Senior Python Engineer (Remote)

 May 3, 2021
 Washington, DC
Role Overview
Coforma is looking for a strong Senior Python Engineer to join our distributed team. 
You will join a company founded by three ex-U.S. Digital Service members with a mission to bring modern development, design, and product management practices to social impact companies in the private sector, and government agencies, working on meaningful social problems. We love working with like-minded technologists and creative problem solvers who wish to use their craft to do good in the world.
Our clients are working on meaningful challenges. Working with the government means that our employees must be able to work in regulated environments where checks and compliance are essential to success. You will likely have opportunities to both work on new products and services and legacy systems, but with both, you strive to create solutions that can adapt and continue to work well over time.
This is a remote-first role. When coronavirus breaks, some travel may be required. Today, due to COVID-19, no travel is anticipated or required.


  • Collaborate with the product teams, government/client stakeholders, and other contractors to build new systems and make improvements to existing systems
  • Work with researchers, designers, government/client stakeholders, and other engineers to understand and articulate requirements and constraints
  • Articulate the benefits and risks associated with different approaches in different functional environments
  • Maintain and improve the performance of existing software applications 
  • Support new features and applications development to improve existing software 
  • Recommend improvements to current software programs as necessary 
  • Write and execute software test plans/procedures, including automated testing applications
  • Identify weaknesses or risks and make recommendations to mitigate 
  • Analyze problems and determine appropriate course correction measures as necessary 
  • Perform complex analysis, design, development, testing, debugging, and documentation of applications 
  • Demonstrate a passion for learning, ability to create and adapt systems, and ability to collaborate with creative, technical, and business stakeholders and team members
  • Team & General Requirements

  • Analytical — strong analytical skills and an ability to create systems
  • Planner — able to anticipate what could go wrong when planning and coordinating
  • Organized — able to prioritize projects and complete tasks on time
  • Self-starter — works well without a lot of direction
  • Cooperative — able to manage up and work with top executives, high-level contacts; cooperate with staff across different teams
  • Communicative — able to communicate ideas and create personal relationships through writing and in-person exchanges
  • A thoughtful documenter, sharing the important details of their work for others to follow
  • Able to attend occasional in-person meetings on request and with advance notice
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and experience successfully balancing multiple tasks
  • Access to strong, reliable internet for remote nature of our work
  • Technical

  • 5+ years experience with Python
  • 3+ years web development experience
  • Experience with Django
  • Experience designing and implementing APIs
  • Enterprise architecture skills including application, information, and infrastructure
  • Significant breadth and depth of technologies in the areas of: Cloud solutions and deployments, preferable AWS and Azure; Services patterns, application containers, and API gateway management capabilities
  • Strong technical documentation skills
  • Nice to have
  • Experience working with PHI/PII
  • Federal Government contracting work experience
  • We Don’t Care About

  • Whether or not you have a degree of any kind
  • Whether your educational major, if you had one, is related to this role
  • Whether or not you have GitHub contributions
  • Whether or not you have worked at a well-recognized company
  • We Do Care About

  • Your passions — professional or otherwise
  • Your well-informed opinions about technology, teams, and process
  • You
  • We participate in E-Verify. Upon hire, we will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. This role is required to work from the contiguous United States.
    We’re Coforma
    We use creativity to get results for clients and the communities they serve.
    We’ve honed a modern, agile, user-centered approach that elevates human needs through thoughtfully-designed systems and products.
    From articulating the unique needs of American Indian and Alaska Native patients through service blueprints that inform future health IT investments to improving the way governments consume COVID-19 mobility data through a more accessible and user-friendly tool, we’re dedicated to reshaping the way communities access and utilize technology products. Together. Our cross-functional team works closely with each other and with our government, nonprofit, and commercial partners to research, design, and build better products and services.
    Founded in 2017, as PRTNRS LLC or &Partners, by three former US Digital Service public servants, today’s Coforma employs a dozen talented creators. Our leadership has decades of experience in improving government digital services from a civic service mindset, and a strong record of developing innovative technology solutions for government, enterprise, and nonprofits.
    We’re a minority-owned small business and 9% Veterans. We’ve built a diverse team that’s dedicated to improving people’s lives through thoughtful technology products and services. To date, we’ve helped improve access to quality healthcare, connected families in crisis at the US border, researched improvements to veteran care, provided greater access to civic tools, used technology to tell previously told untold stories, and more.
    We thoughtfully integrate design into product development. We are experts in leading the design and development of products to meet business goals, build alignment, and deliver value through technically feasible and iterative design activities: Design Translation and DesignOps.
    Business objectives and human beings are at the center of our work. We work very closely and collaboratively with our partners, from solicitation through to delivery, to ensure that the product provides a high level of value to the business. Accessibility is never overlooked in our work, and our iterative approach validates the utility and delight of the final product.
    Equal Opportunity & Inclusive Workplace
    Coforma is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.
    Our team and our office aims to be an accessible and hospitable place to work. We welcome applicants, contractors, and employees who are committed to improving our culture and practices.