Director of Engineering at RedShelf

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Founded in 2012 and recently named one of the nation’s fastest-growing private businesses by Inc. Magazine, RedShelf is a Chicago-based EdTech company helping to make education both more affordable and more effective through the use of digital instructional resources. Partnering with more than 400 publishers and 1,900 campuses nationwide, we provide leading-edge digital course materials and an end-to-end Content Delivery System for effortlessly distributing those materials.

Job Summary:

The Director of Engineering is responsible for leading a team (or multiple teams) of developers to success by planning and implementing strategies that execute product vision and business scalability.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Attract, retain, and cultivate a high-performing team of engineers
  • Reinforce importance of collaboration and creating a strong inclusive culture between departments and other teams
  • Guide their teams’ technical decisions to make their teams more effective; ensuring maintainability and well-thought-out architecture
  • Works with their Lead engineers to ensure we are following best practices, coding standards, and are having timely/effective code reviews
  • Being hands on (when necessary) and on top of new languages, frameworks, and methodologies enough to make solid recommendations on where we need to be
  • Work in close collaboration with the Product team to create a product roadmap that minimizes development effort without sacrificing product vision
  • Partner with the Scrum Master to ensure our team is efficient and always focusing on Quantity and Quality of what’s being delivered in each sprint
  • Be an advocate for paying down technical debt and use development approaches that minimize the growth of new technical debt
  • Ensure that customer-facing UX is accessible to all supported devices and user accessibility needs (WCAG 2.0, Section 508, ADA, etc)
  • Owns technical Epics and Stories
  • Stays involved in the day-to-day issues/operations and helps make sure everyone in their team(s) communicates and collaborates effectively

Requirements:

  • 10+ years of software development experience, with an advanced skill set in some of the following: Python, Django, EmberJS, React, Docker, BDD, AWS, NoSQL, CDNs, Caching, PostgreSQL
  • 5+ years of experience managing / leading teams and is capable of having tough conversations
    • Must be a leader, not a boss
    • Experience hiring, mentoring, handling personnel issues, etc
  • 5+ years of experience maintaining the front-end and back-end of complex, product-focused codebases
  • You should have experience delivering complex projects with demanding deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to translate technical information to the non-technical, especially upward
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and diagnostic skills
  • Must have a good sense of urgency and feeling of ownership over what you are assigned to
  • Familiarity with the Agile Scrum software development methodology

Other Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Advanced skills in architecture design
  • Experience building ADA-compliant or WCAG 2.0-compliant interfaces
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the advances in higher educational software, course materials, and digital publishing is a plus
  • Background and/or experience in educational technology and/or publishing
  • Comfort and/or experience in a startup environment

Why RedShelf?

RedShelf prides itself on maintaining an informal but fast-moving, hard-working, entrepreneurial culture. Our team members are smart, innovative, and passionate about improving education through digital technology.

We offer the best of both worlds: the energy and opportunity of a rapidly-growing organization, coupled with the stability of an extensive client base, strong financial backing, and proven track record of success. In addition to a forward-thinking environment with ample opportunity for professional and personal growth, our team members enjoy competitive compensation and benefit packages.

RedShelf is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, individuals with a disability, veterans, and others who would enrich the diversity of RedShelf are encouraged to apply.


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Location

Beautiful and convenient River North office located minutes from Magnificent Mile and the Loop with one of the best rooftops in the neighborhood.
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An Insider's view of RedShelf

What are some social events your company does?

Our development team gets together outside the office once per quarter with things like bowling nights, baseball games and water taxi trips to Chinatown. I try to host dinner parties every few months -- sometimes just for my immediate team, and sometimes a cross-team dinner to mix things up. Hoping for a company-wide Segway tour sometime soon!

Howie

Senior Front-End Software Engineer

What projects are you most excited about?

I’ve been working on our Content Delivery System and have had the opportunity to work with stakeholders I wouldn’t normally interact with. The new system is a completely new set of workflows that we had to take a unique approach to developing, so it’s been a perfect combination of cool and challenging.

Clayton

Full Stack Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

In many companies, the accounting team rarely interacts with teams outside of their function. At RedShelf, I've had the opportunity to collaborate with the sales, product, development, publishing, and customer experience teams on a daily basis. By collaborating across teams, I've gained invaluable experience outside of my sole job function.

Megan

Billing Manager

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

It's critical that you encourage an environment of experimentation. People should never be punished for taking risks or making mistakes as long as they're learning and growing. As a product-focused company, the creativity for new ideas exists when your team is comfortable with failure and understands that success can be measured by what we learned.

Scott

Chief Technology Officer

How does your team reward individual success?

Redshelf isn't an ego-driven or "ninja"/"Superstar"-focused team culture, and that's one of the things I appreciate most about the company. We succeed and fail as a team and collaborate to accomplish shared goals. Leaders at RedShelf hold themselves accountable for team performance, too.

Oksana

Associate Product Manager

What are RedShelf Perks + Benefits

RedShelf Benefits Overview

On top of our competitive compensation package that includes company stock options, we offer an engaging office culture with frequent onsite and offsite events including intramural sports, happy hours, and more!

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
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