Job Posting: Oakland Athletics Junior Software Developer

Position: Oakland Athletics Junior Software Developer

Location: Oakland

The Oakland Athletics are seeking a Junior Software Developer; responsible for developing and maintaining software used by all Baseball Operations personnel. The Software Developer will work on full-stack development, from front-end web interfaces to back-end databases, along with mobile application development. They will work with end-users across the department, so communication and collaboration skills are imperative. The Developer will interact with personnel in Oakland and members of our Player Development department in Mesa, Ariz.


  • Assist in the development and maintenance of all software used by personnel within the Baseball Operations department.
  • Work with Player Development, Medical, and Scouting leadership to define requirements for new software development.
  • Work with department stakeholders to develop, test, and deploy as well test new mobile application initiatives.
  • Build relationships, communicate effectively, and gather feedback from baseball operations staff to build new platforms and improve existing systems.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • BA or BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related technical field of study or equivalent work experience.
  • Software development experience in one or more programming languages: C#, C/C++, Java, Python, Javascript. .NET experience is a plus.
  • Familiarity with database technologies and SQL. Microsoft SQL Server experience is a plus.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Interest in researching new technologies and learning new coding languages as needed.
  • Strong work ethic, initiative, and the ability to solve technical problems.
  • Interest in optimizing user experience through effective UI/UX design.

Preferred Qualifications/Skills:

  • 1-3+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience with mobile application development and deployment, including Android and iOS native applications.
  • Experience with video streaming on web and mobile applications.
  • Knowledge of current baseball statistics and analytics used in player evaluation.

To Apply:
Please apply here.

Paul Swydan used to be the managing editor of The Hardball Times, a writer and editor for FanGraphs and a writer for and The Boston Globe. Now, he owns The Silver Unicorn Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Acton, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @Swydan. Follow the store @SilUnicornActon.

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Work for the Oakland A’s!: you’ll be overworked and underappreciated, and all of your intelligent analyses will be ultimately quashed with “We can’t afford that.” And when you’ve finally eaten enough shit that you can’t take it anymore and look for a new job, prospective employers will dismiss you out of hand as a chump who was dumb enough to eat so much shit for so long….

Ok, none of the above is based on tangible evidence–only an opinion and perspective from the public that may or may not be representative of anything greater than an individual. That said, Moneyball was a great book that made me want to read a sequel for every subsequent year, but I still wouldn’t want to work for that franchise despite that I love baseball to the point that it’s my religion; even if Billy Beane nailed himself to a cross, he still wouldn’t be anything but a soon-forgotten martyr. Sorry, Billy.

(I wouldn’t work for Sabean The All-Evil Anti-Intellect, either, despite the SFG being, since I was a kid in the ’80s, the focal object of my religion–and the Savior having recently thrice cometh.) (Rant off.) >:-)

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Slappy McSlapperson

Color me undeterred…