Senior Backend Engineer — Contract

First off, this description is a wishlist, not a checklist. We want to find a super-amazing person to join our team, and we’re well aware that “super-amazing” can come in all different forms. If you’re a little less experienced on a specific bullet point, or if you didn’t go to a fancy school, apply anyway. We look at candidates, not resumes.

About the Role

Standard is looking for a senior backend engineer to work on a short term (3-6 months) contract project. You’ll be working directly with a frontend engineer, building a web application from scratch. You will have lots of autonomy and immediate impact in controlling the direction of the application and the technology decisions surrounding it. You’ll work with creators directly to help identify needs and deliver this app. Experience with YouTube APIs and OAuth 2 extremely helpful.


  • Own, develop, and maintain the backend and it’s APIs for the frontend to consume, written in a stack of your choosing (Django, Rails, Express, or other).
  • Help develop the technology roadmap going forward
  • Take new features from idea to shipped product

What We’re Looking For

  • 5+ years of back-end engineering experience building and maintaining user-facing applications and APIs, preferably with Django, Rails, or similar
  • Experience building applications on AWS
  • Front end experience a plus, but not required (React, Redux, CSS)
  • Excited about online video and podcasts
  • Good communicator
  • Patient & considerate
  • Independent & self-motivated


  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible work hours
  • Diverse, socially-minded team of nice people
  • Access to our wonderful NYC and Denver offices

About Us

Standard is a sort of talent management agency and production company for thoughtful YouTubers and podcasters. We do a lot of things, so it’s hard to explain it all in a single paragraph, but our mission is to empower independent creators. Most of our time is spent talking or working with the creators directly, one on one or in a group, coming up with better tools and toys for them.

We’re a distributed company. We have offices in NYC and Denver, but more than 50% of the team is remote, in exotic locations like the UK, the Netherlands, France, and Ohio.

Because we’re distributed and because most of our tasks aren’t immediately time-sensitive we don’t really have operating hours, per se. There are things to do and meetings to be had, but we pride ourselves on our flexibility. We think this makes Standard a great place to work for people with families, or whose productive hours tend to be outside of the 9-5. We care about what you do more than when you do it.

How We Hire

We think that diversity is important. Many of us have non-traditional backgrounds. We work in the online education space, so we understand how much can be learned on your own, on the Internet, outside of a classroom.

We’re looking for people who are curious and passionate. Our team should be made up of people of all sorts of colors, genders, and sizes, who can help to expand our perspective and improve our ability to treat our creators and our audience with thoughtfulness and empathy.

If that sounds like you, we’re happy to care less how many years of experience you have or where you went to school. Apply anyway. And if you have any feedback on how we could reach or appeal to a more diverse pool of talent, get in touch.

To Apply

Send an email to [email protected] and include:

  • The position.
  • What excited you about the role.
  • Your resume, obviously.
  • Links to relevant work available online (github, etc).
  • A note or two about your interests outside of work. This is usually more interesting than the resume part.

Tip: “tv” is part of our domain, not our name.