Chief Architect

Remote, Montréal, QC, Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Ready Education

Role Locations

  • Remote
  • Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada


51 - 100 people


4040 Fairfax Drive, Suite 700 A
Arlington, VA, 22203, US

Tech Stack

  • Java
  • Python
  • Angular
  • AWS

Role Description

At Ready Education, we are deeply committed to improving student success and college graduation rates worldwide by crafting digital experiences that build community and increase student engagement. We work with over 300 higher education institutions globally, helping them better engage their students, improve the student life experience on their campuses, and ensure that they ultimately provide success for their students.

As the Chief Architect on the engineering team, you will directly impact our vision and mission of helping students succeed by bringing more institutions and students onto the Ready Education platform through architecture contributions.

The ideal candidate for the Chief Architect will work hand in hand with the Director of Engineering and Chief Product Officer to assess new ideas and support building strategies and technical road maps. The Chief Architect should thrive on solving complex problems.

We are looking for individuals who share our values, who will:

Put Student Success First: Ready Education exists to improve student success. As an engineer on the team, you will work to ensure that our product is successfully adopted and utilized by our 300+ campuses, and with every decision, always put the student at the heart Accomplish More As a Team: our team here at Ready is made up of passionate, hardworking people who support, care for, and challenge each other to achieve wins together. We learn from each other and embrace creative tension to ensure the best idea wins. We collaborate to solve problems together Have a Learning Mentality: we are looking for intellectually curious people who never stop learning and growing and who embrace change, which is essential at a constantly evolving tech company. You will continuously push yourself and others around you to improve and evolve Move Fast and Innovate: to be successful at Ready, you will need to be self-motivated and able to work autonomously. You will need to have excellent judgment and decision making skills to solve problems and move forward quickly

In terms of the role responsibilities, you will:

Leading the architecture design of the B2B and B2B2C SaaS products Understand company needs to define system specifications Assist with solving technical problems when they arise Ensure the implementation of agreed architecture and infrastructure Address technical concerns, ideas and suggestions Monitor systems to ensure they meet both user needs and business goals Evaluate and select appropriate software or hardware and suggest integration methods Staying abreast of developments in web applications and programming languages Contribute to process improvements Provide feedback to management on improvements to the engineering team and across the organization Participate in meaningful code reviews to ensure quality Contribute in initial project meetings to understand and scope of work and contribute to the plan Collaborate with team leaders across the organization


Minimum 6 years experience in web development Minimum 3 years experience in technical roles (project management/ architect) at a senior level or higher Understanding of strategic IT solutions Have extensive experience with Python and Java-based web applications and their related ecosystem of libraries/frameworks (e.g. Django, Spring, Flask) Have experience working with REST APIs DevOps and infrastructure management tools, such as Ansible, Terraform, K8s, Docker Have experience working with some RDBMS (e.g. MySQL, MongoDB), Have experience working with some non-RDBMS such as Redis and Elasticsearch Expertise in modern SOA and microservice architectures Deep experiential-based knowledge of architecting and building AWS based SaaS services is a bonus

Help make decisions on technical issues and implementation details

Individuals who are most successful in this role will live our values and have expertise in the following areas

Operating in a high growth environment AWS cloud services, including EC2, RDS, Lambda or similar services SaaS, EdTech, or Higher Education experience is a plus. Problem-solving aptitude Organizational and leadership skills Ability to work in a fast-paced, startup environment

This is a remote role based anywhere in North America

About Ready Education

We help students finish their degrees by building communities online and offline.

Company Culture

As a startup, we focus on iteration. We put students first, and to do that we have to work collaboratively as a company to think about what adds value for a student working to complete their degree. We focus on transparency and having a learning mentality to identify areas where we can improve. We also like to take time out to celebrate our wins and openly discuss opportunities for improvement. Spending time with members of various teams and recognizing others for representing our company values is something that happens on a weekly basis. We take pride in supporting millions of students in North America across hundreds of Higher Education Institutions of all types.

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