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Software Engineer (Ruby)

Updated July 2017

Work on the cutting edge of political campaigning with a small high-performing in-house tech team. 38 Degrees creates software that allows millions of people to make their voices heard on the issues that matter to them – through the internet and on the ground. We’re recruiting innovative problem solvers who are passionate about taking our technology platform to the next level. This is an opportunity to join our team of campaigners and work together to design, build, break and reinvent the tools that help make the UK fairer, protect our environment and enhance our democracy.

38 Degrees is a campaigning community of millions who come together to take action and win campaigns on issues such as protecting our NHS, clamping down on tax dodging and stopping climate change. We use tools like petitions, emailing representatives, meeting our MPs in our towns and much more. Together we’ve already won some impressive victories, like protecting tax credits from government cuts and delaying the dangerous international trade-deal TTIP. And we’re just getting started!

Technology is core to our mission. We’ve been at the forefront of digital activism for the past 7 years. We’ve built tools for organising hundreds of simultaneous events, connecting members with their local representatives and allowing members to take over 1 million actions per month. We want to massively expand our on-the-ground organising abilities, find new ways to connect members together and expand into new channels like mobile push and Whatsapp. We need talented engineers to turn ideas into reality.

This is a software engineering role someone passionate about working with a collaborative, multidisciplinary, mission-driven team. Managed by the Lead Software Engineer you’ll work on the design and implementation of our tech platform, composed of several inter-related apps and services. You’ll work closely with the rest of the team to deliver our organisational mission.

Day-to-day:

  • Work on new features across our different apps, fix bugs and keep a watch on potential security and performance issues
  • Work with campaigners to bring campaign ideas to life. You’ll ask questions to help people get clear on what it is they’re trying to do and the best way to achieve it.
  • Help make decisions with the rest of the team about where to focus development for the next week or month.
  • Collaborate directly with international partner organisations in countries around the world – making pull requests and checking out the latest commits.
  • Take time to play and be creative with ideas for campaigning tools that you’re excited about.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Fluent in at least on programming language and framework
  • Determined and thorough- can see a project through from idea to prototyping, design, production, scaling and beyond

This might be the job for you if you are:

  • A quick learner
  • A builder and a problem solver. Able to rapidly get new features and apps up and running. Willing to experiment and fail
  • Excited about designing the whole architecture of an application or platform
  • Excited by creating tech for new ways to engage millions of people in political action
  • Passionate about working with a collaborative, multidisciplinary, mission-driven team!

To apply and for more details on the stack of technology you’ll be working on, click here.

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Internship Program

Campaigns Internship, Campaigns By You internship

**We are not currently accepting applications. Please keep an eye on this page for our next round of intern recruitment**  

 

Organisation: 38 Degrees

Salary range: £20,800 – £23,300 pro rated

Location: London

NB: We offer a loan of up to £700 for a rent deposit, which you would pay over six months

Hours: Full Time (40 hours a week)

Position type: Paid

Contract: Fixed Term Contract, 6 months

Closing date:   The current round is closed for applications

Interviews will be held in Farringdon, London

38 Degrees is one of the leading campaigning organisations in the UK.  Together, we’ve helped stop the privatisation of England’s forests and seen off some of the worst aspects of the government’s plans for the NHS. 38 Degrees members choose our campaigns and keep the organisation going: all our funding comes from our members chipping in.

38 Degrees Internships are 6 months in length and begin on a quarterly basis.

The current application is closed

38 Degrees interns are characterised by their energy and enthusiasm. You’ll have the ability to pick things up quickly, a can-do attitude and a passion and pride in what you do. You’ll work hard and learn fast. In return, you will be equipped with all the skills and experiences you need to build a career in this fast and exciting area of campaigning. You’ll also be a valued member of our friendly, close-knit office team.

At 38 Degrees we pride ourselves on nimble, focused campaigns that we’re more likely to put together in two hours than two weeks. That means our team is decisive, ambitious and happy to take risks. We’d rather aim high and see what happens than play it safe. We believe democracy works better when more people get involved.

 

CAMPAIGNS INTERNSHIP INVOLVES:

– Working alongside the 38 Degrees campaigns staff in every aspect of planning and running our people-powered campaigns.

– Leading on specific projects, such as putting on events and making creative content seen by millions of people.

– Developing your strategic and practical understanding of delivering campaigns, as well as acquiring highly-transferable technical and communications skills.

A day in the life of a Campaigns Intern could involve:
– Discussing a campaign opportunity with the 38 Degrees team
– Putting up a post on 38 Degrees’ Facebook page which thousands of people will share

– Writing an email and building the tech to enable hundreds of thousands of people to campaign on the opportunity which the 38 Degrees team spotted only a few hours ago!

 

CAMPAIGNS BY YOU INTERNSHIP INVOLVES:

– Working alongside the Campaigns By You team in every aspect of supporting 38 Degrees members to run inspiring local and national campaigns

– Leading on specific projects, such as working out the strategy to help members win their own campaigns and making creative content seen by millions of people.

– Developing your strategic and practical understanding of delivering campaigns, as well as acquiring highly-transferable technical and communications skills.

A day in the life of a Campaigns By You (CBY) Intern could involve:
– Helping moderate the new campaigns that members set up every morning

– Calling some petition starters to offer advice on how their campaign could really take off: how to get more signatures, how to speak to their local paper, and how they can win!

– Writing an email to 38 Degrees members and building the tech to enable thousands of people to sign the petition

– Organising a petition hand in or public meeting about a campaign

Please indicate on your application which internships you’d like to be considered for.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

All candidates must have some experience of campaigning, and ideally, will be able to show the impact of their contribution. This experience doesn’t need to come from paid work, it can be from work that you have done on a voluntary basis or in your own community.

You must also:

– Be passionate about the issues that 38 Degrees works on, including protecting public services, campaigning for social justice, making our tax and banking systems fairer and protecting the environment.

– Have a desire to learn how campaigning works and how to use people power to make change happen. Be seriously thinking about a career in campaigning.

– Be energetic with a flexible can-do attitude, and ready to work hard alongside everyone on our tight-knit team.

– Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, enabling you to work well with other team members and ask for help when it’s needed.

– Have an ability to apply attention to detail and concentration in busy surroundings, whether the job is big or small.

– Have an ability to work proactively and independently, meet deadlines and prioritise tasks as well as mucking in to help the team.

– Be comfortable with using IT and able to learn new technology skills quickly.

– Be eligible to work in the UK.

 

Here’s what some past interns have said about our programme:

“If you’re an aspiring campaigner then you will not find a better school than 38 Degrees. Think of it as a lab that mixes concepts like people-power with innovative tactics to deliver ever more ambitious campaigns. Each week will be different. If you want to work on a wide range of campaigns and learn something new everyday, then 38 Degrees is the place to go.”

“The 38 Degrees internship is a fantastic introduction to campaigning – I’ve learned a lot about spotting campaigns, building strategies, supporting local campaigners, using the media and working with tech. It’s fast-paced, varied and fun!”

“The internship programme set me up for being a campaigner. The staff team were really gracious with their time, making sure I was always learning and given new tasks to stretch myself. I finished the internship having run some campaigns – and won! – and this would have never happened without the training and support I was given.”

Please note that any offer of work will be conditional upon the successful candidate:

  1. having the right to work in the United Kingdom which (i) is not invalid, (ii) has not ceased to have effect, or (iii) is not subject to a condition preventing him/her from accepting the employment; or
  2. obtaining the right to work in the United Kingdom prior to commencing work.

We will ask you for some personal details as well as the following:

  • Cover Letter which must include how you fit the person specification and why you want to work for 38 Degrees.
  • CV in PDF format
  • A writing task :

We would like to see an example of your writing. We’d like to ask you to write an email to your MP about the NHS. Please imagine that one of your treasured local NHS services is being shut, and you’re writing to your MP to ask them to exert what influence they have and support the campaign to keep this service open. You can choose any local service you like, and any arguments that you find compelling.

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