Senior Staff Engineer


  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Post Date: 01/08/2021
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  • Company Address: , San Francisco, CA

About JumpStart

Talent is evenly distributed; opportunity is not. Jumpstart is breaking down barriers by enabling any company to hire early-career talent anywhere.

Job Description

Recruiting is broken. The workforce lacks diversity and inclusion. And current recruiting methods and tools contribute to the problem. At Jumpstart, it’s our mission to make recruiting fair for all.

Jumpstart’s virtual recruiting platform is transforming the talent industry by bringing together recruiting professionals and talent through communities, expanding talent opportunities in a broken system, and helping businesses build diverse workforces. We, ourselves, are also actively building a diverse and inclusive organization. At Jumpstart, we welcome people of all backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. 

Jumpstart is backed by Sequoia, with a recent $8.5M Series A funding. We are headquartered in San Francisco, but many of our teams and roles are remote-first (US-based only at this time). If you have a passion for rolling up your sleeves, building new programs, and have a strong, team-player mentality, we’d love to hear from you!

Our Team + Your Role

Our Jumpstart team comprises 36 high-energy people with unique backgrounds (from high school dropouts to MLK scholars). We’re a team of learners and doers with a bias for action. We move fast, iterate, measure, and iterate again. We also encourage each other to always remember the “why” in service to the mission and believe people are our greatest asset.

Our stack consists of a Swift iOS app, Kotlin Android app, Vue.js frontend, Django / Python backend, ML recommendation-based microservice, and AWS/Netlify as our infrastructure.

You ideally:

  • Lead complex systems from conception to deployment in production
  • Serve as a leader and source of intricate knowledge about whole platforms and services
  • Act like an owner, reacting quickly to issues throughout your scope
  • Proactively identify risks to timely delivery, effectively communicating those and adjusting planning to accommodate
  • Serve as a mentor to many teammates, and are respected by peers as someone who is a great leader
  • Catch architectural flaws during project planning and guide teammates in ways that level them up permanently
  • Have a track record of delivering high quality results for large or complex projects, exceeding you and your org’s commitments & expectations
  • Have a knack for learning and adaptively handling tasks wherever needed

Your Responsibilities

  • Design, build, operate, and maintain highly scalable, performant systems
  • Quickly distill fast-moving product requirements into tangible initiatives and projects
  • Collaborate with all engineering teams to architect applications that are heavily data-driven
  • Help steer the culture of a growing team through your ideas and passion for engineering
  • Take ownership of products end-to-end: from design through development to troubleshooting when things go wrong
  • Shape our engineering culture through innovative problem solving to create ideas, tools, and infrastructure to raise the bar
  • Work closely with the product team to plan and prioritize features
  • Low ego, high EQ engineer & leader, able to work collaboratively no matter the task at hand
  • You put customers first, taking a humanistic approach to ensuring all engineering requirements are met in the best way possible for our users
  • Be instrumental in the future development of our organization's engineering systems and infrastructure


  • 8+ years of experience in software development
  • 4+ years of in-depth experience with backend, frontend, or mobile frameworks like Django and Vue.js
  • A proven track record of success developing & shipping many large-scale, performant, and scalable applications
  • Leadership experience and excitement for mentoring team members and distilling engineering information throughout the organization
  • Experience advocating for business and engineering objectives with equal measure, making decisions to advance the goals of the company
  • Strong skill with database design and architecture
  • Deep experience with RESTful API development
  • Experience using common IDEs (Pycharm, VSCode, or equivalent)
  • Passion for writing clean, well-documented, and reusable code
  • Experience with web standards and protocols such as HTTP, DNS, TCP/IP, socket APIs, etc.
  • Knowledge of professional software engineering practices and best practices for the full software development life cycle
  • A deep drive for optimization and performance analytics
  • A Bachelor's Degree or comparable work experience

Benefits & Additional Notes

At Jumpstart, we offer resources that emphasize personal and familial wellbeing. We provide:

  • 99% healthcare coverage, including dental, vision, and life insurance
  • unlimited paid-time off
  • flexible working arrangements
  • competitive pay
  • 401k

To help employees have a comfortable “work from home” environment, we also offer a $500 reimbursement to get you the tools you need and a $75/week reimbursement for meals.

We are a distributed team, and we offer US-based remote employment for most roles. Though we're a distributed team, we're currently only able to hire US-based candidates.

As part of our security protocols, offers are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.