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Senior Software Engineer at UPchieve

$100k - $125k / 0.00% - 0.00%
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3+ years
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Aly Murray
Aly Murray

About the role

About The Role

As a Senior Software Engineer, you’ll be the tech lead on a full-stack engineering team, mentoring two junior-mid level developers and working with the CTO to ensure we deliver fantastic software that fulfills our mission. You'll:

  • make well-reasoned design decisions and tradeoffs on our app
  • take the initiative to fix issues before being assigned them
  • deliver complex products that you believe are well-baked and bug-free
  • partner with product to drive requirements that take into account all parties' needs
  • communicate tech decisions through design docs and wiki
  • mentor junior engineers via pairing, design review and code review
  • improve our code base by implementing what you believe to be best practices in style and architecture
  • interact with our open-source community contributors

Our Stack

Our app uses:

  • Node
  • TypeScript
  • Vue.js
  • PostgreSQL
  • Websockets
  • Kubernetes

About the Engineering Team

We’re an education-oriented team and helping each other develop professionally and personally is a priority. You’ll be the fourth member of the engineering team, which currently has the CTO and two junior engineers. We’re looking for a senior engineer because right now the CTO is doing the work of Senior Engineer, Tech Lead, Manager and VP/CTO and needs a partner who can handle the code-first parts of that work.

Within 1 Month, You’ll:

  • Get on-boarded by our team so you understand our relationships with students, volunteers and corporate partners.
  • See what the tutoring experience is like by reviewing a session.
  • Work with our product manager and UI/UX designer on the specs for the app
  • Get familiar with our code base and existing practices

Within 3 Months, You’ll:

  • Be participating in requirements workshops to make sure engineering has a voice in the product process
  • Deliver new features in our app
  • Incrementally address existing tech debt
  • Code review contributions from our open source community

Within 6 Months, You’ll:

  • Have built relationships with the other engineers and mentor them on skill growth
  • Own major product areas and take features from mock to deploy
  • Be comfortable navigating our stack and infrastructure

Within 12 Months, You’ll:

  • Work with the CTO to plan mid/long-term tech choices (vendors, technologies, etc)
  • Participate in interviewing and hiring, as a way to influence team growth and how our values inform our culture

The Skillset

  • 3+ years of experience as a Software Engineer at a tech company with a track record of delivering software with high business impact
  • Exposure to mentorship or technical leadership responsibilities
  • Experience with agile dev practices (we currently use Scrum, team-led, not from a consultant, we actually change our own practices based on our retros =D)

A Note on Salary

We strongly believe that nonprofit professionals deserve to be paid the same as their for-profit peers, and our eventual goal is to pay a competitive market rate for all roles. Given our current size and funding, we have a salary cap of $125K in 2022, and everyone on the team, including the CEO and CTO, make less than 125K. We plan to gradually raise the salary cap on all roles as we prove our ability to scale and positively impact the lives of low-income students across the country. If taking a pay cut isn’t an option for you currently, we would still love to meet you in case something changes in the future!

Hiring Limitations

Right now we can only hire people eligible for employment in the United States, who reside in one of the 50 states. We can't sponsor H-1B visas or hire US citizens who live outside the US.

Why you should join UPchieve

UPchieve is an edtech nonprofit that provides free, 24/7 online tutoring and college counseling to low-income high school students in the U.S. Using our app, students can request and get paired with a live, volunteer tutor in under 5 minutes. Our mission is to democratize access to academic support so that all students, regardless of income, have an equal opportunity to finish high school, attend college, and achieve upward mobility. So far, we’ve matched over 50K on-demand tutoring requests from 10K+ students across all 50 states. Our work has also been recognized by Forbes and TIME, and our funders include both Y Combinator and the Gates Foundation.