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Senior Software Engineer – Python


This is a Full-time position in Brooklyn, NY posted November 21, 2021.

A pioneer in K-12 education since 2000, Amplify is leading the way in next-generation curriculum and assessment.

Our captivating core and supplemental programs in ELA, math, and science engage all students in rigorous learning and inspire them to think deeply, creatively, and for themselves.

Our formative assessment products turn data into practical instructional support to help students at every skill level build a strong foundation in early reading and math.

Our programs provide teachers with powerful tools that help them understand and respond to the needs of all their students.

Today, Amplify serves five million students in all 50 states.

Amplify is a leader in creating immersive, rigorous digital learning experiences that look great, play great, and help students expect great things of themselves.

Amplify has been described as the best tech company in education, and the best education company in tech.

As an engineer at Amplify, you will join a talented team tackling the toughest problems in education with the best ideas in technology
– including user experience, APIs and services, data analysis, and deployment pipelines.

You’ll play an active role in imagining and improving product design and the classroom experience.

What You’ll Do

  • Make life better for passionate teachers by:
    • meeting the ultimate reliability and uptime challenge for digital tools
      – is this better than paper?
    • building well structured and documented RESTful APIs so that our apps can share data with ease
    • shipping code from your laptop to classrooms frequently and confidently
  • Help school administrators build great schools by:
    • building data pipelines that respect privacy and ensure security while offering useful insights
    • implementing code that runs great across platforms under variable memory and network constraints
    • analyzing performance and squashing tricky bugs using tools like Datadog, Alert Logic, and AWS CloudWatch
  • Learn every day by:
    • collaborating, pull request-ing, and mentoring on a cross-functional team
    • participating in cross-team share-outs, brownbags, and workshop series

Example Projects You Might Work On

  • Architecting algorithms to select the right activity for the right student at the right moment.
  • Creating teacher and student friendly front-end components, assessments and reporting pages.
  • Crunching data from student activities to show teachers just the right advice
  • Simulating hundreds of thousands of kids to implement scaling, stability, and security improvements
  • Improving our deployment and testing automation pipelines

You Must Have

  • MS in Computer Science or equivalent
  • 5+ years of professional software development experience
  • Strong CS and software engineering fundamentals
  • 3+ years experience with server-side development preferably in Python
  • Experience with database technologies (modeling, ORMs, tuning)
  • Experience deploying production systems in the cloud (AWS, GCP, Azure)
  • Strong communication skills in writing, conversation

Extra Credit For

  • Experience with tools we use every day:
    • Front-end frameworks: React, Redux, the next thing that will replace them all
    • Back-end frameworks: Node.js, AWS Lambdas, AWS AppSync (GraphQL)
    • Tools and systems: Linux, Docker, AWS, Datadog, Terraform, Jenkins
    • Data stores: DynamoDB, Oracle, AWS S3
  • Proven passion for building and learning: open source contributions, pet projects, self-education, Stack Overflow
  • Experience in education or ed-tech

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

To that end, we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

Amplify is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

This position may be funded, in whole or in part, through American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funds.

Amplify Education, Inc.

is an E-Verify participant.