Product

Ruby on Rails Principal Developer

Pittsburgh, PA

The Big Picture

Do you enjoy applying your creative and technical skills to technology that impacts peoples’ lives for good? Do you thrive in a fast-paced and collaborative environment? As part of Zoobean’s product team, you will have the opportunity to help shape products that build lifelong reading habits for readers all around the world.

The Ruby on Rails Principal Developer is a motivated team player who will work with our product team to build products that inspire our clients and users. You will work closely with our web and mobile development teams as well as our product manager, Lead designer, and QA engineer to build new features and maintain our production apps. Communication and collaboration will be key to success. 

You will join a scrappy, generous, and entrepreneurial crew of twenty-five full-time teammates, including twelve product team members. The best part is that you get a unique opportunity to use your strengths and skills to challenge others to read more. After all, reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body.

About Us

Zoobean’s flagship products help people achieve reading goals by tracking reading and participating in reading challenges. We serve more than 10,000 public library and school clients in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Over six million readers currently use our platform, Beanstack, to track their reading, earn incentives, and stay motivated to read.

Our Shark Tank appearance brought us Mark Cuban as an investor. We have since picked up Kapor Capital, Militello Capital, AlphaLab Gear, RevUp Capital, and the AT&T Aspire Accelerator as believers and backers to our wonderful cause. Our customers range from big to small and include the Los Angeles Public Library, the Hawaii Department of Education, and the Department of Defense.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with other product team members to develop and maintain a growing set of applications and features
  • Contribute across the full technology stack
  • Analyze problems and consider existing architecture as well as future functionality when developing solutions
  • Assist customer support specialists to diagnose and patch reported issues
  • Optimize application for performance and scalability
  • Provides technical leadership for projects
  • Attend daily product standups and be part of a team effort to make awesome products

Skills and Experience

  • 8+ years of software development experience
  • Expert knowledge of Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Javascript, and SQL
  • Analytical thinker with exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Deep understanding of engineering and design best practices, especially as it relates to scaling high traffic and data heavy applications

A Big Plus

  • Experience working in a startup environment - able to juggle multiple projects and switch tasks throughout the day
  • Familiar with collaboration and source code management tools such as Github, Jira, or equivalent
  • Previous experience with designing, building, and scaling an application to support load changes related to growth
  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science, related degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • Experience working with a remote team

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary will range from $120,000 to $150,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401K Plan with company match
  • Participation in company’s stock incentive plan
  • Participation in company's quarterly bonus plan for employees
  • Work from home with the option to have the company lease co-working space on your behalf
  • $500 home office setup stipend
  • Attend in-person team lunches every 6 weeks in Pittsburgh, DC, or Indianapolis 
  • Optionally participate in our annual team “refresh” where we kick back together at a resort or other destination
  • At least 15 vacation days annually + a one week winter break from Xmas Eve to New Year's Day
  • Office closed for all federal holidays
  • Friday lunch on your company credit card
  • $1,200 annual professional development stipend

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We believe diversity breeds innovation. We're building a product that helps librarians, educators, and families everywhere, and to do that well, we need a workforce that’s representative of the population 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.

Vaccination Requirement

Given that our team meets periodically in person to cultivate our company culture, this role requires full COVID-19 vaccination (subject to any exemptions or accommodations due to medical or religious reasons).

From the Heart

At Zoobean, we live out four core values that are represented in our logo:

  • Love: We are passionate about the work we do and give everything we can to our customers, investors, and each other.
  • Inclusion: Our company grew out of a calling to help children and families see themselves in the books they read. That same commitment to diversity runs through all we do and gives each of us an opportunity to express our full selves while feeling a sense of belonging to a larger community.
  • Hard Work: We believe that hard work keeps paying off and you can’t microwave experience. We finish stronger than we start.
  • Awesomeness: This one speaks for itself.

If this hits you in the heart and mind, then come work with us.