Staff Software Engineer (Full Stack/Backend)

Engineering – Engineering /
Full Time /
Over the last 11+ years, Ellevation Education has built a thriving business serving the administrators, teachers, and specialists who support English Learners at public schools across the US. Today, over 1,500 school districts use our software to manage their EL programs. We are a successful, rapidly growing business with a real mission -- helping English Learners achieve all they possibly can.

As the Staff Software engineer for our instructional product domain, you’ll work alongside our engineering managers and our two instructional product teams to create value. We’ll ask you to primarily focus on the backend (Python, Postgres, AWS Lambda) but you should also be comfortable with the front end (React).

We look for engineers who are excited to use their technical skills and experience in support of a mission-driven company. We work in small, product-centric teams empowered to make a difference in a particular product or aspect of a product. Our teams are remote and highly collaborative. To accomplish this we set core hours of 10AM - 4PM (Eastern) and expect to meet in person about 4 times per year (whether at our Boston Headquarters or at one of our semi-annual company offsites)

We are looking for someone who is comfortable generating options, weighing tradeoffs, and assessing risks, but also loves to get in and code. You excel in finding development paths that incrementally deliver value while keeping an eye toward broader goals. You should be comfortable in any part of the stack, going deep as necessary. 

As a Staff Engineer, you’ll also be a key contributor to the broader discussions that guide the overall evolution of Ellevation’s architecture and, in so doing, you’ll help people across the engineering team level up on complex system design and implementation. We look for experienced engineers who are excited to use their technical skills and experience in support of a mission-driven company.

About you:

    • You have 7+ years of software development experience, including API and Database design.
    • You have experience with technologies & tools for developing modern backends on AWS.
    • You have deep experience in at least one modern language, e.g., Python, Go, C# etc.
    • You have exposure to React and/or JavaScript and related UI frameworks.
    • You have demonstrated success working in and promoting a rapidly changing, collaborative, and iterative product development environment.
    • You have the versatility to learn new technologies and contribute across different parts of the tech stack.
    • You’re naturally curious and a great team player. You have strong interpersonal skills and can work with teammates of varying levels of experience and stakeholders across multiple domains.
    • You have a passion for building great products through technology.
$160,000 - $190,000 a year
Ellevation is transparent about its approach to pay which includes a competitive base salary, annual performance-based raise, and bonus (or commission for sales positions). The salary range for this role is $160,000-$190,000 and the budgeted target is the midpoint, commensurate with candidate experience and internal parity. Our philosophy is that the full range is indicative of growth during employment. In addition, we provide comprehensive benefits to all full-time employees.
Are you passionate about growth and eager to learn? Do you possess a drive to excel and make a difference? Ellevation values diversity, creativity, and a hunger for new perspectives. While our job postings outline preferred qualifications, we believe that talent comes in various forms. If you're motivated, adaptable, and ready to contribute, we encourage you to apply. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and experiences, recognizing that unique skills and fresh outlooks are invaluable assets to our team. Don't let a checklist of requirements deter you – take the leap, and let's explore the possibilities together!

About Us:
At Ellevation, we develop world-class software to help educators serve the fastest growing population of K-12 students: English Learners (ELs). Ellevation helps school districts transform their Multilingual Learner programs and ensure all students can achieve their highest aspirations. Our product suite includes a best-in-class data and instructional planning platform, resources to build teacher capacity, and student-facing programs to teach academic language.

We are a fast-growing, mission-driven technology company partnering with over 1,500 school districts and more than 2 million current and former English Learners. Over the next five years, we plan to double the number of ELs we serve and drive measurable outcomes for students. Ellevation merged with Curriculum Associates in 2021 to accelerate impact for Multilingual Learners. Our company continues to operate independently and is well-capitalized to support our ambitious social and financial objectives.

Why Ellevation?
In addition to our great benefits and competitive salaries, here are some things that make us unique:
+ Mission-driven organization where team members are empowered to make a significant impact
+ Opportunities to join DEIB-focused groups and support building a culture of belonging 
+ Professional development and growth opportunities
+ Company and team offsites in various cities across the United States
+ Collaborative workspace in the heart of Boston - a stone's throw from many central T stops (Downtown Crossing, Government Center, and Aquarium). Free snacks, beverages, and local organic fruit provided
+ Remote and in-person engagement opportunities, including happy hours, themed events, and competitions 
+ Remote and in-person wellness programming to support team’s mental and physical wellbeing

Learn more about our team in our Culture Deck.

Here at Ellevation, we champion diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging. We strive to build a team that reflects the diverse communities we serve. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values a range of ideas and opinions. 

We believe in building a culture where productivity can flourish, one that is empathetic, respectful, and inclusive. We are proud to have been recognized in prior years as “Best Tech Workplace for Diversity” by the Timmy Awards for investing in training around inclusive behaviors, microaggressions, unconscious bias, and fostering a culture of continuous learning and feedback across the company. We are encouraged by our progress, but there’s more work to be done.

Benefits – Benefits eligible employees (and qualifying dependents) are covered by medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. Employees can enroll in our company's 401(k) retirement plan and receive an employer match up to 50% on the first 7% of your contribution, with pre-tax and Roth options. Employees have access to flexible paid time off for vacations, sick and disability policy, additional 10 paid company holidays, 2 floating holidays and a winter office closure between Christmas and New Year's. In addition, we provide a generous parental leave benefit, back-up childcare or eldercare, and a variety of other perks to support the health and well-being of our employees.

Additional Information: Ellevation operates under Curriculum Associates, LLC, an Equal Opportunity Employer. Curriculum Associates, LLC will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, or any other category protected by law. Curriculum Associates, LLC will grant employment, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, or any other category protected by law. Such action shall include, but not be limited to, the following: employment, upgrading, demotion, transfer, recruitment or recruitment advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

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