Principal Software Engineer

Principal Software Engineer

Remote • Full-Time

Who We Are

ParentSquare is a rapidly growing Santa Barbara-based company that’s changing the way schools and parents communicate every day. Sound simple? We strive to keep it that way! Our mission is to give schools the power to incredibly enhance family engagement for all students. ParentSquare and RemindHub, our flagship products, serve over 18 million students and drive our mission by providing unified communications tools -forms, sign-ups, payments, RSVPs, direct messaging, language translations, chat and more. Remind Chat, our free product, reaches over 80% of K-12 students, providing a safe and easy-to-use platform for direct communication between teachers and families. And our latest innovation, SmartSites, offers state-of-the-art websites for school districts, enhancing their online presence and accessibility. 

We are not just creating a product; we are creating empowered educators and engaged parents to improve the lives of all students.  We are passionate advocates for our customers and for our employees and we invite you to join us on this exciting journey. 

Who We’re Looking for

More schools and districts, and larger schools and districts are buying ParentSquare to help families and educators communicate and partner in support of their students and we’re searching for a Principal Software Engineer to join the team and support our growing business needs.  We need to not only ship clear, simple functionality that makes educators’ lives easier, but we also need to build and run systems that operate robustly at scale, while ensuring the highest level of security for the schools and districts that rely on us.

You will lead by example – fixing production issues, coding urgent/tough implementations, and serving the educators who rely on us every single day to support the millions of students on our platform.

You will work with our customers and our teammates from product, engineering, design, sales, and marketing to ensure we build the right thing as quickly and as simply as possible.  You will both teach and learn from your teammates as you seek to understand their challenges, needs, and expertise as you work with them to ship new features every sprint.  You will do a little bit of everything – design, code, test, deploy, debug, find and fix bugs, reduce costs, secure our systems, run projects, document challenges, improve processes, and be a trustworthy member of our team.

Most importantly, you’re someone who shares in our passion for improving the lives of students through communication. 

This role will include:
  • Partnering closely with customers, product owners, and executive leadership to define, build, and ship new features for educators on the ParentSquare platform
  • Constantly improving the cost, security, scalability, and maintainability of the ParentSquare platform
  • Working across our ecosystem – web, service layer, database, message queues – to deliver value for our customers
  • On any given day, you might be reviewing PRs, helping a team accelerate delivery, finding a subtle production issue, or designing the future architecture of our systems

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Deep expertise with large-scale services on Ruby/Python and JavaScript/TypeScript
  • Mastery of service and application development with MySQL/Postgres
  • Expertise in distributed systems – both monoliths and otherwise – and relational databases (and not only at the ORM level)
  • Mastery of deploying and operating systems at scale on AWS/Aurora/RDS/SQS
  • Experience incrementally migrating and evolving monolithic architectures to serve a very successful business
  • Experience building unified technical direction and engineering culture with leadership
  • Proficiency with RESTful API development
  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university in Computer Science or related field.

The perks of working for us are great! 

You’ll get your foot in the door as our company continues to grow. We’re big believers in work-life balance and provide:

  • Employer-paid health insurance (including dependent coverage)
  • An employer-matched 401K retirement savings program from day 1 
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Stock options
  • Health + wellness reimbursements
  • PTO that increases each year
  • 16 paid holidays, including your birthday! 

As a fully remote team, we’ll make sure you have all the tools and equipment you need to make your home office a place where you can thrive. 

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

The salary range for this role will be $190,000 to $230,000, DOE.

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