Staff Front-End Software Engineer

Ellevation Education · Boston, MA

Posted 2 months ago

Automated Testing
Continuous Integration
User Experience Design (UX)
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Over the last 9 years, Ellevation Education has built a thriving business serving the administrators, teachers, and specialists who support English Learners at public schools across the US.
We're now looking to expand our core business to include instructional products facing both students and teachers. We expect our user experiences to evolve to become more dynamic and responsive, as we make this shift.
As a Staff Front-End Engineer at Ellevation, you'll play a crucial role in that transformation.
In the immediate term, we'd be asking you to help ship a key new product focused on helping teachers develop the skills and capacity to directly meet the needs of their English learners, a critical need given the huge amount of learning loss experienced by underserved students during the pandemic.
We'd also be asking you to help the overall engineering team complete an in-progress move to React -- with a specific focus on working closely with our UX team to implement a new design system (built atop Material UI).
More broadly, we’d be asking you to help guide our front end technology decisions. We’re looking for a hands-on technical leader who has a mastery of modern front end tech and embodies leading by example. You would be a trusted advisor to engineering leadership, providing guidance on all decisions regarding front end tech and in particular our transition to React. You will help shape our front end development principles and standards through hands-on contributions. You will be a mentor and coach to other engineers. You will do this by working on front end infrastructure as well as on a small, cross functional team that builds user-facing features.
We look for experienced, team-first engineers with real-world experience. Engineers who are excited to use their technical skills and experience in support of a mission-driven company.
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 5+ years of software development experience, including working on products that depend on high-quality UX
    • You have deep expertise in JavaScript
    • You have deep expertise in React
    • You have deep expertise in responsive CSS
    • You have deep empathy for design and have experience collaborating with both product/UX designers and developers to effectively bridge the gap between the two disciplines
    • You have demonstrated success working in and promoting a rapidly changing, collaborative, and iterative product development environment
    • 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 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 (We are currently working 100% remotely due to COVID-19)
+ 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.
Here at Ellevation, we champion diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging. We strive to build a team that reflects the diverse communities we serve. 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. We are proud to have been recognized in prior years as “Best Tech Workplace for Diversity” from the Timmy Awards for investing in trainings around inclusive behaviors, microaggressions, unconscious bias, and fostering a culture of sharing educational resources across the company. We are encouraged by our progress, but there’s more work to be done.

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