Overview

Job Description

This is a pivotal moment in the life of The New York Times. We have declared ourselves a subscription-first company, staking our future on producing journalism that is worth paying for and is unparalleled in its quality, depth and breadth of coverage. Connecting our expanding readership to our quality journalism is one of our most vital and exciting challenges as we move towards reaching our goal of 10 million subscriptions by 2025.

Over the past few years we have been growing our Audio team to better support successful efforts like The Daily (1 billion downloads since 2017), Rabbit Hole, 1619 and Still Processing, and adding to those efforts through acquisitions like Audm and Serial Productions. While people increasingly find themselves with less and less time, the natural human need to be informed, enriched and entertained remains strong, and we believe there’s a great opportunity with audio to help build products that better meet people where they are.

Following our acquisition of Audm (a subscription-based audio app that offers listeners the world’s best longform journalism, read aloud word-for-word by celebrated audiobook narrators), we are looking for a Senior Backend Engineer to join the Audio tech team to work on the Audm and NYT audio experience. The Senior Backend Developer will work closely with mobile developers, product and design team members, as well as the Audm and NYT Narrated Articles editorial and production teams. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to be at the center of a new product area that involves rapidly evolving technology and consumer behavior, and the chance to help foster a daily habit with quality journalism in new ways for a whole new audience of people.

You demonstrate: 

  • Belief in our mission: You have a passion for the news and for making the Times an indispensable daily destination for our readers.

  • Technical competency: You have deep knowledge of API design, content management and backend systems, and keep up to date on changes in backend frameworks, languages and overall developer community.

  • Code cleanliness: You have an understanding of what makes code well structured, maintainable and flexible and strive to create a culture where quality code is valued.

  • User focus:  You care deeply about how design, engineering and product decisions contribute to creating a seamless, engaging and enjoyable user experience.

Your Responsibilities:

  • You will implement features and systems related to content management, mobile API, DevOps and other components to support a native mobile app.

  • You will contribute to backend architectural decisions, technical roadmap and timeline estimations related to all aspects of the backend system.

  • You may contribute to some front end development.

  • You will help promote standards in development and delivery, and engage with the community of developers at the Times.

  • Where applicable, you will integrate with broader New York Times platform code, which may be at least partially written or have dependencies written in Javascript, Java and Go.

Your Qualifications:

  • Experience working in Javascript, Node and Python (Haskell experience is a plus but not required).

  • Experience with content management systems, specifically related to audio or video.

  • Experience building APIs directed to support mobile apps, ideally with audio streaming/download support.

  • Experience building on public cloud platform services: Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud Platform.

  • Knowledge of software principles, application architecture, data structures, coding conventions, and security practices.

This role may require limited on-call hours. An on-call schedule will be determined when you join, taking into account team size and other variables.  On-call hours are unpaid, unless informed otherwise by your manager.

Benefits and Perks:

  • Make an impact by supporting our original, independent and deeply reported journalism.

  • We provide competitive health, dental, vision and life insurance for employees and their families

  • We support responsible retirement planning with a generous 401(k) company match.

  • We offer a competitive parental leave.

  • We are committed to career development and ongoing learning supported by a formal mentoring program as well as $8,000 annually for tuition reimbursement.

  • We have frequent panel discussions and talks by a wide variety of newsmakers and industry leaders.

  • Join a community committed to the richness of diversity, experiences and talents in the world we cover, supported by a variety of employee resource groups.

This position is based in New York, NY and we are open to remote candidates.

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The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local “Fair Chance” laws.