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Software Development


2013-09-06 07:17


Overview of Position

Varsity Tutors, the premier private tutoring and test prep service, is seeking a talented Ruby on Rails Developer to join our highly entrepreneurial team and scale our digital learning tools and tutoring platform. We're one of the fastest growing companies in education and we're looking for a talented Rails developer to help build, expand and scale our systems and continue our expansion. Want to build tools used by many millions of students? We're building them so this is the right place for you. The Rails Developer will report directly to the Chief Technology Officer and be involved in strategic and operational technology decisions. If you are looking for a role where what you do makes a difference, your views and ideas are heard and decisions can be made quickly because we hate bureaucracy .. then read on! The Rails Developer will receive a competitive salary, healthcare, $2,000 technology allowance (for a laptop, iPhone, scanner, iPad, etc), 52 free hours of tutoring per year (Want to learn Italian before that upcoming trip to Italy? Use one of our talented Italian tutors for free), and a group of passionate colleagues with whom they will work to scale Varsity Tutors' platform and tools.


  • 3+ years of experience in the Ruby on Rails ecosystem
  • Experience with the Rails 3.x framework
  • 5+ years of experience with relational databases
  • Experience w/ testing tools & frameworks (MiniTest, Capybara, PhantomJS)
  • Experience with Ruby 1.9.x
  • Experience working with JSON, REST, XML-RPC
  • In depth knowledge of jQuery
  • Experienced with Git
  • Proven experience working with and scaling high-traffic applications
  • Experience with NoSQL databases (Redis, MongoDB etc)
  • Experience with caching systems (Memcached, Elasticache, Cloudfront)
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science (or related field) or a resume that will really impress us (past work, open source projects etc.)


  • Hands-on experience with Rails framework upgrades (major and minor upgrades)
  • Hands-on experience with Ruby language upgrades
  • Experience with Ruby 2.0.x and Rails 4.x
  • Experience with Puma and Unicorn
  • Understand AB Testing
  • Worked with cloud technologies (Amazon services, Engine Yard,OpenStack)
  • High speed Internet access (15+ MBPS)


  • Working with other developers and the Varsity Team to build, enhance and scale services
  • Committed to producing quality work
  • Motivated starter that is obsessed with improving workflow through better user interfaces
  • Developing, improving and expanding scalable backend services
  • Regardless of when the last refactor, or code review .. you always want to improve and optimize

What we offer full-time employees

  • $2,000 technology allowance for a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or other equipment
  • 52 hours of free tutoring per year for you or immediate family (Taking a trip to Italy soon? Beef up on your Italian with one of our tutors for free.)
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Entrepreneurial, fun, fast-paced work environment in nationally expanding company
  • On-the-job training and ongoing career development
  • Work wherever you want (remote position - no commuting time!)
  • World-class web developers work to make your job easier. Make suggestions directly to the Chief Technology Officer and quickly see your ideas implemented
  • An open work environment that emphasizes direct communication lines. Pitch your ideas straight to the CEO
  • A company you're proud to work for. Your work directly impacts families and students, helping them achieve their academic goals
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