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Senior Back-end JavaScript Engineer (Node.js)

We're looking for back-end JavaScript engineers with Node.

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We're looking for back-end JavaScript engineers with Node.js experience to join the Ghost product team and work remotely, on Open Source software.

Hey there! We're looking for a new member to join the Ghost team, maybe that's you?

We're a non-profit organisation on a mission to create modern, independent publishing technology to power the future of online journalism.
This is not a rocket-ship. You won't find any unicorn glitter or exponential curves around here, just a real company with a sustainable business which has been profitable from year 1 and has been growing healthily ever since. Currently our Annual Recurring Revenue is $3,500,000. We're very transparent about our mission and our metrics, you can read all about us.
Ghost is a full stack web application for running independent publications. It’s one of the most popular modern open source projects in the world, and is used in production by tens of thousands of websites and companies.
Chances are you've already visited and read sites which run on Ghost! Our users range from renowned publications like The Stanford Review and Harvard International Review - through to some of the world's largest organisations like Apple, Square, DuckDuckGo, Buffer, OpenAI, CloudFlare, Digital Ocean, Mozilla, Napster, Tinder, OkCupid and many, many more.
As the company grows, we're looking for an experienced JavaScript developer to join the team and work directly on Ghost core. This is a senior role, with a lot of freedom to help evolve and refine our product architecture.

What we're looking for  🔎

For this position, we're specifically looking for experienced back-end JavaScript engineers with a track record of shipping large-scale projects and working in teams, confident taking a broad brief and seeing it through from start to finish.
Node.js experience is important, because that's what Ghost is written in! Ember.js experience is a big advantage, too. Experience working with other parts of our stack is a bonus, particularly Bookshelf, Knex, Express and Handlebars. A good grasp of MySQL and SQLite3 are helpful too, but not essential. Any other experience with startups, SaaS, open source, distributed applications or remote work is also very valuable.
One of the major perks of engineering at Ghost is that almost every single thing you work on will be released as open source under the MIT license. So you’re not just writing code for us, you’re writing it for yourself and for everyone else - both now, and in the future. Instead of spending years doing work will eventually be locked away in a box labelled “intellectual property” — you'll get to write code which is open for anyone to use, including you in your own future projects!
People who are great at written communication and highly self-motivated tend to do best at Ghost. The majority of our team is made up of former founders, freelancers and self-starters who are confident and comfortable working independently and getting things done.
This role would be well suited to someone who is experienced at building/shipping products, looking for a big/interesting thing to work on with a great international team and a healthy work/life balance. Our culture at Ghost is one of calm, happy work. Not a frantic startup treadmill.
Maybe you’re overworked at a traditional tech company and uncomfortable with the level of resemblance your life bears to an episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley. Or maybe you’ve been solo bootstrapping products for years and you're ready to work on something bigger with a group of excited, likeminded people.
We value diversity of all types at Ghost and our team is made up of a kind, thoughtful group of people with a wide range of backgrounds. We have as many people who speak German as we do English, some of us are single, others are married, while others are parents. We actively try to find people with different perspectives and experiences to the ones we already have. Women and minorities of any description are especially encouraged to apply!

What it's like to work here 

Well, we work remotely from all over the world! Most communication happens on Slack, with weekly meetings via Zoom. 
The biggest perk of working at Ghost is that we have a small, talented team with a very large audience. This means you have the ability to have a huge impact on the product and the company, whilst also having interesting and challenging problems to work on. We believe deeply in what we do, and we're all in this to build something lasting, sustainable and positive.

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About Ghost

Learn about Ghost and their company culture.

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We're a proud non-profit organisation building open source technology for journalism.

Ghost was founded in April 2013, after a very successful Kickstarter campaign to create a new platform focused solely on professional publishing. Our mission is to create the best open source tools for independent journalists and writers across the world, and have a real impact on the future of online media.

Today Ghost powers an incredible range of websites; from individual bloggers who are just getting started, to large teams of writers and editors at some of the largest organisations in the world. We've built a sustainable business around a free core application, funded by a premium platform as a service to run it on.

Behind the scenes, we're just a group of weird, fun-loving humans who enjoy experimenting with new technology. We believe in creating as much freedom in the world as we can, and everything we do is based on that core principle.

We set Ghost up as non-profit foundation so that it would always be true to its users, rather than shareholders or investors. Our legal constitution ensures that the company can never be bought or sold, and one hundred percent of our revenue is reinvested into the product and the community.

As a public organisation we also believe in being transparent and accountable for everything we do, so we publish our live financial data for all to see.

About Ghost

Professional, modern, open source publishing.

Ghost is the #1 content management system on Github, and the most popular modern open source publishing platform in the world.

We make a free, MIT licensed core product which is available to anyone - and offer a fully managed Platform As A Service for businesses to run the software with ease. Tahe company and the project is structured as a sustainable non-profit organisation.

The company launched with a $350,000 Kickstarter campaign in 2013 (the #2 most-funded OSS project of all time), shipped its first version 6 months later, and became profitable 6 months after that.

Today, Ghost is used by some of the largest organisations in the world - including Apple, OpenAI, DuckDuckGo, NASA, Sky News, Cloudflare, The Stanford Review, and many more - with net revenue of $2,000,000+ per year.

Ghost Foundation Team

Our virtual headquarters is in Singapore, but we're a fully remote team spread all over the world. Between us, we cover 4 continents, 5 nationalities and 6 languages. All the work we do happens online, with no office to speak of. We use great tools like Slack, Zoom and Github to collaborate efficiently, harnessing the formidable power-of-the-internet™ to get things done.

We spend our days talking to each other and developing beautiful, open source products using modern technology to power the future of online publishing.

Sound like the sort of life you would enjoy?

We're always looking for great people to join us, some benefits include...

World class team & product

Work with a group of incredible people who are unbelievably excited about the work they do and the technology they use.

Explicit freedom

Choose where you work and how you want to work. It's entirely up to you. We really just want you to be happy.

Unlimited holidays

We don't count how many hours you work each day. We do insist that you take at least 2 full weeks off per year, though.

All costs covered

We'll set you up with all the latest tech gear which you need and pay for a co-working space if you'd like one.

Personal development

We'll coach you to help you grow your career and cover any costs for conferences, meetups, books or memberships.

Team trips

Twice a year we fly everyone to an exotic location so we can spend a week working together and grabbing a few drinks.

Tech stack

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