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Software Engineer, GitHub CLI


As the global home for all developers, GitHub is the complete AI-powered developer platform to build, scale, and deliver secure software. Over 100 million people, including developers from 90 of the Fortune 100 companies, use GitHub to build amazing things together across 330+ million repositories. With all the collaborative features of GitHub, it has never been easier for individuals and teams to write faster, better code.


In this role you can work from Remote, Canada


The Client Apps organization at GitHub builds best-in-class experiences for our users to interact with Git and GitHub from whatever environment they choose. We are the small but mighty group responsible for the official GitHub CLI, GitHub Desktop, and GitHub Mobile apps.

We are a product-driven organization that values building software collaboratively with our users as well as our internal partners.

GitHub CLI (also known as gh) is an open source project that allows users to perform their tasks on GitHub without leaving the terminal. It has over 34K stars and is used by hundreds of thousands of developers and in many more automated workflows every day. The team is looking for a Software Engineer to help influence and build the future of GitHub CLI.


  • GitHub CLI is built in Go and is highly integrated with GitHub's REST and GraphQL APIs.
  • GitHub CLI is built using GitHub products and features such as GitHub Actions and GitHub Pages.


  • Designing and building new features that will simplify developer workflows.
  • Triaging community-reported issues and helping your teammates solve problems.
  • Diving into unfamiliar codebases to debug issues.
  • Collaborating with teammates and other GitHub teams to provide the best experience for our users.


Required Qualifications:

  • A couple years of experience as a software engineer
  • Solid understanding of testing principles and high quality software
  • Strong analytical skills and experience
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Go
  • High degree of empathy
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Experience in working with a remote, distributed team
  • Interest in being a part of an open source community
  • Experience in building command line tools

GitHub values

  • Customer-obsessed
  • Ship to learn
  • Growth mindset
  • Own the outcome
  • Better together
  • Diverse and inclusive

Manager fundamentals

  • Model
  • Coach
  • Care

Leadership principles

  • Create clarity
  • Generate energy
  • Deliver success

Who We Are

GitHub is the world’s leading AI-powered developer platform with 100 million developers and counting. We’re also home to the biggest open-source community on earth (and 99% of the world’s software has open-source code in its DNA). Many of the apps and programs you use every day are built on GitHub.

Our teams are dreamers, doers, and pioneers, leading the way in AI, driving humanitarian efforts around the globe, and even sending open source to Mars (and beyond!). At GitHub, our goal is to create the space you need to do your best work. We’re remote-first and offer competitive pay, generous learning and growth opportunities, and excellent benefits to support you, wherever you are—because we know that people flourish when they can work on their own terms.

Join us, and let’s change the world, together.

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