Staff Software Engineer - Full Stack at Course Hero

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Job title
Staff Software Engineer - Full Stack
Job listing last updated at
Feb 14, 2021
Job listing location
Redwood City, CA
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Bay Area company location: 2000 Seaport Blvd, Redwood City CA

Job description


Course Hero is scaling!  We are looking for an experienced Staff Software Engineer to join as the inaugural engineer of the Infra & New Pages Pod at Course Hero. You will lead the effort to build and maintain new infrastructure to effectively acquire and engage users. You will also play a key role in building and maintaining data pipelines and running experiments to optimize the ROI of our core infrastructure growth channels and user journeys. Your core team will consist of marketers, analysts, designers, and other engineers. 


In this role, you will design, implement, test and maintain Course Hero’s platform. You should be able to prioritize well, communicate clearly, have a consistent track record of delivery and have excellent software engineering skills. You will need to work across multiple facets of the project and manage multiple responsibilities.


As an early member of this high priority pod, you will be working in a scrappy, entrepreneurial team within the company and have the opportunity to help define how we operate.


Here are some ways you will make an impact!

  • Design, implement, test and improve the infrastructure to support growth efforts such as data instrumentation and piping, 3rd party platform integrations, and content generation tools
  • Partner with product managers to participate in growth infrastructure-related idea generation and implementation to drive user acquisition and monetization. Examples include creating new mechanisms to surface valuable content for our users
  • Design, implement, test, and maintain Course Hero’s platform components in the context of a multi-tier, scalable, high-volume, and reliable distributed systems that perform 24x7
  • Take complete technical ownership of one or more closely related parts of the platform, and deliver tangible results with speed and quality
  • Design and implement automated tests and new test frameworks when necessary
  • Keep the platform running - troubleshoot and fix production issues, do root cause analysis, and take corrective actions
  • Take on the challenge of improving resiliency and uptime
  • Consistently improve maintainability and stability of the codebase
  • Learn and grow – expand your skills and responsibilities by mentoring other engineers and learning new frameworks and techniques
  • Improve our SEO rankings and drive users to Course Hero to help them get unstuck

Are you our Staff Software Engineer? 

  • A software engineering generalist who cares deeply about driving business impact via improving user experience
  • Thoughtful approach to decision making; knowing when to move fast and when to do things right
  • Work in a high growth company that is serious about data and experimentation
  • Savvy in technologies like Golang, PHP, SQL, Javascript and React
  • Solid understanding of object-oriented and functional programming
  • Hands-on experience with developing and maintaining distributed systems
  • Working knowledge of modern operating systems and networking
  • Proven skills in performance monitoring and scalability analysis
  • Ability to quickly understand technical and business requirements and be able to translate into technical design and implementation
  • BS degree in Computer Science, a similar technical field of study, or have equivalent practical experience
  • 8+ years of relevant industry experience

Bonus Points!

  • Knowledge of SEO 



Benefits & Perks:

  • Competitive salary and stock options
  • Full medical coverage (medical, dental, vision)
  • 401(k) program with match
  • Education Reimbursement
  • Quarterly team events and outings (Sporting Events, Escape Rooms, Go-Kart Racing, Karaoke, Bowling and much more!)
  • Free lunches twice a week, on-site cafe discount, plus an endless snack and drink supply
  • Onsite gym – Pacific Shores Center – Classes – Pool – Spa – Rock Wall - Massages!
  • Commuter benefits, shuttle service from Redwood City, and cell-phone allowance
  • 10K Local Move Program to move within 10 miles of our office
  • 16 weeks of paid leave for maternity or paternity
  • 8 hours per quarter paid time for volunteering for a cause of your choice
  • Front row seat to Master Educator lectures – check out videos on our LinkedIn Career Page


Equal ​Employment Opportunity Statement ​(EEO)

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and ​inclusion within our company.  ​We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender ​identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, ​veteran status, or ​ability status. We will ensure that individuals who are differently abled are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment as provided to other applicants or employees. Please contact us to request accommodation.


About Us:

At Course Hero, we have an awesome team and a truly engaging culture. We are customer-focused, collaborative, responsible, gritty, and we love to learn. Our bold mission is to help students graduate confident and prepared!


We are not the only ones that think we’re onto something big. Course Hero has been recognized as one of the 2021 Top 100 Best Places to Work in the Bay AreaTop 50 Best Paying Companies in the Bay AreaTop 100 Most Transparent Companies, and in the Top 50 Most Transformational Companies in Education Technology. Read up on some of our recent news coverage, blog, and learn more about us to see what it is like to work with our team. 

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