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Senior Software Engineer

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The Senior Software Engineer will be involved in designing, implementing and maintaining solutions within Amazon Web Services. The software engineer shall also perform database tasks such as database modeling, table design, database builds, deployments, tuning.  The successful candidate will be a seasoned software engineer with extensive knowledge and experience in designing and building complex, highly scalable and reliable application systems, deep knowledge of cloud-based architecture and technologies, and experience with relational databases.  The candidate will have a comprehensive knowledge of web front-end and back-end development tools, technologies, practices, and standards and a track record of delivering high-quality, web-based business solutions in a timely and effective manner.   

The candidate will report to the Senior Director and work within an agile application team that develops and maintains highly visible and critical applications. The candidate will have responsibility to design, implement, unit test, document and maintain complex technical software solutions in support of the application development and QA processes. Additionally, you will be expected to ensure communications and relationships with customers and cross-team members are professional and meet expectations.

What you’ll do

  • Works with agile teams to refine requirements and to identify areas for enhancement.
  • Works with other team members to develop a complete and integrated solution; and to deliver quality software and required documentation on time.
  • Builds, tests, deploys, monitors and maintains software for complex web and cloud-based applications and services.
  • Develops database scripts for physical implementation, builds and deploys database changes to development, QA, staging, and production environments.
  • Supports the migration of complex Oracle 11 Databases to AWS RDS (Postgres/Aurora/Dynamodb).
  • Develops full stack solutions and continuous delivery frameworks that improve the ability of the CB IT delivery teams to efficiently deliver solutions with quality.
  • Writes well designed, testable, efficient code.
  • Ensures that completed code provide all functionality described by application experts to ensure that acceptance criteria are met.
  • Provides story point estimates for enhancements and new features.
  • Develops and executes Test Driven Development tests, integration tests, unit tests, and automated test.
  • Works within a given time frame to complete coding.
  • Monitors and maintains production systems.
  • Actively participate in code, test, and documentation peer reviews.
  • Provide guidance on full life cycle of cloud-based solutions including tools, technologies, and best practices for development, deployment and maintenance of cloud hosted services.
  • Evaluate and understand emerging technologies and trends for DevOps and Continuous Delivery automation within cloud infrastructures.
  • Perform on-site/on-call support during times of peak activity.

About you

  • Bachelor's degree in the field of computer science, systems engineering or comparable practical experience.
  • At least 5 years of experience in software development, programming, database development.
  • 2-3 years demonstrated experience with full stack development.
  • Minimum 2 years of relational database experience, preferably using Oracle.

More about you

  • 2+ years demonstrated experience with AWS cloud supported programming languages like Java, Node JS, or Python.
  • 2+ years hands-on with AWS Lambda, SNS/SQS, S3, IAM, CloudWatch, EC2, RDS and DynamoDB, AWS CLI
  • Javascript programming experience.
  • Proficiency with SQL and database procedural languages.
  • Experience with database partitioning, indexing, tuning, AWR reports.
  • Knowledge of applicable data security principles and practices.
  • Fluency with CI/CD toolsets such as: Jenkins, Ansible, CloudFormation, BitBucket
  • Working knowledge of distributed architectural design patterns
  • Experience with Chef, Puppet, Salt, or Ansible in production environments.
  • Strong and evolving competence in several programming languages and technologies, working knowledge of multiple tools sets, technologies and implementation environments
  • Familiarity with Mocha, Chai.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Knowledge/experience with micro services strongly desired.
  • Knowledge/experience with REACT strongly desired.
  • Willingness to assume multiple roles such as DBA, software developer, etc. as needed.
  • Scripting language experience (Shell, bash, Python, Perl, etc).
  • Strong problem solving and analytic skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and assignments simultaneously and effectively in a cross-functional team environment
  • IT experience in agile Full Life Cycle development, to include: system design architecture, development, maintenance, and support.
  • Experience with SOA.
  • Knowledge of applicable data security principles and practices.
  • Solid written and oral communication skills; ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language
  • Customer satisfaction orientation.
  • Willingness/ability to work off-shifts (evening, night-time, weekend).


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


Our mission is to clear a path for all students to own their future.

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.