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Senior Front End Engineer

ThinkCERCA is an education technology startup that helps educators teach critical thinking through argumentative writing. Named a "game-changing" education tool by Bill Gates, our product is proven to help students achieve two years of academic growth per year. We're on a mission to make these results a reality for all students across the country.

We’re looking for someone is who passionate about web development, works well with a team, and is interested in joining a fast-paced startup as a Senior Front-end Developer to drive our product to the next level. Primary skills desired include experience with React, knowledge of non-mutative functional programming patterns, and an eye for simplicity and usability.

What you’ll be doing

  • Functionally pure programming with React, Redux, and Ramda. From the green field development of our many upcoming new features, to bringing ever increased simplicity and modularity to our existing front end architecture, you’ll be helping us write succinct, modular, and side-effect free code
  • Building out our front end data abstractions while occasionally helping with design-level discussions of our server-side GraphQL API
  • Working directly with our design team to create reusable abstractions and components that meet UX requirements without creating unnecessary divergence
  • Helping improve our core front end technology stack; making sure our dependencies are useful, minimal, and up to date
  • Competing for the coveted Best With Computer award during our bi-monthly hack nights in obscure new programming languages
  • Interfacing directly with our QA team to ensure that the features you build have been rigorously verified and are up to spec
  • Meeting with our stakeholders to understand and refine feature requirements throughout their implementation
  • Making our team better with your unique viewpoints and interests


What you’ll need

  • Experience with React and component-based front end UI architecture
  • At least some experience or familiarity with: functional programming / non-mutative data flow abstractions, GraphQL, Apollo, Yarn, and Webpack
  • Knowledge of testing best practices and version control (we use git)
  • An understanding of the many difficulties and gotchas in web development, such as: client/server security, cross-browser compatibility, responsive design (especially on mobile devices), and connection volatility.
  • A desire to continually improve both the stack that we all work in and your own skillset
  • An interest in considering issues of unnecessary complexity, premature abstraction, maintainability, tight coupling, and all of the other grand plagues of the software engineering world
  • The ability to give and receive thoughtful, constructive feedback on any incoming changes
  • An awareness of when to act, delegate, and ask for help
  • An appreciation of discussion and diverse viewpoints
  • Big Bonus points: knowledge of education or education technology
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