Curriculum Developer, NodeJS - Distributed US, Canada

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Are you building cloud-native Node.js backend microservices or serverless apps? Do you love showing others how to build those apps? 

Cockroach Labs is the company behind CockroachDB, an open source, next gen, cloud-native distributed SQL database.  The Cockroach Labs Training Team is looking for a Cloud-native Technical Curriculum Developer with Node.js backend dev skills to build developer training courses for Cockroach University (CU).

About the Role

As a cloud-native Node.js backend developer, you know managing state in distributed cloud-native apps running on Kubernetes is a pain if you use legacy SQL databases.  And you know designing and coding the inevitable transactional serializable use cases in those apps is far from straightforward when using noSQL databases, whether in Kubernetes clusters or serverless public cloud systems. Cockroach Labs builds a distributed SQL transactional database that solves these problems.

You Will:
  • Empathize with cloud-native Node.js developers.
  • Build cloud-native microservice and serverless apps used in training exercises.
  • Develop training courses collaboratively in teams using Agile methodology and techniques.
  • Create course architectures, learning objectives and detailed lesson plans with peer Curriculum Developers and subject matter experts.
  • Contribute to defining and evolving the Training team’s Agile and DevOps processes.
  • Develop technical expertise in CockroachDB and CockroachCloud.
  • Foster collaboration with our Docs, Engineering, Product, and Customer Success teams to keep our curriculum up-to-date, effective, and user-centric.
You Have:
  • Experience developing Node.js synchronous and asynchronous serverless and/or microservice-based systems.
  • Experience with Test Driven Development (TTD) and Constant Integration/Constant Deployment (CI/CD) pipelines.
  • Experience deploying above systems to containerized (Kubernetes) clusters and/or public cloud provider serverless environments.
  • Knowledge of one or more Node.js ORMs and/or persistence frameworks.
  • Knowledge using Typescript in backend Node.js systems.
  • Helped other devs learn by sharing your knowledge and skills: for example, you’ve presented at meetups or conferences, mentored colleagues, wrote blogs, taught workshops, wrote training curriculum, etc.
  • Knowledge of event-driven-architectures used in microservices apps and/or serverless systems.
  • Some frontend JS knowledge of React or Vue.
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. 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 Cockroach University developer courses. 

The Team

Cockroach Labs mission is to enable every developer to build world-changing applications.  The Training Team makes sure we build the training counterpart to that mission: Make learning CockroachDB easy and intuitive. The Training Team is a diverse group with skills in databases, distributed systems, serverless, learning design and video production. We’re always learning. We collaboratively develop courses and apps using Agile processes. 2021 will be an exciting year for our managed DB-as-a-service, CockroachCloud. And the Training Team and Cockroach University will be a big part of helping developers use CockroachCloud, making data easy, ondemand and serverless.

Reporting to Doug Weatherbee - Director of Training

Doug’s been passionate about developer learning for over twenty years: for the first 15 years, he was a Java EE & IBM WebSphere instructor, curriculum developer, 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/Spring Boot/Node.js microservices, Istio Service Mesh) and Lightbend (makers of Scala and Akka). 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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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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