Chief Technology Officer at Ellevation Education

| Greater Boston Area
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To achieve our ambitious impact, growth, and economic goals, Ellevation requires a world-class engineering organization. The CTO is responsible for shaping near term and future business objectives, identifying technology opportunities and challenges, leading, in partnership with the Product team, the identification of solutions that improve our ability to meet customer needs, and ensuring effective execution. Achieving these outcomes requires a great team. The CTO will continuously assess our needs, develop a consistent and strong talent pipeline, hire effectively, create a culture of high expectations, and ensure that the engineering team helps Ellevation make strong progress toward the company’s mission and vision. Our CTO will enable the acceleration of company growth in existing and emerging markets, and the achievement of financial goals. This is a great role for someone who can build, manage and inspire in an early stage and growing company, loves the connection between technology and product, and wants to apply their talents to achieve an ambitious social mission. 

What Success Looks Like

  • Growth/Strategy. You will collaborate with the Leadership team and other stakeholders to identify growth opportunities and develop a technology, architecture, and security strategy to achieve business and impact goals. This work will include evaluating M&A opportunities, conducting technical diligence, and integrating products into the Ellevation suite.
  • Technology Implementation. You will facilitate evaluation and make decisions about technical investments, anticipate changes in the market, guide the team to execute with excellence, and take ownership to ensure that technology decisions are implemented in an iterative manner and achieve business goals.
  • Delivery. You are responsible for driving the quality and velocity of software development, consistent with ambitious company and team goals.
  • Product Partnership. At Ellevation Engineering and Product work in a very tight partnership. You will work closely and consistently with our VP of Product, identify priorities and goals, form and guide teams that can deliver with excellence, and ensure we learn quickly and adapt. Ensuring Ellevation enhances the speed of new product development is a plus.
  • Engineering Team Growth: You must consistently evaluate team and talent needs, grow a pipeline of talented engineers, hire effectively consistent with business needs, company mission and values, and ensure retention of team members.
  • Team Leadership: Mentoring, and holding all engineers, and product teams, to high bars/ engineering and technical excellence
  • Collaboration: You will develop strong cross-functional relationships with Leadership team members and others, and work to ensure effective cross team communication.
  • Company Leadership: Inform and contribute to Leadership team and Board-level discussions and decisions about market, growth and strategy.

A Great Candidate is a(n):

  • Experienced Leader: You have managed managers and led a team of 40+ engineers. 
  • Relationship Builder: You have a long track record of building productive, collaborative and supportive relationships with engineers, product managers, and senior leaders across a company.
  • Continuous Learner: You have a deep curiosity and a relentless drive for improvement. You continually evaluate business and technology opportunities, ensure our team consistently questions decisions, identify best practices, and drive improvement at Ellevation.
  • Inclusive Leader: You are passionate about and have a record of hiring diverse candidates and creating an inclusive workplace.
  • Results Oriented: You enjoy the product development process and have a consistent history of delivering results with software over the past 7-10 years.
  • SaaS Leader: You have SaaS/web application development, product-focused engineering experience (i.e. not custom software/consultancy)

About Us:
At Ellevation, we develop world-class software to help school districts and educators support the fastest growing population of K-12 students: English Language Learners (ELLs). Ellevation helps school districts transform their EL programs and ensure all students can achieve their highest aspirations with a best-in-class data and instructional planning platform, resources to build teacher capacity, and student-facing programs to teach academic language.
We are a fast-growing, mission-driven technology company, partnering with over 800 public school districts all across the country. We are well-capitalized, have a strong team, and are continuously focused on how to build the best organization so that we can achieve our ambitious social and financial objectives.
Why Ellevation?
In addition to our great benefit plans and competitive salaries, here are some other perks that make us unique:
+ Great location in Boston - a stone’s throw from the Chauncy Street/Downtown Crossing T stop (We are currently working 100% remotely due to COVID-19)
+ Ability to make a significant impact in the education industry
+ Fun Fridays including virtual happy hours with our remote team
+ Free snacks, beverages, fruit, and we even compost!
+ On-site gym, game room and darts to support all levels of athleticism
+ Opportunity to join an open and collaborative work environment!
Learn more about our team in our Culture Deck.
At Ellevation, we champion diversity. We’re an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values a range of ideas and opinions. We embrace all types of differences in the development of our organization.

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Location

Our office is in the trendy and easily accessible Downtown Boston area with plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, sports clubs and bars nearby.

An Insider's view of Ellevation Education

What are some social events your company does?

We celebrate the end of each work week on Friday afternoons with a social gathering in the office. We play games and spend time getting to know each other. In addition, we have monthly company sponsored lunches and 2 company offsites per year when we fly our remote team to Boston for 2 days of team building exercises and social events.

Mayya

People Operations Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

I collaborate with others in the company through our use of Slack, regular all-hands company meetings, inter-team meetings, and our office space. More specifically, our Slack portal has been designed to include many cross-functional channels such as product updates, territory-specific team channels and more.

Ben

Marketing Manager, Revenue Generation

What makes someone successful on your team?

Our success is built on two key elements-

Passion for our mission: We are passionate about helping our partners achieve great things with their students.

Listening and learning: With a wide range of partners, listening deeply helps us communicate with partners how our tools can meet their needs and provides a rich source of feedback for our team.

Ira

Instructional Consultant

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

"We regularly whiteboard ideas to solve technical and business challenges. Every team member has a chance to provide input on the proposed design & the design evolves during implementation or when the requirements change.
Vetting ideas with the team enables us to view a problem from different viewpoints & enables us to collaborate effectively."

Kinan

Engineering Lead

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I love coming to work each day at Ellevation. Everyone is friendly, collaborative, and invested in our mission. We also love to have fun: we coordinate dress-themed Fridays, meet for code parties each week which always includes a good dose of laughter, and stay after work on Fridays to hang out and play board games.

Sally

Software Engineer

What are Ellevation Education Perks + Benefits

Ellevation Education Benefits Overview

Ellevation offers an extensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, long & short term disability, FSA, HSA, commuter benefits, 401(k) and more. Our team enjoys unlimited vacation days, flexible work hours and work from home options. We have sit-to-stand desks and standing stations around the office, a fully- stocked kitchen, board games, and a gym. Ellevation employees have started different team-bonding activities such as a Book Club, Running Club, Yoga, Baseball, etc. We have a Corporate Social Responsibility Program and a Diversity Affinity Group. In addition, we get to enjoy a Fun Friday social event every week, company-sponsored gatherings and team outings and two company-wide offsites per year.

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Diversity and Inclusion Committee (DELL) Corporate Social Responsibility Committee (ECHO) Office Committee Wellness Committee
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Ellevation's FSA helps employees to set aside pretax dollars to use for healthcare and childcare expenses. Up to $2000 (annually) for healthcare and $5000 for dependent care.
Disability Insurance
Short-Term: replaces 60% of pre-disability monthly earnings up to a max of $1000/week for up to 26 weeks. Long- Term: replaces 60% of pre-disability monthly earnings to a max of 7,500.
Dental Benefits
Ellevation's dental plan covers 100% of the cost of preventative care, including x-rays.
Vision Benefits
Ellevation's vision plan provides 100% coverage for annual eye exams. Frames and contacts are covered up to $130, prescription glasses are 40% off and non-prescription are 20% off.
Health Insurance Benefits
Ellevation's provides 5 insurance plans with Cigna to cover everyone's needs: High, Mid and Low PPP, EPO and an HSA where Ellevation matches up to $1000 (individual) or $2000 (family) contributions.
Life Insurance
Ellevation offers life insurance with flat $100,000 benefits. Voluntary Term Life Insurance is also available to all employees, their spouses, and children.
Onsite Gym
Ellevation provides employees with a free access to a state-of-the-art fitness center in the same building where our office is located.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Ellevation's 401(k) retirement plan matches 3% of an employee's earnings.
Company Equity
Ellevation offers stock options to its employees.
Performance Bonus
Ellevation offers a bonus plan to employees for meeting annual performance targets.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Ellevation offers 8 weeks of paid parental leave for the birth, adoption or fostering of a child.
Flexible Work Schedule
Ellevation employees enjoy a flexible work schedule that allows them to take time when needed to attend to their personal needs and life demands.
Remote Work Program
Ellevation employees can work remotely as needed, pending their manager's discretion.
Family Medical Leave
Ellevation offers up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected FMLA. Learn more here: https://ellevationeducation.com/sites/default/files/uploads/pdfs/4E_-_LOA_Section_%285%29.pdf
Adoption Assistance
8 weeks of paid leave and adopting parents receive a lump sum bonus of $5,000 to assist with expenses incurred in the adoption process.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Ellevation doesn't limit the number of paid vacation days employees may take during a calendar year, provided that they use good judgment to ensure that business needs are met.
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Ellevation provides the Boston team with opportunities to volunteer with local charitable organizations. Remote employees are encouraged to choose a place locally to volunteer 1 day per year.
Paid Holidays
Ellevation offers all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays and in addition, our offices are closed during the week between December 23rd and January 2nd.
Paid Sick Days
Ellevation employees are allowed to take up to 6 sick days per calendar year.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
At Ellevation we allow our employee to dress as they feel most comfortable.
Commuter Benefits
Ellevation offers pre-tax commuter benefits to all employees.
Company Outings
Twice a year, we gather the entire company for a two- day offsite that culminates with a fun party. In addition, the different teams in the company have their own outings, retreats, and social events
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Ellevation has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and a BEVI machine.
Some Meals Provided
Ellevation provides company-sponsored lunched around holidays and special events.
Happy Hours
At Ellevation we host weekly Fun Fridays at our Boston office. In addition, our remote employees have started a remote happy hour.
Recreational Clubs
Ellevation sponsors sports leagues as requested by employees.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
At Ellevation, we have a budget for professional development opportunities and conferences for our employees. In addition, Ellevation offers professional training for new managers and leaders.
Diversity Program
We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace through cultural awareness and competency training, team-building exercises and the encouragement of on-going dialogues with employees.
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Cross functional training encouraged
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