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Full Stack JavaScript Developer at Ghost

We're looking for a new member of the Ghost team, maybe you can help us?

We're a non-profit organisation on a mission to create modern, independent publishing technology to power the future of online journalism.

This is not a rocket-ship. You won't find any unicorn glitter or exponential curves around here, just a real company with a sustainable business which has been profitable from year 1 and has been growing healthily ever since. Currently our Annual Recurring Revenue is just over $960,000 - and annual net revenue is over $1.2million. We're very transparent about our mission and our metrics, you can read all about us.

Ghost is a full stack web application for running independent publications. It’s one of the most popular modern open source projects in the world, and is used in production by tens of thousands of websites and companies.

Chances are you've already visited and read sites which run on Ghost. Our users range from hugely popular bloggers, all the way through to some of the world's largest organisations like Square, DuckDuckGo, Mozilla, Tinder, Open AI, CloudFlare, Digital Ocean, OkCupid, Napster and many, many more.

As the company grows, we're looking for an experienced JavaScript developer to join the team and lead the development of special new projects. This is a senior role reporting directly to Ghost's founders, with a lot of freedom and control building new features and products from scratch.

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What we're looking for

Ghost has spent 5 years focused on making publishing simple, now we’re shifting our focus to making independent publishing more powerful.

For this position, we're explicitly looking for experienced full-stack JavaScript engineers with a track record of shipping large-scale projects and working in teams, confident taking a broad brief and seeing it through from start to finish. We know, the term “full stack” can mean just about anything depending on who you ask. We’re specifically looking for programmers with a deep knowledge of JavaScript who are confident working on the client as well as the server:

Significant Node.js experience is important. Ember.js experience is a big advantage. Experience working with other parts of our stack is a bonus, particularly Bookshelf, Knex, Express and Handlebars. Knowledge of tools like Yarn, Gulp, Grunt & Yeoman will help you hit the road quicker. Any other experience with startups, SaaS, open source, distributed applications or remote work is also very valuable.

One of the major perks of engineering at Ghost is that almost everything you work on will be released as open source under the MIT license. So you’re not just writing code for us, you’re writing it for yourself and for everyone else - now, and in the future. Just think, instead of spending years doing work will eventually be locked away in a box labelled “intellectual property” — you could write code which is open for anyone to use, including you in your own future projects!

People who are great at written communication and highly self-motivated tend to do best at Ghost. The majority of the team is made up of former founders, freelancers and self-starters who are confident and comfortable working independently and getting things done.

This role would be well suited to someone who is very experienced at building/shipping products, who is looking for a big/interesting thing to work on with a great team and a healthy work/life balance.

Maybe you’re overworked at a traditional tech company and uncomfortable with the level of resemblance your life bears to an episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley. Maybe you’ve been solo bootstrapping products for years and you’d really just like to work on something bigger with a group of likeminded people.

We don't mind where you're based or what hours you work, but this role does require reasonable working-hours overlap with the rest of our product engineering team in Europe.

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We value diversity of all types at Ghost and our team is made up of a kind, thoughtful group of people with a wide range of backgrounds. We have as many people who speak German as we do English and our engineering team contains as many women as it does men. Some of us are single, others are married, while others are parents. We actively try to find people with different perspectives and experiences to the ones we already have. Women and minorities of any description are especially encouraged to apply!

What it's like to work here

The vast majority of our work gets done on Github, with Slack as the main channel for communication. We do a weekly meetings via Zoom which are used to discuss progress and plan what's coming next.

The biggest perk of working at Ghost is that we have a small, talented team with a very large audience. This means you have the ability to have a huge impact on the product and the company, whilst also having really interesting and challenging problems to work on. We believe deeply in what we do, and we're all in this to build something lasting, sustainable and positive.

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On top of all that, we try to treat people pretty well. All roles at Ghost come with:

  • Competitive salary
    We pay very well at market rates reflecting both location and experience.
  • Fully remote work
    Work from anywhere in the world, or travel continuously if that's your thing. Everything we do is online. As long as you have wifi, you're all set.
  • All the tech you need
    We'll pay for whatever hardware and software you need to work and make sure you're regularly upgraded to the latest versions.
  • Office costs covered
    Whether you prefer a home office or a co-working space, we'll help pay.
  • Personal development
    An annual budget for books, courses, conferences and travel expenses.
  • Twice annual international team retreats
    Every 6 months we get the whole crew together for a week away. The last few trips have taken us to Dubai, Thailand, Austria & Egypt.
  • 3 day weekends, all year long
    We close the office on the last Friday of every single month. Enjoy!
  • Unlimited paid vacation
    Minimum 2 weeks per year, if you don't take it yourself, we kick you out of the office in December until the new year rolls around.
  • Paid parental leave
    When the time comes to welcome a new member of the family, we offer 3 months fully paid parental leave.
  • Guaranteed pay-reviews
    Everyone at Ghost receives annual pay reviews to update their salary for market rate changes and inflation.
  • Dog friendly office
    Just kidding we literally don't have an office - but apparently tech companies think is an important detail to put on job descriptions and we didn't want to feel left out. So, um. Feel free to work with your dog.

How to apply

We don't hire people often, and positions rarely open up. We're proud that in the 5 years since Ghost started nobody has ever quit. So when we do add a member to the team, we're pretty diligent about it. This is a very different attitude to most companies.

We’re profitable, we have unlimited runway, and extremely healthy revenue growth. There is no investor pressure or time limit or need to hire as many people as fast as possible to fill a fancy office. We want to keep the team as small as we can, automate as much as possible with robots, build great software, and enjoy our work as much as possible. Those are the things we optimise for. If that sounds like a good fit for you, then we’d encourage you to get in touch.

All jobs at Ghost start with an application form, progressing to 1-2 short phone interviews, and finally a paid trial project.

Rather than trying to guess if we'll work well together based on lengthy arbitrary interview questions or "code challenges" - instead we invite promising candidates to work on a real life trial project with us and pay them for their time. Trial projects are typically 20-30 hours of work, and give us an opportunity to get to know each other prior to pursuing a full time offer. It’s also a chance for candidates to get to know the Ghost team and make sure that it’s a good fit for them.

The button below will take you to the application form for this position where you can tell us a little more about yourself. Or, if you know someone who would be a great fit - maybe send them a link to this page?



Unfortunately due to the volume of submissions that come in whenever we open a position we aren't able to respond to every single application. Here’s a tentative hiring timeline for this role:

  • Now - May 18: Apply to join our team!
  • May 21 - 25: Reviewing applications and responding to people
  • May 28 - June 15: Follow-up interviews with the team

If this role isn't a good fit for you, but you are interested in hearing about any other roles that open up in future, you can subscribe to our careers mailing list. We never use this list for any promotional emails, marketing, or anything else. You'll only ever get an email to let you know when we're hiring for a new position:

Full Stack JavaScript Developer at Ghost
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