Software Engineer - Back-End

Published date Posted on Indeed on Aug 24, 2022 (36 d ago)
Our Growth Mindset (The Mission):
Think back on your time in school and a project or experience that got you fired up, curious, and motivated to try your best. Can you remember one? If you’re like us, there are some projects we remember decades later - those times when we were so engaged in what we were doing that we couldn’t help but learn.

Seesaw is a learning platform that brings educators, students and families together to deepen student learning. Teachers design and facilitate powerful learning experiences, students create, reflect, collaborate and make their learning visible, and families actively support and celebrate student learning. Seesaw is used by millions of K-12 students in over half the schools in the U.S.

The Curriculum (Your Role):
We’re looking for a Full-Stack Engineer to help build the platform and deliver product experiences that delight students, teachers, and families. All of our product teams are truly responsible for end-to-end feature development which means depending on the product team you work on and your background you may work on everything from data modeling, architecting a new system or API, or working on user facing product UI.

Your Classmates (The Team):
You’ll primarily be working with teammates on one of our product teams, each of which owns a portion of the Seesaw product and audience. Currently, we have teams organized around (1) our core "learning loop" used by teachers, families, and students, (2) our paid product for schools, (3) our messaging service, and (4) our platform team that builds the systems and patterns that support our other teams. But, we're a small team and you'll work closely with all other engineers, PMs, and Designers on our broader product and engineering team.

Subject Matter (Your Responsibilities):

  • Close collaboration with product managers, and other engineering teams to deliver cost-effective solutions at scale.
  • Lead an iterative development process to deliver new features to internal business partners, as well as, external customers like students, teachers, families, and school administrators.
  • Backend-focused software development for our web applications, and other interdependent software solutions, driven primarily by AWS cloud technologies.
  • Help drive a technical roadmap, and efficient engineering culture with design proposals, industry engagement, and continually improving our services for reliability, availability, and performance.

Prerequisites (The Requirements):

  • Will accept a Bachelor's degree or foreign academic equivalent in Computer Science or a related field and 36 months of experience in the job offered or a related occupation.
  • Experience with building, running, and maintaining large-scale cloud services.
  • Experience working with and building platform services layer, and understands the impact of making sustainable (dollar cost and operational cost) decisions at the platform level.
  • Familiarity with cloud-native technologies like AWS DynamoDB, ElasticSearch, Blob storage, and lambda functions.
  • Customer-focused on the approach to problem-solving and a track record of optimizing solutions for user experience over the correctness of engineering systems.
  • Experience leading a project end-to-end, and the ability to discuss and explain the architectural tradeoffs and decisions that were made.
  • Proven track record of being a key contributor to backend and platform-focused engineering projects.
  • Familiarity with modern services and infrastructural technologies like cloud compute architectures, cloud storage primitives, and adopting a security-first approach to building new services.
  • Experience implementing highly scalable, reliable, and performant services using simple cloud-native building blocks.
NOTE: In order to be considered for this position, all applicants MUST email careers@seesaw.me with their Cover Letter AND three references.

A little about us:
We are well funded and have an experienced team. Work with the creators & leads of Google Calendar, Picasa, Maps, Facebook Platform, and Twitter.
We care about building a diverse and inclusive team to better advocate for the needs of our incredibly diverse K-12 users.
We prioritize work-life balance and actually walk the walk - we care a lot about our work but care more about our friends and family. We encourage everyone to work at a sustainable pace and have an unlimited vacation policy that people actually use.
We offer competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits including full medical, dental, and vision coverage, 401(k) with company match, paid parental leave, flexible vacation policy, free lunch, wellness stipend, and charitable donation match.

Don't let the confidence gap get in the way of applying! We'd love to hear from you.

Seesaw provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religious creed, color, sex, sex stereotype, gender, gender identity/gender expression/transgender, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information/characteristics, marital status/registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, or military or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, Seesaw complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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