Senior Developer (Crafter)- Multiple Positions/Remote

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Senior Software Developer (Crafter)

Who We Are 

At 8th Light, we take a human-centered approach to software development, collaborating with the people writing the code as well as those using it. We embrace the need for adaptability in a constantly changing world. We are a team of polyglot generalists—thinkers and doers ready to take on most any challenge that we encounter. 


An employee-owned software consultancy, we consider software development a craft. Our team of expert developers and designers hold the title of "Crafter" to reflect our dedication to quality, our emphasis on continual learning, and our belief that software is truly a craft—something that we take pride in, and value highly. We value colleagues who enjoy learning and teaching, which creates our collaborative organization. You’ll be mentored and supported, and you’ll further your expertise as a technologist, a manager, or both.

We enjoy working with empathetic, passionate collaborators who value the work they do. If this approach to software development resonates with you, we'd love to talk.

Who You Are

You've worked as a professional software developer for at least 3 years. You’re ready to take the next step in your career to take a leadership role leading small engagements. You've successfully:

  • Written production-quality code in 2+ programming languages
  • Built high-quality, maintainable software collaboratively, incrementally, and pragmatically, as a team member
  • Independently completed features
  • Used context-appropriate automated testing to inform software design choices and catch bugs
  • Debugged and refactored pre-existing code to incrementally improve it
  • Collaborated with teams using Git, MacOS/Linux, CI/CD
  • Understood tradeoffs of technology choices
  • Mentored and shared knowledge with colleagues
  • Actively sought out feedback
  • Been aware of and attentive to the impact of communication with colleagues
  • Made thoughtful recommendations to your team
  • Understood and balanced tradeoffs of communications and collaboration choices

What You’ll Do At 8th Light

You’ll work with a variety of clients, typically 1-2 in a year, and in a variety of languages over the course of your career with us. You’ll lead small teams or serve as the tech lead on small projects. You’ll work with colleagues who share your passion for creating software. You’ll invest time developing your skills and sharing what you know with your colleagues. You’ll be responsible for:

  • Making immediate contributions to projects, rapidly building trust with clients
  • Working pragmatically to balance technology choices while delivering high quality work within deadlines
  • Preparing for and facilitating iteration meetings and retrospectives
  • Clearly articulating and documenting outcomes and driving forward action items
  • Ensuring your team has a healthy, prioritized, estimated backlog 
  • Maintaining relationships with client technical leaders
  • Regular syncs with the client to provide status updates, and for identifying and evaluating risks and presenting potential solutions
  • Serving as a manager or mentor to developers on your teams
  • Identifying and resolving blockers to team progress
  • Contributing to 8th Light by serving as a mentor to apprentices, leading or designing workshops internally or for clients, representing 8th Light in the tech community, or supporting our hiring processes

Nice to Have

We work across many areas, and encourage anyone with the experience mentioned above to apply. We have a place for you. Also, given recent client requests, we would particularly like to encourage applicants with experience in the following areas:

  • infrastructure as code
  • data engineering
  • CI/CD pipelines
  • native mobile development

We truly hope to hear from you.

Join Us

We recognize that creating a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization is an ongoing journey, and we’re excited to share our journey with you. We have a proud tradition of hiring talented colleagues with unusual career experiences. We're more interested in your experiences, results, and impact than brand names, degrees, or keywords that may appear on your resume. We appreciate your time in completing a few application questions to help us get to know you better.

8th Light is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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Location

25 East Washington, Chicago, IL 60602

An Insider's view of 8th Light, Inc.

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

When I shifted careers to software crafting at 8th Light I was given the opportunity to build something tangible. I completed the six-month apprenticeship that gave me the basic skill set to become an effective consultant. Since then I've been exposed to multiple technologies and experiences that have catalyzed my development and consulting skills.

Charles

Software Crafter

What are 8th Light, Inc. Perks + Benefits

8th Light, Inc. Benefits Overview

8th Light has a comprehensive benefits and total compensation package that is flexible and customizable as per your family/ life/ personal circumstances. We are supportive of family friendly flexibility which includes perks and offerings such as an extensive parental leave program which covers (4 paid months- time off). Our benefits and perks also re-enforce our values of Humanity, Education and Ownership- with options to purchase stock, Learning and Development stipends with paid time allocated to growth and continuous learning, additionally a popular donation matching program.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
8th Light offers a company day of service. Team members elect to participate in support of various charities, foundations and non-profits regionally and locally, such as Code First Girls, Code Platoon
Partners with Nonprofits
We partner with Code Bootcamps to provide opportunities to career changers and self taught software developers to deepen their knowledge base and gain experience through our world class Apprenticeship
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Diversity Committee, Ethics Committee and Connections/ Collaboration Committee, Career Pathing Committee
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Women in executive level positions, including the Co-CEO. Various women and POCs on the 8th Light executive board, as well as in senior director positions throughout the company.
Unconscious bias training
Led by the Director of Training and Development, unconscious bias training is a quintessential component of the 8th Light Interview Process.
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
There are internal networking communities including but not limited to a Persons of Color Channel and Woman Forums.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We partner with various diverse talent communities, broaden our scope of where we post, source and evaluate candidates. We prepare candidates for success with details on every step of the process.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Through opt-in enrollment, our plans offer Heath Care, Dependent, and Commuter Reimbursement.
Disability Insurance
8th Light offers both short-term and long-term disability benefits.
Dental Benefits
The Dental plan offered provides comprehensive dental coverage with low, predictable costs. 100% of coverage for preventative services, including x-rays. Child orthodontia coverage available as well.
Vision Benefits
100% coverage for eye exams and lenses after $35 dollar copay-- with a $130 allowance for frames per year. 20% discount offered on balance for frames at participating providers.
Health Insurance Benefits
8th Light offers four unique options for comprehensive medical coverage to support you and your family. In addition to MD Live, a service offering included in all BCBS plans at 8th Light.
Life Insurance
Employer paid coverage of up to $50,000 with the option to increase coverage at a low-expense.
Pet Insurance
Pet's veterinary services are covered with 90% reimbursement. Open to all ages. Includes spay/neuter, hereditary, Rx therapeutic diets, dental and more. Provided at low cost through Nationwide.
Wellness Programs
Annual budget for personal wellness to be used on: massages, gym/fitness memberships, equipment and more.
Mental Health Benefits
In addition to comprehensive mental health coverage through medical plans, 8th Light offers EAP services at no cost to employees. Unlimited telephone consultations, and up to 3 in-person sessions/ yr.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Eligible 60 days following employment. 8th Light will match 100% on the first 4% employees contribute.
Company Equity
Over 40% of organization are employee owners. Employees will have the option to purchase shares of the organization. Employee owners will receive quarterly payouts based on organization's performance.
Match charitable contributions
8th Light will match up to $250 per calendar year for each employee’s contributions to a charitable organization.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Available immediately upon employment. 8th Light covers 12 weeks of leave at 100% of salary. In addition, you may take an additional 12 weeks of unpaid leave.
Remote Work Program
8th Light is 100% Remote. With state of the art issued office technology, not limited to MacOS Notebooks and 4K monitors for the home office.
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Four weeks of paid time off with incremental increases based on tenure of employment.
Paid Volunteer Time
8 Hours per year.
Sabbatical
Based on an annual time allotment given at the start of employment, employees can schedule time to focus on a topic or area of interest to them for their learning and development.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Virtual Happy Hours based on geographic locations to foster connection and community building throughout the organization.
Fitness Subsidies
Employees are reimbursed $100 per year for health and wellness expenses.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
New hires receive a 250 stipend for home office furniture. In addition to a state of the art work device (Apple Notebook) and 4K monitors, accessories, and more-- through partnership with FirstBase.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
In addition to the annual $1,500 learning and development budget given to each employee, there are opportunities for internal conferences as well as conferences paid through 8th Light's partnership.
Tuition Reimbursement
All employees are awarded an annual $1,500 stipend for learning and development expenses. This can be used on: classes, software subscriptions, conference travel, etc.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Employees are assigned mentors at the start of employment to guide them throughout their career journey and assist them in getting acclimated into the culture at 8th Light!
Continuing Education stipend
All employees are awarded an annual $1,500 stipend for learning and development expenses. This can be used on: classes, software subscriptions, conference travel, etc.
Time allotted for learning
Based upon role, employees are given time allotments ranging from 150-180 hours per year to focus on non-project based learning.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
8th Light will cover $1,500 of these expenses from an employees annual Learning & Development budget.
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