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Staff Software Engineer (Full Stack/Backend)

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Posted 12 days ago

Job Type

Full Time


$160k - $190k





  • Ellevation Education's mission is to help English Learners achieve their full potential by providing software solutions to school districts.

  • The Staff Software Engineer will lead projects in the instructional product domain, focusing on backend development with Python, Postgres, and AWS Lambda.

  • Opportunities for growth include involvement in architecture discussions, leveling up team members, and working in collaborative, remote product-centric teams.


Over the last 11+ years, Ellevation Education has built a thriving business serving the administrators, teachers, and specialists who support English Learners at public schools across the US. Today, over 1,500 school districts use our software to manage their EL programs. We are a successful, rapidly growing business with a real mission -- helping English Learners achieve all they possibly can.

As the Staff Software engineer for our instructional product domain, you’ll work alongside our engineering managers and our two instructional product teams to create value. We’ll ask you to primarily focus on the backend (Python, Postgres, AWS Lambda) but you should also be comfortable with the front end (React).

We look for engineers who are excited to use their technical skills and experience in support of a mission-driven company. We work in small, product-centric teams empowered to make a difference in a particular product or aspect of a product. Our teams are remote and highly collaborative. To accomplish this we set core hours of 10AM - 4PM (Eastern) and expect to meet in person about 4 times per year (whether at our Boston Headquarters or at one of our semi-annual company offsites)

We are looking for someone who is comfortable generating options, weighing tradeoffs, and assessing risks, but also loves to get in and code. You excel in finding development paths that incrementally deliver value while keeping an eye toward broader goals. You should be comfortable in any part of the stack, going deep as necessary.

As a Staff Engineer, you’ll also be a key contributor to the broader discussions that guide the overall evolution of Ellevation’s architecture and, in so doing, you’ll help people across the engineering team level up on complex system design and implementation. We look for experienced engineers who are excited to use their technical skills and experience in support of a mission-driven company.

About you:

  • You have 7+ years of software development experience, including API and Database design.

  • You have experience with technologies & tools for developing modern backends on AWS.

  • You have deep experience in at least one modern language, e.g., Python, Go, C# etc.

  • You have exposure to React and/or JavaScript and related UI frameworks.

  • You have demonstrated success working in and promoting a rapidly changing, collaborative, and iterative product development environment.

  • You have the versatility to learn new technologies and contribute across different parts of the tech stack.

  • You’re naturally curious and a great team player. You have strong interpersonal skills and can work with teammates of varying levels of experience and stakeholders across multiple domains.

  • You have a passion for building great products through technology.

$160,000 - $190,000 a year

Ellevation is transparent about its approach to pay which includes a competitive base salary, annual performance-based raise, and bonus (or commission for sales positions). The salary range for this role is $160,000-$190,000 and the budgeted target is the midpoint, commensurate with candidate experience and internal parity. Our philosophy is that the full range is indicative of growth during employment. In addition, we provide comprehensive benefits to all full-time employees.