Senior Software Engineer, Java (remote)
About this position:
- This is a fully remote position.
- Bachelor's Degree - Business Administration, Business Management, Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Resource Management, Industrial Engineering, or related fields.
- 5 years experience Substitutes: Certifications in relevant technology plus 3-5 years of relevant experience; or 5 to 7 years of relevant experience may be substituted for education
- Minimum 5 years experience developing applications, services, and APIs with at least 3 years experience working with Java.
- Experience working with Apache Kafka in a production environment is a plus.
- Familiarity with event-based architecture and related best practices.
The Veterans Affairs business unit helps transform the VA into a modern digital services organization where Veteran outcomes are at the center of every effort. We partner with the Office of the Chief Technology Officer - Digital Experience, the Office of Information Technology, Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Benefits Administration to design and deliver seamless user experiences for Veterans, their Families, and Caregivers, and VA employees. By applying better practices in service design, product management and technology, we enable VA to increase the usage, throughput, quality, and reliability of services and decrease the time Veterans spend waiting for outcomes.
Work on things that matter
Ad Hoc is a digital services company that helps the federal government better serve people. Our teams use modern, agile methods to design and engineer government systems that connect Veterans with services, bring affordable health care to millions of people, and support important programs like Head Start. And as we work to make critical government services intuitive, accessible, and human-centered, we’re also changing how the government thinks about and uses technology. If you thrive on change, want to help close the gap between consumer expectations and government services, and can see the possibilities in ambiguity, then we want you here with us.
What matters most
Ad Hoc operates according to our commitment to inclusivity, acceptance, accountability, and humility. We aren’t heroes. We believe in missions larger than our individual selves and leave our egos at the door, learn from our mistakes, and iterate in order to better serve the people in our country. We prioritize building teams that represent the diversity of the people our government serves. We love the challenge of government-size projects. We want to bring skills to federal agencies, help them better meet the needs of their users, and close the gap between consumer expectations and government.
Built for a remote life
Ad Hoc is remote-first and remote-always. We’ve designed our culture, communications, and tools to support a nationwide distributed team since the beginning. Being remote by design allows Ad Hoc to be thoughtful and intentional about creating diverse teams and supporting them with a work environment that fits their lives. With a generous PTO policy and Slack channels for every interest (from birding to space nerds to parenting) our culture embraces the things happening in your life. Maybe you need to adjust your schedule to care for your family or take a bike ride. At Ad Hoc, that’s embraced.
What you’ll do
As an Ad Hoc Senior Software Engineer, Full Stack Engineer, you’ll be part of a cross-functional team, working closely with stakeholders, product managers, designers, and other engineers. We’re looking for an engineer to help our teams deliver the very best digital services for the public.
A Senior Software Engineer, Full Stack is capable of addressing ambiguity and solving complex problems without technical assistance or supervision (though this will generally be available). They have expert-level capabilities in at least one major technology stack. They mentor and guide more junior engineers through the development process, including debugging and new skills acquisition. They communicate with stakeholders, other teams, and partners to generate, assess, and execute on product development or integration requirements. Their experience in the field can be used to effectively evaluate and communicate tradeoffs between implementation complexity and other technical and non-technical costs.
Our ideal Full Stack Software Engineer is equally comfortable with frontend and backend development. On the front end, they write accessible, maintainable, and performant code. They also know how to build large-scale production systems on the back end with well-structured, tested, and secure code, with little feedback or guidance. They’ve designed and implemented reliable and maintainable APIs. They can articulate how the thing they've built fits into a larger ecosystem. They’re not afraid of large, complex problems. They take an active role in planning and delivery efforts, drawing on their experience to suggest better approaches or alternatives.
- Shipping software that impacts the lives of millions of people.
- Using modern programming languages and frameworks to build scalable services that gracefully integrate with legacy systems.
- Working with our own APIs and third-party APIs to build amazing, effective digital services.
- Using unit and integration testing to ensure systems work as intended.
- Helping us continuously, iteratively improve.
What we hope you'll bring
- Minimum 5 years’ experience developing applications, services and APIs with at least 3 years experience working with Java.
- Experience working with Apache Kafka in a production environment is a plus.
- Familiarity with event based architecture and related best practices.
- Experience using modern programming languages and frameworks to build scalable services that gracefully integrate with legacy systems.
- Cloud system design and strong technical communication.
- Understanding the operation and iteration of existing infrastructure.
- Understanding of how changes you make interact with all components in a broader system. This includes technologies for frontend, backend, infrastructure, usability, and design.
- Reducing ambiguity and risk, and improving security in the systems they work with, including additional documentation, refactoring, and testing.
- Elaborating and evolving on complex and ambiguous products to uncover new constraints and opportunities.
- Preferred experience working in coordination with security-focused team members, aligning with CMS and NIST quality and compliance standards so that the client retains its Authority To Operate (ATO).
More than that, our ideal candidate wants to contribute to work that is bigger than themselves and wants to make a difference collaborating with their team. They care deeply about building better products, better relationships, and better trust in each interaction people have with their government. They believe in intuitive, easy-to-use government services. They collaborate well with designers, stakeholders, and other teams. They mentor and guide more junior engineers. They’re human-centered.
And if you don’t check every box on the list? That doesn’t mean you can’t help us in our mission to deliver critical government services. Talk to us!
Some basic requirements
- All work must be conducted within the U.S., excluding U.S. territories. Some federal contracts require U.S. citizenship to be eligible for employment.
- You must be legally authorized to work in the U.S now and in the future without sponsorship.
- As a government contractor, you may be required to obtain a public trust security clearance.
- Some of our available roles are on federal contracts that require a degree or additional years of experience as a substitute.
- Our technical screening involves completing a homework assignment that is then graded blind to remove bias. We do not do tricky, unreliable whiteboarding tests. You can read more about our homework here.
Learn more about engineering at Ad Hoc.
- Company-subsidized Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
- Use What You Need Vacation Policy
- 401K with employer match
- Paid parental leave after one year of service
- Continuing education/annual conference attendance stipend
Ad Hoc LLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.
In support of the Colorado Equal Pay Transparency Act, and others like it across the country, Ad Hoc job descriptions feature the starting range we reasonably expect to pay to candidates who would join our team with little to no need for training on the responsibilities we've outlined above. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide range of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and responsibility. The range of starting pay for this role is $101,570 - $136,994 and information on benefits offered is here. Our recruiters will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and we look forward to learning more about your salary requirements.