Software Engineer

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Your Impact 

This is a dynamic full stack engineering role on our Engage Squad, where you will participate in every aspect of the feature development lifecycle. Working alongside high-performing teammates, you’ll help develop new features that enhance the experience of our millions of users learning on the edX platform. (Did we mention that -- today -- we have more than 30 million unique learners from every country?)

On a daily basis, you’ll plan, design, code, test, and release innovative features in an Agile, team-based environment. This position will report into an edX Manager, Engineering. 

Your Team

The Engage Squad digs deep to understand how learners use the edX platform and how we can help them be successful. Working closely with Product, UX, and Data Science teams, this group leverages both industry research and empirical learnings from our own A/B testing to identify feature areas that can help learners engage with course content as effectively as possible. The team comprises four developers and a Manager, Engineering, all of whom love what they do! Average team member tenure is three years. 

Headquartered in the heart of Cambridge’s Technology Square, we’re currently fully remote. Still, we’re flourishing as a distributed workforce, thanks to our collective capacity to adjust.

Day-To-Day Responsibilities

  • Design, develop, deploy, and support scalable software systems
  • Collaborate with Product Management, UX, and Data Science to understand customer problems and identify solutions
  • Participate in daily scrum standups and successfully operate within an Agile framework
  • Partner with Product and UX on ticket grooming sessions 
  • Diagnose and fix bugs 
  • Deliver work in-progress demos at UX Review and Sharing Time sessions
  • Code review your peers’ work
  • Promote teamwork and support a vibrant innovative work atmosphere

You Have

  • 2+ years for full stack development experience
  • Experience in a swiftly moving, collaborative work environment and a capacity to relentlessly adjust as necessary
  • Empathy for the users of the software you build 
  • An inquisitive mind and a restless desire to learn 

Preferred

  • Experience with Django/Python
  • Experience with React or other modern JavaScript frameworks
  • Experience with (or interest in) infrastructure of software systems (DevOps / SRE work)
  • Development of and usage of REST APIs
  • Ability to problem solve and drive projects with loosely defined requirements
  • Experience working in an Agile development environment
  • Zeal for what we’re building here. Do you love ed tech and its impact on society?

We understand that applying for a job can be intimidating. Applicants rarely meet every single job requirement, and we know there are many skills and backgrounds that will contribute to success in this role. 

That’s why we provide new employees with:

  • Employee onboarding and training sessions
  • Personalized 30/60/90+ day plans
  • Individual quarterly and annual goals 
  • Career pathways 

And much more to support you in your personal journey at edX! That said, if this role looks like a great next step for you, please apply… even if you can’t “check every box.” We’d love to hear from you.

edX is the education movement for restless learners. Together with our founding partners Harvard and MIT, we’ve brought together over 30 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world, and industry-leading companies onto one online learning platform that supports learners at every stage. And we’re not stopping there—as a global nonprofit, we’re relentlessly pursuing our vision of a world where every learner can access education to unlock their potential, without the barriers of cost or location.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases

Location

edX is right near the MIT campus in the Kendall Square neighborhood of Cambridge, MA. There are cafes, bars, restaurants, gyms, and a T stop nearby!

An Insider's view of edX

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Always fun and collaborative. I've never worked at a place where so many co-workers greeted me by name after just my first day.

Jim

Sales Development Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

My work focuses on enabling course teams at partner institutions to create high-quality learning experiences on edX.org. Right now couldn't be a more critical time for this work as we ramp up the amount of Master's degrees we are offering this Fall. I work with faculty, instructional designers, media producers, and project managers.

Ben Piscopo

Learning Designer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Working at edX has given me invaluable experience that has allowed me to explore and develop my career. I’ve been able to take on challenges and learning opportunities that have helped me discover the work I’m most passionate about. In my time at edX I’ve grown into a new role and continue to learn more about my work and myself.

Mary Mooshian

Associate Product Marketing Manager

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

At edX, getting your work done is very important, but the company also understands that your life and well being outside of work is directly correlated to productivity during work hours. This is clearly communicated across all levels and departments. There is also lots of company wide fun activities that help us get to know our coworkers outside.

Juliana

Software Engineer I

What are edX Perks + Benefits

edX Benefits Overview

edX employees are eligible for all MIT benefits. Enjoy the benefits of an established benefits program, but still live startup life.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
edX volunteers for the Charles River Conservancy for a Cleanup day and is deeply embedded in the local edtech community.
Partners with Nonprofits
edX partners with Year Up and She Geeks Out.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
edX has a Sustainability committee, various employee resource groups, and an edX Cares committe involved in giving back to the community.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
We have a pension plan too!
401(K) Matching
5% match
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Company sponsored family events
edX's summer party is for the whole family!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive _40__ hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
edX hosts two company outings per year - in the summer and in the winter. There are department-specific outings throughout the year!
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
We offer employees Paid on-site garage parking.
Recreational Clubs
edX has a running group and a pickup basketball team.
Fitness Subsidies
edX has access to the MIT gym at a great rate!
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We have a $5,000 tuition reimbursement (per calendar year) through MIT's benefits. Additionally, we have a $200 stipend (per calendar year) for edX courses.

Additional Perks + Benefits

As employees of MIT, we have some of the best benefits around! Free lunch every day (of various catered cuisines) brings people into the cafeteria to enjoy lunch as a group, and opens up edXer's culinary horizons.

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