Back-End Software Engineer

Ad Hoc — Company based in Washington, DC

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At Ad Hoc we build government digital services that are fast, efficient, and usable by everyone.

Ad Hoc brings small teams of highly skilled professionals from the private sector to build government software right the first time.

Solving government technology problems is about attacking big problems with design, engineering, and compassion. We’re committed to continually improving what we build and staying focused on user needs for the long haul.

As part of our team, you will work with a small team of designers and engineers to design, develop, and deliver web-based applications and services. You’ll work in collaboration with our government partners to better understand and translate policy and business requirements into features, user stories, automated tests, and working code. Your work will impact the lives of millions of Americans.

Back-end software engineer

We’re looking for a driven and organized Back-end Engineer to help deliver digital services for the American people. As an Ad Hoc Back-end Engineer, you will:

  • Use Go, Node.js, Ruby, or other programming languages to build scalable back-end services that gracefully integrate with legacy systems
  • Build APIs that support both the digital services we deliver as well as third-party usage
  • Use unit and integration testing to ensure systems meet business needs
  • Ship software that impacts the lives of millions of Americans



  • 2+ years of experience developing consumer-facing web applications, services, and APIs
  • Programming in a major open source language, such as Ruby, Python, Go, Java, or JavaScript.
  • Understanding of the fundamental technologies of the web: HTTP, SSL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and JSON
  • Legally authorized to work in the U.S now and in the future without sponsorship.
  • Proficient spelling, grammar, and communication skills.
  • Must pass background check and provide references.


  • Experience and understanding of one or more different agile methodologies, including Scrum, XP, or SAFe.
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services, in particular EC2, S3, and RDS

Our technical screening involves completing our homework assignments exclusively – we do not do any form of whiteboarding in our process. You can read more about our homework here

Ad Hoc LLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination


  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Vanguard 401K plan
  • Unlimited Vacation
  • Continuing Education/Annual Conference Attendance


Node.js, Angular, Ruby, Python, Go, Java, JavaScript, API, SAML, MySQL, PHP, JSON

Ad Hoc is a small software engineering company that came out of the successful effort to rescue after its disastrous initial launch.

Ad Hoc is focused on delivering and operating fast, stable, and well-designed services on behalf of U.S. federal and state government that enables agencies to provide transactional and informational services to consumers. We do this by bringing people from startups and successful private sector technology companies to these problems, collaborating closely with government partners to deliver software that actually works.

Following the initial launch of in 2013, the White House assembled a team of top technology talent from outside of government, to assess what was wrong and come up with a plan to fix it.

Greg and Paul, Ad Hoc's cofounders and principals, were part of that original group, known as the ad hoc team, that went in and worked along side those who had built

Through their expert leadership and effort, they stablized the site and ensured that millions of Americans were able to get affordable health coverage. Read more on the rescue of

Ad Hoc is based in Washington, DC, but we are a remote-first company, and have people working all over the USA (Chicago, Providence, Portland, ME, Massachusetts, Seattle, San Francisco).

We're inviting applicants with diverse backgrounds to join and help lead our team.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.