Senior Engineer (Remote)

UPchieve is hiring!

About

About 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 have an equal opportunity to finish high school, attend college, and achieve upward mobility. So far, we’ve matched 75,000+ on-demand tutoring requests from 20,000+ 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. Watch this video to see our impact on students.

Who we’re looking for
We’re a small team taking on the monumental challenge of democratizing access to academic support. That means we need team members who are excited by autonomy and willing to work on projects outside the scope of their job description if needed. Regardless of role, we also look for candidates who have a personal connection to our cause or a demonstrable interest in education or serving low-income populations.

About Our Team & Office

  • We’re a remote-first team located across the U.S.
  • We highly value diversity of experiences and perspectives. 2/3 of the team are people of color, and many of us have personal experience growing up low-income or navigating nontraditional educational pathways
  • We believe working full-time means 40 hours/week. Non-work stuff is important too!

Our Benefits

  • 3 weeks paid vacation AND 3 weeks of paid holidays (including all days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day)
  • Flexible work schedule (choose your own hours)
  • $1,000 annual professional development budget (learning and self-improvement is a huge part of our work culture!)
  • Up to 100% covered health insurance for you and your family
  • Half-day Fridays during summer

Job Description

About the role
Join our product and engineering team to help us provide free tutoring to 8 million low-income high school students in the U.S by 2030.

As a senior product engineer at UPchieve, you'll be instrumental in whether we accomplish our vision of scaling free, 24/7 online tutoring and college counseling or not. Expect to spend your 40 hours/week on some combination of: driving software development projects, supporting and mentoring the other 2 devs, thinking up and testing ideas with the design and product leads, and working with the broader UPchieve team on product and technical strategy that will get us to the finish line of democratizing access to academic support.

Given our early stage, you’ll influence everything from technical strategy to team culture across the organization. Come put your name on each curve and corner of the world's best tutoring platform for low-income students!

This might be the right job for you if…

  • You care deeply about our mission, and you'd chase it somewhere else if you didn't do it here
  • You’re excited by the challenge of building a product on par with Khan Academy and Duolingo
  • You’re scrappy. If you don’t know how to do something, you’ll find out or find help.
  • You are a team player who sees genuine value in helping other engineers improve their skills
  • You’re knowledgeable and open-minded. You relish debating trade-offs on both user experience and technical architecture.
  • You have high quality standards and take pride in shipping reliable code that's easy to change

What you’ll do

  • Design, build, and ship new features and improvements, touching every part of the tech stack
  • Own and drive projects from the first idea to the last student's lightbulb moment
  • Proactively support others, especially engineers, helping them grow through pair programming, code reviews, and other mentorship
  • Define standards to ensure high levels of performance, scalability, and reliability of our platform
  • Think critically about our users, product, and business, asking questions and suggesting changes
  • Improve our internal workflow to help everyone ship better code faster

Thank you for choosing to make a huge difference in the lives of millions of students.

Preferred Experience

Preferred Experience
We’re looking for someone who...

  • Has 5+ years of full-stack app development and demonstrable proficiency with JavaScript/TypeScript
  • Has worked with a wide range of technologies and touched every part of software development (including testing, architecture, and deployment)
  • Has worked on multiple engineering teams, including at startups, and seen different things work for different teams
  • (Bonus) Has prior experience with our tech stack: Node.js, React Native, Vue.js, WebSockets, TypeScript, PostgreSQL
  • (Bonus) Has prior experience with devops and/or QA
  • (Bonus) Is interested in open source

Recruitment Process

Our process: Screening call (~30 mins) → Project (max 3 hours) → Interviews (~3 hours) → (Optional) Team meet-and-greet → Reference checks & offer!

Note that it can take us a few weeks from when you submit your application to invite you to a screening call. Unfortunately, we can typically only bring the top ~15 candidates forward to screening calls (which for some roles may work out to < 10% of applicants).

Additional Information

  • Contract Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Brooklyn
  • Education Level: No Diploma
  • Experience: > 5 years
  • Possible full remote
  • Salary: between 125000$ and 150000$ / year