Date Posted:

November 1, 2022

Job Title:

Senior Software Engineer

Job Description:

RIPL is a non-profit tech for social impact organization founded in 2018. We help government solve some of society’s most pressing challenges using data and science. Our work has supported data-driven policy improvements in health care, education, social insurance, civic participation, workforce development, and criminal justice.

In the early days of COVID-19, we partnered with Rhode Island to build a cloud-based Pandemic Unemployment Assistance system in just 10 days, making Rhode Island the first state in the nation to pay CARES act benefits to workers and families in need, and helping over 70,000 RI workers receive their unemployment benefits.

We need your software engineering expertise for an innovative, data-driven ML/AI product that helps unemployed and displaced workers across the country discover new careers and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic!

This is an opportunity to develop innovative, data-driven products that improve public policy at scale and make a difference in people’s lives. You will join a dynamic and cross-functional team of technology experts, policy leaders, and academic scientists from top research universities who believe in the power of data to make government work smarter and better for those in need.

RIPL’s staff are located all over the country but stay connected with online chat, regular coffee hours and in-person time when travel is possible. As an organization we value quality over quantity, and believe our government partners deserve the best. We know that changing culture and systems takes hard work, and we’re committed to that work for the long term. To learn more about what we value, check out our leadership values.

Our ideal Software Engineer candidate has the following qualifications, experience, and skills:

  • Strong software engineering skills as demonstrated by developing and launching product features and advancing within a company’s engineering ladder.
  • Leadership/ownership in product design and maintenance is a plus.
    Expertise with Python, git, build systems and CI/CD, testing, and release engineering.
  • Expertise with relational databases and web technologies is a plus.
  • A strong desire and commitment to building products that use data and science to solve complex social problems at speed and at scale.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision as demonstrated by being a self-started, exceptionally organized and able to communicate project progress via online project and task management software (RIPL currently uses JIRA).
  • Experience working in a cross-functional team and communicating strategy and project goals to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Previous projects with government policy makers or academic scientists are a plus.


  • Committed, mission-minded colleagues.
  • A supportive, remote-first work environment.
  • Subsidized Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance.
  • 401k with employer match up to 6%.
  • 12 days vacation annually with PTO accrual beginning immediately.
  • 6 paid holidays per year with 3 additional floating holidays per year to be used flexibly.
  • 1 week of sick leave starting immediately.


To learn more, email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

Research Improving People’s Lives is an equal opportunity employer.