Senior Full-Stack Engineer (Rails focus)
at Citizenlab in the heart of Brussel

CitizenLab is a Brussels-based social impact scale-up that aims to improve democracy for the digital era. The SaaS platform is already being used by 170 cities and municipalities in 15 different countries, facilitating two-way communication between local governments and its citizens. Since it was founded in 2015, CitizenLab gave 500.000 citizens a direct voice in local politics and got recognized as 'Best Social Impact Startup in Europe'. After recently having raised a significant funding round, CitizenLab is looking for mission-driven talent to join on its mission to have 2,5 million citizens actively participate via its e-democracy platforms in cities all over the world.

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  • Brussel
  • Werkplek: flexibel
  • Ervaringsniveau: senior

As a Full-Stack Engineer in the Engagement squad, you contribute to our core product, which allows local governments to engage their citizens through a wide range of digital participation methods. You’re part of a cross-functional squad. You are focused mostly on the back-end, developing well structured, performant, and secure APIs in Ruby. You’re knowledgeable about React and able to implement parts of the UI yourself when needed.

Your responsibilities:

  • You actively contribute to the specifications of new features, uncovering technical constraints and breaking down the work into iterations and tasks
  • You take ownership over the back-end tasks and implement them in close contact with your colleagues. You take into account all aspects, from data modeling to testing, to performance, delivering well-engineered scalable solutions.
  • You help out with some front-end tasks and are able to bridge the back-end/front-end knowledge gaps for your colleagues.
  • You deliver your work in small iterations, often soliciting feedback from colleagues, spontaneously and through code reviews

At CitizenLab, we work in small teams where members collectively take ownership of the outcome of the features they build. We work in short iterations and release continuously. We’re strong believers in user testing and understanding live product usage.

Requirements

What do we expect from you?

As our Full-Stack Engineer with a back-end focus

  • You have multiple years of experience developing web applications with Ruby on Rails
  • You have some experience with React
  • You’re a firm believer in well tested and peer-reviewed code
  • You take initiative and like to be challenged
  • Ability to relocate to Brussels is a plus, but not a hard requirement

Eagerness to learn, talent, and enthusiasm are more important than ticking the boxes though. Even if not all desired requirements are met, but you're very excited about the role, we want to hear from you.

What can you expect from us?

  • Unlock your full potential and have a social impact at scale. Day-to-day we work with local government leaders across the world to help them connect with their communities.
  • Become a key factor in our rapid transition from a startup to a scaleup (50 employees), and our expansion from Europe to the United States.
  • Work in a fast-paced, collaborative, and supportive environment. We share a participatory culture of autonomy and ownership by everyone, not only by leadership.
  • Be part of our dynamic, international team. We organize many team activities and afterworks (when possible). We are as serious about our work in digital democracy as we are about having fun on our journey together.
  • Enjoy an informal work vibe with open communication and full transparency on results.
  • Participate in leadership meetings, inspiring team lunches, our company book club, bi-quarterly strategic town halls, and yearly off-site team retreats.
  • Spend 10% of your time on personal projects and self-development for the long run. We’re committed to both collective and individual growth.
  • Receive a competitive salary package, incl. perks such as 26 paid holidays, a professional development budget, well-being budget, collective bonus plan, your own laptop, full flexibility on working from home, and much more.

CitizenLab is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage applicants of different backgrounds, genders, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply.

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