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Technical Lead - Software Development

  • Lead a passionate and dedicated team of software developers
  • Support the work of over 7,000 for-purpose organisations across Australia
  • Help us to change the world, one job at a time

About Us

EthicalJobs.com.au is working to change the world, one job at a time.

We bridge the gap between thousands of not-for-profit organisations that strive to make our world a better place, and millions of passionate, values-driven people who want to “work for a better world”.

As a for-profit social enterprise and one of Australia’s top job-search sites for the not-for-profit sector and beyond, our platform supports the work of more than 7,000 for-purpose organisations around the country, and has a passionate community of 320,000+ unique users using the site each month. And our team and our platform are both growing fast!

You’ll be joining a friendly, passionate and successful team of 33 people who share a vision of a more equitable, just and sustainable world.

When we’re not working from home (as we are for the moment) our spacious office is just off Smith St in Collingwood, including a large outdoor deck for lunch in the sun and drinks after work, and great food and coffee just around the corner.

About the Role

This is a key technical role with the ability to have a huge impact on our platform and our community of ethical employers and jobseekers.

As our Tech Lead you’ll drive quality technical solutions based on industry best practice and principles. You’ll be ultimately accountable for code quality, solution output, software engineering output and the end to end delivery cycle of initiatives that ensure our delivery is of high quality and delivered on time. As a leader, you’ll be pragmatic and look for ways to make things easier and be calm under pressure.

We are still a small (but growing) software development team – currently 6 developers – so you will be able to influence our tech stack and architecture decisions in this role.

You’ll be providing technical leadership for our 6 software engineers and up to 6 additional new team members planned for 2022, including leading on new ideas and challenging the status quo when necessary.

Our stack

We currently operate a microservices architecture using Kubernetes, a container orchestrator, which manages and deploys our code.

Most backend code is written in PHP 7.4 up to PHP 8, running mostly in Laravel and API Platform, and exists solely to be delivered as a RESTful API. These APIs are served using a cloud-native edge router (Traefik), using the microservice pattern “API gateway”. CI + CD pipelines run through GitHub actions, allowing us to have automated staging & production deployments running on Google Cloud.

Each developer runs the EthicalJobs stack (API + frontends) locally for development which we’re currently streamlining, and there’s a staging environment for testing before production release.

Our front-end stack is built using React and JavaScript, with our main site EthicalJobs.com.au being powered by NextJS, and our employers portal a standard React app. Our Kubernetes cluster and database run inside the Google Cloud Platform.

We’re test focused: We like to test the code we build, and we have a continuous integration infrastructure in place that runs our tests on every push.

About You

  • You’ll bring 7+ years experience in software development including 3+ years experience in leading teams. Your coding experience has been in a team setting (e.g. using a CI/CD pipeline, code reviews, using Git), with a few years spent consistently writing PHP.
  • You have a background in building medium-large web applications, ideally in SaaS environments.
  • You take the lead and enjoy coaching, inspiring and motivating others.
  • You have knowledge of modern, cloud-based architectures and APIs, and have worked with event-driven or serverless architectures, containers, Kubernetes and automated CI/CD pipelines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the natural ability to articulate technical information in a clear manner to a variety of audiences, including individuals from non-technical backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated accountability for achieving release timeline with a quality product;
  • You like to be prepared and take pride in delivering on your commitments.
  • You push yourself to learn new skills and deepen your understanding of a problem. You encourage others to be brilliant by evolving ideas collaboratively.
  • You’re an advocate for “everyone’s opinion has value” and have honed your listening skills accordingly.
  • You have high energy levels and you’re someone who wants to work in a dynamic, fun, fast paced environment.
  • You care, genuinely. You are committed to ensuring that your craft, your interactions with others and your contributions to our team are the best they can be.
  • You’ve worked in Scrum teams before and have a good understanding of the framework.

From a purely technical perspective:

  • You know how to design a database, calling upon your understanding of SQL syntax (specifically, foreign key constraints and indexes) and relational databases in general.
  • You understand the meaning of programming patterns and principles
  • You have written many tests before, and have an understanding of when and why to use particular approaches to testing.
  • Building and maintaining reliable platforms and systems is important to you
  • You are able to balance the goals of software development with those of a growing organisation, understanding the business needs and designing robust and high quality solutions without over engineering.
  • Finally, you’re also someone with an interest in social-justice and/or environmental issues and wants to be part of an organisation focused on working for a better world.


Please download the attached Position Description for the full selection criteria, additional benefits and how to apply.

NB: Women, people of colour and people of diverse gender, age and cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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