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Java Developer

CivicActions is a dedicated, fun-loving team, looking for some talented folks to help us bring revolutionary digital services to government agencies and the people they serve.

For this role, we're looking for someone with experience in backend web development using Java, writing web applications using a test-driven deployment approach, and using relational and non-relational database systems. You should also be comfortable working in an agile and lean environment to routinely deploy changes. 

For this position, a minimum of 2 years developing and deploying backend web applications in an agile environment is required. This role works within our agile process as an engineering resource for the scrum team with our clients in the public sector. 

The current opening for this position requires on-site interactions with clients and users in Sacramento, California; therefore we are seeking candidates who reside in Sacramento or are willing to commute on a daily or weekly basis. 

Responsibilities & Qualifications

Your good sense of humor, collaborative nature, and high-quality communication style will be a great addition to our talented team. Your presence and work will support our mission to come alongside our government agency clients as partners in open and agile transformation. Together, we'll make it enjoyable for them to come to work every day, and pass that joy on to their citizens and customers.

We are a mission-minded team, and we're looking for others like us with a true passion for using technology to make a positive change in our world. You should be comfortable in a consulting or professional services environment, in addition to working with cross-functional agile teams. We also like to see a track record of contributions to open community projects.

For this position, you MUST have:

Minimum of 1 - 2 years of full time experience with delivery of complex digital projects in an agile environment.

Minimum of 2 years of full time experience in AT LEAST ONE (ideally more) of the following:

  • Java
  • Writing the back-ends of modern open-source web applications
  • Developing and consuming web-based, RESTful APIs
  • Test-driven deployment
  • Automated unit, integration, and acceptance testing
  • Load and performance testing
  • Enterprise user authentication tools
  • Relational and non-relational database systems
  • Handling large data sets and scaling their storage
  • Scalable search technology

Sound good so far? Great, keep reading!

We're looking for someone with experience in the following:

  • Backend web development using Java
  • Authoring developer-friendly documentation (e.g., API documentation, deployment operations)
  • Developing and Consuming web-based, RESTful APIs with the Dropwizard Java framework
  • Communicating technical concepts to a non-technical audience.
  • Writing automated unit, integration, browser, accessibility, acceptance, load, and performance tests (e.g. JUnit, JMeter, Selenium, Pa11y)
  • Using and working in team environments that use agile methodologies (e.g., Scrum, Kanban, Lean)
  • Use of version control systems, specifically Git and GitHub
  • Quickly researching and learning new programming tools and techniques
  • Writing and working with open source solutions and community
  • Knowledge of enterprise user authentication tools
  • Handling and scaling the storage of large data sets, scalable search technology

Desired Skill Set

  • Intense curiosity about people and human interactions
  • Ability to appreciate and communicate with both introverts and extroverts
  • Desire to become an extraordinary communicator by searching inside yourself
  • Ability to see patterns and identify unstated needs
  • Experience with GitHub, Pivotal Tracker, Slack are preferred
  • Configuring JasperReports to render XML documents into PDF
  • Complementary/specialized skills such as coding and debugging are also a plus


We excel in our benefits offering and believe that people who are well taken care of can be more balanced, healthy and happy. We offer 100% company-paid medical insurance, disability insurance, and life insurance. We have a generous 401(k) program. We have an open vacation policy -- employees are encouraged to take time off as needed to feel balanced, productive and healthy. We have paid maternity and paternity leave. We have an annual all-hands retreat to connect with each other in person. We also emphasize professional development and offer an annual stipend. 

Community participation is important to us and we ask that you spend 5% of your working time giving back to a community that you care about. We attempt to keep our work products 'open by default'. This means that it is our intention that your work contributions during your time at CivicActions will be published under public license, enabling you to bring your passion fully into your activities without the fear that your expressions will be locked away or prevented from having a positive impact in the world.


We find strength and inspiration in the things that make each of us unique. In striving for a more diverse team, we strongly encourage women, people of color, and physically-challenged people to apply.

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