Job Details

Senior Software Developer

Marmoset, Portland, OR

Job - Technology

Close Date: 02/02/2018

Marmoset is seeking a Senior Software Developer.

Marmoset is seeking a Senior Software Developer with proven expertise in Ruby on Rails and Javascript. The ideal candidate has a teacher and mentor mindset, full stack capabilities, and can simultaneously maintain both micro and macro vision. As a critical member of Marmoset’s Technical Team, you’ll help us solve problems, design new features, deliver solid technical solutions -- and guide the learning and talent development of the team. We’re looking for someone to help lead innovation and product development, ultimately taking an award-winning website/app/music licensing platform to the next level. This role must work onsite at Marmoset World HQ.

What you should know: The backend is built on Ruby on Rails, uses a Postgres database, ties into third party services, and runs entirely on Heroku. The front­end is HTML, CSS, and custom JavaScript with a little help from Backbone. was originally designed and built by our friends at The app won a 2014 Webby for E-Commerce and many other awards and accolades.

Our main focus for the next 12 months is: 1) Innovation -- developing new features, improvements, and solutions for both clients and internal needs, and 2) Scaling-up the app to meet our rapidly growing business needs -- maintaining a clear focus on sound architecture and sustainable growth.

This opportunity includes the following technical requirements:

A demonstrated expertise of Ruby on Rails framework
An understanding of modern Javascript frameworks and libraries (i.e. jQuery, Prototype, AngularJS, Backbone, Knockout, etc)
Expertise in scaling applications for increased traffic, usage, and components
A sound understanding of business logic as it applies to development and architecture
Expertise in building and expanding application architecture
Experience project managing a small development team is encouraged
Possess a solid methodology for developing and managing clean, readable, maintainable code
Working knowledge of standards­-compliant and semantic HTML, CSS, the DOM
Working knowledge of open­-source database server technology (PostgreSQL, MySQL)
Working knowledge of open­-source version control systems including: Subversion and Git
Working knowledge of agile/scrum methodologies
Knowledge of other common open­-source scripting languages (ie PHP, Perl, Python, etc)
Knowledge of relevant remote services

Third-party services we use:

AWS S3 (for asset storage)
New Relic (for app monitoring)
Jira (for project management)
Mandrill (email templating and automation)
Mailchimp (email management, newsletters, etc)
Wistia (for video hosting)
Squarespace (our blog, or “journal”)

Basics: You love what you do and you’re looking to do something rewarding that makes a difference in the world. Or maybe you’re sick of the grind at a big creative agency and are seeking a refreshing culture where quality of life and people’s lives matter the most. If this sounds like you, keep reading.

Personality: Self ­starter with a contagious “can do” attitude. Thick skin. Able to regularly accept failure and/or rejection and grow from it. Unflappable: succeeds in a highly creative, fast paced, sometimes loud and distracting environment. Calm and cool under pressure and you are rarely ruffled by stress. You play well with others. You want to grow as a leader.

Abilities: Excellent communicator, strong researcher, attentive listener, fast learner. You have the ability to prioritize based need and timelines. You’re proactive, resourceful and are able to dig in and figure things out. You can see the forest through the trees -- able to focus on the project at hand, in addition to the big picture.

Experience: 4 years minimum with Ruby on Rails and JavaScript, with a portfolio that backs it up. Strong track record in managing projects, budgets and timelines. You’ve led a team of developers where your leadership, vision, and highly organized attributes led to success. You’re a forward thinker who considers how your work will affect others, years after you’re gone.

Passion: You have a heart for innovation and for constantly taking things to the next level. You love collaboration, teamwork, and thrive in a fun, familial, highly creative environment. Passion for music, arts and creative is a plus.

Pay: This is a senior level role with senior level compensation.


A Portland, Oregon based creative agency with BIG dreams. Launched in 2010, steadily growing.

It’s more than a creative agency. Marmoset’s core purpose is Community -- caring for our people: our staff, our clients, and our entire community.

Familial work environment that’s fun, offers flexibility and cares deeply about what we do.

Marmoset has ranked #6 “Fastest Growing Companies in Oregon,” “100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon,” and INC Magazine’s 2017 Best Places to Work.

Occasional 50 hour work weeks are offset with unlimited paid time off with tons of flexibility.

Benefits: Generous paid time off, flexible work environment, one month paid sabbatical after 4 years, medical, vision, dental, matching 401K. Paid parental leave. Gym & Fitness benefit OR employer-funded FSA, mass transit benefit, bike benefit, technology allowance, live music benefit, cell phone stipend, continuing education assistance. Generous profit sharing plan. Progressive vibes and kombucha on tap that flows like a river.

Culture: Marmoset fosters a progressive culture and work environment with a high degree of trust, collaboration and level of care that’s hard to find.

Learn more about our values by watching a TED Talk by our Founder Ryan Wines:

Marmoset is a proud Equal Opportunity employer, celebrating a diverse, inclusive community of people, cultures and stories.

Because we are a small company, this opportunity has the potential (and likelihood) to evolve in a variety of ways as we continue to grow, and will at times require a high degree of flexibility, patience, adaptation and juggling, depending on what needs to be done.

Worth knowing: At Marmoset, being aligned on virtues and values is more important than credentials, accolades or experience. Along those lines, here’s the top, most important virtues of a successful Marmoset employee:

Commitment (to all of the unique, quirky ways, norms, systems, culture, and rituals at Marmoset).
Fire in the Belly.
A sincere desire to listen, learn and grow.
Talent and Experience (important, but intentionally listed last)

If these virtues resonate with you and sound like how someone might describe you, then we’re on the right track.

Most importantly, you should know we care about people more than awards, achievement, and financial success attained in the bottom line. People, quality of life and relationships matter most. Period. We’re a close-knit group of people and we work hard to maintain a positive, healthy, rewarding and even fun culture. Here’s Marmoset’s purpose and core values, as defined by our staff:

Purpose: Community

Core Values:

Take care of our people: our staff, our clients, our community.
Do the unexpected and blow people’s minds.
Respect and celebrate the differences among us - including our diverse identities, backgrounds and cultures.
Have fun. Be healthy. Unplug and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Do the right thing.

We work to keep these core values and purpose ever-present in all that we do and we let them be a filter we use to make decisions and help us do better work.

Marmoset provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Marmoset complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Please submit a one page resume, a one to two page letter of interest and at least three references - all in PDF format.

In your letter of interest, feel free to elaborate on your experience and your story so we can get to know you better. What are your superpowers? What is your kryptonite? Why do you consider yourself a leader? How do you see yourself making an impact at Marmoset? We’d like to see some of your work, so please be sure to include any web links and/or a portfolio of some kind.

Additionally, in your letter of interest, please be sure to include a statement of purpose (100 words maximum).

We plan to begin interviewing people immediately on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as you can and please carefully follow the application guidelines, listed above. Applications that don’t strictly follow the above guidelines may not be considered.

Please email your complete PDF to .
We will respond to all applicants and inquiries via email; please do not call.

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