Technical Solutions Architect
About Rapid Resist
Rapid Resist supports front-lines progressive leaders in rural and conservative areas. We do so to protect those that are most at risk and tangibly improve the lives of those left out of economic progress. We are critical infrastructure that amplifies activist leaders’ voices, creates new connections for them, and helps the progressive movement build power in underserved areas.
Between our launch on May 1st and November 18th 2017, we recruited and passed off 70,060 activists for 514 events/actions targeting key legislators. Our 1,107 volunteers have supported a network of 248 red-area grassroots organizers in 41 states. We are the largest peer to peer progressive texting program by volume in the US, edging out MoveOn and Planned Parenthood.
As we move into 2018 elections and grow our organization, we’re seeking a Technical Solutions Architect to join our team. Your role will involve helping set our strategic vision when it comes to managing tool implementations, leading volunteer engineers, and directing tech projects. We’re looking for someone who has a strong technical background; you might not need to get in the weeds of coding yourself, but you need to be able to understand/read code, write clear specs, and do the tasks of a product manager. But in many cases, if you don’t have a volunteer handy or budget, it may be quicker to do the coding yourself.
We’re a lean team that’s all about hustling and getting our hands dirty to move quickly. We’ve all touched organizing, politics, and government in different capacities and share a passion for fighting Trump’s agenda and helping empower activists and political candidates at the local level.
Your default is to buy, not build; you spend time understanding products and developing an ecosystem of integrated software solutions. You are able to both push forward long-term, complex projects at speed and problem solve when things break. You’re great at getting a team on the same page about how to use the tech you’ve chosen.
Rapid Resist is based in Oakland, CA; must be able to commute to the San Francisco/Oakland area once every two weeks.
Familiarity with AWS
Complex data management and structuring experience
Nice to Haves
5+ years or equivalent experience working in a tech organization
Experience leading engineering teams and volunteers in particular is preferred
Organizing or tech experience on a political or grassroots campaign preferred
Comfort with ambiguity and working in a dynamic and collaborative environment
Python/data science experience
Contract and Compensation
Contract is for 20-30 hours a week, and begins as soon as possible. Salary will be under market rate with an initial 5 month contract including benefits. Our intention is extend your employment after the 5 month contract, with an increase in salary. Of course, the real compensation is working for the resistance to stop fascism from encroaching on America.