Enterprise Architect 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 Enterprise Architect is a key role within our Center of Excellence which will lead alignment of overall architectural design within our product development life cycle across application development, infrastructure and operations. This role will enable both our product and technology teams to ensure that we are delivering pinnacle software experiences for our customers while driving efficient and effective deliveries. This role is key in identifying and implementing enterprise solutions that will further enable our rapid growth and continuous improvement. As a senior self-starter position, this will be a mix of hands on and technical leadership, coaching and mentoring team members, guiding our architectural review process, and documenting our current and future system states from the architecture to data flow. Candidate must operate well in a performance driven culture, support progressive change, create pragmatic solutions, and operate as a servant-leader.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Establishing and guiding enterprise architecture across product and technical teams to drive best practices
  • Leading architectural transformation while ensuring current release goals are met
  • Working across our product development life cycle from early design thinking through measurement and product maturation
  • Works with the CTO & Engineering/Product VP’s and Directors to ensure our infrastructure is being created with security, fault tolerance, and scalability as major focuses
  • Optimize operational expenses across dues and subscriptions by identifying efficiencies through negotiating contracts, combining toolsets, and moving to different technologies
  • Creating / maintaining design documents that help show the current / proposed infrastructure and data flow to not just the engineering department, but also other non-technical parties
  • Leads architecture review meetings, ensuring teams are focusing on creating secure, efficient systems that allow for reuse and scalability
  • Works with other Center of Excellence and other key team members in coming up with new solutions for software and infrastructure architecture
  • Stays on top of new advancements in services, software, and design patterns that we can possibly implement 


  • Must have 15+ years developing and 10+ years of experience in creating web-based software and has been a Lead / Sr. Architect in previous roles
  • 5+ years Infrastructure & Operations design experience
  • 5+ years architecting solutions for cloud platforms (AWS, Google, Azure, etc.)
  • Must have experience creating / architecting / transforming systems and services
  • Experience operating with modern agile software engineering methodologies
  • Experience in working across multiple teams, onshore and offshore
  • Must have a player / coach mentality that can lead others while being hands on
  • Must have experience in creating SaaS, B2B and B2C systems
  • Must have extensive experience with different databases / types (PostgreSQL, Redis, MySQL, MongoDB, etc) and database / schema design
  • 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

Other Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Experience with different web Frameworks (Django, Flask, Spring Boot, Laravel)
  • Experience with different front end and backend languages (Python, Java, NodeJS, PHP, EmberJS, React, AngularJS)
  • Experience with creating mobile solutions and services suitable for mobile consumption
  • 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 fast paced, growing environment
  • Ideal candidate is self-sufficient and highly motivated, self-directed and possess high energy and a passion for RedShelf


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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Beautiful and convenient River North office located minutes from Magnificent Mile and the Loop with one of the best rooftops in the neighborhood.
"Education is everything": RedShelf makes it more accessible and affordable

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.


Billing Manager

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.


Full Stack Developer

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 stand up
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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