Full Stack Engineer

Who we are

At Informed K12, we’re on a mission to help school district administrators operate efficiently and gain insight into their most critical school business processes. Still today, most school districts have hundreds of mission critical processes that run on paper, making visibility and improvement near impossible. We transform paperwork from a daily stumbling block to a strategic tool. This makes it possible to hire the right teachers for the right classrooms faster, manage bus routes for students without permanent housing, ensure teachers get reimbursed and paid on time, and a lot more. In short, we are powering the future of school district operations by helping district administrators drive the systemic change needed to improve productivity, accountability and equity.

Our founders came out of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. Informed K12 (formerly Chalk Schools) was one of the first companies funded by Stanford’s StartX accelerator and top education technology incubator Imagine K12, now part of Y Combinator. Learn more about us at www.informedk12.com.

About the team

We work in small, nimble teams of 2-3 engineers. Projects that each team takes on range from real-time search and export tools, database and server optimization, or building our front end system. Teams rotate regularly so you'll be working with different people every few sprints.
We're proud of our ability to be full stack. We all have preferences for different parts of the stack, but we all share responsibility for and are empowered to improve our entire platform. This commitment also encourages us to grow in areas we're less familiar with.

We take code quality seriously and are constantly improving our codebase. Every project we work on has dedicated time to address tech debt and we prioritize code quality initiatives on our product road map. Oh, and we never ship code without writing a full suite of tests (don’t worry, we’ll help in case this is newer to you)!

We work with a solid set of technologies, but are always learning new ones. Our current stack is a mix of Ruby (Rails, RSpec, Capybara) and Javascript (React, Redux, Jest, Enzyme) hosted on Heroku / AWS. We also spend every other Friday as a “hack day” to play around with new technologies, contribute to open source, or build tools to improve our workflow.

We strive for light and flexible processes. Each team decides how they’ll get work done, but we try to ensure that working solo, together, or even remotely are all equally effective. Daily standups, sprintly retrospectives, paired programming, randomly assigned code reviews, and “mob reviews” of larger changes are some of the practices we use.

We believe that making great products requires collaboration and empathy. Not only do we work closely with our product and design teams, we make it a point to pay regular visits to our customers. To better understand the challenges our customers are facing, every few months we'll spend a week directly supporting our client success team.

We are focused on creating a great work environment. Most of all, we work hard to make an environment where honest feedback, mutual respect, and personal growth are valued. We want to make sure everyone feels comfortable bringing their whole self to work.

What we're hoping you'll bring

  • Some prior programming experience and exposure to (or a willingness to learn) best practices for architecture, data structures, testing, and web development.
  • Genuine curiosity and problem solving nature – it brings you joy to chew through difficult technical problems and develop simple, clean code and architecture for complex needs.
  • Appreciation for clear, thoughtful articulation and effective writing to rally teams – both technical and non-technical – around your ideas and objectives.
  • A friendly, collaborative, and open mindset with an interest in your own personal growth as well as the growth of others.
  • Enthusiasm for learning new technologies and approaches and, more importantly, sharing this knowledge to help level up your teammates.
  • Passion for building user-centric products for communities traditionally underserved by technology (including i18n, a11y, cross browser support, and responsive design).
  • Eagerness to help us craft solutions around scaling a distributed SaaS application, designing and building public APIs, and creating real-time data visualization tools.

How we support our team members

  • Competitive salaries and meaningful early stage equity
  • Open vacation, flexible schedule policy, and eight weeks paid parental leave
  • 100% company-paid health insurance premiums (medical, dental, & vision)
  • Life insurance, disability benefits, and 401K plan
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits and sunny office located in downtown San Francisco
  • Weekly Instacart order to get any snacks and drinks you desire
  • Annual retreats, quarterly offsites, and monthly company outings
  • Peer mentors and direct access to leadership team
  • Professional development budget to attend workshops & conferences
  • Your choice of tech setup – laptop, monitor, accessories, headphones

What happens when you apply
One of our engineers will call you on the phone, ask you a few questions about yourself, and have a conversation about an interesting problem. Then, we’ll ask you to build a small web app using Ruby on Rails (don’t worry if you’ve never used Rails before, there’s a great free tutorial). This is an opportunity for you to showcase the things that you are passionate about and gives us the chance to learn a little bit about how you think and implement solutions to problems.

After that, we’ll ask you to come on-site for an interview where we’ll work together to map out a new feature, write a small ruby program, and extend your take-home project. Since we are a collaborative team, all of our interviews are done in pairs. We encourage you to ask questions along the way so we can see what it’d be like to work together! Finally, you’ll have lunch with the team, and chat with the company’s founders to complete the day.

We are an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In fact, one of our four company values is “Work hard for inclusion.” We believe that our team must reflect the diversity of our customers and that a diverse team where everyone feels comfortable being themselves will be a long-term advantage. We implement policies like the Rooney rule in hiring and work with organizations such as Code2040. We actively seek out diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. 

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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