Amara Software Engineer

Amara is seeking passionate, talented Software Engineers who are driven by the desire to make positive impact in the world.

PARTICIPATORY CULTURE FOUNDATION (PCF) is a nonprofit working to build a more open and collaborative world. Amara, our flagship project, is essentially the Wikipedia for subtitling and translating video. We work with individuals and orgs (including TED, Scientific American, GitHub, Khan Academy, and hundreds of others) to remove barriers to communication and make the web a more inclusive place.

PCF is based out of Massachusetts, but the team is global and works virtually. Our open culture is reflected in how we work together. The team relies on voice and video chat, as well as email and instant message to remain in close touch.

Responsibilities

  • Take on the development of new features, improvements, code cleanup and refactoring, and/or other engineering tasks.
  • Work closely with Product Development & Design to review user needs and develop solutions.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Strong command of Python and Django

  • Ability to deliver clean, maintainable code

  • Ability to learn and work with legacy code

  • Ability to work remotely

  • Self-motivated, quick learner

Pluses:

  • Automated web browser testing

  • JavaScript

  • AngularJS

  • Docker

  • AWS

About Amara

While internet video has exploded, language is still a significant barrier to education, economic opportunity, political participation, and other areas of cultural life. Amara connects millions of people to help break down these barriers and allows hundreds of organizations to make their content more accessible through innovative technology.

Try the Amara Editor yourself or watch it in action in this video.

Amara is a project of the Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit 501c3. We are driven by our mission to foster a media ecosystem that enables everyone to benefit from online video content. Content that can enrich lives, but is not currently available to those who cannot hear or understand the language of the video. We believe a participatory and inclusive world leads to a more understanding and caring society.
 

About PCF

PCF develops technology and services that ensure everyone has access to all that the internet has to offer. From the abundance of free education available, to gaining insights about the many different cultures around the globe, information is critical to building a more equitable and peaceful society.
 

How We Collaborate

Engineers will work closely with our Product Development & Design team to bring new features and functionality to life on the Amara platform.

Amara and PCF is based out of Massachusetts, but the team is global and works virtually. You’ll be collaborating with a talented and passionate team striving to make positive social impact.

The team uses chat and video apps (Skype, Slack, Google Hangouts) as well as email for internal communication. Please note that the team has members working in both US and European timezones, so those in UTC +0 to +4 are especially encouraged to apply.

We are an inclusive workplace, where all team members have a voice. We encourage participation and engagement. Our diversity in backgrounds and life experiences makes us unique and helps us innovate. On our team you’ll find incredibly talented professionals who are also musicians, avid dessert connoisseurs, beer brewers, pet fanciers, master chess players, gardeners, and many other stripes!

To Apply

Please send the following to jobs@pculture.org

  • Cover letter or personal statement

  • Resumé or CV

  • Links to projects you’ve worked on, your Github profile, and/or anything else we may find relevant

Our Commitment to Diversity

The work of the Participatory Culture Foundation is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities.