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Senior Software Engineer

at The College Board | Reston Office (Reston, VA) | View all jobs

The College Board, the national educational organization, is conducting a search for an Sr. Software Engineer for our IT department. This position is based in our Reston, Virginia office.

Named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative education companies, the College Board is a mission-focused organization. This job requires a strong focus on improving educational opportunities and outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged students, in the context of a competitive business environment.

As a Sr. Software Engineer, the ideal candidate will have designed, developed, unit tested, implemented and documented solutions that include not only the code to support business functionality, but also the underlying infrastructure required to run that code and the systems required to deploy it. The candidate will have also standardized and tuned the patterns and components in complex systems.  They should also possess the vision and communication skills to help the team move the systems into the future.  The candidate will also possess technical skills and experience in the virtual infrastructure domain, specifically Amazon Web Services. The preferred candidate would also have knowledge and experience with data warehouse systems.

The candidate will report to the Sr. Director and work within agile application teams that develop and maintain highly visible and critical applications. The candidate will have responsibility to design, implement and tune various software patterns to be used within the reporting applications.  As an Agile team member, from time to time, they may be called on to implement, unit test, document and maintain complex technical software solutions in support of the application development and QA processes.  Additionally, they will be expected to ensure communications and relationships with customers and cross-team members are professional and meet expectations. 

The Sr. Software Engineer will maintain awareness and knowledge of the emerging trends in technology, and its usage within the industry, and will apply this learning in the establishment of new and innovative technology strategies to support College Board’s business needs.  The candidate will also work with the teams to establish related practices, standards, and guidelines and provide oversight and adoption support to solution reporting teams.

In addition, successful candidates will be innovative thinkers and passionate in their pursuit of world class technology enabled business solutions. They will also be strong leaders, skilled communicators, and active partners, adept in interpreting and understanding the needs of the enterprise while translating those needs into technology architectures and solutions that are enduring and of high quality.

This is an opportunity for you to design and implement high-quality solutions that enable product and service delivery in support of the College Board’s mission, strategy, goals, and objectives.  You'll be surrounded by people who are like you; wickedly smart, passionate about the cloud, and know that the work that they are doing today supports the next generation of thought leaders and their future.

What you’ll do

  • Develop and implement standards, patterns and processes which establish consistency across enterprise data, reduce risk, and promote efficiencies in support of the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Develop and implement solutions, based on that set of standards, patterns and processes.
  • Define and communicate best practices for modeling, storing, and moving data to support cloud applications
  • Design and develop solutions to move/replicate data from an in-house database to AWS data store
  • Design and develop complex reports using BI Tools preferably Logi
  • Mentor development team members on data best practices and cloud technologies
  • Develop full stack AWS Cloud solutions and continuous delivery frameworks that improve the ability of the CB IT delivery teams to efficiently deliver solutions with quality.
  • Write complex code, build infrastructure as code, work with “cloud” based environments, and build the supporting automated toolsets to test and deploy the systems they develop.
  • Take responsibility for the quality of their work; develop and implement a set of quality criteria and the associated validation method to ensure that any deliverable meets the expected quality levels of our customers, use quality management to ensure quality levels are maintained, seek new approaches and techniques to improve quality levels, employ reviews and observations to maintain the quality and continuous improvement process and analyze the impact of quality control and quality assurance on project performance.
  • Use metrics to establish feasibility of new initiatives and develop plans, including budget, sequencing and time frames.
  • Actively review their own and the team’s work processes and implements improvements seen from other teams or in industry to drive continuous improvement of the team’s efficiency, speed, and quality
  • The candidate will also take responsibility for creating design specifications, unit testing, and preparing technical documentation.
  • Maintains regular contacts with staff in own and other departments with the purpose of coordinating activities and scheduling and collaborating to produce work.
  • Maintains frequent contacts with members, customers and vendors with a moderate impact on the image, reputation and/or business or operational well-being of The College Board.
  • Develop and manage relationships with vendors and partners as it relates to technology products and services to support project initiatives. 

About you

  • A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or MIS.
  • 7+ years of experience in software systems, programming, database development, and infrastructure development and administration
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and mentoring technical staff in the development and usage of cloud technology and solutions
  • Minimum 5 years demonstrated experience with full stack development.
  • 3+ years demonstrated experience with AWS cloud supported programming languages like Node JS, React JS or Python development.
  • 2+ years hands-on with AWS Lambda, Postgres, data movement tools including Glue, Sqoop, Spark, SNS/SQS, S3, IAM, CloudWatch, EC2, RDS and DynamoDB, AWS CLI
  • Good SQL skills and Oracle DBA experience, including development and production support
  • Ability to use or learn: KMS, ALB/ELB, Route 53, VPC
  • Fluency with CI/CD toolsets such as: Jenkins, Ansible, CloudFormation, BitBucket
  • Working knowledge of AWS Serverless architecture
  • Working knowledge of distributed architectural design patterns
  • Strong and evolving competence in several programming languages and technologies, working knowledge of multiple tools sets, technologies and implementation environments
  • Strong problem solving and analytic skill
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and assignments simultaneously and effectively in a cross-functional team environment
  • Ability to work independently and in Agile teams. Scrum Team Member attitude – willingness to support the Team to be successful in any area necessary

More about you

  • Expertise in the knowledge of programming languages, relational databases, and NoSQL databases
  • Experience building infrastructure as code using AWS CloudFormation or similar scripting techniques
  • Strong practical Linux based systems administration skills and scripting experience in a Cloud based environment
  • Familiarity with monitoring tool suites like DataDog, SumoLogic, NewRelic, and Nagios
  • Experience with Chef, Puppet, Salt, or Ansible in production environments
  • Experience with automated testing tools (i.e. selenium, Cucumber) are a plus
  • Experience with Agile Scrum practice a plus

Benefits

We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement savings plan, health and pet insurance, tuition reimbursement and ongoing professional development and training.

 Mission

The College Board’s mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. We are a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Among our best-known products are the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and Advanced Placement Program®. The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. Please understand that only qualified applicants will be contacted.