Software Engineering Team Lead

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 nearly 600 public school districts all across the country. We are well-capitalized, have a strong and growing team, and are continuously focused on how to build the best organization so that we can achieve our ambitious social and financial objectives.

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.
38 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02110

Insider's spotlight

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

At Ellevation we have great work-life balance with remote work options and flexible hours. Everyone is very committed and works hard throughout the work days but knows that their personal time and PTO will be respected.

Mayya

Office 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?

A successful member of the data integration team is a quick learner who is process oriented with the ability to innovate. They must be inquisitive, yet self-directed with a strong attention to detail. Being a team player and just a generally nice person is also critical to their success.

Timna

Director of Data Operations

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

Every engineer meets bi-weekly with their manager to check-in. We discuss progress on current projects, near and long-term goals, and what resources we could use to help us succeed. It's a great environment to be in to grow your career skills.

Garret

Software Engineer

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Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Equity
Company Outings
Conferences & Training
Dental
Flex Work Hours
Game Room
Generous PTO
Happy Hours
Health Benefits
Onsite Gym
Remote Work Program
Stocked Kitchen
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