Staff Engineer, Web

Los Angeles, CA, United States, San Francisco, CA, United States


Role Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • San Francisco, CA, United States


501+ people


475 Brannan St Ste 230
San Francisco, CA, 94107, US

Tech Stack

  • Ruby on Rails
  • AWS
  • GraphQL
  • Heroku
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • Git
  • Android
  • iOS
  • tvOS
  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay
  • Stripe
  • PayPal
  • Optimizely
  • Contentful
  • Algolia
  • Amazon S3
  • Filestack
  • CircleCI
  • Raygun
  • Blameless
  • HackerOne
  • Papertrail
  • PagerDuty
  • OAuth
  • Pundit
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • AWS Lambda
  • Kotlin
  • Objective-C
  • Swift
  • PostgreSQL
  • CloudFront
  • Redis
  • Memcached
  • FastJSON
  • Cloudflare
  • Amplitude
  • Segment
  • Iterable
  • Brightscript

Role Description

Who we are:

MasterClass is transforming online education by enabling anyone in the world to learn from the very best. We are deconstructing what makes an actor able to cry on demand, how an athlete defies gravity, and what it takes to write a bestseller. Our online learning content is available to students anywhere anytime, which supports our mission to ignite the greatness in others.

We are a quickly growing VC-funded startup based in San Francisco, with additional offices in Los Angeles. We have created online classes taught by famous masters— Gordon Ramsay, Serena Williams, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sara Blakely, David Sedaris, Bobbi Brown, Timbaland, Anna Wintour and many more to come.

Since launching in 2015, we have been growing our team. Apply now to find out more about what we are doing behind the scenes.

What we are looking for:

We're looking for a talented full stack developer who is driven by a passion to create beautiful and impactful experiences to lead the core web product team. You should have a deep understanding of modern web architectures from backend to frontend, including API-driven single page application architecture. Strong technical leadership to partner with the product team helping to manage risk, control scope, and keep projects on track. You share the value of education to transform lives and create new potential in the world.

Responsibilities of the role:

  • Partner closely with product managers and designers to plan & scope projects.
  • Review product specs with a focus on improving engagement metrics and user impact.
  • Deliver high quality code in a rapid iteration and experimentation environment.
  • Write & review technical specs for the engineering team.
  • Mentor other developers with code reviews and technical feedback to level up the team.
  • Provide accurate estimates of effort and delivery timelines.
  • Growth mindset to improve the practices and processes of a growing organization.
  • Grow team by interviewing and evaluating candidates.


  • Experience developing consumer facing products at scale.
  • Able to lead projects of complexity with flawless execution.
  • Excellent communication across organizational functions and teams.
  • Comfortable with modern javascript frameworks such as React in a SPA application.
  • Capable of designing and building backend APIs.
  • Design efficient data storage solutions in SQL (Postgresql).
  • Knowledge of performance optimization strategies for large scale web traffic.
  • Passionate curiosity to learn new technologies and advise on their potential adoption.
  • Data-driven mindset for measuring results and outcomes.
  • Experience with video or audio streaming on the web is a plus.
  • Based from the San Francisco office.
  • 7-8+ years of web development experience.

At MasterClass, we believe we put our best work forward when our employees bring together ideas that are diverse in thought. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law. In addition, MasterClass will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability or special need, we would like to know how we can better accommodate you.

About MasterClass

We create online courses taught by the greatest masters in the world. We are a combination of an education, technology and content company.

Company Culture

We are collaborative and hire amazing people. There is a lot of ownership, impact and growth at MasterClass.

Interested in this role?
Skip straight to final-round interviews by applying through Triplebyte.