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Engineering, Full Time    Remote - US / Canada    Posted: Tuesday, August 03, 2021
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GitHub is changing the way the world builds software, & we want you to help build GitHub. We're looking for a software engineer to join a passionate, collaborative, distributed group of engineers on our team. 

The Coding department focuses on building features & advancing work related to Repositories & Pull Requests. We work in a department-wide squad system where folks can work on either of these product areas, with staff engineers operating outside of a squad in order to play a key role in supporting all squads. The Coding department is the heart of GitHub, focusing on new & exciting projects, existing features, & continuing to make these GitHub workflows better for all developers. Were looking for full stack developers with a Rails focus. Come work on the tools you use every day!


  •  Provide compassionate technical mentorship, pairing opportunities, & code reviews to encourage the growth of others
  •  Be a jack of all trades & willing to dive in to a variety of problems to help advance the goals of the department
  •  Drive department-wide conversations around technical issues & engineering practices, suggesting improvements & ideas as you see them
  •  Pick new work autonomously & code solutions, working to unblock yourself & coworkers when stuck either by reaching out for help or finding other solutions in an asynchronous, remote, distributed culture
  • Partner with product & engineering management to collaboratively define & prioritize projects & tasks
  • Review code & provide thoughtful, constructive feedback for your team
  •  Participate in department-wide rotations for on call & interrupting user-reported bugs, support escalations, & user reported feature requests

A week in the life of a Coding Department Staff Engineer:

Our team is distributed worldwide which means we work asynchronously most of the time. Your typical week would include:

  • Collaborating with design, analytics, support, & product management to understand the problems we want to solve & exploring how we can solve them
  • Digging in to the most important issues the department is tackling by asking questions, creating plans, recognizing pitfalls, & raising concerns
  • Discussing & collaboratively solving engineering & product problems with engineering collaborators in Slack or Zoom
  • Supporting company-wide initiatives
  • Bringing key plans & execution ideas to the management team Mentoring other engineers at all experience levels
  • Responding to issues & review requests from other teams at GitHub
  •  Reviewing your teammates' Pull Requests & providing helpful feedback
  • Working with your engineering manager in your one-on-one meetings to grow your team & career
  • Serve as an engineering representative for critical customer conversations to discover what they love & what their pain points are
  • Embedding in a squad periodically to enable others to tackle challenges & stretch assignments 
  • As a part of Coding technical leadership, advising on key initiatives, gaps, & technical blind spots

 Minimum Qualifications:

  •  Strong written communication skills
  • High degree of empathy
  • 10+ years experience as a full-time professional coder
  • 6+ years experience with Ruby on Rails
  • Experience with a modern JavaScript framework
  • Experience working asynchronously on a remote, distributed team (does not have to be professional experience)
  • Ability to think critically about both system design & software engineering concepts & blend those perspectives pragmatically based on project needs
  • Experience building, operating & maintaining resilient, scalable distributed services
  • Familiarity with Git

 Preferred Qualifications: 

There are only a handful of folks who meet all qualifications. Is this you? Excellent, please apply. But we care most about developers that have a track record of caring deeply about shipping software that helps people with their work. Either way, **we want to hear from you**.

  • Experience building highly available services at scale
  • Experience with CSS & HTML
  • Knowledge of testing, profiling, & debugging practices

Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, & to create the worlds most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come togetheras individuals & in teamsto create the future of software & make a difference in the world.

Leadership Principles:

Customer Obsessed - Trust by Default - Ship to Learn - Own the Outcome - Growth Mindset - Global Product, Global Team - Anything is Possible - Practice Kindness

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where many Hubbers work, snack, & create daily. The rest of our Hubbers work remotely around the globe. Check out an updated list of where we can hire here:

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused & creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

GitHub is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds & lifestyles. We embrace diversity & invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. Also, if you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!

Please note that benefits vary by country. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your Talent Partner.


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