Lead Backend and DevOps Developer

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NYC Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer · New York, NY

Public Service & Civic Engagement
$72038 - $150000 Per Year
Posted 3 days ago

Machine Learning


The newly formed New York City Digital Service is looking for a founding member of its team to serve as Lead Backend and DevOps Developer. This person is passionate about building good foundations for digital tools, and is focused on building a strong backend, database, infrastructure, and pipelines to build digital tools and improving existing ones. 

We are looking for someone who understands that the products we build for the 8.8 million New Yorkers need to scale, someone who has a clear vision of what effective and efficient infrastructure for the public good looks like. At the same time, this person will lead and navigate the various architecture/infrastructure requirements and accreditation processes in order to launch products in city government.

The NYC Digital Service works with various city agencies, each with their own tech stack. It’s important that you’re knowledgeable in both Azure and AWS. Security is at the center of our work — we won’t launch anything without proper security accreditation — so familiarity with security protocols and tools like Veracode is a plus. 

A normal day would be spinning up a Load Balancer Sandwich in AWS in order for us to keep code and service inside the city’s intranet, making sure that a product being hosted in Azure AppService passes security accreditation, implementing CI/CD in coordination with the Product Manager and Lead Web Developer. There will be times where we will need you to take on some Java or Python tasks (whichever you’re comfortable with) when we need more coding capacity. You will be in constant communication with the City’s CloudServices team, as well as the NYC Cyber Command during security accreditation.



  • Serve as the lead for the development of backend code and DevOps/DevSecOps for web applications in order to deliver modern digital services to New Yorkers at low cost;
  • Implement test-driven development;
  • Learn new languages and frameworks as required by the product or agency partners;
  • Provide feedback on languages, frameworks, and code architecture;
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally with teammates (including the Product Manager, Web Developers, and Data Scientist) and leadership;
  • Perform special technology-related projects, as assigned.



  • Professional/Vendor Certifications -or- a related qualifying certification;
  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate;
  • Cloud Platform, Data Engineering w/Azure, Linux on Azure, Machine Learning – Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert;
  • Cloud Platform and Infrastructure – Microsoft Specialist;
  • Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions – ScrumAlliance Certified Scrum Master;
  • 6+ years of relevant work experience, including 3+ years of work experience in high-pressure, entrepreneurial environments;
  • High comfort and familiarity with dev ops best practices;
  • Experience with and willingness to do pair programming;
  • Familiarity with open-source libraries and tools;
  • Expertise in agile development methodologies;
  • Experience deploying cloud-based applications;
  • Experience deploying on-premises-based applications;
  • A growth mindset.



  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college including or supplemented by 24 credits in the field of voice and/or data telecommunications or in a pertinent scientific, technical, electronic or related area, and four years of satisfactory full-time experience in the performance of analytical, planning, operational, technical, or administrative duties in a voice and/or data telecommunications or closely related electronics planning, management, and/or service organization, one year of which must have been in a highly specialized capacity and 18 months must have been in an executive, managerial, or administrative capacity or in the supervision of staff performing work in the voice and/or data telecommunications field; or
  2. An associate degree from an accredited college including or supplemented by 12 credits in the field of voice and/or data telecommunications or in a pertinent, scientific, technical, electronic or related area and five years of experience as described in “1” above; or
  3. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” above. However, all candidates must have at least a four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and one year of the specialized experience as described in “1” above and must possess the 18 months of executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory experience as described in “1” above.
  4. NYC Residency*

*New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

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