Director of Software Development 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 using 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:

We are looking for a Director of Software Development, specializing in modern Data, BI, and back-end technologies. This candidate is excited about leading, inspiring, and mentoring an application development team. The technical and cross-functional problems in this role are equally as important, meaning this director will need to develop partnerships with other teams to establish empathy and understand their use cases.

Your responsibilities:
  • Lead the multiple back-end focused teams concurrently utilizing SOA, WebServices, OAuth, SSO, B2B integrations, Data Architecture, and BI Data Analytics as a director reporting to C-level. 
  • Lead innovation across all data analytics and reporting responsibilities resulting in insights that improve corporate decision making.
  • 5+ years of application development management experience building productive, high functioning teams. You should be able to describe why these teams were high functioning and what you specifically did to ensure engineers were productive.
  • Build and maintain collaboration within team that will result in increased team performance, job satisfaction, and individual efficiency.
  • Partners with Team Leads, Technical Architects, and DevOps within RedShelf to ensure architecture decisions adhere to our best practices.
  • Demonstrate personal proficiency in SOA, WebServices, OAuth, SSO, and B2B integrations.
  • Lead data and analytics activities from a business perspective, while helping internal and external clients succeed through new projects as well as evolve existing projects.
  • Must understand data architecture, streaming technologies, and the ability to help lead the design and implementation of data ingestion pipelines, data warehousing strategies and supporting models and structures.
  • Present proposals, cutting edge market strategies in BI, and proactively recommend strategies to grow Data & Analytics practices.
  • Work with Agile metrics to understand the current velocity of the team and help the team have iterative maturity progress be as efficient as possible, without risking quality.
  • Stay current with back-end, data analytics, reporting techniques and technologies.
  • Possess a deep knowledge of analytics technology landscape and standards. Propose key trends and platform vendors that can help RedShelf succeed in their goal.
  • Provide overall technical & architecture guidance for back-end, data and analytics related technologies as well as relevant integrated technologies.
  • Build and maintain successful support relationships with relevant partners such as AWS, Microsoft, Domo, Snowflake, and more
  • Responsible for the design, refinement and execution of data development lifecycle and reporting using a variety of systems, processes, and metrics, to ensure the availability of accurate and insightful information.
What you should bring:
  • 10+ years of experience focused on back-end technologies plus business intelligence reporting, data & analytics projects with big data technologies.
  • Experience in several BI tools, data warehousing, cloud data platforms, data science platforms, data visualization tools, and other relevant data & analytics technology.
  • Deep knowledge of data streaming services such as Kafka, Kinesis, etc.
  • Leadership experience in an environment of combining data from multiple data sources into a data warehouse, data lake, reports, and end user applications.
  • Experience leading a fully cloud-based environment with several teams.
  • A history of growing existing client base, organic business development responsibilities, growing new clients from the ground up, and maintaining existing ones.
  • Skillful in managing and leading people, including mentoring and coaching.
  • Great communication and client-facing skills and ability to communicate clearly and present to senior leadership and executives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on deadlines in an agile environment, structure team’s work, design, and drive projects from their inception to completion.
  • Proven ability to communicate reporting status and data strategy effectively with executive leaders.
  • Deep experience with end-to-end data management, including working with a variety of source platforms and formats and ETL to multiple platforms.
What is good to have:
  • Experience in one or more of these reporting tools: Domo, Power BI, Tableau, Cognos, MicroStrategy, etc.
  • Experience in relational databases like Postgres, Oracle, SQL Server
  • Team building ability that ensures the empowerment of team members that helps them achieve their goals in a timely manner.
  • Team player and strong ability to work with other disciplines across departments.
  • Strategic thinking, and ability to quickly grasp complex issues.


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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An Insider's view of RedShelf

What are some social events your company does?

With everything remote, RedShelf has done a great job with adjusting to the times. We have virtual happy hours, trivia games, talent shows, etc. It's hard to virtually maintain those work interpersonal relationships but events like these definitely help. RedShelf does their best at keeping it a fun place to work at, even if that's remote!


Scrum Master

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.


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.


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How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Our team is working to provide campus partners with tremendous amounts of automation, workflow management capabilities, and business insights that are long overdue in the higher ed space. We are focused on making education more affordable and accessible to students thru technology and digital materials.


Product Director

How does the company support your career growth?

Working at Redshelf gives me the opportunity to have a big impact on the products we deliver. No one here is just a 'cog in the machine' and I always feel challenged yet supported by my teammates and leadership.


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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!

Volunteer in local community
Bernie's Book Club Volunteering, Earth Day Activities, Toys for Tots, etc.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Designed hiring policy to ensure a diversity candidate pool for departmental interviews and hiring practices.
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
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
RedShelf employees receive between 15 and 25 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
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
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
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