Full Stack Engineer 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:

We are looking for a Full Stack Engineer, that has experience with Python and modern Javascript frameworks (preferably Ember), to join one of our engineering teams. If you have a passion for creating tools that help improve organizational efficiencies, developing integrations between different systems, and have the engineering mindset of working smarter and not harder… let’s talk.
 

Duties & Responsibilities:
 

  • Work with the product team to understand the problem that is being asked to solve
  • Actively participate in daily standups, project breakdown meetings, estimation meetings, and retrospective meetings
  • Proactively monitor the performance of the tools that you’re responsible for
  • Be an advocate for best practices, development strategies, and new software packages that can advance our software platform
  • Be a team player that helps with Code Reviews, chips in with QA, helps others with solutioning, and understands that we succeed as a team
  • Writing clean, reusable, and documented code
  • Accept stories/tasks into a sprint with confidence that they will be completed at the end of the sprint

 

Requirements:

  • 4+ years of full stack development experience
  • Experience with different languages like Python (preferred), Java, Javascript, PHP, etc
  • Experience with modern Javascript frameworks like EmberJS (preferred), React, AngularJS, etc
  • Experience with different web Frameworks like Django (preferred), Flask, Spring Boot, Laravel, etc
  • 4+ years working with complex RESTful APIs
  • Experience with different databases / types (PostgreSQL, Redis, MySQL, MongoDB, etc) and database / schema design
  • Proven track record of building successful full-stack applications, products, or platforms
  • Have an understanding of how to apply application debugging, performance profiling, and code/application optimization
  • Creative thinker with the ability to shift gears quickly
  • Must be a good citizen of the company and always be willing to help in any way
  • Have a sense of urgency and feeling of ownership over what you are assigned to
  • Have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

 

Other Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Experience working with the IMS LTI / LMS Standards in past roles
  • Experience working with OAuth 2.0 in past roles
  • Background and/or experience in educational technology and/or publishing
  • Experience in working across multiple teams, onshore and offshore
  • Comfort and/or experience in a startup environment

 

Why RedShelf?

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 by replacing yesterday’s pricey print publications with today’s more dynamic yet far less expensive digital content. Partnering with more than 400+ publishers and 640+ campuses nationwide, we offer leading-edge digital course materials and a seamless, end-to-end Content Delivery System for effectively distributing those materials.

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, including company stock options.

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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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • PythonLanguages
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • Ember.jsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • ElasticSearchDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • ZeplinDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • CraftCMS
    • BaseCRM
    • MailChimpEmail

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 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.

Marielle

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!

Culture
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
Diversity
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
401(K)
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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