Sr. Back-End Engineer

GovernmentCIORemote; Anywhere in US1M ago


GovernmentCIO is looking for an analytical, results-driven professional to join our team as a Senior Back-end Engineer building government digital services and working on a IT Practitioner with commercial experience transforming systems and services leveraging concepts in the Digital Services Playbook with a focus on user-centered agile delivery processes. As the Senior Back-end engineer, you will apply your agility, innovation and expertise to build and enhance existing government platforms.


GovernmentCIO aims to transform government IT by delivering the technology-related innovation necessary to improve governmental operations every day. Come transform government IT with us. Apply today!


  • Rapidly deliver lightweight back-end services on a modern, public-facing web stack.
  • Work in a multi-disciplined team including customer-focused researchers, designers, front-end engineers, DevOps engineers, and other back-end engineers.
  • Work with Product Owners and Scrum Teams in requirements decomposition, backlog refinement, breakdown of user stories and tasks.
  • Interaction with stakeholders and SMEs in support of the Product Owner.
  • Use Ruby/Rails and other programming languages to build scalable back-end services that gracefully integrate with legacy systems and modern front-end frameworks.
  • Build APIs that support both the digital services we deliver as well as third-party usage.
  • Use unit and integration testing to ensure systems meet business needs.
  • Ship software that impacts the lives of millions of American Veterans and their families.
  • Interface with internal and Government management personnel.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in an agile environment like Scrum or SAFe.
  • At least one year of direct, continuous work experience in Ruby/Rails.
  • Seven or more years of back-end programming using one or more major open source web platforms in languages such as Ruby, Python, JavaScript, PHP, or Java.
  • Understanding of the fundamental technologies of the web: HTTP, SSL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and JSON.
  • Must be able to design, discuss, and document system strategies for platform, applications and networks.
  • Experience designing RESTful APIs for consumption by front-end developers.
  • Experience integrating with external REST web services.
  • Experience integrating with external SOAP web services.
  • Experience writing both unit and end-to-end automated tests.
  • Experience working with frequently updated open source libraries.
  • Strong desire to contribute to a rapidly changing open source platform.
  • Strong understanding of object-oriented design and SOLID design principles.
  • Strong understanding of MVC architecture in general (preferably as implemented by Rails).
  • Proficient with Git, GitHub, Markdown text, and Slack.
  • Proficient spelling, grammar, and communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, Mathematics, Science, and related fields. On a special case-by-case basis, five years of related work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree for otherwise highly qualified candidates.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.


Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Three or more years of direct work experience in Ruby/Rails.

·      Working knowledge of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard

  • Public contributions to GitHub and/or open source projects.
  • Exposure to full-stack development with React JS or other front-end JavaScript frameworks.
  • Familiarity with PHP, Drupal CMS, static site generators, Node.js, and GraphQL.
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services—in particular EC2, S3, and RDS.
  • Experience reading and writing to relational databases (such as PostgreSQL) using Ruby on Rails ActiveRecord.
  • Experience documenting RESTful APIs using Open API (Swagger).
  • Experience using JSON:API and JSON Schema standards.
  • Experience migrating monoliths using Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and/or Microservices Architecture (MSA) patterns.
  • Experience working in environments that utilize TDD-based automation.
  • Experience supporting public-facing web applications with a large userbase.
  • Experience communicating at a senior level, to include demos to customers and stakeholders, written technical proposals, and recorded brown bags/knowledge share sessions.
  • Technical lead experience.

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