Become the AWS expert on our small-but-mighty team of developers.

White Whale is an 8-person company founded in 2000, based in Oakland but with team members around the country. We work exclusively with colleges and universities; our work includes web design, branding, strategy, and technology services.

We market and host two products that we’ve developed in house: a CMS and a calendaring system. Both are directed toward the higher ed market; the calendaring system in particular has been increasingly successful in the marketplace. For that reason, we’re looking to strengthen our technology team by adding a flex/full-time position devoted to maintaining, optimizing, and growing our fleet of AWS servers.

We’re looking for an early-career systems administrator who can become our expert on Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosting, Linux administration, Apache, and MySQL (RDS). An interest in working with infrastructure as code (e.g., Terraform) and the subtleties of Apache configuration would be a plus.

Our client schools are diverse and we are, too—outside our work as developers, designers, and strategists, our team members lead fulfilling lives as foodies, parents, and artists, pursuing passions like photography, rock climbing, poetry, and musical composition. We believe a happy team is a successful team, and we prioritize flexibility in our schedules and workflow to accommodate healthy work/life balance. We don’t micro-manage; we work together and apart, as each task requires.

We believe in hiring people, not skillsets. We’re looking for someone who’s a thoughtful and clear communicator; who can be a leader in helping us do better work for ourselves and for our clients; and who can contribute to our team spirit, even if you’re working remotely and we don’t meet in person much.

We offer a competitive salary and full benefits. We are particularly interested in working with people from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the tech community, including developers of color and of all genders. To apply, please email us at and tell us a bit about your background, your experience, and why you might be interested in working with a company like ours.