Technical Architect 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:

The Technical Architect role will serve the organization by leading the charge of designing and implementing the underlying architecture required to serve our services to our customers. This position will be a mix of hands on and technical leadership, performing data modeling, helping troubleshoot system wide issues, and creating documentation of our systems from the architecture to data flow.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Creating / maintaining design documents that help show the current / proposed infrastructure and data flow to not just the engineering department, but also other non-technical parties
  • Works with the CTO & VP, Engineering to ensure our infrastructure is being created with security, fault tolerance, and scalability as major focuses
  • Leads architecture review meetings, ensuring teams are focusing on creating efficient systems that allow for reuse and scalability
  • Participates in high level product planning meetings, to understand complexity and the ultimate vision in what we are building for
  • Willing to roll up their sleeves and assist in any way that helps move us forward
  • Works with other key team members in coming up with new solutions for software architecture
  • Stays on top of new advancements in services, software, and design patterns that we can possibly implement

Requirements:

  • Must have at least 8 years of experience in creating web based software and has been a Lead / Architect in previous roles
  • Must have experience creating / architecting scalable systems and services
  • Experience in working across multiple teams, onshore and offshore
  • Must have a player / coach mentality that can lead others while being hands on
  • Must have experience in creating systems that also interact with external partners / vendors
  • Must have extensive experience with different databases / types (PostgreSQL, Redis, MySQL, MongoDB, etc) and database / schema design
  • Must have experience in Cloud Infrastructure (AWS, Google, Azure, etc)
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to translate technical information to the non-technical, especially upward
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and diagnostic skills
  • Must have a good sense of urgency and feeling of ownership over what you are assigned to

Other Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Experience with different web Frameworks (Django, Flask, Spring Boot, Laravel)
  • Experience with different front end and backend languages (Python, Java, NodeJS, PHP, EmberJS, React, AngularJS)
  • Experience with creating services suitable for mobile app consumption
  • Background and/or experience in educational technology and/or publishing
  • Comfort and/or experience in a startup environment

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.

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 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 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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