Senior Platform Engineer

Kiva.orgSan Francisco, CA5M ago

Kiva ( is an innovative non-profit focused on connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty and create opportunity. We run a global marketplace platform for crowdfunded microloans that serves the financially excluded. Our organization combines the culture and technological passion of an internet start-up with the compassion and empathy of a non-profit to address poverty at global scale. We aim to drive social impact and enable opportunity while providing a borrower-to-lender connection: "Loans that change lives." In just 13 years, we have raised more than $1.1 billion in loan capital for 2.7 million borrowers in 83 countries. Our lenders fund over $10 million in loans every month. With offices in San Francisco, Portland, New York, Nairobi, and Bangkok, Kiva's team includes 100+ employees and 400+ volunteers worldwide.

As a Senior Platform Engineer, you will join an established team at Kiva during an exciting time of growth and innovation. The ideal candidate takes initiative and is passionate about both our organizational mission and our high standards in engineering. You know that effective communication is among the most important tools in your toolbox. You are an engineernot just by title, but by naturealways looking at how things can be improved and examining problems from all angles. You are dedicated to continuous learning, refining your craft, and geeking out on emerging technologies.

This role will be based in San Francisco or Portland, and will report to the Engineering Manager based in Portland. At this time, we can only consider applicants with authorization to work in the United States on a permanent, full-time basis; unfortunately we cannot provide visa sponsorship.

You will:

Help drive our work to build out our new Vue.js + GraphQL + Kotlin + Kubernetes microservice based stack

Help foster a spirit of innovation and collaboration both within the engineering team and across the organization

Solve challenging problems using scalable, loosely coupled services

Work to create impactful and sustainable solutions to complex problems by taking bold and measured risks

Balance your technical excellence with a high E.Q., showing up with a sense of empathy, awareness, and responsibility

Share the knowledge you gain generously with your peers to perpetuate a culture of engineering excellence



6+ years platform (back end) development experience

Solid experience with a systems language such as Kotlin, Java, or Scala

Solid experience writing modular, loosely coupled code

Solid experience writing well tested code using an xUnit test framework or similar

Solid experience with Object-oriented programming

Experience with LAMP Stack or similar (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP)

Knowledge of RESTful APIs

Familiarity with continuous integration

BS or MS degree in Computer Science or a related technical discipline or equivalent experience


Experience doing Agile development (such as Scrum)

Experience working for a Fintech company

Experience with Spring Boot/Spring Framework

Experience using and/or creating GraphQL APIs

Experience with container based development (Docker and Kubernetes)

Experience with continuous deployment

Knowledge of Amazon Web Services (AWS)

What We Offer

An amazing mission: Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty across the globe.

An opportunity to improve real lives, solve hard problems, and change the world.

Friendly, supportive, and adventurous environment with a team of engaged colleagues.

Casual, high performing work environment.

A comprehensive, industry-leading benefits package.

Opportunities to connect with and learn from colleagues and partners around the world.

A diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other is an integral part of Kiva's culture. We actively welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and a great place to work. Join us and help us achieve our mission!

We will only accept applications directly from candidates. Kiva will not be responsible for any recruiting agency fees, absent a formal agreement.