Senior Software Engineer, Front End at Sittercity (Chicago, IL)

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About Sittercity

Sittercity, a Bright Horizons company, is a technology platform working to reimagine the child care industry. Finding, hiring and managing high-quality, trustworthy and enriching child care has never been simple, for parents or caregivers. We want to change that. At Sittercity, you can imagine and create solutions that will revolutionize a multi-billion industry and bring relief to parents and care providers alike, all while having a lot of fun! Boost your career as we launch into our next phase of growth and help build a platform that changes the way child care works.


What You’ll Do

As a Senior Software Engineer, Front End at Sittercity, you’ll be leading our Organic Squad. This squad is a group of teammates drawn from a variety of disciplines, working to solve real problems for thousands of users. In this role, you’ll work with marketing and a dedicated product manager to identify new and unique opportunities to increase Sittercity’s organic traffic growth. You’ll lead both the technical planning and execution of a cohesive SEO strategy in partnership with a dedicated product manager and marketing resources. Your focus will be on building data-driven SEO solutions which optimize the way search engines crawl, index and rank, resulting in greater awareness by parents and caregivers.

You’ll have direct input into product decisions, and help ensure that your team’s work helps parents and caregivers connect efficiently and safely. Our stack is in transition, with both an older Rails monolith and a newer client web app that uses Vue and GraphQL. You’ll have the chance to help plot a course from where we are to where we want to be. You’ll work with teammates to execute feature code, refactor existing functionality, write unit and integration tests, and strengthen our platform. We value diversity of opinion, openness to feedback, and continuous learning. We strive to produce quality software, and you’ll join us in our ongoing quest to improve our tools and skills.


Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with product managers, designers, QA, other engineers and various stakeholders to develop new features
  • Brainstorm with fellow team members to estimate the feasibility and implementation strategies of deliverables.
  • Mentor other engineers and help with code reviews.
  • Contribute to and drive front end best practices.
  • Contribute to our front end unit tests.
  • Be customer focused.
  • Help manage the day to day sprint activities
  • Help manage cross-squad dependencies
  • Help the team balance optimization vs re-architectures vs adding to existing legacy code (tech debt)
  • Help remove hurdles and escalate issues 


 

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience as a front end engineer.
  • Experience with SEO and page speed optimization
  • Proficient with CSS, HTML, and JavaScript.
  • Experience with a modern JavaScript framework such as Vue or React.
  • Familiarity with strengths and weaknesses of multiple JavaScript frameworks.
  • Experience with RESTful APIs, GraphQL or both.
  • Experience with unit testing, and writing testable code.
  • Some familiarity with Ruby on Rails.
  • Experience leading a team

Nice to haves:

  • Familiarity with accessibility best practices
  • Familiarity with UI Regression Testing

Why you should join us

We offer an innovative and fun environment that rewards passionate and curious individuals. This is a fully remote opportunity. Additionally, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Company events, social outings and volunteer opportunities
  • Generous paid time off policy, including sick and holiday
  • Industry-leading parental leave
  • Tuition assistance, college coach, and enhanced family support
  • Great benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, disability, life, and 401(k) matching
  • Sittercity membership, back up child/adult/elder care, and child care center discounts

Sittercity is committed to hiring a diverse workforce. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other basis as prohibited by federal, state or local law. Sittercity participates in E-Verify and background checks all employees.


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • GraphQLLanguages
    • RabbitMQ Languages
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • Vue.jsFrameworks
    • Google CloudFrameworks
    • RxSwiftFrameworks
    • CanvaDesign
    • FigmaDesign
    • ZeplinDesign
    • AirfocusDesign
    • UserZoomGODesign
    • ClubhouseManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • BrazeCRM
    • GSuiteEmail

Location

231 S LaSalle Street, Chicago , IL 60604

An Insider's view of Sittercity

How does your team reward individual success?

Our shoutout channel is probably the most joyful corner of our Slack. Our team is constantly going above and beyond, and it’s a space to celebrate those individual wins. It’s also a reminder of all the awesome work done by those outside of who I typically work with!

Josh

Product Designer

What projects are you most excited about?

While we have a lot of exciting projects happening, one in particular I am very excited about is a new product offering. We worked on a lightweight MVP earlier this year and are now iterating on another version. While it helps solve a problem for our users, it also improves our technology with a new way of building GraphQL API's.

Mike

Director of Engineering

How does the company support your career growth?

Sittercity has allowed me to take on different projects and claim ownership in order to grow. They've supported my career decisions, like moving from operations to customer success. Every project I do matters and contributes to our overall success. Not only has Sittercity helped my career growth, they've helped me grow outside of work as well.

Justine

Trust and Safety Team Lead

What are some social events your company does?

We’re a pretty social group who appreciates a healthy balance of virtual and in-person events! From drag bingo, trivia, happy hours, and to hosting our first Pride Picnic in June 2021. My personal favorite, though, is Sittercity Karaoke Night.

Vaughn-Shane

Executive Assistant

What are Sittercity Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We volunteer with several local organizations that align with our work; a few are Cradles to Crayons, UCAN Chicago, and Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC)
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Sittercity has a passionate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as well as a traditional Culture Committee to help manage both virtual and in-person events.
Daily sync
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
All employees are required to attend Unconscious Bias training through our parent company, Bright Horizons.
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Being apart of Bright Horizons we are able to offer many benefits relating to child care. All employees are eligible for a 50% daycare discount, back- up child/elder, and free Sittercity membership.
Generous Parental Leave
We offer 12 weeks of 100% paid gender neutral parental leave following birth, adoption, or fostering of a child.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Adoption Assistance - reimbursement of up to $2,500 for the adoption expenses for each child that you adopt.
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
From day one, we promote coming to work however you feel comfortable and that best represents who you are. For some folks, that's business casual, and for others, it's jeans and a t-shirt.
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
We are passionate about supporting both virtual and in-person events (when possible). This ranges from company picnics, happy hours, and karaoke nights to virtual Drag Bingo, trivia, and game nights!
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Every Wednesday, Sittercity sponsors your lunch with a $20 Grubhub credit.
Happy Hours
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
We have monthly Lunch & Learns that are open to everyone on the team. They range from bringing in an expert in the field to showcasing some of our team's awesome talent and expertise.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

What highlights our perks and culture at Sittercity is that we have a genuine interest in our team on a holistic level. Whether through their development at Sittercity or interests outside of work, we make sure to support them through it all. Taking time for a few classes? Awesome, we'll make sure to support the need for some extra time. Do you have to take the kids to their dance recital or karate lessons? That is so cool (but, really, let us know if we can come and cheer on your kiddos). In need of a mental health day? Absolutely take the time that you need! This is a judgment-free zone. Your Sittercity Team will be ready to support and cheer you on so you can come to work as the best version of yourself, bringing your strongest work and passion to the team.

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