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Location: New York, New York, USA Posted: Oct 19, 2022

Job Description

About Us:

We believe teachers have one of the most vital jobs in the world, and we’re here to support them. What began as a word-of-mouth marketplace where teachers could buy and sell educational resources is now a teacher-powered digital learning platform. Our community of 7M+ educators relies on us for engaging, accessible, classroom-ready materials—and we rely on our team members to continue developing solutions that improve the lives of teachers, students, and, ultimately, the state of education itself.

About the Team:

The Schools Engineering team is responsible for building our next-generation product offering— TPT School Access —bringing the power of TPT to schools around the world. You’ll work full-stack using service-oriented architecture and best-in-class technologies like React, GraphQL, TypeScript, Apollo, Serverless, and OAuth. You’ll collaborate on a diverse team partnering closely with product, design, and marketing to build in an iterative, agile way. You’ll work full-stack to lay the foundations in the technical stack and developer experience so that the product teams can build and scale new features that enhance our user’s experience with high-quality onboarding, discovery, analytics, integrations, and other core product offerings.


As a Staff Software Engineer within the Schools group, you will help lead our efforts in modernizing and refining the systems powering TPT School Access that supports millions of teachers each year. You will be expected to help the team prioritize, design and implement the right investments to our underlying technology to support our product roadmap. To succeed, you should be excited to dive deep into technical challenges while also helping technical and non-technical team members understand the progress and impact your team is making. This is an opportunity to help define the technical direction for a critical part of the business and own the improvement of our technical foundations and overall product quality.


  • Understand requirements and context to inform how to prioritize investments in our technology.
  • Drive the scoping, design, implementation, and operation of major projects spanning multiple engineers, sprints and (sometimes) teams.
  • Play an individual contributor or tech lead role for projects as needed for the team and organization.
  • Uplevel the engineering team by mentoring other engineers, presenting on best practices, and informing major technical decisions.
  • Help shape the long-term technical vision and strategy to achieve and support the Schools ecosystem.
  • Take ownership and responsibility for producing maintainable, monitored, and highly available software systems.
  • Own and deliver on engineering practices and processes that have an impact on the productivity and engagement of the team and the wider organization.
  • Own engineering programs or key objectives end-end that span multiple teams, projects, and/or quarters.


  • Deep technical foundation that allows you to engage with and support engineers at the design/review level when making decisions.
  • Technical curiosity and experience necessary to own mission-critical systems, coupled with interest in business and product objectives to make pragmatic decisions.
  • Strong communication skills with ability to articulate complex technical concepts.
  • Leadership skills that allow you to concretize ambiguous goals and rally teams to make meaningful progress.
  • Collaborate with business stakeholders and engineering leaders in the organization
  • Comfortable with lean engineering and agile project management practices with a track record of successfully managing and delivering on large projects.
  • Ability to iterate and create high-quality products using a data-driven approach.

Compensation & Benefits:

TPT offers a holistic Total Rewards package designed to support our employees in all aspects of life, inside and outside of work:

Base salary range: 216,000- 272,000 USD annually.

  • In addition to cash compensation, all TPTers are eligible to participate in TPT’s equity plan to receive management incentive units (MIUs).
  • The final job level and compensation will be determined by various factors such as a candidate's relevant work experience, years of relevant experience, skills, qualifications, certifications, geographic location, and other business considerations.

At TPT, benefits are also an important piece of your total compensation package. Two of our core company values are “We Learn and Grow Together” and “We Enjoy the Journey.” We’ve committed to these values and to our employees through investing in added benefits and perks:

  • Comprehensive Medical, Vision & Dental Benefits
  • 401k plan with company matching
  • Free Telemedicine Membership - 24/7 access to trusted medical advisors
  • Generous PTO and Wellness Days
  • 5 Week “Recharge Leave” after 5 Years, to refresh and celebrate the impact you’ve had at TPT
  • Generous Parental Leave (for new parents) for time to adjust to parenthood, plus additional six weeks for the birth parent
  • ‘Employee Resource Groups’ (ERGs) to promote employee inclusivity and belonging
  • Engineering Learning Fridays (ELF), to provide a space each week for Engineering teams to collaborate and learn from each other
  • ‘Professional Development’ Stipend, to support the professional growth of employees (including - but not limited to - subscriptions, books, lectures, etc.)
  • Annual Company Events (Camp TPT, Field Day, Hackathons, Holiday Party, Summer Picnic, Classroom Visits, etc.)
  • Subscriptions: We cover employee subscriptions to services like Headspace and GrubHub+

Here at TPT we value Diversity & Inclusion and encourage people to bring their most authentic selves to work. We cultivate an environment where people are recognized and celebrated for their individuality.

Any TPT applicant who requires reasonable accommodations during the interview process should contact the TPT People Ops Team ([email protected]) to make the need for an accommodation known.

Finally, if you’re a California resident, California law requires that we provide you notice about the collection and use of your personal information. We encourage you to read it carefully. You can find our full notice here .

About TeachersPayTeachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is a community; the first and largest open marketplace where teachers share, sell/buy original educational resources.

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