Senior Software Engineer, Job Guidance



Software Engineering
United States · Remote
Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Everyone is welcome at Handshake. We know diverse teams build better products and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups to apply.

Your impact

Handshake is hiring a Senior Software Engineer reporting to Dylan Squires, Engineering Manager, on the Jobs Guidance Squad. In this role, you will contribute to the team’s mission of reinforcing Handshake’s foundation with education partnerships by making it easy for career services teams to develop their employer network and leverage it to help students prepare for their career search. As a member of the Jobs Guidance squad, your work will have a direct impact on career services users and influence how they leverage Handshake’s educational tooling – internship management, employer relationship management, career guidance – to support job seekers. You will have the opportunities to lead large projects through all developmental stages-- from early brainstorming and requirements refining to architectural design and scoping to execution and release.

Your role

  • Your day-to-day work will feature regular collaboration on a cross-functional team with a designer, product manager and other engineers. You will also engage frequently with engineers, support, marketing and additional functions across the organization.

  • You will architect and build features that our education partners use daily to engage with job seekers and guide them in their career journeys.

  • You will lead by example in maintaining a high standard of quality in your own work and in the feedback provided to peers in code review and architecture discussions.

  • You will lend your technical knowledge and experience to influence the team’s roadmap and prioritization of innovation and operational health initiatives.

  • You will provide mentorship to engineers and unblock and support your team to meet deliverables.

Your experience

  • You have experience as a full stack engineer with a focus on frontend, and are confident driving architectural decisions on both frontend and backend.

  • You have demonstrated success collaborating with partners in product and design to define, build, and ship great products.

  • You have experience leading large projects from idea to high quality delivery.

  • You act with empathy when working with fellow engineers and coworkers, and enjoy providing mentorship and guidance to enable and support your team.

  • You strive for individual and team growth, proactively seeking feedback and identifying areas of the code, processes or procedures that need improvement.

  • You are a strong communicator and can articulate technical concepts and rationale to audiences of varying technical knowledge levels.

Bonus areas of expertise

  • You have worked with ReactJS, Ruby, Ruby on Rails and PostgreSQL.

  • You have worked on enterprise features at scale.

  • You have participated in an on-call rotation or incident response.

  • You demonstrate ownership-mentality and maintain a high degree of accountability for your work.

Compensation range

$150,000 - $200,000

For cash compensation, we set standard ranges for all U.S.-based roles based on function, level, and geographic location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. In order to be compliant with local legislation, as well as to provide greater transparency to candidates, we share salary ranges on all job postings regardless of desired hiring location. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including geographic location as well as candidate experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.

About us

Handshake is the #1 place to launch a career with no connections, experience, or luck required. The platform connects up-and-coming talent with 750,000+ employers - from Fortune 500 companies like Google, Nike, and Target to thousands of public school districts, healthcare systems, and nonprofits. In 2022 we announced our $200M Series F funding round. This Series F fundraise and valuation of $3.5B will fuel Handshake’s next phase of growth and propel our mission to help more people start, restart, and jumpstart their careers.

When it comes to our workforce strategy, we’ve thought deeply about how work-life should look here at Handshake. With our Hub-Based Remote Working strategy, employees can enjoy the flexibility of remote work, whilst ensuring collaboration and team experiences in a shared space remains possible. Handshake is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Denver, New York, London, and Berlin and teammates working globally.

Check out our careers site to find a hub near you!

What we offer

Benefits below apply to employees in full-time positions.

At Handshake, we'll give you the tools to feel healthy, happy and secure.

  • 💰 Equity and ownership in a fast-growing company.
  • 🍼 16 Weeks of paid parental leave for birth giving parents & 10 weeks of paid parental leave for non-birth giving parents.
  • 💝 Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision policies including LGTBQ+ Coverage. We also provide resources for Mental Health Assistance, Employee Assistance Programs and counseling support.
  • 💻 Handshake offers $500/£360 home office stipend for you to spend during your first 3 months to create a productive and comfortable workspace at home.
  • 📚 Generous learning & development opportunities and an annual $2,000/£1,500 stipend for you to grow your skills and career.

(US Handshakers)

  • 🏦 401k Match: Handshake offers a dollar-for-dollar match on 1% of deferred salary, up to a maximum of $1,200 per year.
  • 🏝 All full-time US-based Handshakers are eligible for our flexible time off policy to get out and see the world. In addition, we offer 8 standardized holidays, and 2 additional days of flexible holiday time off. Lastly, we have a Winter #ShakeBreak, a one-week period of Collective Time Off.

(UK Handshakers)

  • 🏦 Pension Scheme: Handshake will provide you with a workplace pension, where you will make contributions based on 5% of your salary. Handshake will pay the equivalent of 3% towards your pension plan, subject to qualifying earnings limits.
  • 🏝 Up to 25 days of vacation to encourage people to reset, recharge, and refresh, in addition to 8 bank holidays throughout the year.

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