That Agile page seems to suggest that this is a geography demographics problem; i.e. all of the good developers live in states where they're not in demand. Is that how you see it? Do the developers in those states need to move?
You assert that "while we are hiring, we’re not doing it fast enough to make a real difference for New Yorkers who want to learn to code," but none of the job openings you have are for entry-level people. Should experienced developers, who clearly are capable of doing the work but are perhaps not up to speed on the latest bleeding edge technology or interview expectations, be pursuing some sort of mentorship as well?
Web Developer jobs have been posted on your site for many months, apparently without being filled. Are you hiring web developers on an ongoing basis, or are you looking for a purple squirrel/the perfect employee? What are you looking for; what do you want?
Thanks for your feedback on this post. A few comments per your observations:
Good point here calling out the agile developer angle. While it's true that this article is specific to agile developers, it's also something we use as a proxy to show the massive shortage of developers overall. Will try to find a more accurate datapoint here.
Though we do believe that companies would be able to find more developers by not restricting their hiring to a certain geography, regardless of geography, there tend to be more jobs than developers to fill them. We're just trying to our part in a place where we can have a direct impact.
Yes, we admit that we're not currently equipped and able to hire junior-level devs here at Stack Exchange. And that's why we are getting our dev team involved with programs like mentorship opportunities. More of this to come soon, too.
We're always hiring. But yes, you're right, we're also a little bit picky. We take each new hire very seriously as we seek out that "smart and gets things done" type of employee. For the ones we do hire, our onboarding process is also pretty serious. So while we're not currently equipped to hire junior-level devs now, this may obviously change down the road.