Senior Web Developer - Washington, DC

Customer Success | Washington, DC, United States

Have a passion for creating innovative and beautiful websites, mobile apps, and data visualizations? Are you interested in helping the world’s most influential organizations be more transparent and have a bigger impact? Want to join a small, rapidly growing company, a fun and supportive work environment, and a great group of smart people? If so, read on...

We are seeking a Sr Front End Developer to join our client services team. This position will be responsible for ETL, design and technical aspects of bringing a customer onto the Socrata Open Data Platform™, and ultimately through launch. You will work closely with the customer and our account manager to design and build data-driven websites and open data portals, develop data visualizations and applications, and assisting customers in having the biggest possible impact with unique and valuable datasets.

Socrata is the recognized leader in the fast-growing Open Data market. We develop and operate cloud-based SaaS solutions that enable customers to transform their data into accessible resources that can be easily explored, shared and reused. Our customers include high-profile federal, state and local government organizations such as World Bank, the United Nations, State of Oregon, Kenya, Seattle and Chicago. We are a venture-backed startup, with offices in Pioneer Square in Seattle and Washington DC. This role is based in our DC office.

As this position covers a lot of ground and will be among the first contact a new customer has with our team, we are looking for someone who excels at communicating with customer stakeholders, and is not only comfortable with, but eager to grow into new roles on a daily basis. 

The ideal candidate will have the following attributes...

  • Demonstrated proficiency with using HTML/CSS/Javascript/JQuery/AJAX in a production, cross-browser compliant environment

  • Experience working with APIs and moving data from system to system including cleansing, transformation, and loading

  • Experience rapid prototyping / lo-fi tools  (balsamiq, fireworks, any kind of wireframing)

  • Exceptional proficiency with XML and/or JSON

  • Moderate proficiency with at least one programming language (like Java or PHP)

  • Experience with using at least one scripting language (Ruby, Python, Perl, etc.) to manipulate large datasets

  • Experience developing applications using a UI framework is a plus

  • Familiarity with standard design tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

  • Ability to work to customer design specifications, and to work creatively without them when necessary

  • Enthusiasm for and comfort with working directly with customers

  • Experience with web development using a content management system a plus

  • Willingness to learn and apply technical concepts

  • Ability to wear many hats, or at least a good hat rack


A bachelor’s degree in a technical field, or in design is preferred. If you are an accomplished Web developer and designer with the experience and drive to succeed in a fast-paced environment, please email your resume to hr at socrata dot com. This position is based at our Washington DC office.

About Socrata

Socrata is the first and only software company in history to focus exclusively on enabling governments to open and 'consumerize' their vast reserves of untapped data for radically innovative public and internal user experiences. At all levels of public institutions globally, Socrata software products are providing 21st century data-driven web and mobile experiences for improving transparency, measuring performance, and facilitating a new era of fact-based decision-making. Deploying new inventions in open, scalable, cloud software and providing affordable access with monthly software-as-a-service (SaaS) pricing plans, Socrata solutions shatter legacy cost barriers and deliver significant budget relief for government IT departments.  

Ecstatic Socrata customers include: the US Federal Government; many US federal agencies including CDC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services; a number of states including Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Oklahoma, Washington and Colorado; most major US cities including NYC, Chicago, SF, Seattle, Austin, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Dallas and Baltimore; many counties; several foreign governments including the Country of Kenya, Lombardia Italy and Edmonton, AB, Canada; and the most recognizable and prestigious NGOs including the World Bank, the Gates Foundation and the United Nations. 

Socrata has 155 employees and is headquartered in a vibrant and creative workspace in the Pioneer Square neighborhood in Seattle, WA. The company also has a regional office less than a mile from the White House in Washington, DC. Socrata has raised $55M in venture backing to date, from OpenView Venture Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures and Frazier Technology Ventures. You can learn more about Socrata at www.socrata.com.

Our Values

At Socrata, we are a group of people, working to fulfill a common mission – to unleash the power of data to improve the world around us. How we act – with each other and our customers – embodies the five core values we believe in:

  • We value big ideas and creative execution
  • We build open and honest relationships
  • We are results driven and accountable
  • We celebrate success together
  • We aspire to be remarkable

Is this you? Do you share our values? Does this sound like the kind of environment where you’ll feel inspired to do your best and most meaningful work? If the answer is yes, we’d love to hear from you. 

We offer a competitive base salary, incentive bonus for outstanding performance, a generous stock option package and great benefits. Socrata is an equal opportunity employer.