Lead Software Engineer

PowerSchool · Austin, TX

Engineering Education Posted 1 month ago

Continuous Integration
NoSQL
AWS
Java
Product Management
Security
PHP
React
SQL
TypeScript
AngularJS
JavaScript
Node.js
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Overview Schoology, a PowerSchool Unified ClassroomTM Product, one of the fastest growing education technology companies, is putting collaboration at the heart of the learning experience with an easy-to-use learning management system (LMS) that connects the people, content and systems that fuel education. Millions of students, faculty and administrators from over 60,000 K-12 schools and higher education institutions worldwide use Schoology to advance what is possible in education. This is more important than ever in a post COVID world. Schoology is here to support the online and in person learning schools face today. We are looking for a strong candidate to help deliver that vision.

Working at Schoology offers you a chance to help solve the most important challenges in education in an environment that’s fun, collaborative and innovative. We are looking for smart, creative individuals who are passionate about education and aren’t afraid to show it.

Our software engineering practices promote a culture of continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous improvement. The right candidate is ready for this challenge and eager to apply sound software engineering practices to the Schoology web application and services.

This full-stack position will anchor our team’s UI work as well as our highly-scalable backend services and data stores. As a part of this team, we expect everyone to jump in wherever necessary to deliver value. You must have the willingness to work in all areas of our application. This can include JavaScript/ TypeScript, PHP, AWS Lambda (Serverless framework is a plus), MySQL, or even AWS tools/technologies that they haven’t released yet. This can mean helping out with testing, writing documentation and being on call.

Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work on a remote cross-functional team where you’ll play a critical role in designing, planning, development, deployment and observing your code in production.
  • Develop high performance, highly scalable and accessible web applications. Our web app is used by over 20 million educators, students and parents worldwide.
  • Meet tight deadlines in a rapid application development environment.
  • Collaborate with Product Management, Design, and Operations teams to create and deliver tested features to production.
  • Collaborate with specialists across web, mobile, and operations to achieve a better user experience for our product.
  • Be able to assess and bring in industry information into your decisions and learn new technologies: AWS is releasing new tools every day, there are new open source libraries to vet and you will be a party to helping us vet and pick the best tool for the job.
  • Be willing to work in any area of the codebase if needed, this can include JavaScript/TypeScript/Node, PHP, Java or other technologies.
  • Help staff, build, and form the culture around a team of 5 engineers, a product manager, designer, QAs and associated supporting roles
  • Bottom line: you’ll have a say in what’s built — we’re not throwing specs over the wall for you to develop on an island.

Qualifications

To be considered for and to perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

Qualifications include:

  • Strong CS fundamentals including familiarity with data structures and especially the asynchronous challenges that face JavaScript developers today.
  • Experience developing in at least 2 server side languages (PHP, node.js, …)
  • Experience developing in at least 1 client side JS framework (ReactJS, Angular, …)
  • Experience testing software in alignment with the Test Pyramid.
  • Experience with datastores, either SQL (MySQL preferred) or NoSQL, and the ability to talk deeply about them.
  • Able to identify the source of complex problems occurring as a result of multiple systems interacting (experience with observability tools such as datadog/newrelic is a plus).
  • Experience working on a team of 5 engineers plus supporting roles (e.g. QA, design, etc), preferably as a Senior Software Engineer.
  • Experience with code review, being able to sign-off on another team member’s code ensuring high quality standards.
  • Be self-sustained even when tackling the highest profile, most difficult work across the organization.
    Willingness to accept responsibility and be accountable not only for your own work but the work of the team as a whole.
  • Experience working with other people’s code, how to dig into it and make tactical changes with minimal side effects.
  • A solid understanding of how to break down user stories and give estimates that include accessibility and security requirements.
  • Be able to see roadblocks far ahead, across many vectors of risk
  • Be a true team player! Ensuring their knowledge and expertise is shared amongst other team members and even cross-team and be willing to seek out opportunities to mentor teammates.
  • A commitment to learning about anything you don’t know on your own and without much supervision.
  • Superior communications, organization and relationship building skills — you’re going to be working on cross-team efforts, so this is essential.
  • Self-motivation as well as ability and desire to learn new technologies, applications, processes, and environments.
  • A belief that delivering code to production is just one step in the process. Observing and owning the code you wrote goes hand in hand with construction.
  • A desire to take on whatever challenge is most important. This could be tackling something you are familiar with, or it could require a deep dive into a whole new world. The key is having the right attitude.
  • Experience and/or willingness to work remotely.

EEO Commitment

PowerSchool is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. PowerSchool is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. Our inclusive culture empowers PowerSchoolers to deliver the best results for our customers. We not only celebrate the diversity of our workforce, we celebrate the diverse ways we work. If you have a disability and need an accommodation regarding our recruiting process, please let us know by emailing accommodations@powerschool.com.

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