Principal Software Engineer

  • Achievement Network (ANet),
  • Boston, MA
Work from home not available Travel not required

Job Description

Job Description:

Principal Software Engineer


We are seeking a full-time Principal Software Engineer to join our Engineering Team and help build products that support Achievement Network's (ANet's) mission. The ideal candidate will be passionate about cutting-edge development technologies and best practices, excited by technical challenges, and motivated to deliver software that impacts educational success. Reporting to the VP of Engineering, this person will play a key role in crafting and implementing a technology vision for the organization.

ANet is flexible to remote working with appropriate experience and a history of successfully collaborating with and mentoring other developers remotely. Monthly travel to ANet's National Office in Boston will be necessary, so proximity to the New England area and eastern time zone is preferable.


  • Partner with talented engineers to lead and define our next generation infrastructure and application architectures, including strategies to migrate existing applications to modern UI frameworks and microservices

  • Drive, design, and implement system infrastructure solutions, including a shared application shell and integrations with performance profiling, debugging, automated testing, and build systems

  • Collaborate with peers to quickly develop and deliver updated user-facing applications that are fast, elegant, and easy-to-use

  • Keep abreast of new technologies and propose adoption as appropriate

  • Actively embrace best software development practices and set the bar for high quality code

  • Mentor and support the development of other engineers, providing them with coaching and learning opportunities to help them grow

  • Proactively look for ways to help improve team culture and velocity

  • Help deliver ANet's next generation of technology products that support data-driven educational practices and help to close the achievement gap in the underserved communities we partner with


In order to be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate the following:

You have direct experience architecting, implementing, delivering, and supporting high quality, enterprise-scale web applications using

o Modern web development frameworks, including Angular and/or React with Redux to manage application state

o Software-as-a-service (SaaS) and microservice-based software architectures written in Java and/or Go

o Performance optimization techniques

o Access control patterns

You have hands-on experience developing and optimizing system infrastructure to support

o High availability, scalability, performance, and reliability requirements

o Automated unit, functional, and end-to-end regression test suites

o Continuous integration and delivery tools, preferably with dependency-based builds

You have prior leadership experience

o Defining and adopting best software development practices and patterns across teams

o Performing software design and code reviews for developers across teams

o Mentoring new hires and junior engineers

You are a team player who motivates and educates colleagues; you enjoy working in a highly collaborative culture

You are skilled in working closely with business partners to build technology solutions that meet the usability and functional needs of internal and external users

You operate comfortably among a highly independent staff with diverse backgrounds

You bring an innovative approach to analyze, evaluate and solve problems

You have a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels

You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily and are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege

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Position Id : 109397492
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