Staff Software Engineer

United States
$150,000 - $175,000 USD yearly
CodePath is a national non-profit that is reprogramming higher education to create the most diverse generation of software engineers, CTOs, and founders. We deliver industry-vetted courses and career support centered on the needs of Black, Latino/a, Indigenous, and low-income students. Our students train with senior engineers, intern at top companies, and rise together to become the tech leaders of tomorrow. As of 2023, we've served 10,000 students a year nationwide, and we plan to scale up to ~100,000 students a year by 2028.

Founded in 2017, CodePath has taught over 26,000 students and delivered courses across over 110 universities. We are supported by some of the largest and most well-respected organizations, including Amazon, Andreessen Horowitz, Blue Meridian Partners, Comcast, Google, JP Morgan Chase, Knight Foundation, Meta, New Profit, and Salesforce, among others. In 2024, CodePath was recognized as one of the Most Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company.

** We will never ask for bank information or for you to download any programs as part of our job application process and initial communications to applicants will be sent directly from our HR department.
About the Role
Location: Remote, United States
Duration: FTE
Reports To: Director of Product Engineering
Compensation: $150,000 to $175,000 per year

CodePath’s national programs are powered by a custom platform software suite that includes 6-10 different tools ranging from the multi-step admissions/application process to a custom learning management system, and all the way to our custom gradebook, reporting, and student support systems. To see what we have built, click here.
CodePath is seeking a Staff Software Engineer who will design, develop, and maintain web-based applications that are the centerpiece of our mission to enhance and revolutionize the educational experience for emerging engineers.

The ideal candidate should thrive in ambiguity, relish autonomy, and be excited about leveraging and building the technology that is at the center of CodePath's ambitious vision to transform college computer science education, empower the tech leaders of tomorrow and generate over $1.5T in wealth for low-income communities within the next 20 years.
As a Staff Software Engineer, you will join a small team of engineers who collaborate directly with stakeholders to comprehend the needs of our students and staff, actively participate in the decision-making process about which features and functionalities to tackle and then independently execute. On CodePath’s Product Engineering team, you’ll make high-impact decisions about how we solve our problems. 

The ideal candidate for this role is a Web Engineer inspired by potential projects like these:
  • Using Rails 7.1 with Turbo in greenfield projects that will help us reduce cost per student and enable us to concurrently reach a greater number of students than we ever have before
  • Building a Django-based AI companion that will guide students through their CodePath experience
  • Refining our Markdown-based course materials system to support mastery-driven learning
  • Scaling a system that has helped tens of thousands of students to help hundreds of thousands more
  • We partner closely with AI leaders from Microsoft, Google, OpenAI and other specialists on the cutting edge of generative AI R&D. You’ll have the opportunity to work hands-on with the most advanced AI systems in the world 
Key Activities
  • Design, develop, and maintain web-based applications using Ruby on Rails, Sinatra/Padrino, and Django
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams including product managers, designers, and other developers to define requirements, implement new features, and fix bugs
  • Write clean, efficient, and maintainable code
  • Participate in code reviews and maintain code quality standards
  • Write automated tests and ensure that applications are tested thoroughly before deployment
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest technologies, frameworks, and best practices in software development
  • Identify and address performance bottlenecks and other technical issues
  • Debug and troubleshoot issues as they arise
  • Provide technical guidance and support to other members of the team
  • Passion for great web products
  • Strong experience with one or more of our frameworks: Rails, Sinatra/Padrino, or Django
  • Bootstrap Grid and Responsive Layout System or similar CSS/JS framework for lightweight responsive design
  • Experience with PostgreSQL and database design
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work in a team environment
  • Passion for education and desire to make a positive impact in the world
Nice to haves
  • Experience using Slim or HAML for clean view templating
  • Experience working with LLMs and Generative AI
  • Familiarity with Docker
  • Experience deploying applications on GCP
  • Experience building ELT/ETL pipelines
Pay range
$150,000—$175,000 USD
We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees that includes:
  • Medical, dental, and vision premiums paid at 90% for FT positions and their dependents 
  • Flexible vacation and sick time policy with 12 company paid holidays plus a week long "winter break" office closure from Christmas to New Years. Employees take the time when they need it
  • Flexible workplace and work schedule
  • CodePath provides a laptop, monitor, and ergonomic office setup  
  • Annual professional development stipend 
  • Ability to voluntarily contribute pre and post-tax earnings to our 401k plan
  • Employer Provided Short Term Disability and 10 weeks paid leave to support our employees in growing their family
  • A commitment to developing leaders from within the organization
  • Frequent opportunities to connect with students, universities, and communities we serve
  • Opportunities to engage, collaborate and partner with top technology companies, venture capitalists, and engineering leaders
About the Current Team
We are individuals from a multitude of backgrounds, experiences, and unlikely stories, all connected by a single dream: a world in which regardless of background, socioeconomic status, gender, or race all people have pathways to reach their full potential.
With a staff and board that cares deeply about diversity and equity, we believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds create a richer work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission.

Note: Research suggests that women and BIPOC individuals may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive at CodePath to apply for this role.