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We connect community needs to opportunities and resources.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We’re looking for an exceptional Software Engineer to help our team grow new engineering integrations, and refine existing platforms and architecture.

Description

About Scholar Fund Scholar Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization connecting community needs to opportunities and resources. Primarily, we build technology to remove barriers to higher education scholarships and direct cash assistance. We have helped students win over $90 million in scholarships through free application essay review and have administered over $171 million in COVID-19 relief funds. Now we’re working to power the next billion dollars in benefit programs. Though not limited to any subset of individuals, our work frequently serves undocumented immigrants, Black and other people of color, and low-income families, among others.

We pride ourselves on being a team of few but exceptional individuals—savvy, conscientious, and wide-eyed—who tackle imposing challenges by thinking critically and creatively about traditional solutions, novel tools, and intimate knowledge of the problem space. We are approximately 25 strong, plus a handful of four-legged friends and small human “coworkers”. We are based primarily out of Seattle, WA and have been a fully remote team from day one.

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The Role

The Engineering team is responsible for developing and maintaining internal and public facing web applications, as well as managing capture, storage, analysis, and security of user-generated and operational data. The team focuses on security, accessibility, and efficient shipping of reliable full stack software products. This role is for a full-stack Software Development Engineer. You will be working primarily with TypeScript and React to write clean, maintainable, and scalable front-end and back-end code. You will be part of a small team as we grow our engineering to 4 (Software Development Engineer / Data Scientist / Process Engineers), and will have your fingerprint on virtually all of the core architecture and processes as we grow to serve hundreds of thousands of individuals and families. You will be responsible for:

  • Developing familiarity with the full breadth of our code base
  • Giving and receiving code reviews with the Director of Engineering and your other teammates
  • Developing features, including integrations with 3rd party APIs
  • Documenting and maintaining software functionality (TypeScript, React), Documenting and maintaining Dev-Ops processes and infrastructure (Google Cloud Platform, Terraform)
  • Participating in our contributions to open source projects
  • Collaborating with our Engineering, Data Science, Payments, and Customer Support specialists This role does not entail on-call coverage. If on-call availability becomes necessary at a later date, it will follow a renegotiation of the salary and benefits package to ensure fair compensation.

Skills

  • Fluency in TypeScript and React — The vast majority of our code base is TypeScript, and all user interfaces are built with React.
  • Familiarity with Docker and infrastructure-as-code concepts and best practices
  • Consistent focus on security, and habitual ability to form, update, and manage threat models during development
  • Experience developing and maintaining reliable, performant web systems with database, API, and front-end components
  • Comfort in both collaborative and independent work environments — We are a small, remote engineering team with minimal existing management structure. Our success depends on strong individual initiative while at the same time thoughtfully building processes and practices to support each other as the team grows.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Ability and motivation to communicate with clarity, timeliness, and respect for teammates and clients — We serve undocumented immigrants and individuals and families dealing with financial distress, and our staff represents a diversity of races, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Consciously cultivating trust and consistently examining our role as an anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-classist, and inclusive organization is essential to our success.
  • BS or MS in Computer Science or a related technical field or comparable experience

Benefits

  • $150,000 base salary, with annual pay reviews and transparent compensation updates based on performance
  • Work remotely: Live and work wherever you like!
  • Multiple health care, vision, dental, and life insurance plans
  • Flexible time off to help you relax and recharge. (Unlimited PTO, with mandatory 2 week vacation)
  • A 401K with 4% match, so you can invest in your future
  • Hardware included: A new laptop for work + a $500 office workspace setup budget

Application Process

We view the application and interview process as an important bilateral tool for evaluating technical and professional fit. Basic steps to expect:

  • Submit a resume
  • 1 informational/technical interview with Director of Engineering
  • 1 informational interview with CEO
  • 2 month contract, paid plus benefits, with intention to convert to salaried at end of contract if satisfactory for all parties
  • Final offer and salary negotiation

We are an equal opportunity employer that values and welcomes diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Salary: $150,000 - $150,000 per year

INTERVIEW PROCESS

We view the application and interview process as an important bilateral tool for evaluating technical and professional fit. Basic steps to expect:

  • Submit a resume
  • 1 informational/technical interview with Director of Engineering
  • 1 informational interview with CEO
  • 2 month contract, paid plus benefits, with intention to convert to salaried at end of contract if satisfactory for all parties
  • Final offer and salary negotiation

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Our goal in everything we do, from building for the communities we’re a part of to reflecting those practices for each employee, we focus on creating spaces where each individual can show up whole and supported. At a fundamental level we challenge the traditional infrastructures never built for us to build an environment that adapts to new ways of support. This includes individualized work set up allocations to equip each staff member with the tools they need, a truly flexible PTO set up with mandatory minimums and periodic follow ups from leadership for any staff not taking enough vacation, and expanding benefits for true comprehensive care.
With the nature of the organization we’re building, the problems we’re tackling, and the communities we’re serving we’re enriched by building a business for folks who come from where we come from and understand that the pressures of the world don’t magically stop when we go to work. That we can build a business that supports each of our staff to thrive in spaces not built for them with the full support of our organization. We look at inclusion at both an individual and organization level ensuring each person and their unique experiences are incorporated into the fabric of our organization and how we can make structural changes that directly support the intersecting identities we bring with us.

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