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American Institutes for Research Software Engineer in Waltham, Massachusetts


Join the dynamic Technology Solutions team at AIR as a Software Engineer/Software Development Associate where you'll play a pivotal role in designing and developing innovative products across various sectors, including Education, Health, Workforce, and International. As part of a collaborative team, you'll have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge web and mobile technologies, driving our mission to create a better, more equitable world.

We design, architect, develop, and deploy cutting-edge, user-centered solutions, including:

  • Software development of data collection, processing, and reporting solutions for data-intensive projects

  • Dissemination of data and information through websites and content management systems

  • Solving complex problems using machine-learning and artificial intelligence

  • Data visualization

  • Online training courses and media development

Withdiversity, equity, and inclusion (https://www.air.org/our-commitment-diversity-equity-and-inclusion) built into our DNA, we value the contributions of every member of our institution.Use your tech skills for good and collaborate with fellow changemakers in our Technology Solutions team.

Candidates hired for the position may work remotely within the United States (U.S.) or from one of ourU.S. office locations. (https://www.air.org/locations#headquarters) This does not include U.S. territories.

About AIR:

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.

AIR’s commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone’s unique life and community experiences.We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff byclicking here (https://www.air.org/our-commitment-diversity-equity-and-inclusion) .


The responsibilities for the position include:

  • Assist in designing, developing, integrating, and testing new software while enhancing existing software solutions.

  • Conduct technical research and trade-off studies to inform decision-making processes.

  • Participate in requirements analysis and collaborate with team members to generate innovative solutions.

  • Contribute to performance analysis and improvement efforts.

  • Continuously develop your technical skillset in alignment with your career goals.


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum 2 of years of related experience OR Master’s Degree in a related field.

  • 3-5 years of applicable web and technical support experience, with a minimum of 5 years in technology integration supporting government services, including GIS, analytical dashboards, and web-based information systems.

  • Functional knowledge and interest in developing accessible interfaces.

  • Experience with relational databases (e.g., Postgres, MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle) and NoSQL databases (e.g., MongoDB, Cassandra, CouchDB).

  • Experience with cloud-based infrastructure such as AWS or Azure.

  • Full-stack experience or knowledge of full-stack frameworks such as ASP.NET or Django.

  • Familiarity with agile development methodologies and tools.

  • Familiarity with geospatial visualization tools such as Mapbox, Leaflet, or other GIS systems.


  • Proficiency in Python and other programming languages such as C#, PHP or Ruby

  • Proficiency in JavaScript/Typscript libraries like Angular, React, JQuery, D3, etc.

  • Proficiency in web development technologies such as HTML5, CSS, XML, Bootstrap etc.

  • Excellent organizational skills with a strong attention to detail.

  • Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate across diverse backgrounds and collaborate closely with cross-functional teams and clients to deliver quality software solutions.

  • Quick learner with the ability to work collaboratively in a virtual team environment with ability to quickly pick up domain knowledge.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo reference and background checks.

AIR’s Total Rewards Program , is designed to reward our staff competitively and motivate them to achieve our critical mission. This position offers an anticipated annual salary of $99,000-$110,000. Salary offers are made based on internal equity within the institution and external equity with competitive markets. Please note this is the annual salary range for candidates that are based in the United States.

AIR maintains adrug-free work environment (https://www.air.org/sites/default/files/2023-05/Workplace-Drug-Policy-2023.pdf) .

Fraudulent Job Scams Warning & Disclaimer:

AIR is aware of individuals falsely presenting themselves as AIR representatives.Fraudulent job scams seek to extract sensitive information or money from victims. To protect yourself, please be aware that AIR recruitment will only email you from an “@air.org” domain. Please take extra caution while examining the email address, for example jdoe @air.org is correct and jdoe @aircareers.org is not a legitimate AIR email address . If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a communication you have received, please reach outto recruitment@air.org .

If you see a job scam, or lose money to one, report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at ReportFraud.ftc.gov . You can also report it to your state attorney general . Find out more about how to avoid scams at ftc.gov/scams .

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American Institutes for Research is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

American Institutes for Research’s commitment to Diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations and work environment. Diversity is valued and Inclusion is reflected in all efforts to recruit, develop, and engage the diverse staff needed to accomplish our mission.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to Taliba Boone at tboone@air.org or call 202.403.5000.

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Job ID 13065

Job Location United States

Category System Engineering