PlaySay is looking for an engineer to join their growing team. The company just launched as a TechCrunch Disrupt Finalist! PlaySay is a VC-backed co. making language learning fun & social through a new gaming layer on Facebook. Over 30 universities adopted PlaySay's former platform.
PlaySay, a leading edge language learning technology company, is looking for talented technologists possessing demonstrated technical and leadership excellence with an interest in designing, developing and deploying large-scale web/cloud based applications that drive social language learning to market. Based out of San Francisco, this position offers a fun and exciting growth opportunity and the ability to work in a fast-paced and challenging environment while creating next generation language learning technologies and mobile platforms through social game mechanics, machine learning, natural language processing, adaptive processes, intelligent agents, etc.
Producing technical architectures and roadmaps that are modifiable, dependable and scalable
Designing, developing, and testing web based and mobile applications, features, and interfaces
Working closely with core team to quickly deliver working product releases
Working with a development team to manage development and test environments
Working with the PlaySay product teams to define the future of the platform and language learning
Hiring of technical talent
Evaluating services and technologies and providing guidance on their usage
Providing guidance and mentorship to junior and senior technical staff
7+ years of software development experience
2+ years leading/managing technical teams
3+ years of experience development web based solutions (including Ruby on Rails)
3+ years of experience developing for mobile web or platform
3+ years of experience with web technologies/standards: CSS, XHTML, HTML, AJAX, XML, HTTP
2+ years experience working in a highly available (24/7) environment
2+ years experience using Agile and test driven development methodologies
Deep understanding of development patterns, particularly MVC and related frameworks
Experience integrating with relational/object databases and/or SQL experience
Experience implementing solutions in a cloud computing environment (e.g. Heroku) is a plus!
Experience using automated deployment tools such as Capistrano
Experience with relational databases and SQL
Familiar with the creation of release schedules
Familiarity with Facebook Graph and other APIs is a plus!
A commitment to quality and a thorough approach to work
Ability to communicate complex, technical ideas into easily understood and executable concepts
Ability to work well within a diverse team
Well-developed spoken and written interpersonal and communication skills
Capable of working in an extremely fast paced and dynamic environment
Proactive, self-motivated, and driven individual
Passionate about language and education is a plus!
* Bachelors degree in Computer Science or work equivalent experience
PlaySay offers competitive salaries and company equity.