Senior Full-Stack Ruby on Rails Engineer

Title: Senior Full-Stack Ruby on Rails Engineer

Location: San Diego CA US

Job Description:

Are you ready to join an established (but also growing and innovating!) tech company that’s making waves in the eLearning space? Are you ready to improve the continuing education process for millions of nurses, physicians, surgeons, attorneys, and other professionals across the country? We’re looking for a talented and experienced fully remote Senior Full-Stack RoR Engineer for our Path LMS team. Yes – we mean 100% remote, 100% of the time. If you’re ready, then our team of 100+ seasoned yet friendly professionals here at Blue Sky eLearn are ready to welcome and collaborate with you!

A Little About Our Architecture

  • Ruby / Rails
  • Postgresql 12 / Redis / MongoDB
  • Sidekiq / Kafka / Karafka
  • Memcache
  • Elasticsearch / OpenSearch
  • AWS / Terraform
  • Docker / Kubernetes / Qovery
  • Datadog / Sentry / Cloudwatch for APM observability, logging and error tracking
  • Atlassian suite of productivity and project management tools (JIRA, OpsGenie, etc.)
  • Github / CircleCI for source control and build pipelines

What You’ll Be Doing

Our app has some unique scaling challenges due to multiple, large live streamed events occurring nearing daily. We have a monolithic Rails application which needs some refactoring love, new microservices to build in order to break down the monolith into smaller discrete chunks, and of course we need to continue to add value for our clients by building new features and iterating on the ones already in place.

  • Creating microservices to support new features in Path LMS which are scalable, well tested, and conform to industry and company standards.
  • Assisting in refactoring our monolithic Rails application, including implementing large-scale database schema changes, modifying existing microservices, and identifying areas of the application which are in need of refactoring.
  • Contributing in all phases of the software development lifecycle, including design reviews, writing user stories, reviewing code submitted by other engineers, and automated testing (we use rspec).
  • Helping us add value to the software via continuous improvements in processes, procedures, and implementation and iteration of product features.
  • Collaborating effectively with engineers, project managers, designers and QA in an agile (Scrum) environment by participating in project scoping and planning, including shaping and estimating of project tasks.
  • Helping to educate and mentor other engineers.
  • Organizing and participating in on-call duties for production issues. Don’t worry – you won’t be on-call all the time for all the things. We simply ask that you be included in the rotation. We activate our on-call system maybe twice a year as most incidents occur during business hours.

What We Need (the must-have requirements):

  • 6+ years of professional software development experience with at least 4 years of experience building web-based applications with Ruby on Rails (version 5-7).
  • Great OO skills, including strong design pattern and MVC knowledge.
  • Experience using JQuery and Coffeescript to implement responsive UI interactions; additionally a deep understanding of HTML, HAML, and how to build and refactor RoR views.
  • Some familiarity with or experience with modern Javascript frameworks such as Stimulus, Stimulus-Reflex, React, and/or Vue, as integrated into an existing RoR monolith.
  • Experience integrating applications and microservices with third-party APIs using JSON, SOAP, SAML, XML-RPC.
  • Experience using and interacting with applications and microservices utilizing OAuth and JWT authentication schemes.
  • Experience building and/or maintaining microservices utilizing RESTful JSON interfaces.
  • Experience with building and improving SQL database schemas (we currently use Postgresql).
  • Knowledge of software best practices, including continuous integration and continuous deployment, TDD / BDD using Rspec/Capybara (or similar).
  • Experience using Git and Github.
  • Experience using the Atlassian suite of software development tools (JIRA, Confluence, etc.).
  • Experience working on an Agile/Scrum team.
  • Understanding of emerging AI technologies and toolsets in support of engineering best practices such as GitHub Copilot Chat, ChatGPT, Claude, etc.

What We’re Looking For (the intangibles that often don’t get mentioned):

  • Comfortable working as a member of a small cross-functional Sprint team (3-5 folks).
  • Can work independently with minimal oversight.
  • Have a strong sense of ownership over our code base, architecture, and product.
  • Bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to the table; provide guidance and leadership in regards to security, SOLID design practices, and processes and procedures which make software teams successful.
  • Be able to absorb feedback, take direction, and operate within boundaries without ego.
  • Think critically and find repeatable solutions for issues and challenges.
  • Have excellent time management skills and consistently deliver exceptional work.
  • Keep the focus on learners, clients, and internal stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate vision, courage, empathy, and accountability.
  • Be a respectful, flexible, team member and overall good human.
  • Be authentic, engaged, and endlessly collaborative.

Our Values

  • Drive Excellence – Rise to any challenge with relentless drive and spirit.
  • Own Your Path – Be the entrepreneur of your success.
  • Lead With Empathy – Promote a culture of listening and celebrating kindness.
  • Inspire Happiness – Strive to inspire and motivate everyone around you.
  • Just Be You – Be an integral part of a diverse, people-first organization.

Salary and Benefits

  • A competitive salary depending upon your experience, skills, and alignment with our needs.
  • The opportunity to make a big impact in a small, but growing SaaS company as a member of a supportive and encouraging team.
  • A caring, supportive, respectful manager with an engineering background and a people-first approach.
  • Fully remote, flexible work environment. If you live in the San Diego area, or come to visit, you’ll get access to our headquarters if you prefer hybrid work or you want to meet some of your team members in-person. This is entirely optional!
  • The all-important medical, dental, and vision benefits. We pay 100% of the employee’s medical and dental premium with the option to upgrade to premium plans and add dependent coverage.
  • 100% employer paid short-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance.
  • A 401K Program with employer match to help support your long-term financial plans.
  • 120 hours annually of paid time off (rolls over! take your unused time with you if you leave), 11 holidays, 5 sick days, paid bereavement, and paid parental leave. Additionally, we provide 2 paid volunteer days so you can support the causes you care about.
  • Annual professional development reimbursements and free access to a wide variety of tech-related courses on a service like Udemy.

About Blue Sky eLearn

Founded in San Diego, CA, Blue Sky eLearn provides a full range of learning technologies that include a proprietary learning management system and a complete set of virtual event services. We help organizations capture educational content from either live or virtual settings, then manage and deliver that content to a global audience through our learning platform.

We facilitate thousands of live web events each year for our clients. We currently house over 100,000 learning modules and have electronically issued over two million certificates to online learners.