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KickUp
emoji of a pushpinPhiladelphia, PAemoji of a money bag$3,000 - $3,500 / monthlyemoji of a clockTue Dec 15 2020
emoji of a woman of coloremoji of a man8 total on the teamemoji of a woman of coloremoji of a woman 1 women in techemoji of a woman of coloremoji of a person of color 1 people of color in tech

Our mission is to meaningfully engage educators in professional growth.

KickUp’s Engineering apprenticeship is intended to provide an opportunity for someone new to software engineering to grow their technical skills and gain industry experience.

About KickUp

KickUp aims to empower educators by meaningfully engaging them in professional growth. Our platform helps school districts design, coordinate and assess their professional learning activities, giving educational leaders a coherent and actionable picture of their program's effectiveness through data.

We're building a product that improves the way teachers and students are supported, and to do that well, we need a workforce that’s representative of the users we serve. We are actively looking to add members to our team who will bring diverse backgrounds, new perspectives, and a willingness to challenge us to improve the work we do every day.

About the Engineering Apprenticeship Role:

  • Full-time position (30 hrs / week), January - April (~12 weeks) with a $10,000 stipend

  • You’ll work with modern tools, by building our web app with Django and React

  • You’ll work full-stack, touching everything from dev-ops through our design system

  • You’ll work directly with mentors on our engineering team on roadmap projects

  • You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with other teams across the organization including Product, Customer Success, and Sales

  • You’ll get to engage in the whole software lifecycle -- from spec to development to QA to release

  • You’ll be supplied with a laptop for the duration of the apprenticeship

  • Due to Covid-19 the apprenticeship will be fully remote

About You: Skills & Experience

  • No prior professional experience as a full-stack software engineer, and no more than 6-months experience as a web developer

  • Non-traditional background in computer science: self-education, bootcamp, two-year degrees in computer science or related discipline, or four-year degrees in non-technical fields

  • You’ve got a publicly accessible portfolio of code (Ex. Your Github) that demonstrates your skills building user interfaces for the web (written in JavaScript) and back-end APIs (Ex. written in Django, Flask, Ruby on Rails, or Node.js)

  • Ability to learn and work independently

  • Ability to make progress in a remote-first environment

  • Good communication skills

  • Bonus: a demonstrated interest in or personal connection to K-12 education

  • Bonus: a web-hosted, live demo of a project you’ve worked on (even if it is a capstone project from a bootcamp or a personal project)

Bring Your Whole Self:

We believe diversity breeds innovation. We're building a product that improves the way all teachers and all students are supported, and to do that well, we need a workforce that’s representative of the users we serve. We are actively looking to add members to our team who will bring diverse backgrounds, new perspectives, and a willingness to challenge us to improve the work we do every day.

Why you should join KickUp:

Our mission is to meaningfully engage educators in professional growth. Education is in our team’s DNA, and study after study demonstrates that educators have the single greatest impact on student learning. KickUp exists to help districts grow their teachers through high-quality professional learning and well-coordinated improvement efforts, and your work at KickUp will lead to system-level change in education.

Our team is humble and sharp, with a unique blend of both mission driven and business smart qualities. Because we offer our clients both software and services, we’re able to build deep relationships and garner deep insight into the needs of our users in order to be a highly user-focused team. We work closely together to share learnings, solve cross-team problems, and maintain a cohesive, small-team feel and community spirit as we grow our organization.

Our product is a dynamic platform that helps school districts design, coordinate and assess their professional learning activities, giving educational leaders a coherent and actionable picture of their program's effectiveness. Working at KickUp will give you the chance to create new experiences with a modern stack built on a React-based JavaScript front-end, an API tier written in Django, and deployed via Docker containers.

What is your Interview process like?

Step 1: Intro Call: an initial call with our engineers to learn more about KickUp

Step 2: Coding challenge: show us your problem solving skills with our JavaScript-based exercise

Step 3: Technical phone interview: chat with a member of our team so we can learn more about your specific experience

Step 4: Virtual "on site" interview: meet the engineering team, and members of other departments, in a half-day final interview

Step 5: Reference checks and offer

What efforts are you making in terms of increasing diversity & inclusion within your company?

Our work centers around empowering educator professional growth through data, and our educator DNA makes for a growth-oriented environment. We're a relatively small team of 23, with a lot of opportunities for all members of the team to be heard, take on leadership roles and have their talents recognized. You'll find a welcoming space in our Wellness and Culture initiatives (led by two culture leads), and we have a dedicated Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead on our team to ensure we are continuously listening and finding ways to intentionally build an inclusive environment.

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