Lead Engineer at RedShelf

| Chicago
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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 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.

Job Summary:

As Lead Developer, you will be responsible for the technical decisions for a single product area in RedShelf. You and your team of engineers will work in close collaboration with Product Managers, QA Engineers, UX designers, and DevOps to plan and execute roadmaps that improve how students and professors interact with your product.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical leadership to a team of developers
  • Work in close collaboration with the Product Management team to create a product roadmap that balances development effort and product vision
  • Architect, design, develop, deploy and operate services that serve millions of users
  • Target a maintainable Agile Scrum velocity to create a high-degree of confidence in committed timelines by your team
  • Be an advocate for paying down technical debt and adopting tools that maximize your team's productivity and enjoyment of their daily work
  • Spread learning across the organization related to your technical expertise or domain expertise
  • Coach members of your team by guiding them in architectural decisions and process decisions that follow established best practices
  • Ensuring each member of their team is fulfilling their individual responsibilities and contributing to their team's success

Requirements:

  • 10+ years of software development experience
  • 4+ years of experience building successful full-stack applications, products or platforms
  • 2+ years of proven experience as a technical leader for a team, product or department
  • Experience deploying and operating services on Linux with AWS
  • Extensive experience working hands-on as a Software Engineer in an Agile environment
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience with Python and/or Javascript

Other Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Experience with browser-based Javascript and front-end frameworks such as Ember,
  • Experience with Angular, React, or Ember is a plus
  • Experience with Python and frameworks like Django is a plus
  • 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
  • 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, 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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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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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 does the company support your career growth?

In the 2+ years since I started as a part-time employee, RedShelf has always given me space to challenge myself and leverage my strengths. I've worked in three roles across two departments and feel like I'm truly growing alongside the company.

Alex

Account Executive

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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