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Powering the future of school district operations

Senior Engineer

$115k – $170k AngelList Est.
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**Who we are**

At Informed K12, we’re on a mission to help school district administrators operate efficiently and gain insight into their most critical school business processes. Still today, most school districts have hundreds of mission critical processes that run on paper, making visibility and improvement near impossible. We transform paperwork from a daily stumbling block to a strategic tool. This makes it possible to hire the right teachers for the right classrooms faster, manage bus routes for students without permanent housing, ensure teachers get reimbursed and paid on time, and a lot more. In short, we are powering the future of school district operations by helping district administrators drive the systemic change needed to improve productivity, accountability and equity.

Our founders came out of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. Informed K12 (formerly Chalk Schools) was one of the first companies funded by Stanford’s StartX accelerator and top education technology incubator Imagine K12, now part of Y Combinator. Learn more about us at informedk12.com.


**About the role**

We are looking for an experienced full stack engineer to help us change how districts across the country operate and run every single day. You should have a passion for developing products for communities traditionally underserved by technology and a desire to build an inclusive and collaborative engineering culture. If you are tirelessly curious and want to have a huge impact with the work you do everyday, we could be a great fit! **What it's like to work here:We work in small, nimble teams of 2-3 engineers.** Projects that each team takes on range from real-time search and export tools, database and server optimization, or building our front end system. Teams rotate regularly so you’ll be working with different people every few sprints.


**We’re proud of our ability to be full stack.** We all have preferences for different parts of the stack, but we all share responsibility for and are empowered to improve our entire platform. This commitment also encourages us to grow in areas we’re less familiar with.


**We take code quality seriously and are constantly improving our codebase.** Every project we work on has dedicated time to address tech debt and we prioritize code quality initiatives on our product road map. Oh, and we never ship code without writing a full suite of tests (don’t worry, we’ll help in case this is newer to you)!


**We work with a solid set of technologies, but are always learning new ones.** Our current stack is a mix of Ruby (Rails, RSpec, Capybara) and Javascript (React, Redux, Jest, Enzyme) hosted on Heroku / AWS. We also spend every other Friday as a “hack day” to play around with new technologies, contribute to open source, or build tools to improve our workflow.


**We strive for light and flexible processes.** Each team decides how they’ll get work done, but we try to ensure that working solo, together, or even remotely are all equally effective. Daily standups, sprintly retrospectives, paired programming, randomly assigned code reviews, and “mob reviews” of larger changes are some of the practices we use.


**We believe that making great products requires collaboration and empathy.** Not only do we work closely with our product and design teams, we make it a point to pay regular visits to our customers. To better understand the challenges our customers are facing, every few months we’ll spend a week directly supporting our client success team.


**We are focused on creating a great work environment.** Most of all, we work hard to make an environment where honest feedback, mutual respect, and personal growth are valued. We want to make sure everyone feels comfortable bringing their whole self to work. 


**We need someone who will:**

- Contribute to the architecture, performance and scalability of a fast growing enterprise platform. Create and shape architecture that enables many potential futures without knowing exactly what the future is.
- Ship critical features to provide value to our customers.
- Provide strategies for eliminating technical debt and suggested timelines for how to prioritize it. 
- Articulate ideas and beliefs clearly to the team. Persuade, listen and guide debates to help reach a consensus.
- Excel at getting the team to focus on the highest-impact projects. Lead delivery of major initiatives on clear timelines. Be proactive in identifying and clearing roadblocks for the team.
- Nurture the technical and leadership growth of other engineers. Make others better through code reviews, pairing, documentation, technical guidance, and mentoring.


**What you'll bring:**

- Intense curiosity and problem solving nature — it brings you joy to chew through difficult technical problems and develop simple, clean code and architecture for complex needs.
- Track record of building usable, scalable products (we'd love to see your portfolio or links to any projects you can share!).
- Extensive web development experience. Ideal if you have knowledge of Rails, JavaScript, and jQuery. 
- Collaborative development style: you enjoy pair programming and learning with and from our team.
- Ability to balance attention to detail with broader project goals and timelines.
- Passion for building user-centric products.
- Experience with architecting and scaling SaaS enterprise applications is a strong bonus.


**How to apply**

- Fill out the application below
- Please attach a resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, let us know why you're passionate about edtech.

We are an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In fact, one of our four company values is “Work hard for inclusion.” We believe that our team must reflect the diversity of our customers and that a diverse team where everyone feels comfortable being themselves will be a long-term advantage. We implement policies like the Rooney rule in hiring and work with organizations such as Code2040. We actively seek out diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
Location
San Francisco
Job type
Full-time
Visa sponsorship
Not Available
Hiring contact

Qian Wang

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Informed K12 at a glance

Powering the future of school district operations

Informed K12 focuses on SaaS, Enterprise Software, Education Technology, and Edtech. Their company has offices in San Francisco. They have a small team that's between 11-50 employees.

You can view their website at https://www.informedk12.com/ or find them on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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