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18F - https://18f.gsa.gov - Washington, DC; San Francisco; Chicago; New York; Remote - Full-Time

18F is a technology consulting office inside the government, for the government. We work with agencies to build and buy digital services that meet their needs, and we educate federal employees about how to move to high-functioning, efficient, and user-centered software development techniques.

We are currently hiring front end designers, visual designers, software developers, product leads, and technical account managers. You can read more about each of these roles here: https://pages.18f.gov/joining-18f/roles-and-teams/

Most of our team is distributed across the country in places like Chicago, New York, Raleigh, Tucson, Austin, Dayton, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, and Portland. Read more about how our work culture supports distributed teams: https://18f.gsa.gov/2015/10/15/best-practices-for-distribute...

Submit an application to one of our current openings here: https://pages.18f.gov/joining-18f/roles-and-teams/

Please include links to your portfolio, GitHub account, and any other work samples. Let us know why you want to join 18F and how you heard about us. If you have any questions, email our Talent Team at join18f@gsa.gov

Do you consider non-US citizens?

If you are a non-citizen national of the U.S. or have been admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence and hold a valid green card then you can work at 18F.


Looks like there aren't too many software engineering positions open. Would be an amazing fit for this veteran.

18F is awesome. If anyone has questions, Im happy to answer at rememberlenny at gmail.

If the teams are distributed do you get your choice of geographic location?

You can work from wherever you are, and you can change locations while working for 18F. But we don't provide money for relocation.

Another note that the federal pay scale is determined in part by your location. More details here https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries...

For example, the absolute maximum they pay anyone in SF is 160k.

What "grade" would candidates for "Software Developer" have? What determines the "step" ?

As I recall, they tend to start the senior folks at grade 15. They have to get approval for starting at any step above step 1, and I don't know how often that approval is granted.

They are very open about all this during the process.

That's right. There's no set grade or step for engineers, but most of our senior engineers start at a 15. Your grade and step (and therefore your pay) are determined by previous experience and previous pay.

that sounds bad, different location different pay

But note that they can make exceptions to the pay scale (at least, move you around under the overall cap).

When you change locations, your pay rate is also changed, correct?


What's the working level grade for engineers?

There isn't a set grade level for engineers, but most of our staff starts at a GS 14 or 15.

What about for entry-level candidates?

What should a junior-level Dev out of DC make? Say they currently make 80k. Solid OOP, modern web framework usage, solid JS. Pay raise/cut/stay the same?

If you stop calling yourself a junior developer you will be making 130k in DC.

This depends on a lot of things. 18f is government so expect lower. Feel free to email me if its a bridge you end up crossing (I'm a lifetime DC native)

I love how transparent/well documented 18f is with the hiring process. The golden standard from an applicants perspective.

Thanks! Our Talent Team has been hard at work on that. If there's any info missing from https://pages.18f.gov/joining-18f/index.html, please feel free to file an issue and we'll try to get it resolved. https://github.com/18F/joining-18f/issues

All web positions. I hope this doesn't imply that the government avoids native mobile!

I hope they do avoid native mobile!

The government should be making services that work with every kind of device, out of the box.

Given the kind of services the government is likely to build, a website is way, way more cost effective. And Googleable!

Plus, accessibility requirements mandate services that can be read by the blind, hearing impaired, etc, all of which is possible with the web and much harder with native mobile.

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