Staff Openings

Senior Full Stack Developer

Take a lead role on a diverse, collaborative, and growing team. Come help build the future of journalism as States Newsroom’s Sr. Full Stack Developer. The role offers an opportunity to help inform communities across the nation, with your code reaching 5 million people each month and powering both national reporting and state government-focused journalism.


Location: Fully remote; or work out of our office in Chapel Hill, NC or Washington, DC
Report to: Digital Director
Minimum salary: $90,000, with generous benefits

Who we are

States Newsroom is a growing network of state-based news outlets focused on connecting people to the state policies that shape their daily lives. In many state capitals, too many stories go underreported or unreported. We are changing that, by increasing coverage in these spaces and sharing all of our reporting with readers and other news organizations for free.

What you will do

  • Take ownership and responsibility for the quality of the network’s engineering program; innovate and push for growth and best practices
  • Actively manage server security and upkeep for States Newsroom properties
  • Maintain WordPress-based affiliate and organization sites reliably, and implement approved changes in a timely manner
  • Handle legacy migrations, both WordPress and other CMS
  • Troubleshoot higher-level technical issues for the network as a member of a small responsive and staff-supporting team
  • Provide support to 3rd party sites and partners in the States Newsroom network, particularly around RSS


You are someone with a belief that journalism can make a difference and who is passionate about justice, equity, and truth.

Our ideal candidate has approximately 3-5 years of experience in the following:

  • Developing object-oriented PHP
  • MySQL/NoSQL expertise for import and manipulating data
  • Experience with LAMP, LEMP, and LENP hosting environments.
  • Front end development using semantic and well-formed HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Responsive mobile layout and styling using Flexbox and Bootstrap (v5 experience preferred)
  • Building or assisting with the maintenance of custom WordPress themes that rely heavily on custom fields, custom post types, and well-organized theme functions

Other desired proficiencies include:

  • ElasticSearch expertise for import and manipulating data
  • Google Analytics and Ads as it relates to campaigns and paid acquisition, including tag manager, data studio, and search console; ideally experience with UA-4 and/or migrating from UA-3 to UA-4
  • DNS management and managing enterprise PaaS Hosting services
  • Utilization of security best practices, and experience managing enterprise-level WAF solutions
  • Working with third-party APIs
  • SEO and optimization of WordPress Sites
  • Specific experience with the following is a bonus: Genesis theme, TypeRocket WordPress Framework

Our culture values these soft skills:

  • Take on new opportunities and tough challenges with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Build partnerships and work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
  • Clearly communicate technical ideas to colleagues with varying levels of proficiency

Authorization to work in the United States. All States Newsroom employees are required to be fully vaccinated within 30 days of hire.


  • Premium-free platinum healthcare for employees and their families (i.e., nothing comes out of your paycheck!)
  • 4 weeks of vacation per year
  • 2 weeks of personal leave per year
  • 20 hours of paid volunteer time per year
  • 7 holidays and 4 floating holidays
  • $75 monthly cell phone reimbursement
  • $200 cell phone replacement benefit every two years
  • $75 monthly fitness benefit
  • 401K with up to 3% match
  • 12 weeks of parental leave
  • Full-service EAP

New laptop and any necessary equipment will be provided by States Newsroom.


States Newsroom is dedicated to producing journalism at all levels — from quick hit to investigative — but not at the expense of burning out its employees. We are supportive, exciting, welcoming and positive. We believe in creating sustainable careers for journalists on the crucial state government beat, and for the staff who support them.

States Newsroom’s mission is to connect people to the power that shapes their daily lives through relentless reporting and incisive commentary on state government and policy. Journalism is a powerful force for social change, uniquely suited to challenging systemic inequality and racism. Our goal is to build an organization that fulfills that mission.

The 120-plus people who make up States Newsroom include many from historically marginalized backgrounds, but our organization needs to improve in terms of racial diversity. We are always working to better represent our communities and are supported in these efforts by a network-wide Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Committee and our Equity, Inclusion & Strategic Initiatives Director.

How to apply

Please send your resume to [email protected]

At States Newsroom, we believe we strengthen our work and improve our insights when we incorporate the perspectives of people who come from different backgrounds and have had different experiences. We are committed to diversity and prioritize equity in all recruiting and hiring. Read our full DEIJ statement for more information.