Founding Engineer

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Reports to: Executive Director
Starting Compensation: $80,000 to $90,000 reserved for salary and $20,000 of fringe benefits for the first year.
Location: 90% Remote, EST time zone
Type: Full-time/flexible schedule (option for 4-day work week)

About Us: finEQUITY is a community-sourced financial technology organization. We are a nonprofit with a mission to build a digital road from prison to financial prosperity. In doing that work, we advance the financial futures of families impacted by mass incarceration. Our first product, not our last: an innovative way for recently released community members to establish a healthy credit score so that they can access affordable housing, phones, utilities, cars, and more. Our loan program, which was piloted in New York in 2021, is set to expand in 2022-2023 to 14 states. In the future, we will focus on addressing barriers to employment and families managing criminal justice debt. In the past 12 months, is close to surpassing a $1 Million commitment from a list of supporters that include the following organizations: Fund for New Leadership,, the Financial Health Network, Capital One, the Robin Hood Foundation, the Sparkplug Foundation, and the SPC-Agency Fund. We are now headed into 2022 with a goal to establish both an amazing leadership team and a suite of impactful products. As a new and growing organization, you will play a huge part in our success!

The role: We are seeking a founding engineer. This is a great chance to leverage your passion and engineering background to be a subject matter expert for difference-making products and services for justice-impacted communities. As one of the team’s first full-time technical staff members, you’ll have the opportunity to help shape, build, and grow finEQUITY’s technical power. Lastly, you’ll have the opportunity to take on many roles, from driving architecture decisions to building out infrastructure and managing internal and contracted developers.

What the role will consist of:
Co-manage new products from designs to prototypes, specifications, and then to live deployments during private and public betas.
Manage technical contract hires/development firms and volunteer engineers. This includes performing regular reviews of other peoples’ code to ensure that they are documenting and writing testable code that performs well.
Design and manage code documentation protocols.
Implement integrations with third-party operations services and financial services, including discovery of new uses for existing data or acquirable data sets.
Design, build, and run internal IT tools for use by our internal operations team, volunteers, contractors, and board members.
Manage our technical budget through decision making on different contractors or different vendors (for example, BAAS providers or other fintech API providers) that meet the needs of our users and allow us to more quickly launch workable prototypes.
Ensure all our web products are responsive and optimized for a variety of devices such as older model mobile phones and desktops.
Advance, embody, and build on our core values.

A proven ability to communicate advanced technical concepts clearly to non-developers.
Ability to thrive in environments with both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration.
Willingness to learn whatever it takes to reach our impact metrics and internal operational goals.
Comfortability with strategic use of low-code automations and third-party APIs to create cohesive, user-friendly experiences.
Strong understanding of webhooks and API testing.
Experience with PHP, HTML, CSS.
Interest in gaining expertise/significant experience with Twilio development (i.e. creating simple and complex proxy servers).
Previous experience testing fintech APIs or a strong interest in assessing the developer-friendliness of different fintech API documentation (e.g. Core Banking, Payments, Payroll APIs,etc)
Experience with Javascript and writing cross-browser code (React and Node.js experience preferred).

Bonus Qualifications/Nice to Haves
Experience developing progressive web applications (PWA)
Prior experience in civic technology initiatives or nonprofit environments.
Prior experience with the co-design process.
Strong front end development skills/experience with front end tools such as typescript, NextJS, SCSS modules, GSAP, Framer Motion, Figma, Webpack or equivalents.

Application Instructions:
In addition to your cover letter and resume, please share samples of your work, focusing on projects that showcase your experience with workflows related to internal operations or client facing web/SMS based services. If submitting Github links, you must also include an overview video or demo of code in action (only links to a github repo will not be reviewed).