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Lead 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 a Lead 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.

The Lead Software Engineer is responsible for the design and development of application software within the College Board's Information Technology Business Delivery group.  The successful candidate will mentor, guide and lead software engineers.  Candidate should be a seasoned software engineer with leadership skills and extensive knowledge and experience in designing and building complex, highly scalable and dependable application systems using Java/J2EE, JavaScript based technologies.    

The candidate will interact closely with project management, business analysts, test engineers and other software engineers to shape, identify, prioritize, and realize project requirements in the delivery of business solutions.

Successful candidates will have a comprehensive knowledge of web front-end and back-end development tools, technologies, practices, and standards; proven ability to integrate large scale systems or third-party products; and a track record of delivering high-quality, web-based business solutions in a timely and effective manner.

What you’ll do

  • Guides, mentors and leads a team of software engineers
  • Builds, tests, deploys and maintains production Java code for complex web-based applications using J2E, Spring, Hibernate, JavaScript, Python and other programming and scripting languages. Incorporates Cloud technologies on new application development to include micro-services and AWS services such as lambda, S3, SQS, SNS, and DynamoDB.
  • Works in DevOps agile teams primarily in AWS technology environment
  • Follows established coding standards and other group procedures, both individually and at a team level.  Must ensure proper code reviews are held for the project and that development processes and tool utilization (e.g. PMD, Checkstyle, etc.) are followed.
  • Contributes to the engineering team’s culture of high code quality.  Accountable for the quality of code that is delivered to QA and production and must ensure that appropriate code reviews and unit testing are adequately performed.
  • Ensures that continuous integration is performed on the application source code and constantly seeks to enhance the continuous integration methods of the development team to ensure extremely high quality of code.
  • Works closely with project management and requirements analysts to thoroughly understand the system requirements and ensure they are properly implemented. Also must seek ways to meet the underlying business requirements with low-cost, yet highly re-usable patterns and actively escalate requirements that may cause unnecessary risk or cost.
  • Ensure that application code adheres to enterprise and industry standards and best practices, including performance and security standards.
  • Gather feedback from design and technical staff on application development needs and patterns.  Must be able to work with Enterprise Architecture group to propose and solicit approval of new architectural patterns including documentation and presentation of the architectural approach, benefits/limitations and other considerations (e.g. re-usability, security, performance, maintainability, etc.).
  • Thorough understanding of implementing accessibility and progressive enhancement presentation layer coding practices. Works with Interface Design Architects to assure accessibility standards are met at a code level.
  • Responsible for support of and coordinating with other Engineers, Architects and teams including other technology teams such as a User Experience team or an infrastructure team.
  • Assists Project Manager in project planning and estimating of project score items.  Reports hours daily to administration for billing purposes.

 About you

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least 9 years of directly-related work experience in a professional position in software development
  • Good leadership and communication skills.  Must be adoptable, open minded and sensible for the team needs. 
  • Expert-level understanding of the Java programming language, related optimization techniques, and design patterns.
  • Experience in working with AWS services, deploying applications to AWS and working experience in JavaScript frameworks (React etc.)
  • Expert-level Object Oriented knowledge, with demonstrated complex implementations a must, e.g., custom API's, optimization techniques, and design patterns.
  • Must have deep knowledge of Java/J2E, Spring, JPA/Hibernate, SQL and NoSQL databases
  • Must have practical experience developing and public cloud concepts and protocols, in particular AWS
  • Knowledge of Javascript and Python is required
  • Experience with DevOps tools and automation
  • Experience working in an iterative(agile/scrum) development environment
  • Experience in documenting design and architecture artifacts and presenting artifacts for architectural review
  • Effective communication skills are a must along with a strong customer service orientation, and the ability to clearly discern client needs.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate multiple responsibilities simultaneously, with fast, flexible work style.

 More about you

  • Test-driven development and continuous integration experience is preferred
  • Knowledge of K-12 or Higher Education related software applications is a plus


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.