Sr. Software Engineer, Center for Technology and Society

Job Locations US | US-CA-San Francisco | US-CA-Los Angeles
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Hiring Manager
William Pietri


POSITION TITLE: Sr. Software Engineer, Center for Technology and Society 

REPORTS TO: VP, Center for Technology and Society 


LOCATION: NYC, SF or LA (remote work from any of these locations ok) 

GRADE/CLASS: Grade H, Exempt, PSA-eligible 




The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight antisemitism and all forms of hate using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no individual or community suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.    


ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt—an accomplished leader and entrepreneur in the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors—was recruited to the organization in July 2015. He has injected new energy and brought a bold vision to the agency. Under Jonathan’s leadership, ADL is transforming itself, upgrading its capabilities and pioneering new horizons.    



You will be an integral part of a small dedicated team building software and tooling to measure online hate. You will apply your experience and your knack for quickly creating well-tested software to build and deploy a first-of-its-kind set of machine learning classifiers to measure online hate. You will work across the stack to serve our users, creating results that range from urgent one-off reports to tools that will be used for years. You’ll be working with a multidisciplinary team of data scientists, designers, engineers, product managers, researchers, and social scientists to bring this into the world.



  • Build data pipelines and spiders to efficiently aggregate and analyze real-time content flows at internet scale
  • Architect and build state-of-the-art content labeling systems
  • Architect and build systems that identify and weight labeler bias
  • Build devops tooling to manage and monitor production systems
  • Create useful interfaces and reports to address short- and long-term data analysis needs
  • Conduct ad-hoc data gathering and analysis to answer questions about platforms, tools, and internet miscreants


  • Build a strong engineering code culture, including leading code and architecture reviews and clear documentation

  • Communicate clearly with non-technical staff and outside experts on architecture and implementation


Must Haves:

  • 5+ years creating back- and/or front-end software
  • Write clear, well-tested code
  • 1+ years test-driven development experience
  • Excited to be responsible for production systems
  • Strong bias toward collaboration

Nice to Haves:

  • Knowledge of some aspect of online hate
  • Personal experience in responding to online hate and harassment or have personally taken steps to avoid the same
  • Python experience
  • Experience building web front ends for data products
  • Devops experience
  • Experience building reports, graphs, and dynamic information interfaces
  • Experience scaling in cloud platforms (currently we use AWS, but are flexible)
  • Experience with NLP or computer vision
  • Experience with bulk processing of audio and video
  • Experience with non-SQL approaches to managing data
  • Experience with large volumes (100 TB+) of data
  • Experience developing for the mobile web
  • Experience coding against one or more social media platforms
  • A burning desire to secure justice and fair treatment for all

Work Experience:

  • 3+ years as a technical lead or equivalent with demonstrated ability to deliver high quality software


  • BA/BS in Computer Science, a related discipline, or equivalent work experience

Work Environment:

  • Occasional need to work additional hours, such as when attending events; flexibility to work from home. Ability to travel within the US and overseas, and able to work for long periods at a computer.
  • ADL COVID-19 Protocol (updated periodically)ADL is adhering to CDC, State, local, and Federal orders regarding COVID-19. ADL will require that all employees are vaccinated with exceptions for medical and religious accommodations. ADL may require proof of vaccination. This role will start as a remote position but may transition to a hybrid environment when offices reopen. 


  • This position is a Grade H1, which has an average salary range of $113,000 - 143,000. This salary range is reflective of a position in New York, New York. Please note that salaries are commensurate with experience, and since ADL has a location-based compensation structure, there may be a different range for candidates in other locations. 


ADL values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. ADL is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, promotions and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment shall be maintained in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or military status, or in violation of any applicable Federal, state or local laws.  


ADL will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation to support the interview process, please contact Talent & Knowledge at  

ADL will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other applicable State, Local, and Federal laws. 



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