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Intermediate/Senior Software QA Engineer

Posted Oct 3

Daily Kos
Headquarters: Oakland, CA

DailyKos, the leading online progressive blogging and activism platform, is looking for an Intermediate/Senior Software QA Engineer.

DailyKos is a great place to work-- your code will be used by hundreds of thousands of people a day who care deeply about progressive politics and are working to effect real political change. We provide an extensive feature set that extends from blogging to activism and beyond. If you want a job that provides more than just a technical challenge, we'd love to hear from you.

The job offers a flexible work environment, the ability to work remotely (U.S. only, please) on a distributed team of self-sufficient collaborators, competitive salary and benefits, and we provide an Apple MacBook Pro or your preferred comparable hardware. Our organization’s commitment to personal growth reduces churn and encourages a very rewarding long term position. We have an energized team filled with great people with different backgrounds.

We are seeking an experienced QA lead to shape the QA function at Daily Kos. Currently most QA at Daily Kos is done manually and the responsibility is spread across a few people on staff who also have other roles. This QA Engineer will be the first dedicated hire for QA and will have a significant role in shaping the department as we expand our development team and build out more capacity for automated testing. Applicants should be self-sufficient and comfortable working independently. In addition we are looking for someone who:

  • can clearly and precisely document bugs and the steps to reproduce them
  • can write and follow detailed test plans for new features
  • can use the JavaScript console, debugger, and other browser developer tools
  • can write and run raw SQL queries in MySQL or PostgreSQL; knowledge of other data storage a plus
  • can read Ruby and JavaScript code 
  • has awareness of typical programming errors and the unexpected things users do whether accidentally or maliciously
  • has exposure to performance and security testing
  • has exposure to front-end automated testing tools
  • can summon a maddeningly creative approach to breaking things and other chaos monkey skills
  • enjoys using the Daily Kos application in general
  • will advocate for our users both internally and externally to ensure they have the reliable tools that they need and do what they need and expect
At Daily Kos, we believe that the diversity of ideas, experiences and cultures that our employees contribute to our organization help us be more effective in our work, and we are proud to be an inclusive and equal-opportunity workplace. We're a company that loves learning and supports growth and training for all our employees.

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