Senior Software Engineer - Backend

The Achievement Network - Remote - Full time

The Achievement Network - Remote - Full time

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Senior Software Engineer - Backend

Location: Flexible (Boston preferred)

Position is available: August 2017


Now that ANet is more than ten years old, the Engineering Team is redesigning many of our existing Java-based software systems. We started with our content creation platform, which is used to design student assessments. We recently went into production with a new stack of Go-based microservices. We are now working on revamping the system that delivers this content to students, as well as reporting the results.

Reporting to the Director of Engineering, this Senior Software Engineer will play a key role in crafting and implementing our technology vision for the organization. The ideal candidate will be passionate about cutting-edge development and best practices and able to work across the stack. We are looking for a flexible and adaptable engineer with some of the following skills and/or enthusiasm for learning and growing in these areas:

- Server-side development using Java and/or Go programming languages to build scalable, RESTful web services.

- Data-focused engineering in both SQL and NoSQL (Mongo) environments.

- Maintain and improve existing Datawarehouse and ETL processes.

- Design, promote, and implement data infrastructures that adhere to responsible data management principles.

- Design and implement sustainable DevOps using AWS.

ANet is flexible to remote working with appropriate experience and a history of successfully mentoring other developers remotely. Occasional travel to ANet's National Office in Boston will be necessary, so proximity to the New England area and eastern time zone is preferable.


- Play a leadership role in designing, implementing and deploying sustainable code for substantial features and systems.

- Implement ANet's next generation of technology products that support data-driven educational practices and help to close the achievement gap in the underserved communities we partner with.

- Create, monitor and deliver against the product road map and corresponding release cycles (as negotiated with the Product Management Team).

- Provide strategic leadership in setting goals and measuring progress in RESTful server-side APIs and/or agile, componentized client-side code.

- Help manage, improve, and automate our deployment frameworks.

- Keep abreast of new technologies and propose adoption as appropriate.

- Mentor and support the development of junior developers as appropriate.

- Actively embrace and model best practices such as code reviews, unit testing, and planning/scoping/vetting larger features.

- Proactively look for ways to build our team through individual contributions which help us improve code quality, team culture, and team velocity.


In order to be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate the following:

- You have direct experience in many of the following:

o Java and/or Go programming language

o Scrum or other Agile development processes

o RESTful Web Services

o Cloud-based data services, preferably with both SQL and NoSQL implementations

o Cloud-based infrastructure on AWS, including continuous integration and deployment

- You are a team player who motivates and educates colleagues; you enjoy working in a highly collaborative and agile culture.

- You are skilled in working closely with business partners to build technology solutions that meet the usability and functional needs of both internal and external users.

- You operate comfortably among a highly independent staff with diverse backgrounds.

- You bring an innovative approach to analyze, evaluate and solve problems.

- You have a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels.

- You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily and are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet's Advance Equity and People Matter values.

Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:

- 4+ years of software development experience

- A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related degree

- For candidates interested in working remotely, you bring demonstrated experience and previous success working remotely


Achievement Network (ANet) is a nonprofit dedicated to educational equity. We help schools boost student learning with great teaching that's grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

Founded in 2005, ANet now serves over 700 schools educating over 230,000 students in California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. Our support has consistently helped our partner schools—both district and charter—achieve breakthrough results for their students. ANet has received multiple awards and recognitions, including a prestigious Investing In Innovation (i3) grant from the federal government in 2010, New Schools Venture Fund's “Organization of the Year” in 2011, and The NonProfit Time's “Best Nonprofits to Work For” in 2015 and 2016.

ANet is a dynamic, values driven, team-oriented organization that is committed to the growth and development of all staff members. Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to join an exceptional team of colleagues committed to helping schools drive excellent teaching and learning by investing in each other and learning together.


ANet offers highly competitive compensation based on prior experience and qualifications as well as comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: health, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; 3 weeks of vacation (4 weeks after two years with ANet); 10 paid holidays with paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; a paid floating holiday; paid sick & personal days; paid parental leave; retirement plan options; commuter benefits; tuition reimbursement; flexible spending accounts; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance.


We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please click on the blue “Apply” button. You will then be prompted to complete a brief application and upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter in which you outline why you are interested in working for ANet and how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.

ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

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