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Director of Software Engineering (Higher Ed)


PowerSchool | Higher Education

This position, under the general direction of the VP, Development, will responsible for driving and executing the direction, coordination, quality and output of the Software Engineer team to achieve the department and company goals. This role will ensure the implementation, coding, building, and testing of new features, maintain existing features, and development of reports that will include components, data models, customization and reporting features for our products. Additionally, this position will guide the gathering and refinement of requirements, develop designs, implement, test and document solutions to produce the highest quality product and customer satisfaction. Additionally, this position will provide leadership and guidance to create a multi-functional team of top level, high-performing Software Engineers.  This position is with PeopleAdmin, a PowerSchool Company.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Manages the overall work for a team of product engineers and is accountable for maintaining a high level of team performance
  • Monitors and drives all individual and team performance goals
  • Coaches and develops product engineering employees
  • Works to increase team efficiency and effectiveness in order to achieve long term goals
  • Participates in hiring of new team members
  • Performs any HR related tasks
  • Ensures analysis of performance and development of improvements to performance of web application.
  • Guides implementation of new web application software features and products following best practices such as authoring of unit tests, writing maintainable code, applying established patterns and algorithms
  • Ensures development of software to support internal initiatives, tools, update framework and application functionality
  • Work as part of an Agile SCRUM team in the planning, scoping, estimation and execution of technical solutions
  • Other duties as assigned
Skills & Requirements

Qualifications include:

  • 10+ years’ experience in software engineer role
  • Must have current Ruby on Rails experience
  • 5+ years’ prior experience leading a team
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Information Technologies or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of current web client technologies including ability to demonstrate proficiency with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, client MVC
  • Knowledge in Ruby on Rails, .Net and/or other object-oriented language
  • Proficient in SQL experience a plus
  • Familiar with OWASP threats and mitigation techniques
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong ability to work with current software design principles and concepts such as patterns, algorithms, data structures, dependency injection, MV**, SOA, n-tier architecture
  • Strong ability to handle a heavy workload with multiple projects and frequent interruptions
  • Strong ability to work in a changing, dynamic environment
  • Ability to mentor and coach employees