Location: Arlington, VA
Date Posted: 10-03-2017
Location: Arlington, VA 

Inspire, the largest social network for patients and caregivers, is hiring an Engineer to join our collaborative, curious, forward-looking team and manage the infrastructure of our websites. We are in the awkward transition between treating our servers as pets and treating them as livestock. We need someone able to move our systems into the future of infrastructure as code.

The products we develop help people in very tangible ways, so if you are looking to join a group of creative individuals developing a product that makes a real difference in people's lives, then this is the role for you!

Inspire's technology stack is primarily Linux, MySQL, Apache2+mod_perl and Template::Toolkit; however we use a wide variety of technologies and are constantly looking to improve our systems and our members' experience. Applicants will have the opportunity to enhance and modernize our approach.

We are searching for a creative thinker with a passion for getting things done.  The ideal candidate will have a combination of experience with and/or interest in the following:
  • AWS services - in particular EC2, Aurora, IAM, Container Services, Lambda, CloudFormation, and more
  • Team-oriented attitude with the ability to collaborate with a team of developers and build tools to streamline their work
  • Proven experience keeping Linux servers up to date, specifically in `apt` based distributions like Ubuntu and Debian
  • Using Ansible for server configuration and maintenance
  • Disaster planning and recovery; ensuring the continuity of a business no matter what happens
  • System monitoring and data collection
  • Log and security reviews
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills and demonstrated problem-solving ability
  • Ability to succeed and thrive in an entrepreneurial environment with shifting priorities
The Inspire web site is currently supported by a wide range of technologies. These include:
  • AWS CloudFormation and Container Services
  • Ubuntu and Debian servers
  • Ansible for system configuration
  • GitHub Enterprise
  • All the other tools you might expect, like ssh, git, bash, perl, python, etc..
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Stock options
  • Health insurance, including dental and vision
  • 401(k) retirement plan with matching
  • A corporate mission that benefits society
  • Talented, creative co-workers
  • Flexible work schedule
Inspire was founded in 2005 out of our interest in health, our personal experiences with difficult health issues, and the vision that we could use the Internet to improve patients' and caregivers’ ability to find support. We believe patient centricity is the future of healthcare.

Inspire’s mission is to bring people together and to accelerate medical research. We have developed focused member groups and partnered with over 100 non-profit patient advocacy organizations, including the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, National Osteoporosis Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, National Psoriasis Foundation, and Genetic Alliance, to provide online patient communities in a safe, privacy-protected environment.  Members are resources for each other sharing health information and support without regard to location, background, or status.  Together they reduce the feelings of isolation experienced by those with chronic conditions, cancer, rare diseases.  We all believe that “Together we’re better.”
From marketers, designers, to software engineers and healthcare product experts, we are a diverse community with the goal of changing the patient and caregiver experience through community.
Melissa Lewellyn
Principal Recruiter
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