Architect/Principal Engineer

| Greater LA Area
As the premier global provider of Strategic Enterprise Education™ (SEE), InStride enables employers to provide career-boosting degrees and credentials to their employees, through leading global academic institutions across the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Australia. InStride helps organizations achieve transformative business and social impact by unlocking the power of education, through advanced technology-enabled experiences for learners and corporate partners alike.
Role Overview
 
Reporting to the Director of Engineering, this role will lead the architecture, platform, development and sustainment of our platform and ecosystem. The ideal candidate would have previous experience building web and mobile digital products for large enterprises, a proven track record of building applications, services, infrastructure and helping growing needs of our business and engineering teams and a passion for our mission.

Responsibilities

  • Deep experience being a thought-leader and problem solver on multiple teams, covering projects large and small 
  • Provide hands-on technical leadership for a team of engineers, lead and mentor cross-functional team of engineers (fullstack) to build, deliver and sustain a world class learning services platform
  • Be able to lead and be a technical subject matter expert for platform architecture discussions and decisions
  • Help define, contribute and support the wider Technology strategy
  • Work closely with SRE, release engineering, security, product, UX, project management, business development, customer success, growth marketing and executive teams to meet business needs
  • Ensure engineering best practices, and implement tools and/or frameworks for software development, agile, security, accessibility, compliance, performance, HADR, etc.
  • Experience leveraging a variety of open source technologies, working with cloud services, leveraging modern UI frameworks (Angular, React) , backend (RESTful APIs, Node.js, python, microservices, serverless, etc)

Ideal Profile

  • 10+ years software engineering experience delivering large scale, global, high traffic and highly available consumer-facing web applications/mobile apps
  • 2+ years experience in JavaScript programming language and node.js tech stack
  • 3+ years experience in Web application development and React framework is a plus
  • You have a bias for simple, scalable, extensible architectures that solve real business needs 
  • 5+ years experience delivering projects using agile methodologies
  • 5+ years experience collaborating with and working in cross functional teams including product, user experience, project management, etc.
  • While one of the foremost technical members of the organization, you work well in a team of mixed skill levels and can communicate well with non-technical colleagues
  • You are used to helping more junior members of the team improve their skills and are committed to continuous learning yourself 
  • Ensure use of engineering best practices for development, development, agile, security, accessibility, compliance, performance, HADR, etc.
  • Experience delivering SaaS solutions for large enterprise customers
  • Experience across the stack leveraging a wide variety of open source technologies, cloud services (AWS/Azure/GCP), enterprise-grade system design
  • Be able to lead and be a technical subject matter expert for platform architecture discussions and decisions
  • Proactively communicate and manage expectations with your leader and team
  • Excited by the challenge of building a world-class business that delivers not only high revenue growth and compelling ROI, but also has a meaningful impact on society
  • Exposure to higher education institutions through direct experience and/or passion for the education space
  • Comfort with ambiguity and a “no job too small” startup mentality
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science related field and/or work experience 

InStride is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, medical condition, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance relating to an applicant's criminal history.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Dynamo DBDatabases
    • AWS RDSDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • JIRAManagement
    • WrikeManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

Our DTLA office provides easy access to public transportation, great restaurants, museums, and other attractions.

An Insider's view of InStride

What’s the vibe like in the office?

At InStride we operate in a fast-moving environment, which makes it really fun. There’s a lively energy in the office and a sense that we’re all in this together.

Michelle

VP, Academic Partnerships

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

The nice thing about InStride is that we’re really empowered to take the initiative and collaborate with other teams to think through solutions. Everyone is comfortable around one another and is open to sharing ideas–it doesn’t matter what team you’re on or what level you’re at.

Michael

Manager, Engineering

How does the company support your career growth?

Lifelong learning is core to the mission of the company but also the goal for our staff, and I think that’s really important. The Step Forward program means a lot to me because I never thought I would go back to school for my master’s and thanks to InStride I’m super excited to enroll.

Kat

Executive Assistant

What are some social events your company does?

We have the InStride Supper Club where every month we try a new restaurant. As a big foodie myself, that’s something I really enjoy.

Alex

Manager, Growth Marketing

What are InStride Perks + Benefits

InStride Benefits Overview

We want InStriders to thrive and feel supported. Here are a few perks and benefits we are proud to offer our team.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Acme Co. provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Acme Co. hosts company outings Semi-annually.
Game Room
Our game room is shared and includes ping pong, pool and a wine fridge.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted On occasion .
Parking
We offer employees A parking subsidy.
Recreational Clubs
Our clubs are growing but here are a few. Our Supper Club for foodies. Our Give Back program to support our local community. Our weekly Creative Juices on Wednesdays to think outside the box.
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

As part of our mission to enable lifelong learning, we provide full tuition coverage for InStriders to earn a degree or credential from a university online within our network.

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