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Lead Software Engineer

| Greater Boston Area

At Ellevation, we develop world-class software to help school districts and educators support the fastest growing population of K-12 students: English Learners (ELs). By combining great products, student data, and research on best practices, Ellevation helps school districts transform their EL programs and ensure all students can achieve their highest aspirations.

We are a fast-growing, mission-driven technology company, partnering with 550+ public school districts all across the country. We are well-capitalized, have a strong and growing team, and are looking for entrepreneurs who can help lead the company through the next phase of growth.

This is where you come in…

As a Team Lead Engineer, you will have a lead role in building dynamic web applications and services, help implement complex data and API integrations, and drive the conception-to-design-to-implementation product development process. You will be responsible for leading a small team of engineers to achieve specific long-term objectives for one of our products or initiatives through a combination of coding, architecture/design and mentoring.

As a Team Lead Engineer, you will inspire and guide your team to reach lofty and amazing goals through coaching and your proven ability to collaborate with product owners, senior executives and other engineers. As an integral member of our Engineering group, you will be asked to create, contribute to, and own pieces of our software development platform and ecosystem. Just as important, we are looking for someone who wants to be in a startup, has tremendous communication skills, and is motivated and a self-starter. You will help mold bright young engineers into skilled technical peers.

You are expected to take on and own vital initiatives and duties for the company, spark and lead discussion, and help establish the company’s technical direction while providing timely and quality support and education across the organization. This is a tremendous opportunity to build the engineering foundation of the company.

In this role, you will:

  • Coding and Implementation (40-50%) -- Direct, hands-to-keyboard programming using existing and new tools and languages in order to deliver product requirements, build prototypes, and enhance features;
  • Architecture and Design (25-35%) -- Lead design and code reviews, evaluate new technologies and define best practices and technical guidelines for the team;
  • Coaching and Mentorship (25%) -- Advise and guide the members of your team (2-3 software engineers) to meet personal and team objectives through regular check-ins, feedback sessions and coaching. Serve as a technical thought partner by actively questioning and reflecting during the design and implementation process. Set up the members of your team for success. Help recruit, build and support amazing engineers.

About you:

  • At least 8-10 years of technical expertise, including recent engineering experience with high-performance, enterprise-facing websites and/or SaaS platforms.
  • Demonstrated success leading, recruiting and managing a small team in a rapidly-changing, collaborative, and iterative product development environment.
  • Values clean and elegant but pragmatic and effective software design in order to meet deadlines with high-quality software.
  • Experience working within an Agile organization (scrum, “lean”, etc.)
  • BS in Computer Science or equivalent degree.
  • Very strong communication skills; ability to communicate clearly both orally and verbally to audiences of varying technical knowledge. Comfortable in front of a whiteboard and discussing both high level architecture and as well as coding/algorithms.
  • Expert in problem-solving across the stack and decomposing complex projects and systems into manageable tasks. Can identify creative and innovative solutions in a high-availability, rapidly-scaling enterprise environment.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and the mission; desire to focus talents on helping improve outcomes for others.

Why Ellevation?

In addition to our great benefit plans and competitive salaries, here’s some other perks that make us unique:

  • Great location in Boston - a stone’s throw from the Chauncy Street/Downtown Crossing T stop
  • 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 with corkboards behind them to support all levels of athleticism
  • Opportunity to join an open and collaborative work environment!
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Location

Our office is in the trendy and easily accessible Downtown Boston area with plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, 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. Inter-team meetings every 2 weeks, such

Ben

Partner Development Manager

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

Senior Implementation Manager

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

The Training Solutions team is an integral part of ensuring the overall success of our partners. Because we are the team to be in front of the end user, we [trainers] are able to provide valuable insight into the needs of our partners because we hear first hand what is going well, what could be improved, and what challenges users face. As a result,

Denise

Director of Training Solutions

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

The work-life balance at Ellevation is great. We have just enough flexibility with our schedules and we [email protected](work at home) as needed.

Neelima

Software Engineer in Test

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.

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 2% 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.
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