🌈 Senior Software Engineer for a Great Nonprofit

  • Full Time
  • Remote
  • Applications have closed

Website CommonGoodEarth Common Good

technology for democracy and the common good

Summary: Work with our small, brilliant IT Team to develop cutting-edge web apps, mostly using Ruby on Rails in collaboration with community-shared solar power co-operatives, and Node.js
Hours: 30-40 hours a week, negotiable.
Starting Date: June 1, 2023.
Compensation: $40-65/hour, based on experience and performance
Expertise Required: Ruby on Rails

About the Organization

Common Good®, the only nonprofit Money Services Business in the country developing financial technology for the Solidarity Economy, shifts power from big business and big government back to communities, where we know and care more, so together we can fund a regenerative society that puts people and planet first. For details, see CommonGood.earth. We are a small nonprofit with a volunteer board and a dozen staff (most part-time). Common Good values diversity and we encourage you to apply, whoever you are, especially women, people of color, and others who have been systemically oppressed or disenfranchised by our society.

About the job

As a software engineer with Common Good, you can do what you love while making a difference in the world – possibly quite a large difference. As a company dedicated to participatory democracy, we nourish a collaborative and supportive work environment, valuing everyone’s ideas, making your work for Common Good an unusually creative experience. At the same time, we pay higher wages than most nonprofits in our region.


  • Participate in conversations with stakeholders to clarify needs.
    Propose new features and modifications.
  • Develop user stories for assigned features, to elucidate the desired functionality for both the stakeholders and Common Good’s Tech Team.
  • Project how many hours of labor and how much elapsed time it will take to build and test an assigned feature (or fix a particular bug).
    Write regression tests in RSpec (a dialect of Ruby) based on the user stories.
  • Design, build, and document elegant code that makes the tests work.
  • Communicate transparently with other staff about project progress.
  • Participate in Common Good staff activities as a co-creator of Common Good’s evolving culture, building a community of learning toward a more just and sane society.
  • Coordinate with other staff using ClickUp.


  • Work from home (or wherever).
  • Some online work sessions for active collaboration, companionship, information-sharing, and coordination.


If you think you’re a great fit for this job and can hit the ground running, feel free to disregard the stated requirements. Here’s what we’re looking for ideally:

  • 6 years of work experience in software development.
  • Expertise in Ruby, Rails, SQL, CSS, HTML, JavaScript.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in writing and in speech.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Crucial: A passion for social change.

To Apply

  • Crucial: Tell us your relevant experience in technology and social change and why you want to do this work specifically for Common Good.
  • Email letter and resume to Executive Director William Spademan (wspademan@CommonGood.earth) by May 28, 2023. We may extend that deadline until we find the right candidate.

We also have other rewarding opportunities for internships, work/study, volunteering, and part-time skilled or unskilled work. Contact us and tell us what you’re looking for.

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