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Full-Stack Engineer

Strada Education Network

Strada Education Network

Software Engineering
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024
As a Full-Stack Software Engineer at CredLens, you will be instrumental in designing and developing both the front-end and back-end of our platform. You will use React for front-end development and Python/Flask for back-end development. You will work closely with a small, cohesive team including DevOps and data scientists to build a brand-new portal designed to visualize non-degree credential data.
This is a green-field build-out, reporting directly to the CTO, providing an exciting opportunity to shape the future of our platform as well as the opportunity to develop into leadership or architectural lead roles.
CredLens, established in 2024, is an independent corporate entity affiliated with Strada Education Foundation. Our mission is to build a nonprofit national data trust focused on verified outcomes for non-degree credentials. CredLens will deliver actionable insights and power ongoing research for industry-based, professional, and workforce credentials.
CredLens is designed to fill the data gap for non-degree credentials. The attainment of these credentials is growing, but there is little to no data tracking their outcomes. CredLens will offer tailored data analytics and visualizations to credential issuers, workforce training providers, philanthropic funding partnerships, and state system partnerships to support the continuous improvement of credential quality and to support informed funding and scaling decisions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain: Build and enhance web applications using React (next.js/Typescript) for front-end and Python/Flask for back-end.
  • Collaborate: Work with UX/UI designers, backend engineers, and product managers to create seamless and visually appealing user interfaces and robust backend services.
  • Optimize: Ensure the technical feasibility of UI/UX designs and optimize applications for maximum speed and scalability.
  • Ensure Security: Implement and maintain security best practices to protect data integrity and privacy, leveraging AWS Cognito for identity management.
  • Code Quality: Write clean, maintainable, and well-documented code. Participate in code reviews and contribute to team best practices.
  • Stay Updated: Keep abreast of latest industry trends and technologies to ensure our applications remain cutting-edge.
  • Scrum Ceremonies: Occasionally act as a part-time scrum master, facilitating agile practices within the team.
  • QA Focus: Ensure strong quality assurance practices are followed in all development work.

The Person: Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Information Technology, or a related field is preferred but not mandatory.
  • Experience Required
  • Minimum 4-5 years of experience in full-stack development with a strong emphasis on both React and Python/Flask.
  • Very strong proficiency in either React or Python/Flask, and strong proficiency in the other.
  • Strong experience with building and consuming RESTful APIs
  • Strong experience with PostgreSQL
  • Good familiarity with cloud services (AWS preferred)
  • Good working experience of Git / Github
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Flexible and able to shape best practices in full-stack development.
  • Experience Preferred
  • Experience with Jira, Confluence, Slack, and Figma.
  • Experience with CI/CD pipelines, especially using AWS CDK in Python and CodePipelines.
  • Experience in understanding and visualizing data, and previous experience in a startup or non-profit environment.
  • Experience with developing accessible and inclusive experiences that are compliant with WCAG 2.1 or greater.
  • Values Alignment
  • Passion for education and technology, with a commitment to CredLens’ mission and values.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrated alignment with CredLens guiding values, commitment to building a strong and healthy workplace culture, and working in a collaborative environment.
  • Commitment and professional experience in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization, including incorporating stakeholder perspectives in the design, implementation, and evaluation of work efforts.
Travel Requirements
Minimal travel but hybrid work model and expected to be in the DC office at least 2 days per week.
Mission and Values Alignment:
Committed to providing equitable pathways to opportunity through PSET, particularly for individuals who have faced significant barriers. Demonstrated alignment with CredLens' guiding values, commitment to building a strong and healthy workplace culture, and working in a collaborative environment.
Strategy and Innovation Leadership:
Adept at operationalizing strategy and effectively communicating strategic endeavors within the organization and in external contexts, both verbally and in writing. Particular skill in designing annual plans, monitoring progress, and refining plans as needed. Adaptable with tolerance for ambiguity. Able to problem-solve and navigate varied viewpoints. Capacity to refine efforts based on evidence that change is needed. Ability to lead efforts to visualize and monitor change. Capability to see and support innovative ideas and opportunities across the organization, and to embed innovation within operational plans. Capabilities in taking the perspective of others and adapting an agenda and approach – toward a shared aim - accordingly.
Strategic Problem Solving:
Ability to effectively utilize a hypothesis-driven approach to problem solving, with effective quantitative and communication skills. Ability to take on broad-reaching and sometimes ambiguous questions while working collaboratively and cross-functionally with Strada team members across the organization.
Execution and Operations Leadership:
Ability to translate innovative, strategic ideas into tangible, actionable steps, as well as to effectively monitor progress and partner with others on identifying improvements during implementation to increase the likelihood of successful execution.
DEI Commitment:
Commitment and professional experience advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within and organization, including incorporating stakeholder perspectives in the design, implementation, and evaluation of strategic efforts.
Relationship Building and Collaborative Capabilities:
Demonstrated ability to cultivate, grow, and manage positive, mutually beneficial relationships at all levels of an organization and with partners outside the organization. Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship management skills—including identifying and working through challenges—underscored by strong judgment and emotional intelligence. Proven collaborator, able to work with colleagues at all levels in the organization.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to CredLens' organizational vibrancy, employee experience, and mission. We strongly encourage applicants from people of color/the global majority, immigrant, bilingual, and bicultural individuals; people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA2S+ and gender nonconforming communities; and people with other diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. We believe every member on the team enriches our workplace by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and discover, design, and deliver critical insights and solutions.