Discovery Partners Institute, part of the University of Illinois System
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type: Full Time
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 147440
University of Illinois System Discovery Partners Institute Senior Software Engineer Chicago - HYBRID
The Discovery Partners Institute empowers people to jumpstart their tech careers or companies in Chicago. Led by the University of Illinois System in partnership with top research universities, it does three things: Train people for high-demand tech jobs; conduct applied R&D; and support Chicago's tech community. With state investment and a new innovation district in development, DPI has the resources to attract, develop, and leverage the most ambitious people and companies the region has to offer - and keep them here.
DPI invites nominations and applications for the position of Senior Software Engineer, Pritzker Tech Talent Labs. This position offers an extraordinary opportunity for a talented leader to build technology-based products and services in a start-up environment with a bold mission of changing the face of tech talent within the City of Chicago and State of Illinois. The successful candidate will be the lead Software Engineer building brand new technology solutions to drive meaningful and measurable outcomes in tech education, including undergraduate and graduate programs, and workforce education and training programs. The Senior Software Engineer will work under the leadership of the Director of Product, Pritzker Tech Talent Labs to create scalable technology-based platforms with the goal of preparing thousands of students and workers to step into high-demand tech jobs with a key emphasis on the systemic barriers that have prevented members of underrepresented and overlooked groups from achieving success in our technology-based economy.
The Senior Software Engineer will work cross-functionally and cross-organizationally to leverage the strengths of the academic programs and faculty from the University of Illinois campuses and DPI partner institutions to architect, build, launch, iterate and improve technology-based products and services to help Pritzker Tech Talent Labs achieve its key goals. By 2029, DPI will be training 7,000 students per year for tech jobs, 3,000 of whom will be from under-represented groups and will have upskilled 5,000 mid-career workers for jobs in data science, digital skills, business skills, entrepreneurship, and other types of skills including managing and analyzing data, software development, digital product/product management, and business building.
Additional responsibilities include:
Provide intellectual, strategic, and visionary technology leadership for DPI's talent enterprise which spans immersion, undergraduate/graduate programs, workforce development and lifelong learning.
Lead the effort in architecting and building brand new front-end and back-end, scalable technology-based platforms and services that help drive distribution across a wide number of student participants and employer partners.
Lead and hire a team of Software Engineers to develop technology platforms, while actively participating in their development and guiding them to successfully deliver projects.
Manage and work closely with external software development firms that build technology-based products and services to achieve scalable impact in service of Pritzker Tech Talent Labs goals.
Work closely with the Director of Product & Tech Talent Lab leads to translate the customer value proposition into industry-leading technology-based platforms and services.
Collaborate with Director of Product to develop product requirement documents that explicitly define functionality of technology solutions.
Implement event-driven, data, and analytics platforms to measure the effectiveness of Tech Talent Labs solutions, ensuring desired outcomes are achieved through the robust collection and systematic analysis of data.
Deliver quality code with meaningful test coverage and legibility.
Utilize an agile process to drive technology development to successful completion.
Work closely with other engineering disciplines to bring technology solutions to fruition, including QA, Data Science, and Data Analysts.
Develop and maintain documentation of technical detail design solutions.
Work throughout the technology stack to develop and monitor solutions that allow for highly available and reliable services.
Maintain active knowledge of educational innovation and effective software tooling to facilitate excellence in technology-based products and services offerings.
Act as a resource with internal and external stakeholders including deans, department heads, and budget offices as well as companies, providing knowledge and guidance on the integration of technology-based solutions and services for all enterprise talent related matters.
Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree in computer science or related discipline required.
Other qualifications include:
8+ years’ experience developing software code for front-end and back-end, scalable technology platforms.
3+ years successfully leading and designing strong technical architecture.
Experience leading or mentoring software engineers.
Familiarity with data warehousing platforms, such as Redshift, Snowflake, or SQL Server.
Experience consuming data over HTTP and in formats such as HTML, XML, and JSON.
Knowledge of and experience with a version control system (such as Git, Mercurial, SVN).
Familiarity with infrastructure or configuration management tools.
Familiarity with the AWS ecosystem.
Vision for how technology can help scale fragmented education-based initiatives.
Experience developing technology-based solutions to drive meaningful change with the goal to build best-in-class, scalable technology-based products, and services.
This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by May 12, 2022 at https://uajobs.hr.uillinois.edu/.
The System Office conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=4292&pageId=1411899
University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.
The System Office is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. The System Offices welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.