Senior Software Engineer - Fully 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, regardless of income, have an equal opportunity to finish high school, attend college, and achieve upward mobility. So far, we’ve matched 40,000+ on-demand tutoring requests from 10,000+ 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.

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 (in non-COVID times, we also have a dog-friendly office in Brooklyn, NY)
  • 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!)
  • Health insurance reimbursements of up $300/month ($600/month for families)

Job Description

The Opportunity

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.

The Role

As a Senior Software Engineer, you’ll be the tech lead on a full-stack engineering team, mentoring two junior-mid level developers and working with the CTO to ensure we deliver fantastic software that fulfills our mission. You'll:

  • make well-reasoned design decisions and tradeoffs on our app
  • take the initiative to fix issues before being assigned them
  • delivers complex products that you believe are well-baked and bug-free
  • partner with product to drive requirements that take into account all parties' needs
  • communicate tech decisions through design docs and wiki
  • mentor junior engineers via pairing, design review and code review
  • improve our code base by implementing what you believe to be best practices in style and architecture
  • interact with our open-source community contributors

Our Stack

Our app uses:

  • Node
  • TypeScript
  • Vue.js
  • PostgreSQL
  • Websockets
  • Kubernetes

The Team

You’ll be joining a diverse group of people passionate about using technology for social justice. “Diverse” isn’t a buzz-word for us, it’s a core value. We are female-founded, and ⅔ of our team are people of color. We were originally based in Brooklyn, NY, but at the onset of COVID became a remote-first organization and are working really well that way! We now have team members in New York, Denver, and the Bay Area.

We’re an education-oriented team and helping each other develop professionally and personally is a priority. You’ll be the fourth member of the engineering team, which currently has the CTO and two Junior engineers. We’re looking for a senior engineer because right now the CTO is doing the work of Senior Engineer, Tech Lead, Manager and VP/CTO and needs a partner who can handle the code-first parts of that work!

Within 1 Month, You’ll:

  • Get on-boarded by our team so you understand our relationships with students, volunteers and corporate partners.
  • See what the tutoring experience is like by reviewing a session.
  • Work with our product manager and UI/UX designer on the specs for app
  • Get familiar with our code base and existing practices

Within 3 Months, You’ll:

  • Be participating in requirements workshops to make sure engineering has a voice in the product process
  • Deliver new features in our app
  • Incrementally address existing tech debt
  • Code review contributions from our open source community

Within 6 Months, You’ll:

  • Have built relationships with the other engineers and mentor them on skill growth
  • Work with the CTO to plan mid/long-term tech choices (vendors, technologies, etc)
  • Own major product areas and take features from mock to deploy
  • Be comfortable navigating our stack and infrastructure

Within 12 Months, You’ll:

  • Work with the CTO to plan mid/long-term tech choices (vendors, technologies, etc)
  • Participate in interviewing and hiring, as a way to influence team growth and how our values inform our culture

Preferred Experience

The Skillset

  • 3+ years of experience as a Software Engineer in a tech company with a track record of delivering software with high business impact
  • Exposure to mentorship or technical leadership responsibilities
  • Experience with agile dev practices (we currently use Scrum, team-led, not from a consultant, we actually change our own practices based on our retros =D)

Recruitment Process

Overview of our process

  1. 20 minute screening interview - a chance for us and you to ask some basic questions of each other
  2. 2 hour take home tech challenge
  3. 90 minute interview with the engineering team
  4. 30 minute interview with the Executive Director
  5. 30 minute interview with members of other teams

Salary

We strongly believe that nonprofit professionals deserve to be paid the same as their for-profit peers, and our eventual goal is to pay a competitive market rate for all roles. In 2021, given our small size and impact to-date, we are paying most employees between 90-100% of their market rate, but no one on our team makes more than $100K (including the CEO and CTO). We can pay up to $125K for this role if necessary, and we plan to gradually raise the salary cap on all roles as we prove our ability to scale and positively impact the lives of low-income students across the country. If taking a pay cut isn’t an option for you currently, we would still love to meet you in case something changes in the future!

Limitations

Right now we can only hire people eligible for employment in the United States, who reside in one of the 50 states. We can't sponsor H-1B visas or hire US citizens who live outside the US.

Additional Information

  • Contract Type: Full-Time
  • Start Date: 01 October 2021
  • Location: Brooklyn, United States (11201)
  • Experience: > 3 years
  • Possible full remote
  • Salary: between 100000$ and 125000$ / year