Senior Backend Engineer: Acquisition Team


New York City, NY, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Post Date: 05/26/2021
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  • Company Address: 49 W 27th Street 4th Floor, New York, NY, 10001

About Codecademy

First, we invented the best system for learning to code. And we offered it for free.
Eight years and 45 million learners later, we've created serious impact.

Headquartered in New York City, our internal team is now filled with highly curious and diverse individuals whose backgrounds span beyond just tech and education. And we’re growing. A lot.

Job Description

Hello, World! Codecademy has helped tens of millions of learners upgrade their careers, build meaningful projects and gain confidence in their skills with engaging, accessible, and flexible education on programming and data skills. We provide hands-on interactive lessons ranging from Python to R to Javascript and everything in between. Our learners have gone on to start companies, new jobs, and new lives thanks to what they’ve learned with Codecademy, and we’re thrilled to be working to take that impact to the next level.

Codecademy was started in 2011 by two college students in a dorm room at Columbia that were frustrated by the huge gap between education and employment. Almost a decade later, we are a rapidly growing, diverse team of 100+ headquartered in SoHo, NYC. We’ve raised over $40m in venture capital funding from top investors including Union Square Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Naspers, Y Combinator, and more.

If you want to help build a business that impacts tens of millions of people each year and helps them lead better lives, join us!

This team is focused on attracting new learners to Codecademy and enrolling them in the right learning experience within our products. The team helps grow our business by understanding our learners and using this information to make our Pro product more appealing.  We work on projects like our product experimentation framework, finding new ways of acquiring users, and shipping experiments to improve our user experience.

If you’re passionate about convincing more people that they can learn technical skills and finding the right way and time to introduce them to our products, this is the team for you.

    Extend the code evaluation engine that parses and evaluates code samples submitted by our learners, millions of times every single day (Go, Docker, AWS)
    Improve the interactive Learning Environment by creating new experiences, and increasing its reliability and performance (React, Ruby on Rails, Go)
    Design and improve systems for gaining insights about user learning (Ruby on Rails, Go, AWS Redshift/SQL)
    Design and improve APIs to enable other product teams to surface learning data to users in novel ways (Ruby, Go)
    Scale learning content production capacity by building new content production workflows in our internal CMS (React, Ruby, Go)


    A minimum of 5 years of experience developing web applications using Ruby on Rails, Go, and/or JavaScript
    Experience designing APIs from the ground up; comfortable with API design patterns (REST, RPC)
    A passion for testing best practices; can write unit tests in your favorite language with your eyes closed
    Experience working with both SQL and NoSQL databases. We currently use a combination of PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and Amazon Redshift
    Familiarity with containerization technologies. We use Docker and Kubernetes extensively in development and production


    Experience with ops and/or containerization technologies: Kubernetes, Terraform, EC2, ECS, Puppet, Ansible, Chef, etc.
    Experience working with modern front-end frameworks. We use React, Redux, and Webpack
    Particularly strong front-end experience in the React ecosystem
    Expertise in HTML & CSS, with a knack for layout, specificity, cross browser compatibility, and accessibility
    Proven empathy for our users, such as a background in education or past experience using our site
    BS/MS in Computer Science or engineering

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