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Engineer Manager - Connect

| Chicago

Engineering Manager Connect

(Full Time — Chicago)

 

The Company

At Edovo, our mission is to help everyone connected to incarceration build better lives. We’ve created a secure digital platform to expand education behind bars, reduce recidivism and to support the vocational, rehabilitation and communication needs of the 2.2 million people in jails and prisons. Users have access to thousands of hours of self-guided learning materials. Upon release, our learners have the option to continue their progress on the outside. Edovo offers courses in subjects ranging from basic literacy and GED to career exploration and cognitive behavioral therapy. We’re also building tools to keep people in touch with jobs, social services, friends, and family. Our team is committed to supporting opportunities for justice-involved people.

 

Don’t take it just from us. Awards, publications, grants, and partnerships all around the country are recognizing the momentum and impact of Edovo. A select few: Global EdTech Startup Champion in London out of 1,000+ competitors; GIIRS Platinum Rating for social impact; MacArthur Foundation Grant Award Winner; Forbes article feature; Chicago Community Trust grant award winner; Impact Engine portfolio member; SXSW Civic Tech Innovation Pitch Competition runner-up; Chicago Innovation "Up and Comer" Award winner; and so much more.

 

Check out a brief picture of our program from the perspective of the people who use it. Visit Edovo on Vimeo for more.

The Team

 

We’re a tight-knit bunch of software craftspeople with a passion for solving hard problems for the greater good.  We’re involved in every step of the product development process with deep ownership from first ideas through to delivery.  We’re seasoned Agile veterans who know the best teams pick from the many individual practices and tools instead of prescriptions.  We’re unafraid of new technology and happily evaluate each on its merits to the organization and our team. That said, we prefer simple solutions and tried-and-true technology over immature bleeding edge tech.  

 

We work full-stack and developers on the team own features end-to-end.  We happily pull in a peer when we need a pair to get through a tough problem or just for a second pair of eyes.  We carefully balance new feature development with investments in quality of life and efficiency for ourselves.

 

We believe that diversity of background and experience is key and work hard to build teams that reflect this.    

The Role

 

We’ve recently acquired a Cypress, CA (That’s Los Angeles-ish) based telecommunications company.  They operate an orthogonal platform to ours, focused on delivering high quality communications services to the incarcerated.  Their small engineering team has done a great job building the platform for today, and we are looking for a senior engineering leader to help architect the next communications platform to meet our accelerating growth.  

 

GENERAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Lead a team of 6 to 12 through architectural oversight, mentorship, and technical contributions.  

  • Define and lead the teams’ development process.  This includes facilitating efficient meetings such as iteration planning and retrospectives.  

  • Gain a deep understanding of the current architecture to provide a roadmap that mitigates key technical risks and delivers on important business objectives.   

  • Architect, plan, and deliver a high availability voice and video platform.  

 

PROJECTS YOU’LL WORK ON

  • Designing and delivering world class telecommunications services to the incarcerated and their loved ones.  These will include phone (voip), video, sms, and email.

  • Implement modern engineering practices and mentor the team in their use.  

  • Introducing modern analytics and monitoring, real time alerting, and automated repair.

  • Working with the CTO to define, interview, and hire for key engineering roles.  

Qualifications

 

MUST-HAVES

  • 5-10 years working in modern full-stack web-application development

  • 2-5 years managing Agile engineering teams.  

  • Experience with Microsoft .NET and associated technologies

  • Experience with VOIP and Video delivery.  

  • Experience with modern software delivery practices such as continuous integration, continuous deployment, red/green deployments, and real-time monitoring.

  • Experience working with systems serving tens of thousands of users concurrently

  • Experience building rich client web applications in Javascript (we use React.js).

  • Experience with HTML/CSS and Javascript.    

 

BONUS POINTS FOR

  • Experience with Java and the JVM

  • Leading Agile transformations

  • Experience working in telecommunications technology, especially Asterisk.  

Details

  • Location: Chicago, IL

  • Salary: Competitive compensation commensurate with experience

  • Department: Product and Development, reporting to the Principal Engineer

  • Travel: Up to 50% travel for the first six months, 25% travel for the following 12 months, then as needed thereafter.    

Inquiries

 

Edovo is an impact driven private company. We offer our employees an exceptional workplace and fully paid benefits for team members and their families. We hire tenacious, innovative and passionate people and give them opportunities to grow and succeed.

 

If you've had the chance to read all the way through this job description, after you've applied, send an email to Tyler Jennings at [email protected] Please include "[Unlock Potential]" in the subject of your email and a brief statement of 1) why you're excited about this opportunity and 2) why you'd knock it out of the park. No formal cover letter required, just tell us a bit about you!

 

Teams with bold missions need diverse ideas to generate the most impact. For that reason, Edovo is committed to building diverse and inclusive work spaces. We don't discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. And yes, we believe in second chances.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • FluxLibraries
    • jQueryLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • Twitter BootstrapLibraries
    • JavaliteFrameworks
    • AnsibleFrameworks
    • Maria DBDatabases
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • Zoho ReportsAnalytics
    • PeriscopeAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • PremiereDesign
    • Pivotal TrackerManagement
    • Zoho ProjectsManagement
    • ZohoCRM
    • GmailEmail
    • Zoho CampaignsEmail

Location

Located steps from the Chicago Brown Line stop, Edovo's River North headquarters features a newly renovated office near dozens of bars and restaurants

An Insider's view of Edovo

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office is a friendly and supportive place to engage in the innovative and challenging work we perform day in and day out. The Edovo team is a family of caring professionals who’s integrity and positive outlook keeps us motivated in this fast-paced industry. We're all about teamwork and collaboration

Augie

Community Engagement Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Coming from a warehouse job, I joined Edovo as a part-time shipping assistant. I was always interested in technology and software development, but with no technical background I didn't think I could pursue a career in it. Edovo put me on a path to develop the necessary skills and gave me the opportunity to join the QA team full time.

Nate

QA Analyst

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

We have a firm culture of autonomy and push back. As a founder I know I'm wrong on a lot of things and I expect my team to think independently. I encourage them to utilize the skills and knowledge I hired them for and push back so we collectively determine the best path forward. Our company and products are all about collaboration and inclusion.

Brian

CEO / Founder

What makes someone successful on your team?

Our team's success is driven by honoring deadlines, communicating needs and feedback with one another, ​and learning from our mistakes. Every one of us needs to be organized, have an eye for detail, and be able to think on our feet.

Callie

Proposal Writer

What are Edovo Perks + Benefits

Edovo Benefits Overview

Edovo is committed to providing opportunities for both personal and professional development. Our employees are family, and we treat them that way. Edovo's mission and social impact work provides a unique opportunity to spend each day doing something that directly impacts the lives of thousands of individuals. And even better, we use cutting edge technology and product development to do it. Working face to face with those affected provides a strong sense of personal fulfillment that is unrivaled amongst other companies.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Edovo hosts company wide days of service and actively engages with local support organizations across the country.
Partners with Nonprofits
Edovo partners with both national and local support organizations and advocacy groups. Edovo also works with national research partners on measuring impact of our program.
Friends outside of work
Communal dinners and casual hangouts are common. Employees are encouraged to post events they are interested in company wide.
Daily stand up
Product, engineering, and network teams hold daily stand ups. Other teams maintain consistent contact and provide regular updates
Open door policy
At Edovo, leadership is constantly available and works side by side with all members of their department. Employees are encouraged to share their ideas and voices at all levels of the organization
Team owned deliverables
Edovo teams are highly collaborative, working closely to complete projects and achieve project milestones.
Team based strategic planning
Edovo projects and product development cycles are carefully planned prior to initiation. Strategic product roadmaps are created to ensure we remain cutting edge in a changing correctional environment.
Open office floor plan
Enjoy our recently renovated office space with large communal workspace, private work rooms, and team specific works areas.
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Strong mix of diversity on Edovo leadership, both in terms of individual as well as professional background and work experience. What ties us together is our mission and mutual passion.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Edovo offers optional disability insurance as part of our benefits package.
Dental Benefits
Edovo offers optional dental insurance as part of our benefits package.
Vision Benefits
Edovo offers optional vision insurance as part of our benefits package.
Health Insurance Benefits
Edovo offers optional health insurance as part of our benefits package. Health plans are partially subsidized by the company.
Life Insurance
Edovo provides a basic amount of Life Insurance as part of our benefits package and employees can select additional coverage.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 6 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Edovo also provides 2 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Remote Work Program
Edovo has a highly flexible work remote policy, allowing team members to work remote as needed. We encourage in person presence, but we're built on trust and believe results speak for themselves.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
We encourage team members to utilize our unlimited PTO policy to destress and pursue travel opportunities to further enhance their perspectives and personal inspirations. Be sure to share pics!
Generous PTO
Unlimited PTO
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Be comfortable, but respectful. We want to ensure our team is comfortable and focused on changing lives, not what they're wearing
Commuter Benefits
Tax deductible CTA plans are sponsored through Edovo
Company Outings
Group outings to see criminal justice speakers and impact events throughout Chicago
Stocked Kitchen
Unlimited snacks
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted At team's discretion.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Edovo frequently sponsors attendance at beneficial conferences and networking opportunities
Cross functional training encouraged
Edovo teams work collaboratively and flexibly. That's why it's important for team members to have training in multiple areas and a well rounded knowledge of Edovo's business practices.
Promote from within
We believe in internal development and building trust within our team. That's why we look for opportunities to help our team members succeed and grow
Time allotted for learning
We host cross-departmental learning sessions to ensure all team members are informed and knowledgable about Edovo's core business.

Additional Perks + Benefits

Getting the chance to work in jails and prisons to directly improve people's lives, what's better than that!

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