Sr. Backend Rails Engineer

Product / Engineering – Engineering
Full Time
Interfolio is on a mission to build smart, inspired and useful products for faculty and academic communities. By building an engine for faculty activity, decisions, and data, Interfolio has become the first mover in defining and owning the category of faculty-focused technology that cultivates goal-oriented collaboration around academic decision-making.

Interfolio operates the first holistic faculty information system to support the full lifecycle of faculty work, from job seeking to review, tenure, sabbatical, committee work, research, and beyond. Offering colleges and universities increased clarity and insight into faculty data to help achieve their strategic initiatives, Interfolio believes that advancing the faculty will advance the institution.

What’s even better than that?

We’ve crafted a fun, collegial, dynamic culture that celebrates team and individual success almost daily. We’ve got a lean team of super-smart, super-hard working, local and remote colleagues who collaborate closely to produce a valuable service for an industry we’re passionate about. And, we genuinely like working with each other and with our clients.

Like what you’ve heard so far?

Then consider joining our Engineering team. The position of Backend Rails Engineer is open to remote employees as well as locals within commuting distance to our Washington, D.C. office. Candidates applying for this position must currently reside within the continental United States.

Interfolio is committed to diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees. You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national, social or ethnic origin, age, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, family or parental status, or any status protected by the laws or regulations in locations where we operate.


Interfolio is looking for a Rails engineer who can create elegant solutions to complex problems. Join our team of talented, engaged developers creating software to support faculty throughout their careers. You will have the opportunity to work on greenfield projects as well as integrating products into a cohesive, microservice-based platform using Ruby on Rails and serverless technologies in a cloud-native environment.

As a Backend Rails engineer at Interfolio, you will:

    • Deliver fully tested, high performing code
    • Own projects of increasing complexity from end-to-end
    • Participate in the technical design of features with guidance from the Engineering Managers
    • Communicates technical decisions through design docs, tech talks, and the wiki
    • Collaborate with a team of remote employees in the planning and execution of well-defined sprints
    • Participate in our agile processes, working towards, and contributing to, the goals and vision of our roadmap
    • Code Review your teammates work to contribute to share knowledge, learn the platform, and contribute to product quality
    • Identify process inefficiencies and suggest improvements
    • Contribute ideas to help us grow and thrive as a teamMentors junior engineers via pairing, design review, and code review

Skills we’re looking for:

    • 5+ years of Ruby on Rails software development
    • Experience with MySQL, Postgres, or MSSQL
    • Experience using iterative and incremental methods and TDD and/or BDD
    • Strong understanding of systems architecture, database design, and the Ruby language
    • Experience with Git and GitHub for version control
    • Ability to own features from technical design through completion

In addition, you should have:

    • Experience publishing and consuming APIs
    • Experience working in an SOA Environment
    • Familiarity with AWS or other cloud hosting technologies
    • Ability to break complex problems into simple, elegant solutions
    • Strong interest in higher education, startups, and/or SaaS technology
    • The ability to speak and write fluently in English (as a minimum requirement)
In addition to a competitive salary, Interfolio offers a robust benefits package that includes medical insurance, unlimited PTO, a wellness benefit, 401k, and professional development opportunities.

Our culture sets us apart—we look forward sharing more about our company and our team!