Lead Full Stack Web Engineer

| Chicago
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Otus is creating a culture of success while maximizing learning in the K-12 space. We do this by implementing amazing ideas from awesome people and we need more awesomeness on our team. Are you passionate, collaborative, love to geek out on technology, and want to work for a mission-driven company that is shaping the way teachers, students and parents of students learn together? If so, we want to hear from you. 

Our diverse team consists of talented designers, developers, coaches, and leaders who share a variety of interests. You'll find musicians, world travelers, beer enthusiasts, nerds, sports fans, and all-around great people who shape our positive culture.

Your Role

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated Lead Full Stack Web Engineer to help bring the best possible software solutions to educators.

As an early member of a growing team, you must possess a strong work ethic and be upbeat, driven, intelligent, well-organized, articulate, share a passion for learning new technology, and thrive in a fun, fast-paced environment.

You will have the opportunity to immediately contribute and see results of your work in use by students, teachers, parents and district administrators across the country. 

Responsibilities

  • Become an expert in the product road maps for your product/squad as well as the overall delivery team road map
  • Mentor team members, building technical expertise and depth of knowledge
  • Lead the team in delivering value by guiding technical decisions, adopting best practices, and working with other team leads
  • Collaborate with engineers, UI/UX designers, and product owners to build & ship new features and enhancements
  • Hands-on development, contributing in shipping working software
  • Collaborate with colleagues across various squads in the organization to split monolithic application into separate applications that can be shipped independently

Qualifications

  • 7+ years of development experience
  • 2+ years of experience in a Lead role
  • Web application development experience for a SaaS product
  • Well versed in either Node.JS backend services or Angular2+ SPAs
  • Relational databases (T-SQL RDMS - MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL, etc.)
  • Designing, implementing, and shipping web applications
  • Experience working in an Agile team
  • Experience with pair programming
  • Experience writing unit and integration tests
  • Working experience utilizing Microservice Architecture
  • Computer Science degree or related work experience

Nice to Haves

  • Experience with containerized environments (Docker, Kubernetes)
  • Familiarity with PHP, Java, and/or modern Javascript frameworks (Angular, React)
  • Experience with CI/CD
  • Experience building solutions hosted in major cloud providers (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud)
  • Experience splitting up monolithic applications/code bases into microservices
  • Experience with Student Information Systems and/or Learning Management Systems
  • Experience with integrating with 3rd Party APIs

 

Benefits and Perks

  • Competitive salary and professional development spending
  • 20 PTO days a year, plus a day off for your birthday (or a loved one), an interest day (to do something you love) and paid holidays  
  • Up to 12 weeks of parental leave, and great work/life balance
  • Flexible hours and work from home policy so you can be at your most productive
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Life Insurance and disability benefits
  • 401K with an employer match (up to 4%)
  • Working in arguably the best neighborhood in the city with the excellent food, drinks, coffee and donuts all within walking distance
  • Working in an amazing office building with gym, rooftop deck, frequent social events, shuttle to and from train stations

Otus is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity of every kind. You must be legally authorized to work in the US. Unfortunately, the company is unable to support sponsorships at this time.

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Technology we use

  • Sales & Marketing
    • PardotLead Gen

Location

Otus is located in the Fulton Market District in Chicago's West Loop. Our building, 1K Fulton, is commonly known as the Google Building.

An Insider's view of Otus

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

The goal is to have a reasonable balance between work and life: our flex-time and work from home policies help!

Jess Haberny

Product Designer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

One of my primary responsibilities is to recognize when members of different squads need to connect. I gather the information that needs to be communicated across squads and develop processes, set expectations, and help establish goals. I am responsible for making sure teams are in communication and that information makes it to upper management.

Asia

Technical Program Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

Learned how to build robust and scalable systems. Thinking of potential failure cases, and how to debug complex operations live while being run in production. On a more personal note, learned how to be more independent as a software engineer.

David

Software Engineer

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

Being there, to me, is the most important thing a leader can do to show a team that you care. I genuinely care about the people who work here. I don't sit in an office. I want to be interrupted as much as possible if there is something I can do to help us be better tomorrow than we are today.

Keith Westman

COO

What are Otus Perks + Benefits

Otus Benefits Overview

HEALTHCARE
Otus offers medical, dental, vision coverage, and a HSA.

PTO
Employees have 20 PTO days a year, a day off for your birthday or a loved one's birthday and an interest day for you to do something you love.

PARENTAL LEAVE
We believe that parents are the first, and most important teachers to their children. Employees may take up to 12 weeks of parental leave.

401(K)
Eligible to participate in company 401K Plan

LOCATION
Otus is nestled nicely in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, a diverse and changing neighborhood that once was home to and is still home to a few meat packing businesses. There is a great blend of old and new architecture, the best restaurants Chicago has to offer and plenty of places to grab a drink after work. Otus is headquartered in the new Google building at 1k Fulton.

PERKS
We work in a great building that has an amazing rooftop deck, a gym, frequent social events and a free shuttle to and from train stations (CTA and Metra).

Culture
Volunteer in local community
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
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
On tap, no. Stocked fridge including Heady Topper (usually around August), yes.
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Currently, Radio is the most frequent visitor. However, Charlie, Pepperoni, Cali, and Jack come by every now and then.
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications
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