Architect/Principal Engineer

Downtown Los Angeles, CA /
Technology – Engineering /
As the premier global provider of Strategic Enterprise Education™ (SEE), InStride enables employers to provide career-boosting degrees and credentials to their employees, through leading global academic institutions across the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Australia. InStride helps organizations achieve transformative business and social impact by unlocking the power of education, through advanced technology-enabled experiences for learners and corporate partners alike.

Role Overview
Reporting to the Director of Engineering, this role will lead the architecture, platform, development and sustainment of our platform and ecosystem. The ideal candidate would have previous experience building web and mobile digital products for large enterprises, a proven track record of building applications, services, infrastructure and helping growing needs of our business and engineering teams and a passion for our mission.


    • Deep experience being a thought-leader and problem solver on multiple teams, covering projects large and small 
    • Provide hands-on technical leadership for a team of engineers, lead and mentor cross-functional team of engineers (fullstack) to build, deliver and sustain a world class learning services platform
    • Be able to lead and be a technical subject matter expert for platform architecture discussions and decisions
    • Help define, contribute and support the wider Technology strategy
    • Work closely with SRE, release engineering, security, product, UX, project management, business development, customer success, growth marketing and executive teams to meet business needs
    • Ensure engineering best practices, and implement tools and/or frameworks for software development, agile, security, accessibility, compliance, performance, HADR, etc.
    • Experience leveraging a variety of open source technologies, working with cloud services, leveraging modern UI frameworks (Angular, React) , backend (RESTful APIs, Node.js, python, microservices, serverless, etc)

Ideal Profile

    • 10+ years software engineering experience delivering large scale, global, high traffic and highly available consumer-facing web applications/mobile apps
    • 2+ years experience in JavaScript programming language and node.js tech stack
    • 3+ years experience in Web application development and React framework is a plus
    • You have a bias for simple, scalable, extensible architectures that solve real business needs 
    • 5+ years experience delivering projects using agile methodologies
    • 5+ years experience collaborating with and working in cross functional teams including product, user experience, project management, etc.
    • While one of the foremost technical members of the organization, you work well in a team of mixed skill levels and can communicate well with non-technical colleagues
    • You are used to helping more junior members of the team improve their skills and are committed to continuous learning yourself 
    • Ensure use of engineering best practices for development, development, agile, security, accessibility, compliance, performance, HADR, etc.
    • Experience delivering SaaS solutions for large enterprise customers
    • Experience across the stack leveraging a wide variety of open source technologies, cloud services (AWS/Azure/GCP), enterprise-grade system design
    • Be able to lead and be a technical subject matter expert for platform architecture discussions and decisions
    • Proactively communicate and manage expectations with your leader and team
    • Excited by the challenge of building a world-class business that delivers not only high revenue growth and compelling ROI, but also has a meaningful impact on society
    • Exposure to higher education institutions through direct experience and/or passion for the education space
    • Comfort with ambiguity and a “no job too small” startup mentality
    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science related field and/or work experience 
InStride is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, medical condition, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance relating to an applicant's criminal history.