Outschool's mission is to inspire kids to love learning. We achieve this by linking learning to kids’ interests, connecting them with other classmates who share their passions, and giving them the autonomy to pick their own paths. Our small group classes meet over live video chat with teachers who celebrate their unique strengths and empower all learners to develop confidence and a strong sense of self.
We're also focused on removing barriers for historically underserved learners who face systemic challenges to their success. In 2020, we started Outschool.org and began offering financial assistance to families in need. We are currently creating an Educator Endowment Fund to appreciate the teachers who are so central to our mission of inspiring kids to love learning.
We believe that diversity drives learning. To meet our mission, we encourage, support, and celebrate different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds. As a fully distributed (remote) team, we challenge one another to find the most effective way to empower learners, teachers, and parents. Your name, race, religion, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and age are not barriers; they are why we want to work with you. We invite talented and creative candidates who value the importance of nurturing a child's boundless curiosity to join us on this journey.
The pandemic has been challenging for families all over the globe. We acted quickly and worked together to provide quality resources to learners, parents, and teachers in the past year. As communities worldwide rethink their approach to education, Outschool will continue to innovate and provide kids with unique opportunities to explore their passions.
Earlier this year, Techcrunch recognized Outschool as the newest EdTech unicorn. We've also been named Fast Company’s most innovative EdTech company in the world, and one of the top ten best startups for women from Elpha.
We are an effective team of fully remote engineers distributed across the US and Canada. Our philosophy is to start small and then intentionally iterate to test our assumptions and learn quickly (we call this Remixing Our Work, one of our cultural values). We're iteratively building up a complex product for a highly engaged audience, getting a lot done by staying focused on the work that matters. We're now looking to build mobile applications for our learners, parents, and teachers, and are excited to bring on an Android native developer to help determine the future of Android mobile engineering at Outschool and help deliver our first generation of native apps.
We have a modern API/backend stack: GraphQL/Apollo for API layer, and Node/Express backed by PostgreSQL. We are looking for our Android engineer to help us build out our Android mobile stack.
We believe the future of education is hybrid — online and in person. We are looking for engineers at various experience levels excited about inspiring children to learn by building tools that allow children to access a fundamentally different learning experience.
Read more about our engineering team on our blog. You can learn about our hiring process, career progression, engineering challenges, and more!
- Design and implement the stack Outschool uses to develop Android mobile apps based on modern best practices
- Collaborate closely with Product and Design to build engaging features and experiences for learners
- Identify opportunities to use native mobile capabilities to enable new features
- Work cross-functionally across Engineering pods and other departments
- Ensure speed and quality by developing modern pipelines for building, testing, deployment, and monitoring of mobile applications
DESIRED EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:
- 8+ years of software development experience
- 5+ years modern Android development experience, recent projects in Kotlin
- Implement pixel perfect UI/UX with advanced animations
- Experience working with GraphQL APIs and ability to extend them
- Using and introducing latest Android development best practices
- Proven ability in peer-to-peer collaboration via pairing, documentation, and knowledge sharing
- Track record of ownership of technical projects
- Ability to write clean, readable code that performs at scale
- Previous experience in startups, especially edtech
- Passion for learning and education
- Have something to teach us
Outschool's mission is to inspire kids to love learning. We believe the best way to do that is by linking learning to kids’ interests, connecting them with others who share those interests, and giving them the autonomy to pick their own path. We provide small group classes that meet over live video chat where learners are connected with teachers and classmates who share their interests. These classes are offered through our marketplace and conducted on our remote learning platform.
Our culture is our shared assumptions about how we work with each other and the wider world. We explored our culture as a team and have codified a core set of shared values. We use these values to guide our work and amplify them through our words and actions. We’ll regularly take stock of our culture to guide its evolution as we build shared experience.
Stand for learners We put learners first ahead of societal or institutional expectations. We listen to kids, respect them, and stand up for them. We trust the next generation’s new perspective.
Bring others in We believe communal effort towards shared goals drives the best results. We look for ways to creatively amplify each others’ work. We involve each other, help each other contribute, and share our strengths with others. We believe our community benefits when we bring in people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We develop authentic human connections so we can move further and faster together.
Remix our work We start small and intentionally iterate so we can test our assumptions and learn quickly. We pay attention to the impact of our work and continuously seek opportunities to adapt and improve. We build on success but aren’t afraid of deconstructing and reassembling if needed.
Embrace challenge We speak up, try new things, drive change and sometimes fail. We are lifelong learners who strive to improve our skills, expand our knowledge, and give and receive feedback. We see the challenges in our work as an adventure with opportunities to learn, succeed, and have fun. We both celebrate progress and acknowledge imperfection.
We use these values as part of hiring decisions and performance reviews, and they drive our everyday work. We don’t expect hires to demonstrate all of these values during interview panels, but we will reject candidates whom we believe would struggle to absorb and live by these values over time.
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