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Sep 24th, 2021

Apprenticeship Interest Form: Software Engineering

Full Time

Nava partners with government agencies to deliver mission-critical software that helps public institutions earn people's trust. As a public benefit corporation, Nava is driven not just by profit, but also by our mission to build government software that well serves the American public. We ask the right questions to help civil servants and other contractors work effectively on complex systems in multi-stakeholder environments.

One of our Nava values is "Inclusion is Essential." We recognize that opportunities for software engineers are not always equal and we are committed to changing this.

Though dates are not finalized at this time, Nava is currently gauging interest in our Apprenticeship Program. The apprenticeship is a full-time, 4 month program aimed at diversifying our engineering team. Those who are currently underrepresented in tech and at Nava (Women, Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, those of South East Asian descent, Indigenous, Veterans, those working with disabilities, those re-entering the workforce, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply. Apprentices will be paired with a mentor, working on challenging and impactful projects like paid family medical leave or unemployment insurance portals. We will provide the support and environment that apprentices need to grow their careers in the civic tech space.

Due to the pandemic, our internships are remote this year (last year, we required that apprentices join us in our DC or SF locations so that they received the support and structure that can be obtained in an office setting). To adapt, apprentices will be required to have strong familiarity with remote working practices and be comfortable in proactive communication with their managers and mentors when work is not clear, when they are stuck, or when they have early examples of work to share with their support team.

Opportunities and Challenges
You will be working within the government ecosystem, which means working, sometimes closely, with other government contractors and civil servants. Working with people outside of your company means you'll likely encounter different working styles and cultural norms. At the same time, working as part of a larger team allows us to deliver on projects of larger scale and complexity.

The government also imposes a level of bureaucracy that is typically not present in a company of our size in the private sector. We operate in a regulated environment, where checks and compliance is built into the process of building software. This can make the path to production slower and some decisions, such as tools and processes, lie outside of our control. However, beyond writing code, finding and recommending ways to improve the way government software is built is one of the highest-leverage ways we help fulfill our mission.

You will be working with legacy systems. While our work is to build new systems with up-to-date technology, we have to do that within an existing ecosystem. Our work is building functional, resilient software for production. We don't build flashy prototypes that don't work for real people. This usually means getting to know legacy systems, often with poor documentation and unreliable narrators, and trying to determine how to replicate the systems' behavior or how to integrate with these systems. This is a great opportunity for engineers who enjoy software archaeology. If you care deeply about how software systems work over time, and building systems for longevity and resilience, this work is for you.

Who we’re looking for
You care deeply about building software that makes a real difference in people's lives, and is keen to grapple with the complexities and trade-offs involved in building government software. You have a solid engineering foundation and are eager to learn more.

You enjoy working on cross-functional teams, and collaborating with others, and you are able to direct yourself and work independently. You have empathy for the people who rely on your work, and you care about how your behavior affects others. You are humble and you value critical feedback and personal growth. You are comfortable receiving and giving kind, candid feedback.

Beyond coding ability, communication and teamwork skills are paramount. You must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in writing, in person, and through online tools, especially because we work with government stakeholders and other contractors.

You exhibit good judgment and are able to adapt to new situations well. You may encounter situations that no one on your team or at Nava has encountered before. You take responsibility and are able to persist through ambiguity to get to a solution.

-Be comfortable sharing work before it's complete, so mentors can provide feedback and support early in the process
-An adaptive, empathetic, collaborative and positive mindset
-Ability to think holistically around engineering issues
-Knowledge of engineering fundamentals and architecture
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills, technical and otherwise
-Review code and give feedback on technical specs

-Ability to work remotely, including strong, proactive communication skills. You must be able to ensure productivity, clear blockers, and share your work progress while working remotely.
-Recently graduated from a college or bootcamp program
-Experience with modern web development frameworks like Rails, Angular, React
-Experience working on web-based systems, both frontend and backend

Things not important
-Whether or not you have a CS or engineering degree (or any degree)
-Whether or not you have Github contributions. (It's great if you do, but we don't expect it.)
-Whether or not you have worked at a well-recognized company

Remote states Nava is actively hiring in: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, DC, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington.

** If you are not living in one of the states listed above, unfortunately, you will not be considered for a position at this time.

Residency: Must have lived in the United States at least 3 of the last 5 years.
We're a small team working to radically improve our government, so everyone that joins us has a direct impact on the direction and success of Nava. We are stewards – we hold a deep responsibility towards the systems that we work with. We are a community – we value collaboration both within our teams and with the many hardworking people within government. We offer generous benefits and equity.

We care deeply about diversity and inclusion at Nava. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion not only reflects our values as a public benefit corporation but also enriches our ability to do our work. Learn more about where we are today and hope to be by 2025.

Note: We participate in E-Verify. Upon hire, we will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. This role is required to work from the contiguous United States.
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