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Back-end Engineer

Here at TED, we create the TED Talks video series, the globe-spanning TED Fellows program, the TED-Ed movement to support learners of all ages, and many more idea-driven initiatives. And it's all powered by our world-class technology.

TED’s Technology Team focuses on continuous improvement for users to easily access ideas and spread them far and wide within their communities. This is an opportunity to join a team that believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. 

We are looking for a Back-end Engineer to help us deliver a systems oriented view of TED’s content management and distribution, including video production, content authoring, and support of a wide array of distributed business logic.  

This is a full-time remote position. 

Who are you?

  • You have a deep knowledge of and experience with Ruby & Ruby on Rails, Node.js w/ Express.js, Mocha.js, developing APIs, and full integrated back-end systems.
  • You have a proven track record of writing clean and maintainable code that is well covered by tests.
  • You’re familiar with application and data security best practices as well as with server side design patterns and architecture.
  • You work well in iterative development process.
  • You are self-motivated with a passion for jumping into various projects with confidence.
  • You have a good sense of humor and preferably a love of puns.

What will you do?

  • Make sure our data is well designed, systemically coherent, and interoperable with a polyglot environment all while ensuring it can get to where it needs to go across the globe to support a diverse set of needs.  
  • Write and support a great deal of our internal tooling around deployments, continuous integration, and audit.
  • Work on the entire range of TED initiatives including TEDx, TED-Ed, TED Fellows, The Audacious Project, as well as the main TED.com site.

At TED we value:

  • Effective workflows- Team members that are willing to contribute, however possible, to ensure overall effectiveness of position.
  • Communication and collaboration-  Our team has excellent written and oral communication skills (ability to create & maintain technical documentation).
  • Structured support- Engineers have regular support and mentoring from the Director of Engineering and CTO.  
  • Professional development- All employees receive a professional development stipend annually. 
  • Work-life balance- Although hard-working, we actively promote a work-life balance and offer a 2- week summer break and 1-week winter break in addition to paid time off.

Our team is passionate about TED’s content and the prospect of creating a stronger platform to enable the exchange of ideas worldwide. We’re endlessly curious. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. And we love to work alongside nice people.

Generous health/dental/vision benefits and a company-matched 401K are part of the deal. Every employee also gets an annual continuing education allowance to use for professional development!

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