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Newsela // instructional content platform
Engineering, Full Time    New York, Remote, Mountain View    Posted: Wednesday, October 07, 2020
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The Role:

As the Senior Systems Developer 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 & personalization. Reporting to the Director of Systems Development, you will work on an interdisciplinary team spanning Engineering, Design, & Product to ensure Newsela ships daily product, which will be used by +37M students & 2.5M teachers nationwide. As the technical expert, you will be a key voice throughout the entire development process, including initial discovery (where youll be expected to empathize with the end-users & play an integral role in outlining the overall solution so that not only is the software performing as intended, but that adoption & usage follows suit). Your team will own a specific product feature, & 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 Youll Love This Role:

As a Senior Systems Developer, you will co-own the data model at the core of our services. You will get to flex your algorithmic thinking & help set the strategy for our Systems Roadmap, which will ultimately enable us to keep Newselas codebase small, nimble, & ready for change. You will work closely across our Product, Design, Data, & Content teams to help shape the future of K-12 education to deliver content at the just-right reading level. And because we're a technology company focused on improving the way students learn, youll be part of an engineering culture that values teaching, learning, & questioning. Youll have close mentorship as needed, & regular one-on-ones, all to ensure youre growing your technical skills & interests. 

Why Well Love You:

You have 4+ years of backend development experience, & competency in our tech stack (Javascript, Python, REST). You also possess foundational knowledge of CSS, HTML, & Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. You practice lean & flexible software development & have strong knowledge of web app architecture (3-tier, MVC, REST, HTTP, ORM, load balancing, shared-nothing), service architecture (contracts, message queues, distributed systems, transactions, caching), API tooling (Postman, Swagger), data modeling pitfalls (normalization), hashing, & encryption.

In addition to your coding skills, you are able to work & communicate with design, engineering, data, & 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, & can explain the implications to technical & non-tech experts alike. You bring an informed point of view to your team, & pay as close attention to design as you do to your code. 

About Newsela:

One of the fastest growing tech companies in K-12 education, Newsela was founded on the principle that while every child learns differently, 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 & tools, we provide teachers with digital content at five reading levels -- from +100 of the best sources -- that is relevant to the diverse backgrounds & interests of their students. Since we started in 2013, weve established a presence in 90% of U.S. K-12 schools & over 2.5M teachers & 37M students have registered with Newsela.

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