Solutions Architect/Engineer for subscription inclusiveness initiative

Flexible, All Locations

Date Posted January 13, 2021
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Freelance
Salary Negotiable


We are seeking an expert with strong understanding of the OAuth 2.0 standard to architect and implement a solution for “The Access Project,” a Google News Initiative-funded project that aims to provide limited access to our paywalled news websites to low-income individuals, students, library patrons and others.


We envision a solution that facilitates offline transactions between large institutions and our news organization to pay for distributed, at-home access for many individuals. We aim for a multi-phase roll out where we enable this functionality first for library systems that are already our paying customers, using their log-in system in conjunction with our Auth0 tenant, and then for schools. We are looking to develop protocols to write to the app metadata of profiles in Auth0, and have our front-end paywall system respect entitlements embedded there. As a third phase, we would like to create a portal whereby any philanthropic donor or large organization can underwrite token-based access to large anonymous groups. 


The ideal candidate:



Our goal is to design the system within the first 2-3 months and implement over the coming year. The grant is for a one-year period ending in December 2021 with work starting as soon as possible. The work is based on contract. Pay shall be hourly, commensurate with experience, and paid monthly upon receipt of an invoice. We expect to have a reasonable estimate of the expected number of hours to be worked before starting the project in earnest.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter or LinkedIn profile link to Ryan Nakashima, product manager, digital subscriptions, Bay Area News Group at


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