Software Developer/Team Lead at Packback Inc. (Chicago, IL) (allows remote)

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Job Description

Software Developer / Team Lead

Location: Chicago, ILDepartment: Software Development

Type: Full TimeMin.

Experience: Experienced

Packback is looking for a Software Developer / Team Lead to support our mission to awaken and fuel the lifelong curiosity in every student. As a software engineer at Packback, you will be building features that empower students and professors to have a better learning experience.

Packback's A.I.-powered platform is used by college professors to help their students fall in love with the subject matter, drive personalized learning, and most importantly, quantify and improve student critical thinking skills.

Key job duties include communicating well, providing thoughtful feedback to teammates, pairing, actively improving our team knowledge-base, and of course, writing code. You'll be collaborating with our product team to design and implement new features, tackling bugs and tech debt, and incrementally improving our infrastructure and CI/CD pipeline.

Why You Should Work at Packback

Reach - Our platform, Packback Questions, is used by thousands of professors, and hundreds of thousands of college students, who collectively author millions of posts per semester.  You will be a part of building a platform that has a huge impact on inspiring curiosity in students.

Training - We offer opportunities for learning and mentorship. We value people who like to wear many hats. You can get involved with the front end, back end, infrastructure and data functions.

Ownership - Packback is a rapidly growing company. You will have responsibility for bringing innovative features to market while working closely with the product team.

Requirements

We're looking for somebody who is excited to both work on our codebase as well as run a team. To succeed, you need:

  • 3+ years of software engineering experience with web-based products. Transferable experience is more important than years of experience.
  • Interest in leading day-to-day operations for the team in an agile environment, mentoring junior engineers, and implementing process improvements.
  • Experience includes gathering requirements, designing technical solutions, tracking progress, and ultimately delivering technical projects.

Additionally, we're looking for:

  • Experience working with web frameworks and a cloud-based infrastructure. (We use Angular, Laravel, Django and Kubernetes, but care mainly that you are a great developer.)
  • Familiarity with software best practices (automated testing, CI/CD pipelines, peer code review, documentation, accessibility).

It's great if you have:

  • Familiarity with Angular and Angular JS
  • Comfort with Linux/UNIX systems
  • Open-source contributions with a variety of technologies
  • Startup or small company experience

Our commitment to diversity

Working in the Education Technology space, it is an ethical necessity for us to build a diverse and inclusive team in order to better consider the needs of our audience's wide range of backgrounds and educational experiences. We provide regular training on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion to all employees.

Employees of color are invited to participate in a mentorship program with members of our executive team to build career skills and to help with career progression.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Perks of working at Packback

A culture that you can be proud to build: We work hard at building an inclusive culture of curiosity and continuous learning at Packback. In any role at Packback, being a good steward of our values and using them to inform decisions and communication can make an enormous impact on the business.

Work-life balance:  Packback offers an unlimited vacation policy. Team members are encouraged to take time off for volunteer opportunities. We transitioned to full remote work for the time being, but have a lovely office located conveniently in Chicago's Loop, close to CTA lines and Metra.

Competitive Benefits: Our salary ranges are competitive, and we set clear expectations for professional growth. We offer full health insurance; dental, vision, life, and short-term disability insurance; a 401k; and 6 weeks fully paid, gender non-specific extended leave policy (for either parent welcoming a new child through birth or adoption, to care for a family member in need, or for bereavement).

Posted: 10 September, 2020