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Technology Lead

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) is seeking a full-time Technology Lead who can help us prevent terrorists and violent extremists from exploiting digital platforms.

GIFCT envisions a world in which the technology sector marshals its collective creativity and capacity to render terrorists and violent extremists ineffective online. In every aspect of our work, GIFCT aims to be transparent, inclusive, and respectful of the fundamental and universal human rights that terrorists and violent extremists seek to undermine.

About the Role

As a full-stack technical expert, you will create and deliver code, software, and quality assurance to all GIFCT projects, including our Incident-Response Framework. As an organizational leader, you will play a key role in building our technical team by envisioning the capabilities critical to the success of our mission, members, and world, and by modeling our values of inclusion and transparency in everything you do.

We rely on the integrity, passion, and collaboration of our team to achieve results greater than the sum of our parts. You will share these values and bring your own perspective, experience, and ideas to the table.

You will learn from and grow with our Director of Technology, Tom Thorley, who will serve as a coach, mentor, and enabler so you can drive the team, projects, and GIFCT community forward through:

Product Development: Work with the GIFCT community to define and execute the roadmap for development of our future capabilities. Expand our current capabilities by contributing code directly to our core applications.
Research and Analysis: Design and conduct independent research projects on topics such as: privacy, ethics and security in machine learning, image processing, natural language processing, audio processing and user experience design, or database administration.
Project Management: Provide vision, clarity, and subject matter expertise (including technical and user experience design) on software projects. Coordinate technical projects through a range of delivery mechanisms including, in-house, volunteer, open source, and contracted.
Software Development: Define and follow best practices for software development, ensure Quality Assurance is completed, and create well-designed features (with corresponding unit tests) according to their acceptance criteria.
Community Support: Provide GIFCT members with technical support to system implementations, including bug fixing, application troubleshooting, and system administration. Drive member adoption of current capabilities, support existing integrations, and improve efficiency of future integrations.
Other Duties as Assigned: As part of a small team, maintain a can do and will do attitude. Understand, appreciate, and lean into what it means to be a key player in an agile organization.
What you need

Commitment to GIFCT’s values of inclusion, transparency, and a real-world reduction in violent activity carried out by extremists
Excitement and ability to learn new technologies quickly
At least three years of experience in professional software development
Expertise in several of the following technologies: AWS; Graph APIs; Web application development; Git; Docker; Terraform; SQL and NoSQL database scripting and optimization; Javascript; Python
Self-starter mentality; a history of proactively and successfully designing and delivering impactful projects with little or no oversight
A can do and will do attitude; understanding, appreciating, and leaning into what it means to be a key player on a small team
Strong written and verbal communication skills with a variety of stakeholders
Organizational skills to track simultaneous projects, tasks, and collaborations
Experience with some of the following: Open source software development; Modern data processing, indexing, and ETL tools and solutions; Building and consuming RESTful web services; Test-
Driven and Behavior-Driven Development; Design patterns and best practices; Project management
Exposure to issues relevant to counter terrorism and radicalization
Position Details and Benefits:

Permanent full-time position located in Washington, D.C. or remote (with expected travel up to 20%; visits to GIFCT offices in D.C. and London and to member companies offices and other international events may be required)
Salary: $105,000 to $120,000 USD, to be commensurate with experience and location
Benefits: people-centered, competitive benefits, including flexible work hours and location


To be considered for this position, please submit a resume, two references, and a cover letter that includes a brief description of a time you had to make a technical decision and how you approached the choice (two pages maximum) to [email protected] by January 19, 2022 in one PDF packet. Priority will be given to applications received prior to January 9, 2022.

We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. GIFCT is an equal opportunity employer. No applicant will be denied equal opportunity for consideration because of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.

Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are only able to respond to applicants who are selected for an interview, but we thank you for your interest in GIFCT and taking the time to apply.