Senior Technical Cloud-Native Curriculum Developer - Distributed US at Cockroach Labs

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Databases are the beating heart of every business in the world.

Cockroach Labs is the creator of CockroachDB, the most highly evolved cloud-native, distributed SQL database on the planet that scales fast, survives anything, and thrives anywhere. We created CockroachDB to unshackle teams from the constraints of their database. Join us on our mission to enable every developer to build world-changing applications!

About the Role

As a cloud-native developer, you know managing state in modern cloud-native apps running on Kubernetes is a profound mismatch if you use legacy SQL databases.  And you know designing and coding the inevitable transactional serializable use cases in those applications is far from straightforward or adequate when using noSQL databases. CockroachDB is a next-gen, distributed SQL transactional database that solves these problems, keeping pace with the cloud-native distributed Kubernetes world.

We are looking for a Cloud-native Technical Curriculum Developer to build courses for Cockroach University, a free online learning platform focused on teaching cloud-native developers and operators what they need to know to use CockroachDB and CockroachCloud.

You Will
  • Empathize with cloud-native developers and database operators, putting yourself in the shoes of devs and operators building and running cloud-native applications with CockroachDB in production.
  • Build cloud-native microservice and serverless applications used in training exercises and CockroachDB enablement in general.
  • Build training courses collaboratively in teams using Agile methodology and techniques.
  • Define course architectures, learning objectives and detailed lesson plans with peer Curriculum Developers and subject matter experts. 
  • Script and record engaging & high-quality video lessons.
  • Write hands-on labs.
  • Build quizzes, tests and exams.
  • Contribute to defining and evolving the Training team’s Agile and DevOps processes and conventions.
  • Develop technical expertise in CockroachDB and accompanying technologies.
  • Foster collaboration with our Docs, Engineering, Product, and Customer Success teams to keep our curriculum up-to-date, effective, and user-centric.
The Expectations

In your first 30 days, you will learn about CockroachDB both in terms of its internals and from the customer’s perspective/experience, using our documentation, training materials, and technical staff. You’ll also give one half-hour presentation on a part of CockroachDB and spin up on the tooling we use to create courseware.

3 months in, you’ll be integrated into the team and partnering with a peer Curriculum Developer to optimize existing content and build out the next developer-facing Cockroach University courses in service of a future CockroachDB Certification program. 

You Have
  • Experience developing synchronous and/or asynchronous serverless and/or microservice-based systems.
  • Knowledge of event-driven-streaming and/or reactive architectures.
  • Experience with Test Driven Development (TTD) and Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipelines.
  • Experience deploying above systems to containerized (Kubernetes) clusters (self-hosted and/or public clouds) and/or public cloud provider serverless environments.
  • Passion for developing and delivering educational experiences that meet the real-world needs of customers, and for building internal and external relationships to get feedback and identify opportunities.
  • Familiarity with the various technologies and architectures that make distributed applications function.
  • Proficiency in Linux and in one or more programming languages (Java, JS, Python, Go, Scala, etc.).
  • Knowledge of one or more object relational mapping and/or persistence frameworks. 
  • 4+ years of experience as a curriculum developer, technical instructor, instructional designer, technical evangelist or similar technical position.
The Team

Reporting to Doug Weatherbee - Director of Training

The CockroachDB mission is to make data easy. Doug makes sure we build the training counterpart to that mission: Make learning CockroachDB easy and intuitive. Doug’s been passionate about developer training for over twenty years: for the first 15 years, he was a Java EE & IBM WebSphere instructor, curriculum developer and writer and near the end of those 15 years, a Scala programming language and Akka distributed computing trainer. During the past 6 years, he’s led creative teams of other technical curriculum engineers building cloud-native developer content at Red Hat (OpenShift, Kubernetes, Quarkus microservices, Istio Service Mesh) and Lightbend (makers of Scala and Akka and Reactive Architecture pioneers). In off hours, he’s probably walking by the ocean in Nova Scotia, riding an ebike on the Acadian dykelands or playing and composing music.

Our Benefits
  • 100% health insurance coverage (for you and your dependents!)
  • Paid parental leave (with baby bucks)
  • Flex Fridays
  • Flexible time off & flexible hours
  • Education reimbursement

Cockroach Labs is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you need additional accommodations to feel comfortable during your interview process, please email us at [email protected].

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Technology we use

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53 W 23rd St , New York, NY 10010

What are Cockroach Labs Perks + Benefits

Cockroach Labs Benefits Overview

Flexible Working: You are free to arrange your work schedule to meet your individual circumstances.

Wellbeing for All: We partner with Spring Health and an Employee Assistance Program to provide free counseling and support mental health on our team.

Flex Fridays: Focus on what drives and motivates you outside of core work responsibilities. This is your day to self-manage and grow in whatever way you choose.

Having Fun Together: We dedicate company time to bond over everything from trivia and karaoke to paint-alongs and fitness classes (even online!)

Team Trips: Twice a year we voyage beyond Manhattan’s shores. These might be trips to the Caribbean or to the mountains. The connections made in these environments build friendships and deepen the ties which make working together fun and productive.

Flexible Time Off: We care about productivity, not face time. Take time off when you need it.

Learning is Good: We provide $2500 annually to support learning and development through workshops, conferences, and networking events.

Paid Parental Leave (with baby bucks): We offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave to all new parents after 30 days with us, individualized transition time and re-entry support, plus $500 in baby bucks.

Health & Retirement: 100% health insurance coverage for you & your dependents; One Medical membership; Gym discounts; free Citibike membership; FSA; 401(k).

Volunteer in local community
Cockroach Labs does at least two bi-annual team-wide volunteer days, partners with BUILD NYC, and for every referral that gest hired, we donate $2,500-$5,000 to the referrer's charity of choice.
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Cockroach Labs' CREWS are groups to foster inclusivity and connection, including [email protected], Women of CRL, Infinite Colors (for neurodivergent people), and Roacher Pride. New Roachers can start one, too!
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We've built a fairer hiring process including resume-blind, exercise-based interviews, implement rubrics across all of our hiring processes, and conduct regular unconscious bias training.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
100% Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life, AD&D, and Disability Insurance for You, Your Spouse, Partner, and Dependents.
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Cockroach Labs partners with Spring Health to provide complementary therapy sessions to all employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Equity compensation is determined by the impact we expect an individual to have in their role paired with the risk that earlier employees took in joining the company.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
8-12 Weeks of Family Leave + $500 Baby Bucks
Flexible Work Schedule
Cockroach Work Week: In-office Monday thru Thursday, with the option to work remotely on Fridays. Core Office Hours: 10am-4pm (except Tuesday Team Meeting from 5:00pm-6:00pm)
Remote Work Program
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Pre-tax Commuter Account & Paid Citi Bike Membership
Company Outings
Monthly Company Activities & Bi-Annual Company Trips
Free Daily Meals
Lunch Monday thru Thursday & Team Dinners Every Other Tuesday
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Relocation Assistance for You and Your Family to Move to NYC
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
We provide each Roacher with a $1,000 budget to improve their work-from-home setup.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
$1500 Learning & Development Stipend + $1500 for Associated Travel
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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