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February 14, 2020
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This job requires a strong focus on improving educational opportunities and outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged students, in the context of a competitive business environment. As a Lead Software Engineer, the ideal candidate will have designed, implemented, tested, and documented solutions that include not only the code to support business functionality, but also the underlying infrastructure required to run that code and the systems required to deploy it. The candidate should also possess technical skills and experience in the virtual infrastructure domain, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and be enthusiastic about building software products and data pipelines with Node.js, frontend JavaScript frameworks, and automated CI/CD. The candidate will report to the Executive Director and work within an agile and cross-functional application team and guide a lean yet diverse software engineering squad in striking an effective compromise between best practices and rapid innovation. The candidate will lead by interacting with all levels of software engineers to establish and enforce application technology standards, design patterns, processes, development, and deployment. The candidate will also work closely with product owners in planning and estimating new features and releases.

The candidate will build software products and data pipelines using a diverse array of technologies such as React.js, Node.js, and AWS, and enhance existing continuous integration and delivery pipelines to enable our team to efficiently deploy into production.  Additionally, s/he will be expected to ensure communications and relationships with customers and cross-team members are professional and productive.

Successful candidates will be innovative thinkers, skilled communicators, and active partners, adept in interpreting and understanding the needs of the team and its stakeholders. This is an opportunity for you to design and implement innovative solutions to support College Board’s mission, strategy, goals, and objectives. You'll be surrounded by people who are like you; wickedly smart, passionate about the cloud, and know that the work that they are doing today supports the next generation of thought leaders and their future.

What you’ll do

  • Lead the development and implementation of resource-optimized full-stack solutions that reduce risk, promote efficiencies, move the ball of innovation forward, and align to mission goals
  • Learn and adopt new technologies as needed, avoid unnecessary overhead, and help set a norm of expanding the team’s skillsets and improving velocity
  • Write elegant code and advise on simplifying complexity, the guide on right-sizing infrastructure and overhead
  • Use metrics to establish the feasibility of new initiatives and develop plans, including a budget, sequencing, and time frames.
  • Actively review individual and teamwork processes and implement improvements seen from other teams or in the industry to drive continuous improvement of the team’s efficiency, speed, and quality
  • Lead or oversee design specifications, architecture reviews, and technical documentation.

About you

  • A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or MIS
  • 5-7 years of experience in software systems, programming, database development, and infrastructure development and administration
  • 7+ years of demonstrated experience with full stack development and programming languages like React.js, Node.js, and Python development
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience with serverless technologies
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience understanding sensitive data protection requirements and implementing secure and auditable systems
  • Proficiency working with various CI/CD toolsets
  • Strong and evolving competence in datastore technologies (including relational and NoSQL databases)
  • Experience with different architectures and application types, including microservices, and the ability to present informed decisions about the best approach for a project
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to interface effectively with technical and non-technical team members and provide strong reasoning for architectural decisions
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and assignments simultaneously and effectively in a cross-functional team environment

More about you

  • Experience with infrastructure-as-code
  • Experience with building new products and services from the ground up
  • Working knowledge of multiple tools sets, technologies and implementation environments, including monitoring and logging tools
  • Practical Linux system administration skills and scripting experience
  • Experience with automated testing tools (e.g., Selenium, Cucumber) is a plus
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