Senior Software Engineer (Backend)

FreeWill · Remote (US)

Partners & Advocates
$160,000 - $170,000 Per Year
Posted 2 weeks ago

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FreeWill is an award-winning, social-good startup that has partnered with 1000+ nonprofits who support our mission while raising more than $7B in bequests to charities since we were founded in 2017. We’ve been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Oprah’s magazine, and our co-CEOs have even been named to Town & Country’s “Top 50 Philanthropists” list.

All of this is because we’ve figured out how to make some powerful (but complicated!) ways to donate much easier and more accessible. Our products make things easier for the donors who want to change the world and for nonprofits doing heroic work around the planet.

In the last 5 years, we’ve grown from 5 people to 200+ (all smart, tenacious, and kind), and continue to grow. We’d love to have you be a part of this adventure. Check us out on Glassdoor!

Full-time •  Excellent Benefits • $20k Signing Bonus • Work from Anywhere in the US or Canada (except CO, AL, or LA)

We are looking for an ambitious software engineer who wants to make an impact at a mission-driven company and is interested in working across our full tech stack, with a primary focus on our backend. You are excited to work with a low-ego, highly collaborative team and take on a high level of responsibility across many projects. 

FreeWill has set compensation and a non-negotiation policy for fairness reasons (we don't think that an individual's pay should be determined by how comfortable they are negotiating). As a result, we like to be transparent and up front about the compensation. When we make an offer, we provide multiple options so that employees can choose between compensation packages that prioritize salary or stock options. The offers for this role will be between $160,000 and $170,000. This role also includes a $20,000 sign on bonus. We have also historically offered annual raises based on performance evaluation and cost of living 


  • Independently own the end-to-end design and development of new features
  • Drive technical initiatives that improve quality, efficiency, and sustainability for the team
  • Work on a modern stack, including React, TypeScript, Node.js, PostgreSQL, and AWS
  • Interact closely with a diverse team across legal, growth, sales, support, design, and product
  • Mentor junior engineers and share knowledge through code reviews, pair programming, 1-1 conversations, and broader team trainings
  • Gain knowledge of end-of-life planning and nonprofit fundraising - what currently is working, what is not, and what tech can do to help fix it

Technical Skills

  • 6+ years building production systems for complex web applications with a desire to work full stack
  • Experience leading projects on a team with a product manager, designer, and multiple engineers – from estimation and planning through to production and ongoing support
  • Proficient in web architecture, API design, SQL, and performance optimization
  • Familiar with TypeScript, observability, continuous integration, automated testing, and cloud infrastructure
  • Familiar with CRM architecture or similar system-of-record solutions a plus


In addition to the immense personal and professional satisfaction you’ll gain from helping to raise $1T for high impact nonprofits in a kind and joyful work environment, full time employees at FreeWill are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Work from home 
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Flexible hours
  • Competitive salary
  • Commuter benefits
  • Company stock options
  • 401k
  • Medical/Dental/Vision (some single coverage medical plans are 100% employer paid, subsidized rates for spousal, parent-child, and family coverage)
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Free One Medical membership
  • Paid parental leave for all parents


  • Option to work from our new, beautiful NYC office, located in the Financial District
  • Fully paid trips, such as an annual work retreat in a relaxing location
  • Regular (virtual) team events
  • $250 monthly co-working budget which can be used for local co-working spaces (for team members located outside of the NYC metro only).
  • $300 annual budget to outfit your home office or cover utility bills
  • $1,000 referral bonuses for growing our FreeWill community
  • $1,000 annual professional development budget

FreeWill is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We are committed to finding talent that is not determined on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We are a remote-first company that’s able to hire in 47 states and D.C. Unfortunately, we are unable to hire in Colorado, Alabama, or Louisiana at this time. For this role, we can consider visa transfers for candidates who are currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a valid visa. We are also able to hire in Canada.

Don’t check off every box in the requirements listed above? Please apply anyway! Studies have shown that marginalized communities - such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color - are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. FreeWill is dedicated to building an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace that fosters a sense of belonging – so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to still consider submitting an application. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings!

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