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Staff Software Engineer - Backend

A Place For Mom

Company Description

About A Place for Mom

We’re the leading online platform connecting families searching for senior care with a team of experienced local advisors providing insight-driven, personalized solutions. As the nation’s most trusted senior advisory service, we are a mission-based organization that enables caregivers to make the best senior living decisions for their loved ones. With hundreds of senior living experts nationwide, A Place for Mom helps hundreds of thousands of families each year simplify the process of finding the right senior care solution across home care, independent living, memory care, assisted living, and more. Our services are offered at no cost to families as we’re paid by the 14K+ communities and 3K+ providers in our network.

Recently awarded one of the 2022 Best Places to work in NY and Best HR teams by comparably, the leading workplace culture and brand reputation platform, A Place for Mom is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Employees who thrive at A Place for Mom live our values every day:

  • Focus on excellence
  • Act with integrity and assume positive intent
  • Drive outcomes every day with passion and a sense of mission
  • Make the lives of our families and customers better, easier and more successful
  • Realize the full potential in each team member -- work as a single supportive team

Job Description


We are looking for a talented Staff Software Engineer who will utilize a modern technology stack to update and maintain our lead platform experiences. This role entails developing and acting as team lead across a large engineering team composed of both frontend and backend developers, along with QA engineers.

This position reports to the Director of Engineering - Lead Platform. You will leverage your expertise in technology to meticulously select the latest technologies, architectural frameworks, and design patterns for implementation. Your role will involve providing visionary leadership and architectural direction to a dedicated team of engineers tasked with developing lead platform technologies that support our business.

Who you are:

The ideal candidate is a hands-on, outcome-oriented, technology-focused engineer with extensive experience in acting as team lead for teams - helping to drive designing, building, and supporting modern backend technologies. Additionally, they demonstrate a strong partnership with product teams, ensuring alignment between technological innovation and product development goals.

What you will do:

  • Lead mission-critical projects and deliver platform capabilities end-to-end with high quality
  • Have clear ownership of one or many products or platform spaces
  • Get exposure to the partners and customers in different business domains, who will help provide feedback for your product space
  • Build and grow your engineering skills in different challenging areas and solve hard technical problems
  • Influence architecture, technology selections, and trends of the whole company
  • Collaborate with team and peers to design complex applications, peer review code, and suggest optimization
  • Enable continuous deployment by championing quality engineering practices: linting, unit testing, e2e testing, pipeline automation
  • Collaborate with and influence product teams to build and maintain design system standards, processes, and adoption
  • Create reference implementations for the purpose of mentoring and leading more junior staff (when required)
  • Help define engineering best practices and provide technical mentorship
  • Investigate and resolve any production issues from end user (UI) to service layer and work to prevent them
  • Work with project managers to ensure that all project deliverables are on time and high quality


Required Skills and Competencies:

  • 10+ years of engineering experience
  • Thrives in fast-paced environments while architecting dependable solutions that scale effectively
  • In-depth knowledge of backend technologies, frameworks, and best practices.
  • Role model and champion modern ways-of-working such as Agile, DevOps and related practices, actively participate in an engineering community.
  • Strong communication and “storytelling” skills – ability to articulate a vision or concept in simple terms to a broad audience at every level.
  • Helps enable and establish services and products to take advantage of changing industry trends and opportunities
  • Is able to step back from a task and reassess size and complexity when appropriate
  • Takes ownership of the quality of the solution or feature being implemented
  • Demonstrates competent problem-solving skills (e.g. debugging, analysis and instrumentation) in a context beyond code they've written
  • Takes ownership of keeping technical documentation for their features up to date.
  • Familiar with common open source distributed middleware and components such as MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, and MQ.

Additional Information


  • Base Salary: $175,000 to $190,000 + 20% Bonus
  • Benefits:
    • 401(k) plus match
    • Dental insurance
    • Health insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Paid Time Off

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.