This Software Engineer will join our Core Platform team, a back-end team functioning as the backbone of our organization, dedicated to crafting and maintaining the fundamental infrastructure and service libraries that drive Seesaw’s success. By constructing the foundational layers upon which all other product teams build, they empower rapid and scalable development of exceptional user experiences. Additionally, the Core Platform team assumes ownership of critical operational aspects, including security, reliability, and cost-effectiveness to ensure the seamless operation of Seesaw’s platform and cloud infrastructure. This is a force multiplier team with a wide breadth of exposure, and contributes directly to the success of the organization.

Solving impactful problems on Seesaw’s Engineering team feels different from any other place. First, we are given lots of ownership over the product roadmap early on, collaborating on how and when things will be built from the start. Second, we have a strong connection to the user, listening to teacher feedback and observing how students and families interact with the platform in real life to iterate over our releases. And third, we enjoy ample autonomy to experiment and grow, and often see our ideas pushed to production in weeks, not months.

Globally, millions of children rely on Seesaw every day. That fact is inspiring, and at times, daunting. While we derive a deep sense of purpose from being able to improve students’ learning, it also means we’re emotionally invested in both the successes and failures. So when a child can’t log into their account or something on the platform breaks, we feel it.

Like the rest of the company, our team is growing fast. Keeping up with the pace of growth can be challenging, and we need your flexibility as we define and refine what we need to be. We often learn by shipping, so you won’t find an obsession with rigid processes here. As the Engineering team ramps up hiring, we’re committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); constantly surveying employees, participating in training, and learning from our DEI Committee.

Though we care deeply and work diligently, there’s no extra credit for working long nights or spending weekends squashing bugs. When we’re off, we’re really off, enjoying our personal lives and recharging our batteries.

At the end of the day, we delight in how much our users adore our product. It’s incredibly fulfilling to read thank you tweets from teachers and know that, hey, we built something that makes a meaningful impact! And while we saw massive growth during the pandemic, we’ve still got a lot more growing to do. Joining our team now means you’ll get to help us take on new markets and innovate the next features that make the learning experience even better.

Your Role:

Seesaw is seeking an experienced back-end, infrastructure-focused Software Engineer to join our Core Platform Engineering team. In this role, you will play a pivotal part in shaping the very foundation of our platform, constructing the layers that enable our diverse product teams to swiftly create exceptional user experiences at scale. Your responsibilities will encompass ensuring the security, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of Seesaw’s platform, IT, and cloud infrastructure. If you are passionate about building robust, high-performance infrastructure and are ready to take on operational challenges, we invite you to join our dynamic team at Seesaw.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams (product, engineering) to design, develop, and maintain the core infrastructure of Seesaw’s services
  • Create scalable and efficient back-end systems that enable rapid development of user-centric features.
  • Ensure the security and reliability of Seesaw’s platform, proactively identifying and addressing potential vulnerabilities and performance bottlenecks.
  • Optimize cloud infrastructure for cost-effectiveness, leveraging best practices in resource management
  • Contribute to an iterative development process to deliver new features that students, teachers, families, and school administrators love.
  • Back-end software development for our platform (Python / DynamoDB / ElasticSearch).
  • Help develop a strong technical roadmap and engineering culture through design proposals, industry engagement, and more.

Your Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field
  • 5+ years of experience in a back-end/infrastructure Software Engineering role
  • Strong proficiency in Python, AWS (or another Cloud provider)
  • Strong Computer Science fundamentals – a bachelor’s degree in CS or equivalent experience
  • Direct experience designing, developing, and maintaining software at scale. The best candidates will have shipped web applications to millions of users, and will be able to talk about the architecture that supports that scale.
  • Comfort working within complex systems and ability to write readable, maintainable self-documenting or well-documented code to solve complex problems with simple, elegant solutions.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Bonus credit: Experience working in AppSec and/or InfraSec space, and infra-as-code development experience

Compensation & Benefits:

Our salary ranges are based on paying competitively for our size and industry. Salary is just one part of our total compensation package that includes equity, perks & benefits, and development opportunities at Seesaw. Individual pay decisions are based on several factors, including qualifications for the role, experience level, skillset, geography, and balancing internal equity relative to other Seesawers. It is our expectation that the majority of candidates who are offered roles at Seesaw will land well within our salary ranges based on these factors.

The annual base salary range for this position is: $134,400 – $159,600 + RSUs

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