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Planning Center: Full Stack Developer

    Headquarters: Carlsbad, CA (Remote)


    About Us

    Planning Center launched in 2006 and has grown to support over 70,000 churches around the world. We are independently owned with no outside investors, no debt, and no sales team.

    Churches use our tools to communicate and connect with their congregations, organize information, and coordinate events. We’re obsessed with building great products that solve real problems, aligning us with our manta: We love our people, we love our products, and we love our churches.
    We’re a remote company of 130+ people that rely on tools like GitHub, Slack, Notion, and Zoom. We value asynchronous work while also encouraging pairing to shape work and tackle problems together. We gather at our main offices in Carlsbad, CA, four times a year to connect face-to-face and foster better working relationships.

    About the work

    We’re seeking a Full Stack Developer experienced in Ruby on Rails and React. You’ll work on building out new features from start to finish, refining existing features, improving performance, and ensuring the security of our customer’s data.

    What a typical week might look like:

    Translating the product manager’s feature pitches into technical specifications
    Implementing those technical specifications as a series of small, descriptive, and well-tested GitHub pull requests
    Pairing with your designer and developer teammates
    Reviewing your teammates’ pull requests to increase the quality of what we build and learn from one another
    Deploying to production with one click
    Investigating customer-reported bugs that have been triaged and researched by our fantastic support team
    Diagnosing errors that come in through our error monitoring tools
    Improving performance guided by Datadog and AWS Performance Insights
    Participating in book and code clubs to learn with/from other developers


    Reside in the United States
    Eligible to work in the United States (we are currently unable to offer employment to those with H-1B visas)
    Be willing to travel four times each year to connect with the rest of the team (not during a pandemic)
    Experience in Ruby on Rails and React, with strong competency in at least one

    We love our team. It’s one of the core pillars we work off of every day, which is why we take care of you as best we can. Here are a few highlights, but you can find all our benefits here.

    Get paid:
    We pay in the top 10% of the New York City rates no matter where you live, contribute to your 401k, provide a charitable giving match of up to $2,000 a year, have a generous allowance for continued education, and offer a co-working stipend. The annual salary range for this position is $142,451 – $162,802.

    Be healthy:
    Generous paid sick time and vacation time, $200 a month for physical fitness and mental health, 95% medical & 100% dental premium health coverage.
    Get out: Paid Fridays off in the summer, every other Friday off the rest of the year, a month-long sabbatical every five years, one week off between Christmas & New Year, one week off a year to serve with a non-profit, and two weeks paid vacation a year increasing to three over time.
    The Hiring Process

    Applications will be accepted until Sunday, July 16th.
    We aim to have a final decision made by no later than Monday, August 14th, with a new hire starting on Monday, August 28th.
    Below is an outline of the steps in our hiring process.
    Step one: Initial Zoom call with a member of the hiring team, so you to get to know us
    Step two: Online coding assessment to get a rough understanding of your experience
    Step three: Team interview over Zoom with a few developers
    Step four: Technical interview over Zoom with a few developers
    Step five: Offer extended (optional meeting with our Executive Team)
    You’ll have a chance to interact with several team members during the hiring process. We strongly encourage you to bring any questions you have. We also invite you to read reviews on Glassdoor and check out our People-First Jobs profile; you’re interviewing us as much as we’re interviewing you.

    The teammates you’ll encounter along the way:

    The manager you’ll be reporting to
    One or more developers from the team you’ll be joining
    Developers from other teams within the company
    Members of our executive team

    Apply with a resume, cover letter*, and an answer to the question below. Your cover letter should speak directly to this position. We want to know what got you into software development, how your experience has set you up for success in this role, and why you want to join our team. If you’ve applied in the past, feel free to apply again.

    *Listen, we’ve read a lot of cover letters and have a pretty good sense of what ChatGPT and other AI software sound like. Please show us who you really are and avoid AI-generated cover letters.
    Application Submission Question

    We value rest at Planning Center. We don’t work the majority of Fridays, and employees earn a four-week sabbatical every five years. Rested people enjoy work more. What about you? What do you do to rest? More specifically—what would you do with an entire month off work with full pay? (One or two paragraphs is all we’re looking for.)

    Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet ~60% of the criteria, women and those in underrepresented groups tend only to apply when they check every box. If you’re unsure if your experience qualifies strong competency in React or Rails, we’d still love to hear from you and see if it’s a good fit!

    To apply: