Why work at Code for America?
Together, we work to break down barriers to government services and improve people’s experiences with government programs in meaningful ways. We’re known for building digital tools, but the work doesn’t stop there. We seek to transform government by showing what’s possible when communities are included in policy and service design. Read more about how we’re building a movement to make lasting impact.
Code for America is committed to building a team as diverse as the nation we serve. We’re made up of people-centered problem solvers: technologists, advocates, storytellers, and organizers from many different backgrounds and communities around the country. We merge the best parts of technology, nonprofit, and government—so our collaborative culture is constantly evolving with the ideas of each new member.
We strive to be inclusive—a place people can grow and freely share their ideas. For example, our product development teams use pair programming, daily stand-ups, blameless post mortems, and user research to ensure our teams are on track to do their best work. We come together to learn from each other at our lunchtime speaker series, our quarterly off-sites, and our Weekly Wins meetings. We have several much-loved traditions, like our annual Thanksgiving potluck and our monthly trout-themed calendar flip. We also have a number of employee resource groups, including our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, a monthly LGBTQIA meetup, our Earthtones group for BIPOC employees, a justice-themed book club, and more!
Welcome to our loft-style work space in San Francisco! We have an open floor plan and conference rooms so you can work solo or in a group. There are plenty of snacks and drinks to keep you fueled and a bike room for those who choose to cycle to work. Our space is fully accessible for people who use wheelchairs or require other disability accommodations. We work hard to ensure that our office space is comfortable, collaborative, and inclusive.
We work hard, but we also prioritize work-life balance. Our flexible schedules allow you to build working hours that fit your needs. We try to set meeting hours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pacific Time, have company-wide “No Meeting Thursdays,” and allow employees to block off time for childcare or caretaking responsibilities. We are a growing remote team and welcome applications from people outside the San Francisco Bay Area for most roles.
Equity in hiring
Code for America’s commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in our external work extends to how we work internally. We believe the best way we can solve tough problems is to include the communities impacted by them. To that end, we are building diverse talent pools and continuously improving on our equitable hiring practices. We challenge outdated processes and provide candidates with as much transparency as possible. This includes, but is not limited to, sharing each role’s hiring process and providing salary bands and growth targets for every role. To read more about our internal diversity efforts, please read our vision statement.
Benefits and support
Code for America is invested in the well-being of our employees. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance with 100% premium coverage for employees. We also offer life and disability insurances, a 401K program with a 3% match, and a wide array of perks.
The environment at Code for America is designed to be supportive and flexible. Employees are required to take at least one mental health day per month and we offer free access to a suite of mental health apps. We also have specific resources for parents, caretakers, and pet owners. Every employee has access to a wide variety of professional development resources for continuous learning and growth, including a yearly $1,000 professional development budget.
The Code for America apprenticeship is a full time, salaried, nine-month program. This initiative is specifically targeted at candidates with non-traditional backgrounds, such as recent boot-camp graduates, people switching careers, or those re-entering the workforce. People who have lived experience, direct or indirect, with the government services we work on (such as the social safety net or the criminal legal system) are especially encouraged to apply. The 2021 apprenticeship will start in summer 2021, and we will begin accepting applications in April. Learn more about what it’s like to be an apprentice at Code for America!
The Community Fellowship program trains people with lived experience in specific project areas, then pairs them with local governments to address inequities in service delivery. For example, people who have been incarcerated have worked to improve reentry services in their communities. Do you want to learn skills for using a people-centered, data-driven, iterative approach to develop local government service interventions? Find out more about the Community Fellowship program.
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Code for America does not discriminate against any person on any basis including, but not limited to, sex, gender and gender expression, race, color, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, religion, disability or veterans status. We particularly encourage members of groups traditionally underrepresented in technology and government to apply.