Software Architect

Location: Mountain View, CA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

About Education Portal

We are a technology company on a mission to make education accessible. Education Portal helps millions of students improve their grades and earn college credit. We offer self-paced, online video courses that cover every subject taught in high school and junior college. Our team has built these courses from the ground up, leveraging data and technology to make the entire learning process simple and engaging for students.

We are a profitable, fast growing company looking to expand our team.

We began our journey in 2002 as a self-funded start-up and have grown every year since our inception. As a small, independent company, our employees have a direct impact on company direction and results.

We are located in the heart of downtown Mountain View, just a few steps from the Caltrain station. We only hire top talent, so those who pass our rigorous interview process will find themselves as part of one of the brightest and most innovative teams in Silicon Valley.

We have a culture of social responsibility. As we continue to generate profits, we give back by funding scholarship programs and helping charitable organizations provide open access to information and education throughout the poorest regions of the world.

Come join us on our mission and make a difference.

About the Software Architect Position

Education Portal serves over 6 million users each month, which requires a solid architectural foundation and cutting-edge user experience. We're seeking a passionate, data-driven innovator to help take our product to the next level and solve the complex problems that arise from developing predictive and recommendation algorithms based on massive amounts of user data.  Your work will directly impact how we evolve and grow.  This is a fun, multifaceted job in an entrepreneurial environment.

The successful candidate knows and loves working with the latest software stacks, can model multidimensional data sets, and can draw from experience to impact our platform. You are analytical and creative, and you don’t quit. Education Portal has a culture of getting things done, and demands exceptional collaboration across its engineering and product teams.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead architecture, design and implementation of Education Portal's high-volume scalable web applications
  • Participate in system design, architecture decisions and lead regular code reviews
  • Pair up development of critical software components with other software engineers
  • Mentor and coach team members to foster ongoing technical development
  • Work in a highly interactive, team-oriented environment
  • Help refine our ROI and intent-matching algorithms to directly increase profitability
  • Actively find ways to improve our software platform (evaluate and incorporate new libraries, tools and technologies; code reviews; refactoring; testing; etc.)
  • Find simple, robust solutions to complex problems
  • Become a key member and decision-maker in our top-notch engineering team

Requirements:

  • 7+ years experience in Java and J2EE technologies
  • 5+ years direct experience in Spring and Hibernate
  • 5+ years experience in relational databases, SQL query optimization and tuning (MySQL preferred)
  • 2+ years experience in data warehousing design and concepts, including NoSQL databases (Cassandra preferred)
  • BS or MS in Computer Science or related field
  • Advanced knowledge of UNIX or Linux and VMWare virtualization
  • Mastery of object oriented design, design patterns, data structures and multithreaded algorithms
  • Experience with front-end technologies like JSP, JSTL, JavaScript, AJAX, JQuery, etc.
  • Experience with JDBC, JMS, JMX, Tomcat or Resin
  • Solid knowledge of XML technologies: XSLT, XPATH, DOM, SAX, XSD
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented and strong analytical / problem solving skills
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment while juggling multiple projects
  • Eligibility to work in the US without sponsorship

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced Groovy, XHTML, CSS, JQuery, AJAX, REST knowledge
  • Experience with rich internet applications using modern java frameworks (GWT, JSF, etc.)
  • Paired programming and agile development experience
  • Experience with EHCache, Terracotta, Maven or Ant build scripts
  • Use of Confluence or other Wiki for documentation and specifications
  • JUnit or TestNG framework, JMeter, HtmlUnit, Selenium or other testing frameworks and harnesses
  • Mastery of IntelliJ and/or Eclipse IDE
  • Exposure to online marketing, search engine optimization and lead generation

Why work for Education Portal?

  • Help make education accessible to people who need it
  • Enjoy a fun, casual and collaborative working environment
  • Join a profitable and financially stable company
  • Help guide company decisions and direction
  • See results of your work in days, not years
  • Have your work impact 6+ million web visitors each month
  • Grow professionally with our training and skill development programs
  • Work with other talented and passionate team members

Benefits:

  • Competitive compensation (including salary and bonus plan)
  • 401k retirement plan with employer matching
  • 20 days of flexible paid time off annually (increases to 30 days over 5 years)
  • Additional 10 paid holidays annually
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans (we pay 100% of premiums)
  • Tuition reimbursement and gift matching programs
  • Stocked kitchen and beverages provided
  • Company sponsored gym memberships
  • Company sponsored Friday happy hour to celebrate weekly accomplishments
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