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General Assembly transforms thinkers into creators thru education & opptys in tech, business & design.
Engineering, Full Time    New York City    Posted: Monday, January 07, 2019
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Who are we?

Our vision is of a global community of individuals empowered to pursue the work they love. Our mission is to grow that community by transforming millions of thinkers into creators.

Since 2011, General Assembly has transformed tens of thousands of careers through pioneering, experiential education in todays most in-demand skills. As featured in The Economist, Wired, & The New York Times, GA offers training in web development, data, design, business, & more, both online & at campuses around the world. Our global professional community boasts 40,000 full- & part-time alumni & counting.

GA has a remote-friendly culture with offices around the world. If you prefer the office, our headquarters are located in New York City. Twice a year, the entire Product team gets together in New York for a week of team building, workshops, lightning talks, urban adventures, & an epic hackathon.

We are organized into small cross-functional product teams (a PM, a designer, a few devs) that focus on growing a single product from glimmer to game-changer. Each team is free to determine their own tools & process. We care about writing good software that is clean, concise, & well-tested; flexible & easy to maintain. Our stack is Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL & ReactJS, but we are not dogmatic & believe in using the right tools for a particular problem.

The Role

Were looking for an enthusiastic Senior Software Engineer who knows Ruby (Rails) & Javascript (React) to work on our eCommerce project. Our expectations for the role & your responsibilities are


  • Usually, 6+ years of experience being a professional programmer focused on Ruby & Javascript.
  • Capable of end-to-end problem solving; accurately debugging problems quickly.
  • Finds common ground quickly & solve problems & provide feedback for the good of all with a minimum of noise & is seen as a team player who easily gains trust & support of others.
  • Capable of guiding & directing junior staff on a project. Respected as a senior team member in guiding technical direction.
  • Deep object-oriented programming knowledge & ability, more advanced concepts likely have a working knowledge.
  • Follows established patterns & approaches within existing code bases with ease.
  • Exemplifies professional team & organizational standards. Helps set & maintain professional standards for the team.
  • Writes code with good test coverage; knows the best way to approach testing in all scenarios beyond the 'happy path'. Expected to know & be able to practice TDD.
  • Senior-level knowledge of system-level tooling. Capable of more advanced development tool workflows for local & production system debugging.
  • Understands fundamental concepts of systems development life cycle (SDLC), & is responsible for adherence to all practical aspects.
  • Should be aware of the business value in work being done. Able to prioritize own work when given business value context.


  • Responsible for maintaining & evangelizing professional standards & technical strategy for your team.
  • Drives & creates work for existing & forthcoming projects, & be able to deliver project goals & tasks to other engineers. Analyzes requirements to determine the feasibility of design options within time & cost constraints.
  • Assures adherence to best practices & department processes around system maintainability & health.
  • Provides front-line support, & shares responsibility for 24/7 uptime of all services the team provides.
  • Is responsible for understanding which operations affect the scope of the budget & operate within a budget.
  • Is expected to be able to provide input on changes that affect the budget. Solid understanding of software capitalization & is expected to be able to provide input as it relates to engineering efforts.


  • Remote / flexible working hours
  • Highly Competitive Salary
  • Generous parental leave
  • Annual Education Allowance
  • Gym Allowance
  • Apple Macbook Pro + External Monitor

USA Specific

  • Flexible PTO
  • 401k Retirement plan
  • Health, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Company iPhone

Who can apply?

You are living in or willing to self-relocate to...

  • The USA in any of these states: CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, MA, NY, NC, TX, VA, WA and/or WI
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