Software Engineer -Various Levels

Job Locations US-IA-Iowa City
Posted Date 2 months ago(12/18/2017 9:00 AM)
Job ID
2017-1064
# of Openings
1
Category
Information Technology (Development)
Travel
No Travel Required

Overview

ACT is a nonprofit organization helping people achieve educational and workplace success.  Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning in schools and workplaces around the world. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues. ACT is passionate about making a difference in all we do.

 

Learn more about working at ACT at act.org!

Responsibilities

The Software Engineer is responsible for the design and development of IT solutions to support the ACT Operational Data Store (ODS).  The job includes development in Java, integrating with Bitbucket for source control and Jenkins for builds. This role will participate in the Agile process and ensure product quality, robustness, scalability, and consistency. 
 

Typical work-related activities include:

  Level I

  • Design flexible, scalable solutions, utilizing skills in data structures, algorithms, and object oriented programming
  • Build, customize, deploy, and manage software in a continuous integration environment, including automated build, test, and deployment infrastructure
  • Monitor product scalability, reliability, consistency, and performance
  • Actively participate in design/architectural discussions, grooming user stories, Sprint demos, and daily Scrums in a Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) approach

 

  Level II includes prior level activities plus:

  • Independently design, maintain, and enhance applications capitalizing on existing automation frameworks and reusable components
  • Independently collaborate with Scrum team to support all development activities
  • Proactively own all development activities related to Scrum team execution
  • Actively participate in design/architectural discussions, grooming user stories, Sprint demos, and daily Scrums to help establish a Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) approach
  • Recommend product, infrastructure, or design changes to ensure quality and performance standards

 

  Senior includes prior level activities plus:

  • Solve interesting problems from refactoring components to designing, building, and tuning new ones
  • Operate in a fast-paced, distributed, and Agile team that ships production code every week
  • Work on high priority tasks on the back-end services, analytics, or front-end
  • Review code and drive critical architecture decisions
  • Support junior team members to proactively anticipate and resolve issues across Scrum teams
  • Take responsibility for department success through mentoring, coaching, and advising other team members

Qualifications

EDUCATION: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related area required, preferably in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics or Information Systems
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired

 

EXPERIENCE:

Level I:

  Minimum of one year of experience coding in object oriented languages required, Java preferred

  

Level II:

  • Minimum of three years of progressive IT experience that includes coding in Java required
  • Experience developing applications in a microservice architecture utilizing REST API web services and AMQP messages
  • Experience working in an Agile development environment preferred

  

Senior:

  • Minimum of five years of progressive IT experience that includes coding in Java required
  • Expertise developing applications in a microservice architecture utilizing REST API web services
  • Experience working in an Agile development environment

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Level I

   Required:

  • Knowledge of Java
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies quickly and effectively
  • Understanding of RESTful API’s
  • Understanding of no-SQL databases (MongoDB, Raven)
  • Ability to use JSON and/or XML
  • Ability to work as part of a Scrum team, following SAFe agile practices
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Results-oriented and able to work across the organization
  • Should be comfortable working in a rapidly transforming organization

    

  Preferred:

  • Knowledge of version control such as Git/Bitbucket and Jenkins for builds
  • Understanding of how to integrate code into automated deployment pipelines
  • Knowledge of project tacking software like Jira

 

Level II includes prior level knowledge, skills, and abilities, plus:

  Required:

  • Strong understanding of Java
  • Ability to integrate code into automated deployment pipelines
  • Strong knowledge of version control such as Git/Bitbucket and Jenkins for builds
  • Demonstrated no-SQL database skills (MongoDB)

  

  Preferred:

  • Knowledge of production monitoring solutions such as Splunk and NewRelic
  • Strong understanding of Jira
  • Knowledge of messaging broker solutions such as RabbitMQ
  • Knowledge in Big Data technologies like Spark/Pig/Storm/Kafka/Hive/HDFS

 

Senior includes prior level knowledge, skills, and abilities, plus:

   Required:

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate code into automated deployment pipelines
  • Demonstrated ability to support, mentor, coach and advise other team members
  • Ability to develop innovative solutions to technical issues

  

  Preferred:

  • Experience in architecting software solutions, and technical design in continuous integration environment
  • Demonstrated success in new technology implementation
  • Expertise in production monitoring solutions such as Splunk and NewRelic
  • Experience with Big Data technologies like Spark/Pig/Storm/Kafka/Hive/HDFS

 

 

COMPENSATION:

 

Starting salary commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits and work environment. 

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