Staff Software Engineer

Boston, MA
Engineering – Engineering
Full Time
Are you hungry to join a highly collaborative engineering team that is rapidly evolving and improving? Do you relish the opportunity to frequently release and iterate the code that you develop? Can you take on important initiatives, spark & lead discussion, and help shape the company’s technical direction while providing timely & quality support across the organization?

As a software engineer at Ellevation, you play a key role in building dynamic web applications and services, implementing complex data and API integrations, and driving the concept-to-implementation development process. You help shape our engineering practices and standards by building high quality products. Your ideas translate our product and business strategy into technical solutions. You research and evaluate new technologies and figure out how, when, and where they will apply to our engineering roadmap.

We are overhauling key portions of our tech stack -- front end, back end, cloud infrastructure and all of the connecting parts -- to better position us to build new products and enter new markets. We are looking for experienced team-first engineers with real-world experience. And who would relish the unique opportunity that we offer: to evolve the foundation of our engineering team with the backdrop of a mission-driven company that has a thriving, growing business.

Our Engineering Culture
We are organized into small, cross-functional teams that focus on objectives in service of our customers. Broadly speaking, we are organized into Product Teams and Infrastructure Teams. Product Teams build new customer-visible features and enhancements to existing ones. Infrastructure Teams are also customer-impacting, typically through a more engineering-driven lens. For example, we have Infrastructure Teams focused on scalable & robust data ingestion and also on cloud infrastructure, DevOps & related activities.

We focus on outcomes over output. Our teams are empowered to research, prototype, and develop “MVPs” to solicit user feedback and validate hypotheses. We measure and rapidly iterate so that the end result is a high-confidence, high-value product. We foster an environment where we have the runway to experiment and learn from failure while tackling tricky challenges.

Thought diversity is a core principle for Ellevation Engineering. Our engineers feel comfortable and confident to respectfully voice their ideas and opinions, even if we disagree, because this is how we learn and arrive at the best ideas. We value software engineering principles such as continuous integration, loose coupling, and automated testing. As a small technology company, we seek individuals who are motivated to be cross-functional, hands-on in multiple areas, and a technical thought leader for the organization.

We also value staying connected & aligned as a team & as a company. We do this through a variety of ways -- regular sync-ups to review quarterly OKRs; weekly Demo Fridays where we preview cool new features to the entire company; and our twice-yearly all-company offsites, where we gather the entire company for 2 days of team building and fun. We also value evolving our culture. Got some new ideas? Bring ’em on and let’s talk about incorporating them.

About You:

    • You have 7+ years of software development experience, including engineering high-performance, enterprise-facing websites and/or SaaS platforms.
    • You have experience with technologies & tools for developing micro-services on AWS.
    • You have deep experience in at least one modern language, e.g., Python, Go, JavaScript + related 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.

About Us:
At Ellevation, we develop world-class software to help school districts and educators support the fastest growing population of K-12 students: English Language Learners (ELLs). Ellevation helps school districts transform their EL programs and ensure all students can achieve their highest aspirations with 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 800 public school districts all across the country. We are well-capitalized, have a strong and growing team, and are continuously focused on how to build the best organization so that we can achieve our ambitious social and financial objectives.

Why Ellevation?
In addition to our great benefit plans and competitive salaries, here are some other perks that make us unique:
+ Great location in Boston - a stone’s throw from the Chauncy Street/Downtown Crossing T stop
+ Ability to make a significant impact in the education industry
+ Fun Fridays including virtual happy hours with our remote team
+ Free snacks, beverages, fruit, and we even compost!
+ On-site gym, game room and darts to support all levels of athleticism
+ Opportunity to join an open and collaborative work environment!

Learn more about our team in our Culture Deck.

At Ellevation, we champion diversity. We’re an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values a range of ideas and opinions. We embrace all types of differences in the development of our organization.