Software Engineer

Clever - San Francisco, CA - Full time

Clever - San Francisco, CA - Full time

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The Problem

At its core, education has a fundamental data problem: schools run on legacy infrastructure that's impossible for developers to build on top of. We're on a mission to replace the terrible things that engineers have to do to build classroom software (think nightly CSV FTP transfers) with an API that feels more like Facebook's or Stripe's:

When we started three years ago, four schools used Clever. Today, Clever is used by over 60,000 schools, making it the fastest-growing company in education. We're looking for talented engineers who want to help us build Clever into something every school, student, and teacher relies on.

A Day in the Life

Interested in APIs, education, data, and scaling a system that supports over half the schools in the U.S.? As an engineer at Clever you will join a tight-knit team working on challenging problems that span the entire stack—from high-performance back-end services to rich front-end web apps. Clever is built with a variety of tools—part of our engineering philosophy is to "use the right tool for the job":

  • Node (ES6)
  • Go
  • Docker
  • MongoDB
  • Gearman
  • AWS (EC2, VPC, S3, R53, SES)
  • React


  • Strong fundamentals in computer science and software engineering
  • A desire to grow as an engineer through collaboration, code reviews, and learning new languages/technologies
  • Strong communication skills
  • A desire to work in a diverse, highly collaborative team environment
  • Experience with any of the tools we use is a plus
  • While we do occasionally hire new grad engineers, we haven't laid down hiring targets for the upcoming year. If you're a 2016 or 2017 college graduate and interested in Clever, keep an eye on our jobs page - we'll likely open those roles in December of this year.

What Clever offers

  • A chance to revolutionize the way schools use technology.
  • Competitive salary and significant equity in well-funded, high-growth company.
  • Catered lunch daily and dinner two days a week.
  • Generous vacation and holidays.
  • Top-notch healthcare, vision, & dental coverage.
  • Unlimited credits for learning.
  • An incredible team of fun, bright coworkers.

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Experience Level

Mid Level


Founded in 2012 by educators and technologists who knew that widely available educational apps could improve both teaching and learning, but that tools to deploy and secure the applications were simply unavailable, Clever is the platform that powers technology in the classroom. Today, almost half of the K-12 schools in the U.S. trust Clever to secure their student data as they adopt learning apps in the classroom

In 2014, Clever won the ‘Crystal Clear’ award by the Digital Innovation Learning Awards. It is also the trusted provider of the American Federation of Teachers, who uses Clever to secure its own ‘Share my Lesson’ platform with its teacher members. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Partners, and GSV Capital, Clever currently has 100+ employees and is based in San Francisco, California.

Clever is backed by top-tier investors, so we’re lucky enough to have the financial freedom to build the company we’ve always wanted to work for. We go to work every day knowing we’re helping to improve education for millions of kids. It’s a cool job perk (way better than free meals, though we have those, too).

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