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Senior DevOps Engineer

Top Hat, Toronto, Ontario

The all-in-one teaching platform for higher education


Our purpose and our reach, your opportunity.
Top Hat is revolutionizing the world of higher education. We are the leading teaching platform that professors use to create an active learning environment. Using Top Hat, professors can transform students' smartphones and laptops into tools of engagement, leading to increased attendance, higher grades, and a more effective lecture experience. More recently, Top Hat launched its own interactive textbook authoring platform and marketplace—you can read about the financing round we just raised to drive this initiative over at Bloomberg. We aim to be the premier way for professors to interact with students both in and out of the classroom.  

Top Hat is used and adored by over 750 universities and over 2 million students worldwide.
As we set our sights on increasing adoption of our products to all 4000+ post-secondary institutions in North America, we need to grow our Engineering team. We’re looking for a DevOps engineer who can stay ahead of the curve on high-availability architecture, scalability, and deployment automation.

Where are you right now?
You are designing and developing backend systems using a variety of technologies. You love what you do but you are seeking more professional and personal satisfaction. You want to join a fast growing company with purpose where you can see the difference your work is making. You are also looking to make a major contribution to direction-setting decisions as part of a senior development team.

As a key member of our DevOps team you will:

  • Innovate. We’re in the middle of transforming our system architecture and processes into a continuously-delivered services approach, which means you’ll have a hand in shaping the way that we build and ship software. The DevOps team keeps our tooling and processes up-to-date with our evolving needs as we scale out both the user-base and the engineering team.
  • Collaborate. DevOps at Top Hat provides the tooling and automation needed to enable a DevOps culture across our organization. This means working closely with our development and product teams to understand their bottlenecks, and to mentor them on operational ownership.
  • Improve. DevOps helps improve our internal tooling (instrumentation, dashboards, deployment automation), as well as the infrastructural availability of our production services. We run blame-free post-mortems to drive improvements after incidents. We keep up with the latest Amazon services to help scale operations and better achieve high-availability. (We make heavy use of CloudFormation, Packer, and Ansible for immutable infrastructure; Jenkins 2.0 and Spinnaker for pipelines; Docker for CI, but eyeing it for production. Our backend is a REST API built with Django, with Node.js for real-time. React on the frontend.)

Some of the reasons we attract great people:

  • We are tackling interesting technology challenges such as real-time messaging to thousands of clients with guaranteed delivery over poor network conditions in difficult networking environments.
  • The impact you will make extends beyond just the success of the company but the prosperity of the education environment.
  • We work in a collaborative team-oriented atmosphere where our developers can be found “swarming” an issue or pairing up to work on a tricky piece of code.
  • We have a very good business and strong revenue growth. You will be exposed to all aspects of a business past start-up mode and scaling quickly.
  • We’re just the right size. Top Hat isn’t a megacorp nor are we a small ‘cowboy’ shop. We are a great fit for individuals that want stability but don’t want to be a number.
  • We offer mentorship and meaningful work. Leadership opportunities. Whether it’s leading people, products, or projects, our growth translates into new positions for those that are motivated.
About Top Hat: 

Top Hat’s interactive, cloud-based teaching platform enables professors to engage students inside and outside the classroom with compelling content, tools and activities. Millions of students at 700 leading North American colleges and universities use the Top Hat teaching platform. Headquartered in Toronto, Top Hat has been operating since 2009.

We have a vibrant culture of brilliant people who are innovators, thinkers, and creative geniuses.  We believe in defying the status quo and we want smart people like you to join us. 

The life of a Top Hatter also comes with other sweet perks too:
• Outstanding company culture, with a team that is super smart and motivated to be a part of a company that is changing the face of education.
• We offer breakfast and catered lunch every day!
• Conveniently located at Bloor and Avenue, near 3 TTC stations.
• We are one of the top education technology companies in North America (named Fastest 50 Growing Companies by Deloitte Consulting!)
• Our dress code is casual.

Top Hat welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

About Top Hat

Our Mission We treat instructors like heroes, elevating their work inside and outside the classroom with compelling content and activities to engage their students. We believe collaboration with our coworkers and with frontline educators is the key to our success. We work hard, we work smart and we work without ego. And we know our aggressive growth will revolutionize the university experience.

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Want to learn more about Top Hat? Visit Top Hat's website.