usually means getting to know legacy systems, often with poor documentation and unreliable narrators, and trying to determine how to replicate the systems’ behavior or how to integrate with these systems. This is a great opportunity for engineers who enjoy software archaeology. If you care deeply about how software systems work over time, and building systems for longevity and resilience, this work is for you.

What you’ll do:

    • Work with fellow Nava engineers to design, review, and build well-crafted software
    • Collaborate with government partners and other contractors to architect, implement, and deploy new systems and improvements to existing systems
    • Work in an agile manner to efficiently ship new features that meet user needs
    • Create tools and processes to automate our development, testing, and production workflows
    • Maintain production systems and investigate issues when they occur

What we’re looking for:

    • Meaningful experience working on web-based systems, both frontend and backend
    • Experience working on large-scale applications and systems
    • An adaptive, empathetic, collaborative and positive mindset
    • Ability to think holistically around engineering issues
    • Knowledge of engineering fundamentals and architecture
    • Expertise developing well-crafted software
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, technical and otherwise
    • Experience with modern web development frameworks
    • Experience designing and implementing application architectures and code that is highly scalable, available, and performant
    • Self-directed, requiring minimal supervision

Other requirements:

    • Experience: Minimum of 5 years
    • Residency: Lived in United States at least 3 years out of the last 5 years
    • You will be required to obtain a public trust clearance.
    • Travel: Occasional travel to government partner offices or Nava offices in SF, DC, or NY may be required on a project to project basis.

Things that are not important to us:

    • Whether or not you have a CS or engineering degree.
    • Whether or not you have Github contributions. (It’s great if you do, but we don’t expect it.)
    • Whether or not you have worked at a well-recognized company.

Remote states Nava is actively hiring in: California, DC, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington.

** If you are not living in or willing to relocate to one of the states listed above, unfortunately, you will not be considered for a position at this time.

We’re a small team working to radically improve our government, so everyone that joins us has a direct impact on the direction and success of Nava. We are stewards – we hold a deep responsibility towards the systems that we work with. We are a community – we value collaboration both within our teams and with the many hardworking people within government. We offer generous benefits and equity.
We care deeply about diversity and inclusion at Nava. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
Note: We participate in E-Verify. Upon hire, we will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. This role is required to work from the contiguous United States.


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