Web Developer

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit civil liberties organization based in San Francisco, is seeking a full-time web developer to build web applications that protect and promote civil liberties in the digital world. The Web Developer will be responsible for creating new activism campaign sites and web projects, improving and maintaining EFF's existing websites, developing mobile apps, maintaining and enhancing a free software-based solution for delivering messages to Congress, writing code to integrate with our CRM, and making sure things scale when our campaigns go viral. We'll also be counting on your creative ideas for future web projects.

EFF's web projects include cutting-edge tools for Internet users to take action for digital rights like the Rails-based Action Center; Congress Forms, our backend application for delivering messages to Congress written in Ruby; content-oriented sites like EFF.org, Trolling Effects and Surveillance Self-Defense; activism campaign sites like I Fight Surveillance, Tor Challenge, Stand Against Spying, Project Secret Identity, Necessary and Proportionate, the Open Wireless Movement, Defend Innovation, and Jailbreaking Is Not a Crime; our growing online database of FOIA documents; traffic-heavy petitions that fight legislation like SOPA and CISPA; web-centric liberty-enhancing projects like Panopticlick, HTTPS Everywhere and the SSL Observatory; and our Support EFF site. You'll have opportunities to build new free software for the open web and contribute to existing software that we rely on.


  • Passion for using web technology to fight for online free speech, innovation and privacy
  • Working knowledge of the complete web application stack (application, databases and operating systems)
  • Very fluent in JavaScript and at least one major server-side application language (Ruby, Python or PHP preferred but not mandatory)
  • Ability to write custom web applications on demand
  • Experience building mobile-first responsive websites
  • Good knowledge of computer security, and especially web security
  • Linux command line operations and shell scripting
  • Ability to work with remote APIs and efficiently integrate them into web apps
  • Working knowledge of Git
  • Appreciation of the power of good UI design and an interest in wielding it
  • Strong oral communication skills and enthusiasm to support and collaborate with multiple teams around the organization
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask in a workplace where many things are happening at once

Would be great:

  • Comfortable enough with contemporary front-end web development (HTML5, CSS3) to build attractive user interfaces
  • Experience developing mobile apps for Android and iOS
  • Experience with open-source content management systems
  • Knowledge of CiviCRM development
  • QA/testing tools and test-driven development
  • Experience with caching or CDNs
  • Experience with online stores, integrating payment processors and recurring payments
  • Experience with A/B testing
  • Experience designing web sites or mobile applications

EFF offers outstanding benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement account with employer contributions, housing expense assistance programs, student loan assistance, 14 paid holidays a year, 20 paid time off days a year, and more. Most importantly, EFF is an amazing place to work. Everyone is dedicated not only to protecting civil liberties online, but also to creating a supportive and fun culture in which to do a tremendous amount of high profile work.

If you think you’d like to be a part of our team, please send a cover letter and your resume with links to some samples of your work to techjobs@eff.org. Please send these materials in a non-proprietary format. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

This is a full-time position based in EFF's office in San Francisco, CA. Inquiries about whether this job can be done remotely or part-time will not be answered. No phone calls please!

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

In December, a NY judge ruled that pointing out DRM-breaking software isn't copyright infringement https://eff.org/r.axrt #DayAgainstDRM

May 6 @ 11:47am

A librarian on the lies created by copyright law and the clash between DRM and intellectual freedom https://eff.org/r.2xzr #DayAgainstDRM

May 6 @ 11:09am

It's International Day Against DRM! EFF calls for an end to unfair laws that lock down your stuff. https://eff.org/r.hkz5 #DayAgainstDRM

May 6 @ 10:20am
JavaScript license information