[Jobposts] Backend Software Engineer at Callisto

Ali Ferlazzo ali at projectcallisto.org
Thu Dec 27 00:04:14 UTC 2018

Backend Software Engineer


About Callisto:

Callisto is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that creates
technology to combat sexual assault, empower survivors, and advance
justice. Specifically, we create websites that make it easier for sexual
assault survivors to report and name their assailant and enable the
detection of repeat sexual offenders. We also connect survivors to
attorneys who advise them on their options to seek justice. We are funded
by earned revenue from partner institutions and by philanthropic
supporters, including Google.org, Y Combinator
Greylock Partners
<https://news.greylock.com/our-investment-in-callisto-950d74bfd43f>, and
the Skoll Foundation <http://skoll.org/organization/callisto/>.

We are a small but powerful team, united in the belief that we can create a
more just world. The culture around us is changing rapidly and the demand
for Callisto has never been greater. We have expanded beyond our initial
work with college campuses to address sexual assault and professional
sexual coercion in multiple industries, connecting victims of the same
predator to each other and with legal support.

About the Position:

As a Backend Software Engineer at Callisto, you will join a fast-paced,
collaborative, multidisciplinary team to implement and support first-class
technical infrastructure in solving complex problems in the social justice,
data security, and legal space. Our Product team is passionate about
building and scaling our survivor-centered products as we grow.

With your versatile engineering experience and strong technical background,
you’ll immediately be able to join us in sustaining an ability to support
even more users and survivors. To do this work we bring a high attention to
detail to everything we do, from bug fixing to code climate improvement
(documentation, automated tests, and analytics) to new feature development.
Problem solving will be at the heart of what you do.

While at times you’ll work independently, we also highly value
collaboration and communication within the team and with other departments;
you’ll participate in our standups, user-centric product design, QA work,
and project management. Over time, you will contribute meaningfully to our
developer operations and develop a strong understanding of the sexual
assault and coercion space, with a focus on user privacy and security.

We are excited to deepen our expertise in innovative approaches to product
development and scaling our engineering processes while adopting industry
best practices. We hope you are as excited to learn new things and will
consider applying for this role if this sounds like you.

This position will be located in San Francisco.

Primary Responsibilities


   Work closely with the Chief Technology Officer and the Product Team to
   innovate impactful products for survivors of sexual assault and coercion.

   Be part of the small engineering team that will improve and support
   Callisto’s recently launched expansion product

   Work on cutting-edge technologies across the stack, including federated
   server infrastructure, Node.js and Angular, intricate user
interfaces and advanced
   cryptography <https://cryptography.projectcallisto.org/>.

   Execute Callisto’s data security strategy to protect the privacy and
   civil liberties of our users.

   Debug and troubleshoot problems in complex systems.

   Help create a world where sexual violence is rare and survivors are

Essential Skills and Experience


   You likely have 5 years of engineering experience across the stack, with
   at least 3 of those years working in complex developer operations.

   You have experience supporting production-grade software and/or
   commercial projects.

   You are highly skilled with with Linux and systems administration.

   You demonstrate high proficiency working with TypeScript, Node.js, or

   You have a keen interest in building and shipping products with focus on
   privacy, data security, and cryptography.

   You possess a strong working knowledge of relational databases and Git
   and pride yourself on having an excellent version control system.

   You’ve worked on or with cross-functional product development teams.

   You thrive in a constantly changing environment and enjoy learning new

   You want to pursue a passion for justice and use all of these skills to
   combat sexual assault, support survivors, and advance justice.

What to Expect at Callisto:

Our Environment

We are engineers, designers, legal experts, researchers, and
educators—united in our desire to create a world where sexual assault and
coercion are rare and survivors are supported. Our work is serious, but our
days are full of joy and mutual support. We are each other’s biggest fans,
fierce yet kind, driven yet understanding.

Our Benefits

Callisto offers medical, dental, and vision insurance, along with paid
holidays, vacation, sick and wellness days and a 401k. Members of the
Callisto team also receive a professional development budget.

Your Rewards

Enter a mission-driven work culture with a focus on well-being and
work-life balance. Callisto employees create self-care plans to ensure that
all team members remain healthy, happy, and whole. And the final reward is
knowing that you go to work each day helping to change the world for the

Callisto is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are
committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Apply here
You will be required to submit a resume and a cover letter.

*Ali Ferlazzo*

Recruiting Coordinator, Callisto
ali at projectcallisto.org
San Francisco, CA

P.S. We're hiring! Help us find our new Head of Strategy & Business
, Director of Communications
or Backend Software Engineer

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