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Senior Django Engineer (1043)

Recruitment: RTF0137722-01138880

Published: July 17, 2023


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Department: City Administrator
Job class: 1043-IS Engineer-Senior
Salary range: $146,250.00 - $184,002.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time



The San Francisco Digital Services Team is transforming how residents interact with the City, by building services designed around the people that use them. Led by the Chief Digital Services Officer, the team is comprised of product managers, designers, developers, and content strategists. As a member of this team, you would be part of a new and growing movement, with an opportunity to shape the City’s approach to technology.

The Digital Services team is working to transform the way San Franciscans access City services, primarily on We’re taking a service-oriented approach to making City government more accessible, consistent, inclusive, and reliable; and we need a dedicated quality assurance team member.


As the Django Solutions Engineer for Digital Services, you’ll be responsible for delivering a large number of web applications for and other City services. As the technical authority on building content heavy django applications you will work closely with designers, developers, researchers, and product managers to efficiently migrate a large number of services onto a Digital Services managed content and data collection platform.

You will engage with stakeholders to understand where there is greatest need and opportunity, and you will own portions of the product roadmap for migrating each of City’s digital products and services. You will get into the detail and complexity of specific digital products or services, but be able to switch into the high-level view as needed, to make sure the overall implementation are repeatable and scalable.

Role description


  • Work with product managers and stakeholders to determine content migration strategies and roadmaps for software engineers to implement
  • Implement migration of individual services and work with other engineers implementing other migrations
  • Work with software engineers to develop best practices for working with Django and React
  • Working with all of Digital Services to develop testing strategies and observability into our new web application
  • Create and integrate rigorous and frequent accessibility tests
  • Build monitoring tools to alert us quickly and automatically of problems and teach the team to use them properly.
  • Test on a variety of devices, browsers, and operating systems to allow for a more equitable experience for users who might not have the latest technology

How to qualify


An associate degree in computer science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university OR its equivalent in terms of total course credits/units [i.e., at least sixty (60) semester or ninety (90) quarter credits/units with a minimum of twenty (20) semester or thirty (30) quarter credits/units in computer science or a closely-related field].


Three (3) years of experience analyzing, installing, configuring, enhancing, and/or maintaining the components of an enterprise network.


Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis (up to a maximum of two (2) years). One (1) year is equivalent to thirty (30) semester units/ forty-five (45) quarter units with a minimum of 10 semester / 15 quarter units in computer science or a closely related field.


  • Strong familiarity with unit testing and a proponent of TDD
  • Experience building content heavy applications particularly working with translation and content delivery teams
  • Familiarity with Wagtail or other ORM based CMSs
  • Familiarity with Django Rest Framework
  • Familiarity with React or Vue.js or similar javascript frameworks
  • Commitment to building services for all San Franciscans, including familiarity with accessibility, user experience, and content translation/localization
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to technical and non-technical audiences

What else should I know?

Compensation:  $143,026 - $179,946 annually

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time, but not before August 4, 2023.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed documents/applications will not be accepted.

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the Agency by phone at (415) 554-6000 or, if hearing impaired at (415) 554-6015 (TTY).

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.