Systems Engineer

Springboard Collaborative - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Remote - Full time


Springboard Collaborative invites talented and passionate candidates to apply for the position of Systems Engineer. The Systems Engineer will be responsible for creating and maintaining scripts and applications used to automate internal processes and functions. A successful candidate will be a creative and innovative problem solver, an excellent communicator, and a strategy-minded addition to our fast-paced team.

The Systems Engineer will report to the Senior Manager, IT and work as part of the Engineering, Systems, and Products Team at Springboard. This is a great opportunity to support an entrepreneurial team in maximizing the impact of a rapidly growing organization.

We'd love to have you join us.

This is important

We are an equal opportunity employer. Diversity is more than a commitment at Springboard Collaborative—it’s at the core of what we do and how we do it.

We believe that a solution can only be as good as one’s understanding of the problem. And no one understands problems better than the people who have experienced them firsthand. Proximity matters. That’s why Springboard aspires to hire a diverse team that is representative of the marginalized communities we serve.

We also know that having a diverse workforce makes for a better workplace. Springboard’s hiring process puts a premium on individuals who value diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, etc.

Finally, if you’re passionate about an open role, we encourage you to apply— even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications listed on the job description!

Here are your priorities in the first year:

  • Maintain the functionality of the Python-based user setup automation script.
  • Expand the functionality of the above automation script to include HR systems onboarding to generate offer letters and establish account access to Springboard systems.
  • Lead the technical development and third-party integration of a new core product.

Here are your responsibilities within and beyond the first year:

  • Write and maintain custom scripts to increase system efficiency and lower the human intervention time on any tasks.
  • Manage and monitor all installed systems and infrastructure.
  • Routinely test software for bugs, redundancies, and security issues.
  • Participate in Product team meetings and discussions.
  • Draft and maintain documentation.

What you offer us

Here are qualities we expect the right candidate to have:

  • Problem Solving: You are able to resolve difficult or complicated challenges.
  • Creativity/innovation: You generates new and innovative approaches to problems.
  • Strategic thinking/visioning: You are able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way. You determine opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends.
  • Communication: You speaks and write clearly and articulately without being overly verbose or talkative. You maintains this standard in all forms of written communication, including e-mail.

Here are skills and qualifications we expect the right candidate to have:

  • 3+ years of systems engineering experience with an emphasis on software development
  • Experience in API design, documentation, and testing
  • Experience with testing, integrations, and managing development workflows with Git and CI/CD.
  • Experience supporting in software deployments, troubleshooting, and problem-solving
  • Experience performing systems monitoring, troubleshooting, and performance tuning to optimize systems performance
  • Experience handling multiple projects and tasks concurrently with an emphasis on prioritization
  • Strong experience coding and writing custom automation scripts (Shell, Python), creating documentation, and managing systems
  • Experience using and coding with APIs (public, partner, internal)
  • Experience capturing, documenting, and validating design requirements, particularly from non-technical audiences
  • Experience testing and deploying software systems

It would also be nice to have:

  • Experience with the software development lifecycle and Agile software development
  • Experience in project management, application design, and integration

While this description is meant to provide an overview of the responsibilities of the Systems Engineer, we are seeking candidates who demonstrate flexibility and can adapt to evolving needs in an entrepreneurial environment.

What we offer you


Our compensation values:

At Springboard, compensation equity is integral to the way we operate and our commitment to competitiveness, pay equity, performance-based rewards, transparent & equitable career growth, and progressive benefits.

Compensation for this role:

Each role at Springboard is placed in a compensation band with 5 levels. Generally, we expect all candidates that meet the hiring criteria to be offered the midpoint of the band. This role sits within Band 5. The midpoint of this band is $114,000. The actual level of the successful candidate (and corresponding salary) will be based on compensable factors such as job-relevant education, job-relevant experience, training, licensure, demonstrated competencies, and other factors. You may also be eligible for Springboard's collective bonus program.

Our process to determine compensation:

Springboard does not negotiate the offered salary during the offer conversation. Throughout the interview process, we will evaluate your alignment with the compensable factors listed in the job description. From there, we will determine your starting salary on a level within the job band.


At Springboard, we feel it is important to take care of our employees, which is why we offer a competitive benefit package. Some of these benefits include:

  • 4 weeks annually paid time off, prorated from the date of hire. 11 paid holidays, federal election day, birthday holiday, and two floating holidays according to Springboard's Paid Time Off Policy
  • 6% retirement plan contribution match beginning at 6 months from hire
  • Dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability insurance are 100% covered by Springboard
  • Medical insurance offered with partial coverage contingent on the selected plan. A cash stipend available to those who waive healthcare coverage from Springboard
  • Annual technology allowance
  • Annual professional development allowance
  • Twelve weeks paid parental leave for those employed for at least six months

Location and travel

Springboard Collaborative’s headquarter office is in Philadelphia, PA. Applications are welcome from any location, and the job can be performed remotely.

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Experience Level

Mid Level

Springboard Collaborative

Since 2012, we have grown Springboard's reach to nearly 20,000 students across 51 cities. Springboard consistently delivers best-in-class results. Students average a 3- to 4-month reading gain during each 5- or 10-week cycle, closing the gap to grade-level performance by more than half.
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