Job Description

Every day, journalists at The New York Times report more than 200 stories from dozens of countries around the world on topics ranging from major international events to the best way to roast a chicken. Those stories are read, listened to, and watched by more than 100 million digital readers each month across our web and mobile the products.

All engineers at The New York Times take great pride in building products that live up to the quality and reputation of our journalism. We are looking for backend engineers on a variety of teams to join our organization in impactful, hands-on roles. We value transparency and openness, diversity, learning, community, and continuous improvement. Check out some of our Times Open blog posts, written by engineers and other technical team members: on working remotely, on developing your career, and working with next generation technology. Follow us @nytopen on Twitter to see what we’re up to and come be a part of the digital revolution of a 168-year-old institution with a “mission worth believing in.”

The New York Times is looking for a Software Engineer to join the Workflow team to build tools used every day by the newsroom to plan and program their work.

About the team:

The Workflow team’s mission is to build tools that help editors plan and program our collection of journalism – what the newsroom calls “the report.” Currently, we’re focused on the Programming initiative, which aims to allow editors to sustainably and accurately select stories, manage presentation and ensure quality across multiple variants of the home screen.


As a software engineer, you will:

● Join a cross-functional team that includes peers from design, product and editors from the newsroom

● Work primarily in JavaScript, using modern frameworks and libraries ● Have a voice in the direction of our products

● Work in all parts of the stack and contribute to broader architectural discussions within the organization

● Work with your team to develop processes for testing and validation to ensure low-stress feature releases

● Be encouraged to participate in open-source projects and share your work at conferences and the Times Open blog.

Basic Qualifications

For this role, you should:

● Have about two years of professional experience working with current web technologies

● Be able to work in a collaborative environment with peers from different backgrounds and skills

● Enjoy finding creative solutions to technical challenges

● Have a passion for finding and eliminating technical debt

● Show empathy for our users and have a desire to understand daily operations in the newsroom

● Have pride in your work

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.

Β Culture

● You will be helping to power, distribute and expand what is possible for our award-winning journalism. We’ve won more Pulitzer Prizes than any other organization (including three in 2018), and you can celebrate with the award winners in our newsroom.

● We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

● We are a New York- based engineering organization with a remote-friendly workplace that includes engineers around the world.

● We are committed to career development and have a formal mentoring program. We encourage our engineers to participate in conferences and we frequently host talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples).

● Every person within the tech organization is expected to spend five full days focusing on learning. We have a generous tuition reimbursement program and you can use this time on career-relevant activities like attending a formal class, internal company training, online training, a self-developed learning program or even by teaching others.

● We run a Maker Week event twice a year, where Design, Product, Project, Marketing and Technology come together to work on compelling, creative, cross-functional projects.


● 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

● 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.

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.