Software Engineer, PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour

Washington, District of Columbia

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Date Posted July 08, 2022
Industry Other
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


Software Engineer, PBS NewsHour (Remote)

Full-time, Regular, Remote

Reports to: Director, Product


As our Software Engineer you will work with the NewsHour Digital Team to design, build, deploy and test PBS NewsHour products, services and infrastructure. You will help identify, troubleshoot, and solve complex software engineering problems on the server-side as well as on the client-side. You will also help support and maintain the NewsHour’s cloud infrastructure on AWS. You will support our current content management system as well as helping us plan for future CMS options. 


You’ll get to know your team and the wider organization, and how each group functions independently as well as part of the whole. You’ll learn our fast-paced work style while establishing key relationships with colleagues.


You translate requirements and build performant features and functionality across our platforms on both the front-end and back-end in a timely manner. You participate in technical discussions regarding the direction of our content and publishing ecosystems. You contribute unique ideas regarding engineering best-practices and digital strategies. You are self-motivated with a conscientious mentality and a commitment to learn new skills and explore emerging technologies.


  • Strong understanding in one or more server-side languages and object-oriented software design.
  • Fluent and proficient with HTML, Javascript and CSS.
  • Strong understanding of relational databases and SQL.
  • Strong understanding of web performance practices.
  • Bachelor’s degree in an information technology related field; minimum 3 years’ experience as a software engineer with a strong track record of supporting high traffic websites and applications; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Proof of full dosage of a COVID-19 vaccination is required for all positions that will be working onsite, or may reasonably or occasionally be called to work onsite.


  • Comprehensive and competitive medical, dental, and vision insurance plans
  • Generous 403(B) employer match
  • Free parking
  • Holiday and paid leave programs
  • Tuition reimbursement


With roots in public service journalism beginning in 1973, the PBS NewsHour today is on a mission to bring balanced, in-depth news coverage to all. Innovative and fast-paced, life at the NewsHour is focused on collaboration, trust, and above all, enterprising important, considered news. NewsHour is unique in that the team is small and tight-knit, and must accomplish what no other daily news organization does: be the gold-standard of reporting for a nightly, hour-long broadcast, and to crucial digital platforms.

You’ll enjoy working at the NewsHour if you enjoy contributing to meaningful reporting, working on small teams in which your ideas are not just valued but vital, and pushing yourself to grow your skills every day.

We know there are great candidates who may have skills we haven’t thought about.   If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We also encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans and people with disabilities. 

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