Software and DevOps Engineer

The Concord Consortium - Emeryville, CA - Full time

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Ready to extend web applications for students and teachers and scale them to reach millions? The Concord Consortium, an educational nonprofit located in Concord, MA, and Emeryville, CA, is seeking a Software and DevOps Engineer to create innovative science, engineering, and math activities. Working with researchers and other members of the development team, you will also improve our deployment process and cloud architecture to help us scale the platform.

In this position you will:

write open-source code

work on weeklong iterations with a project leader and other developers

learn a project’s science, engineering, or math subject matter well enough to work effectively with the project leader

rotate among several projects, switching as needed

suggest new technology ideas to project leaders and developers

create and maintain your own open-source projects and contribute to others

improve our team’s deployment processes

participate in team discussions of software architecture and infrastructure

keep current on the latest developments in cloud service architecture to ensure our applications can perform and scale effectively

provide tools to help researchers access their project data

To accomplish this you need:

experience with an untyped language such as JavaScript, Ruby, or Python

experience writing database-driven web applications

confidence and collaborative skills to work in an agile environment

interest in improving development and delivery processes

experience delivering applications on cloud-based services such as AWS

experience automating build and deployment processes

undergraduate degree in CS, mathematics, natural sciences, or equivalent experience

to have completed a software project with a team of software developers

ability to work independently when necessary

good verbal and written communication skills

minimum of two years’ experience beyond coursework

You will be even more successful if you have experience with or interest in:

Ruby on Rails or a similar framework

Docker, Git, and Linux

designing well-structured applications that communicate through extensible APIs

analytics tools such as Google Analytics and New Relic


science, math, or related fields

working on an agile team

The Concord Consortium offers a rich variety of benefits, including up to four weeks’ vacation, medical and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement, a generous TIAA-CREF retirement plan, and life and short- and long-term disability insurance. Our Concord, MA, location is just outside historic downtown Concord, next to the commuter rail stop. Our Emeryville, CA, location is in the heart of Emeryville, reachable from the BART station via the Emery Go Round shuttle.

Our work environment is casual and stimulating. Join us to be part of a creative community of geeks and science, math, and engineering fanatics. We have frequent BYOB (Bring Your Own Bagged lunch) for technical demos, sometimes including invited guests from local and distant nonprofits, tech groups, and more. Themed potluck lunches occur several times per year (our taco bar for Cinco de Mayo is delish!). We’re a creative, intelligent, happy bunch -- check out our profiles

If you are authorized to work in the United States, and you have the required qualifications, please email your resume to

The Concord Consortium is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Experience Level

3 or more years

The Concord Consortium

The Concord Consortium is dedicated to narrowing the gap between the promise of educational technologies and the reality of educational practice through research, development, and dissemination. We focus on the challenges created by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

We concentrate on original developments that can have wide impacts by pioneering novel applications of technologies and demonstrating their value in diverse settings. We magnify our impact by collaborating widely with other research and development organizations, universities, schools, and businesses. We are committed to staying at the cutting edge of research in new educational technologies and the practicalities of their implementation.

The Concord Consortium has led the educational community in the development of online courses, educational handheld computers, probeware, and computational models. We created the first online high school collaborative, which continues as the Virtual High School. Our developments of probeware have created an entire industry that fosters enhanced hands-on learning. Early work on network science demonstrated how students can contribute to environmental research.

The Concord Consortium consists of a diverse team of talented programmers, researchers, materials developers, professional development experts, content experts, and managers. The staff are flexible and multi-talented, highly motivated, and able to shift roles as required by projects.

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