Staff Software Engineer
Outschool has been named Fast Company’s most innovative EdTech company in the world, and one of the top ten best startups for women from Elpha. Outschool has also been one of BuiltIn’s Best Remote Places to Work for the last two years and has appeared on Y Combinator’s Top Companies list for the last three years.
Join our dynamic Growth team at Outschool, where your role as an experienced engineer will be crucial in shaping the future of education. You'll have the unique opportunity to design and develop systems that are transformative, not just functional.
After our 15x scale-up during COVID-19, your expertise will be vital in steering Outschool’s continued growth. Our team thrived amidst unprecedented challenges, thanks to intentional development and scalable systems that effectively served learners. Now, as we move forward, your technical leadership will be essential in navigating and mastering new challenges.
Your role goes beyond overseeing technical aspects; it's about making a lasting impact. You'll engage in strategic decision-making while ensuring operational excellence and fostering a culture of technical consistency and clarity. This position is more than just a job; it's an opportunity to amplify your influence and propel the engineering organization to new heights.
As part of the Growth team, you'll lead the development of server-side rendering (SSR) and innovative experiments, directly enhancing the experience for parents and learners. We're not just building software; we're creating an ecosystem that offers the best possible learning experience.
This role is perfect for someone who has excelled as a staff engineer in a high-growth startup, it offers the chance to step into a leadership position that is both challenging and deeply rewarding. Join us in our mission to revolutionize learning and make a significant impact on future generations.
- Evolution of our server side rendering stack built with Next.js to with an eye towards maintaining Outschool’s good SEO standing
- Develop, monitor, and assist in the analysis of experiments, ensuring effective iteration and optimization of processes and strategies
- Develop features focused on new user acquisition, creating innovative solutions and enhancements to attract and engage a broader audience
- Provide domain expertise around front end performance, stewarding of latency metrics
- Design of our CDN caching strategy for client and server side stack
- Provide domain expertise and engineering insight to guide designs, accelerate project decision making, and maintain oversight of technical execution
- Bring industry-wide perspective, knowledge of existing resources and tools, and ability to discover new ones as needed in order to make effective build/buy recommendations
- Mentor and guide junior and senior engineers, fostering their growth and development, and providing them with the necessary support and resources to excel in their roles
DESIRED EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:
- Over 10 years of experience building software applications at scale
- Strong communication skills both spoken and written, experience communicating with product managers and data scientists
- Proven expertise in developing and managing server-side rendered applications, demonstrating a deep understanding of backend-to-frontend integration and optimization
- Experience in integrating and optimizing server-rendered React applications with usage of a CDN
- Strong background in utilizing A/B testing frameworks, with a focus on data-driven decision making and optimizing user experience through iterative testing and analysis
- Proven expertise in orchestrating and managing large-scale experiments, demonstrating a strong ability to design, implement, and oversee extensive experimental processes that yield impactful insights and drive significant outcomes
- Proficient in utilizing data tracking tools for capturing and analyzing user interactions, enabling data-informed strategies to enhance user engagement and product development
- Experience in working on new user acquisition through the development and optimization of landing pages, focusing on engaging design and targeted content to convert visitors into active users
- Demonstrated leadership in guiding and nurturing the professional growth of both junior and senior engineering teams, showcasing exceptional skills in mentorship, technical leadership, and fostering a culture of continuous learning and innovation
- Experience in project management, including planning, execution, and delivery of complex engineering projects that have added tremendous business value
- Previous work at high-growth startups
- Experience in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies, with a demonstrated ability to enhance website visibility, improve search rankings, and drive organic traffic through effective SEO practices
- Previous experience working on growth teams
- Experience evangelizing good performance practices via conferences or blog posts
- Previous work in Ed Tech companies
Outschool recruits across the US and Canada, and sets employee salaries to reflect local compensation and cost of living. For New York and California candidates, as well as candidates based in Seattle, WA the salary range for this role would be $185,000 - $245,000.
For Washington candidates outside of Seattle, as well as Colorado candidates, the salary range for this role would be $166,500 - $220,500.