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Backend Python Web Developer


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The Atlantic is a digital-first media company with over 150 years of history and 30 million online visitors a month. Founded in 1857 and today one of the fastest-growing media platforms in the industry, The Atlantic has throughout its history championed the power of big ideas and continues to shape global debate through our two websites: and We work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment out of our office in the historic Watergate complex in Washington DC.

Our tech stack includes: - Django - GitHub - Jenkins - NewRelic - Nginx - Percona - SCSS - Slack - uWSGI 

Who You Are

We’re looking for a developer who is passionate about clean code and great journalism to join our growing team for full-time on-site work. We welcome out-of-town applicants willing to relocate to the DC metro area but are currently unable to sponsor non-citizens unauthorized to work in the United States.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Write well-documented and maintainable Python code
  • Maintain and improve Ollie, our custom content management system and web platform built on the Django web framework
  • Find and fix security vulnerabilities
  • Discover bottlenecks, optimize code or SQL queries to improve performance
  • Work with our product team to implement and deploy new features to and where they will be viewed by millions of people


  • Able to communicate well with both a technical or non-technical audience
  • Has developed and deployed into production a non-trivial Django application
  • Has written Python code on a team in a professional setting
  • Knowledgeable about Python best practices including PEP8, unit testing, and documentation
  • While not an HTML or CSS expert, is knowledgeable enough to make small front-end tweaks and changes as needed
  • Comfortable enough with Git to rebase without breaking into a sweat
  • Knows SQL and is able to write a query in order to pull reports from a database
  • Feels at ease performing routine tasks on the Linux command line (creating directories, changing permissions, etc)

How We Hire

It starts with a resume, short cover letter, and a code sample – ideally a link to a profile on GitHub, BitBucket, or other service. If it looks like you are a fit, we’ll schedule a phone interview to talk about the position, your work history, and talk through some technical questions. If we decide to move forward, we’ll have you come into our office to meet the team.


Employees at The Atlantic are entitled to benefits including: 401(k) savings plan with employer match, health care with domestic partner coverage, flexible vacation and sick leave policy, commuter benefits, and rooftop happy hours with one of the best views in DC.


Atlantic Media Values:

Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in you, and everyone else.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions –

  • Force of Ideas: At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing. We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual integrity, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, and giving voice to the latter.
  • Spirit of Generosity: Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks those with natural disposition toward service and selfless conduct. Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits, but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.


Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

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