The Washington Post is looking for a few good technologists.
On the heels of a record year for digital performance, The Post’s IT department has a number of new positions open across various platforms — from mobile development to UNIX administration to systems architecture.
“The Post is leading the way in digital innovation,” says Chief Information Officer Shailesh Prakash. As CIO, Prakash is a member of The Post’s central executive team and leads the engineering groups for the company’s digital, mobile, print and support functions.
It’s a particularly exciting time to work at The Post, with both the presidential election and the 2012 Olympic Games approaching, says Prakash.
The ideal candidates for these positions are enthusiastic, energetic and creative problem solvers. Prakash is quick to note that hiring managers are willing to look at recent graduates.
Prakash says a major goal is to transform The Post’s IT department into a world-class engineering team patterned after the engineering teams of technology innovators like Facebook, Google and Amazon.
The newsroom is also eager to have fresh talent. Ezra Klein recently appealed to “smart, talented tech types” on his Wonkblog.
New hires can expect to work closely with reporters and editors as The Post expands its effort to have software engineers embedded in various sections of the newsroom. Collaboration between the editorial and IT departments have led to recent projects such as Mention Machine, an app that tracks Twitter mentions for presidential candidates.
Working closely with the newsroom is also likely to make for a better user experience.
“Site performance is also an area of engineering investment, and we are working to make both our sites and mobile applications blazing fast,” says Prakash, noting that his teams work closely with Chief Experience Officer Laura Evans, whose focus is to ensure Post products are easy to use and navigate.
“There isn’t a media company in the country that isn’t looking for talented technologists,” adds Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, editor for strategic projects.“We have really exciting content for people to work with and would love to hear from anyone who’s out there.”