VP of Engineering

| Chicago

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:

The Vice President of Engineering is the executive that grows and manages the engineering team, is responsible for the process for roadmap estimations and long-term technical planning, maintains the productivity of the software development lifecycle, and strives to make everyone in the engineering organization successful.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Recruit great engineers, in collaboration with RedShelf’s recruiting team
  • Develop engineers and leaders on our team, helping them advance in their careers
  • Contribute to engineering-wide initiatives as the leader of RedShelf’s engineering management team
  • Communicate and reinforce business goals
  • Uphold our high engineering standards and bring consistency to the many codebases and processes that you and your team may encounter
  • Promote and maintain an engineering culture focused on team collaboration and personal growth
  • Collaborate closely with the Chief Technology Officer to develop and maintain the technical roadmap for RedShelf
  • Maintain clear channels of communication to your engineering team, ensuring understanding of business goals and priorities
  • Take ownership of the Agile development process and software development lifecycle to ensure the engineering team is balancing new product development while addressing technical debt

You Could Fit If:

  • You know how to balance the reliability, usability, compliance and cost of critical systems
  • You are deeply technical, but prefer to lean on your leadership and management skills
  • You are comfortable planning in quarters, and also have experience planning in years
  • You have previously integrated mentorship and professional development into an engineering culture
  • You are able to drive execution of high impact work while incorporating feedback from multiple sources.
  • You are excited about collaborating with teams and executives across RedShelf’s organization
  • You are an experienced VP of Engineering who has mentored other engineering managers and leaders
  • You have experience using Python for Web Application Development
  • You have worked in a Continuous Release cycle with an emphasis on incorporating DevOps and QA into the SDLC

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.

An Insider's view of RedShelf

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, but

Howie

Senior Front-End Software Developer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

We’re constantly collaborating with other dev teams in the company through shared github repos, slack channels and of course some inside jokes. We also work closely with teams outside of the dev department on various projects, including improvements to our book processor and the rollout of new product features.

Hadas

Junior Software Developer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

RedShelf is still a relatively small company, so even as a junior to mid-level developer I’ve been able to take on more responsibility, more quickly. My experience has become much more varied, instead of just focusing on a single type of skill that I might gain at a larger corporation.

Ben

Full Stack Developer

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

CTO

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Coming from a very corporate environment, RedShelf is a breath of fresh air for me. Driven, like-minded people working together to change education, plus a fun office space, create an environment that makes you want to go to work every day.

Bita

Account 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, volunteer work, and more!

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life 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
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
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