Since our founding in 2011, Leadnow has been at the leading edge of leveraging technology to organize and empower thousands of everyday people across Canada to make a difference in the big fights of our time — fighting for economic and social justice, pushing for action on the climate crisis, and fixing our broken democracy.
If you’re like us, you think that most of our leaders, and almost all of our institutions, seem like they’re either making things worse, or just incapable of making things better.
Again, if you’re like us, you think that the hope for our future lies with the ability of people -- lots and lots of people -- to come together in new ways, challenge the power of the old systems, and build a more democratic, fair and just society.
At Leadnow.ca we’re a driving force in this transformation. Since we launched before the 2011 federal election, we’ve used technology to help hundreds of thousands of people across Canada come together for a strong democracy, fair economy and safe climate.
Now, we’re looking for an exceptional and values-aligned developer, to ensure Leadnow has the digital infrastructure needed to help our people-powered movement continue to punch above our weight.
We’re passionate about putting our members first: making people feel powerful enough to change the world is what drives us as a team. You’ll be a good fit with us if you keep an eye on the big picture, often spot opportunities that others miss, and are always willing to roll up your sleeves. If you’re politically aware, persistent, and a little bit scrappy, that’s even better.
About the role
As Leadnow’s Developer, you will be responsible for maintaining our existing tech stack, as well as building and maintaining new campaign tools to reach new supporters and increase the impact of our members.
In the next year, you’ll play an integral role in a major update to Leadnow’s tech stack, including the launch of new tools for peer-to-peer SMS, mass distributed phone banking, and a distributed event / volunteer organizing tool.
Why you’ll love working at Leadnow
A flexible and friendly work environment
Opportunities to collaborate on projects with international colleagues from Leadnow’s sister organizations around the globe, and will be eligible for professional development opportunities that include international travel!
Purposeful work, that creates a tangible, measurable difference
Leadnow is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, sexual orientation or nature of disability
We are looking for someone with the right balance of technical experience and passion to join our growing organization and are open to accommodating varying schedules for the right candidate to take on the role and grow with it. This job may be right for you if one of the following describes you:
An experienced senior software engineer, who can handle a small array of self-hosted tools with ease, and ship new features on deadline with confidence, looking for part-time work
A talented junior general purpose programmer with a passion for social change and the ability to learn new skills quickly, looking for full-time work.
Something in between
$55,000 to $70,000 annually; negotiable hours of work (between 0.5-1.0 FTE / 20-40 hours per week) within the above salary band, commensurate with experience
Full health and dental benefits after successful completion of probation
Location: Toronto or Vancouver preferred. Remote work considered for the right candidate.
Ability to reliably plan and meet deadlines, but remain flexible to re-prioritize under changing circumstances
Self awareness and eagerness to grow: You “know what you don’t know”, ask for help, and you’re committed to learning new things
Likes teamwork, but works well independently
Strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to convey complex ideas briefly and simply -- including translating technical concepts into simple language for non-technical colleagues
Curious, and a fearless learner and problem solver
Strong integrity, humility, and discretion
Excellence with Git, SVN, or related code-versioning systems.
Write code and lead projects that span the entire software stack, including prototyping, rich front-end apps, APIs, background data processing, and cloud architecture.
Several years of experience with one or more server-side Web applications frameworks such as Django, Python, and Ruby on Rails, and the ability to learns bits or big chunks of others as needed (bonus points if you’re familiar with both Ruby and Python).
HTML/CSS: keeping up on the trends, but with an eye for the most robust, browser-compatible solutions for our basic layout and content. (Most of our front-ends use Bootstrap3.)
Rock-solid understanding of the infrastructure behind a scaled deployment, and experience with multiple solutions for: servers, database setup and configuration, permissions, load balancing, CDNs, and security.
Experience working with data, spreadsheets, and databases such as MySQL / PostgreSQL.
Bonus points (Nice to haves):
Experience volunteering or working with political or non-profit campaigns
Graphic design, and/or UX design experience
A great sense of humor
Our tech stack
The Source: Custom membership database and analytics dashboard (Django/MySQL)
Act: Custom online action platform and CMS (Django/MySQL)
Engaging Networks: Online advocacy platform. We currently use it primarily for donation processing and sending email blasts. (SAAS)
Control Shift / you.leadnow.ca: DIY petition page where our members can run their own campaigns and organize events. (SAAS)
NationBuilder: Organizing platform that includes a website/CMS, mailer, CRM functions. (SAAS)
WordPress: Our home page, www.leadnow.ca, is a WordPress site hosted on EC2 with some custom plugins for our own needs.
AWS: we use Amazon Web Services extensively for our infrastructure, mostly EC2, S3, and RDS.