Lead Software Engineer

Newsela, Remote

Instructional Content Platform that brings together engaging, accessible content with integrated assessments and insights.

The Role:

As a Lead Software Engineer you will work on big problems in literacy education, from building the infrastructure necessary to handle tens of millions of users to solving novel problems in text complexity and personalization. You will work on an interdisciplinary team spanning Engineering, Design, and Product to ensure Newsela ships daily product, which will be used in 90% of schools nationwide. As the technical expert, you will be a key voice throughout the entire development process, including initial discovery (where you’ll be expected to empathize with the end-users and play an integral role in outlining the overall solution so that not only is the software performing as intended, but that adoption and usage follows suit). You will co-lead your product development team, which will own a specific product feature, and have the opportunity to exercise long-term thinking to iterate on the product over time. In addition to focusing on code, you will be a key defender of design details as you bring your code to life.

Why You’ll Love This Role:

Reporting to the Engineering Manager, you will be part of a highly collaborative interdisciplinary team, and will own a user-facing part of Newsela’s product. This role gets you flexing your product and design skills, as well as your expertise in software development. You get to be part of a team that designs solutions as well as builds them; you will be shaping the product to ensure that beautifully designed features are shipped to Newsela’s national user base. As we scale, you’ll be releasing code daily. And because we're a technology company focused on improving the way students learn, you’ll be part of an engineering culture that values teaching, learning, and questioning. You’ll continue to build our culture of learning by providing close mentorship to your team of developers as needed, and regular one-on-one’s, all to ensure you’re growing your team’s technical skills and interests.

Why We’ll Love You:

You have 5+ years of professional full-stack web application development experience, and competency in our tech stack (Javascript, REST). You also possess foundational knowledge of CSS, HTML, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. You practice lean and flexible software development, are familiar with kanban boards, and have demonstrated experience building in responsive design natively without a frontend framework (across mobile, tablet, and desktop). Ideally, you are very comfortable writing in Javascript against the browser’s native API. 

In addition to your coding skills, you are able to work and communicate with design, engineering, data, and product teams to produce timely, healthy code. You can seamlessly illustrate concepts from a single function all the way to a system architecture, defend the intention of your solutions, and can explain the implications to technical and non-tech experts alike. You bring an informed point of view to your team, and pay as close attention to design as you do to your code. Leveraging both your technical expertise and your innate ability to teach, you are able to lead, coach, and motivate a small team of developers through large-scale, cross-functional projects.

About Newsela:

One of the fastest growing tech companies in K-12 education, Newsela was founded on the principle that while every child may have unique learning preferences, they all deserve a rich learning experience that ignites a love of learning. We built our platform based on learning science research to deliver the most engaging, authentic content to modernize how teaching happens in the classroom. Along with interactive assessments and tools, we provide teachers with digital content at five reading levels -- from +100 of the best sources -- that is relevant to the diverse backgrounds and interests of their students. Since we started in 2013, we’ve established a presence in 90% of U.S. K-12 schools and over 2.5M teachers and 37M students have registered with Newsela.

About Newsela

Newsela is an education technology startup dedicated to transforming the way students access the world through words. Their team combines powerful technological know-how with real-world experience earned in the classroom, the newsroom, and the boardroom. They publish high-interest news and nonfiction articles daily at five levels of complexity for grades 2-12 using a proprietary, rapid text-leveling process. By combining relevant and interesting nonfiction content with standards-aligned assessments, Newsela gives educators the primary solution to dramatically improve students’ literacy skills for the 21st century.


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