Senior Software Engineer


The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Senior Software Engineer in the Product and Technology Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY/Remote*.

The ACLU’s Product & Technology team partners with departments across the ACLU in order to build and maintain innovative, robust and secure digital products and technical systems that accelerate the ACLU’s mission as our nationwide guardian of rights and liberties. We are a team of engineers, designers, product managers and administrators who take pride in creating technical solutions that help raise money, get our message out to the world, mobilize our supporters, and manage our data with integrity.

Reporting to the Director of Engineering, the Senior Software Engineer will join our Educate Pod, which focuses on creating innovative digital experiences that encourage education and drive engagement with the ACLU. This role will work collaboratively with other engineers, product designers, and product management to build and iterate on user-facing web applications in support of the organization’s mission. The ideal candidate is a software engineer with significant experience working on a cross-functional team, architecting, building, deploying and maintaining frontend or full-stack web applications. The person in this role will join the Product & Technology Department of the ACLU National Office.

*Note: this position may be approved for remote work from a different U.S. location


  • Design, develop, deploy, and maintain front-end and full-stack applications both independently and with other engineers
  • Work within a cross-functional team to understand product objectives, refine feature requirements, and make implementation decisions based on scope, resources, and complexity of the problem
  • Identify and effectively communicate potential issues, tradeoffs, and risks in a project
  • Work with other engineers and product designers to create and maintain a style guide and library of page layouts, UI components, and interaction patterns that support long running web apps, but can also be quickly remixed in response to current events
  • Enhance development tools, test coverage, and code structure in service of quality, performance, and maintainability
  • Proactively seek improvements to processes and best practices that ensure the stability and performance of our sites
  • Write code that is clear, performant, tested, and easily understood by others
  • Demonstrate clear, concise, and pragmatic communication in all forms: written correspondence, meetings, documentation and code reviews, release notes, etc.
  • Participate in the team’s on-call incident rotation by triaging, resolving, and communicating urgent issues
  • Support other engineers through mentorship, code reviews, and pair programming, with an empathetic voice. Help build a culture of learning.
  • Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Demonstrate a commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • Significant professional experience developing software for front-end or full-stack web applications in a production environment
  • High proficiency in HTML and CSS, and one or more common web programming languages (e.g., JavaScript, PHP, Python)
  • Experience building responsive web pages using one or more common client-side JavaScript frameworks (e.g., Vue, React) and CSS frameworks (e.g., Bulma, Tailwind)
  • Experience with common front-end development tools (e.g., npm, Webpack)
  • Experience optimizing web pages for accessibility, performance, and consistency across browsers and platforms
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Experience leading projects from start to finish


  • Experience building themes or plugins for WordPress, or a similar CMS
  • Experience with both monolithic and decoupled architectures
  • Understanding of SEO principles and optimization tactics


The annual salary for this position is $143,943 (Level E). This salary is reflective of a position based in New York, NY. This salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.


The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

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