Senior Platform Engineer - API

| Greater NYC Area
At Skillshare, we’re building a global community of curious, lifelong learners. The ability to access our platform from anywhere is increasingly important as we scale, especially internationally. Mobile plays a huge role in allowing us to reach a global audience and makes learning as easy as glancing at your phone.
We’re excited to welcome a senior back-end engineer to our platform team, who will be embedded in our Mobile group (working with both iOS and Android), and take the lead on designing and implementing architecture that will increase the mobile team’s efficiency and acceleration – which ties directly to our company’s growth.

What you'll do:

  • Work closely with our mobile developers to build back-end architecture that unlocks velocity.
  • Propose which features are good candidates for microservices – and own the strategy, architecture, and implementation.
  • Balance important developer-driven projects with improvements our users will notice.
  • Design elegant and scalable APIs that can be used by both mobile and web clients.
  • Create and maintain the components around our APIs (bullets below):
  • API versioning, authentication, caching, documentation
  • GraphQL schema design, schema stitching
  • MySQL schema design, query writing, query optimization
  • Microservice architecture
  • Performance monitoring, error reporting

Why we're excited about you:

  • You’re an experienced back-end engineer with a proven history of building at scale.
  • You have extensive knowledge of GraphQL and RESTful APIs, and can share best practices with the larger team.
  • You’re ready to work with an existing code base (some understanding of PHP, node.js and TypeScript is expected) but you can pick up language expertise as needed.
  • You are a natural collaborator – you work seamlessly within and between teams.
  • You are motivated by full ownership over your work, and are eager to help improve our users’ mobile experience.
  • Your experience with mobile development is a plus!

Why you're excited about us:

  • Impact: Our users are increasingly turning to mobile to use Skillshare, and you’ll play a huge role in ensuring they not only have access, but an incredibly seamless experience.
  • Growth: You’ll have room to wear a lot of hats and take on more responsibility over time.
  • Our mission: We are building a learning ecosystem for the new economy and changing millions of lives for the better.
  • Our team: We have a passionate, smart team that is a lot of fun to work with.
  • Your life: We take pride in our flexibility. Working remotely is part of how we need to work these days. You’re a professional, and we trust you to do what you need to do.

About Skillshare
Skillshare is an online learning community whose mission is to connect curious, lifelong learners everywhere – and, in so doing, build a more creative, more generous, and more prosperous world. Today, our community has grown to over 5 million members who come to Skillshare to learn creative and entrepreneurial skills, network with peers, and even teach a class themselves. We are backed by Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, Amasia, Spero Ventures, and Burda Principal Investments.
Skillshare is committed to building a diverse team that reflects a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We work to ensure a consistent interview process, fair compensation, and inclusive work environment for all.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • TypescriptLanguages
    • SASSLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • WebpackLibraries
    • Backbone.jsFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • YiiFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • RedshiftDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • MixpanelAnalytics
    • OptimizelyAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • ZeplinDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement

Location

Our office is located in the heart of Flatiron (close proximity to 4,5,6,L,N,Q,R,W). The team loves exploring new lunch spots & taking coffee walks.

An Insider's view of Skillshare

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We balance being both focused and flexible in our office. In this kind of fluid environment, we can seamlessly ease in and out of individual heads-down time to group sessions; from meditation to collaboration; from desk to the lounge. The vibe lends us the freedom to play to our strengths and value our differences in working styles.

Jenni

Senior Product Designer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Cross-team collaboration is frequent and organic at Skillshare; we foster a uniquely friendly atmosphere of openness and shared purpose. Through cross-team threads, project-based meetings, comments on RFC's, pull request reviews, Q&A sessions, and, of course, simple conversations, collaboration commonly happens across a table or across time zones.

Justin

Engineering Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Skillshare has supported my career growth and trajectory tremendously. I started here 3 years ago on the Community team, but after discovering a passion for coding, Skillshare provided me with a mentor and on the job time to learn. It's been two years since I switched careers, and I'm so grateful that I get to come in and keep learning every day.

Callan

Software Engineer

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

As a management team, we strongly believe in making ourselves accessible. This includes: 1:1s with direct reports, skip-level meetings, team-wide meetings, coffees with people across departments, and attending team events. More broadly, we apply the same foundational rule we all learned in kindergarten: treat people the way you want to be treated.

Sabrina

VP, Operations

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We're in an exciting position - we have a product that we believe in and a community that believes in us. The question we face is: how can we build a platform which works for the Skillshare of today, but will scale to the needs of the Skillshare of the future? It’s not enough to keep up with growth; we must build for where our growth will take us.

Samantha

Director of Engineering

What are Skillshare Perks + Benefits

Skillshare Benefits Overview

Paid Parental Leave (Non-Gendered), Unlimited PTO, Remote Work Program, Learning & Development Stipend, Documented Equal Pay Policy, Paid Sabbatical, Catered Lunches, Company Events, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings, Health/Dental/Vision, 401(k), Equity

Culture
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Skillshare creates professional development opportunities by offering an annual budget to attend external conferences, in addition to ongoing internal learning programming.
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Customized development tracks
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