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Lead Software Developer - US Based Remote Opportunity

Common App
Arlington, VA
  • Vision , Medical , Dental , Paid Time Off , Life Insurance , Retirement
  • Full-Time
Job Description


Do you have a passion for higher education? Do you want to make a positive impact on the college admissions process? Our staff help to remove barriers and encourage students to forge their path to a better future. Common App is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process. Each year we support more than 1 million students, one-third of whom are first-generation, as they apply to our more than 900 diverse member colleges & universities using the Common App's free online application.

If you are an experienced Software Developer leader and want to be part of a mission-driven non-profit that uses innovative technology to advance the college admission process, Common App may be a great match for you. Common App is currently searching for a Lead Software Developer.


Our Lead Software Developer position reports to our Director of Software Development and is part of a team of developers designing and developing both web-based and mobile software products for Common App. This role will provide technical guidance and mentor a team of Software Developers while implementing high-quality software products that meet the needs of The Common Application community.



This role requires:

  • Candidates must live in the United States.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher from a four-year college or university or equivalent experience; and at least 6+ years of successful, progressive experience in software development; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 6+ years of experience in Web Application development using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and SPA frameworks such as Angular, TypeScript, Javascript, React, etc.
  • 6+ years of experience in REST, GraphQL API service development using C#, .NET Core, Entity Framework, Domain Driven Design, Dependency Injection, MySQL, or NoSQL data stores.
  • 5+ years of experience in Hybrid Mobile Framework using Ionic, Android Studio, Xcode, etc.
  • 5+ years of experience in Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery Patterns using AWS Codebuild, AWS Lambda, Cloudformation, GitHub Actions, Jenkins, and source control with GitHub, and AWS CodeCommit.
  • 5+ years of experience with AWS services like AWS Fargate/ECS, S3, SQS, SES, Elastic Cache, Cloudfront, EC2, Serverless Lambda, VPC, and DynamoDB.
  • 5+ years of experience in Agile practices.
  • Expert in all components of the development process, including
  • Code repository (Github) and branching strategy
  • Code review
  • Coding standards
  • Code deployment
  • Quality assurance processes
  • Able to debug and troubleshoot in production environments.
  • Expected to evaluate and make recommendations based on complex Proof of Concepts.
  • Understanding of OWASP Top 10 security vulnerabilities and secure coding practices.
  • Must be able to effectively use database software, Internet software, and project management software.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • AWS Solution Architect certification.
  • A passion for higher education is a plus.


Common App is a virtual first environment. We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive salary and an extensive benefits package including:

  • Paid time off
    • Vacation Leave (starting at 10 days per year)
    • Sick Leave (15 days per year)
    • Paid Holidays (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4th, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day)
    • Floating Holidays (9 days to be used at employee’s discretion)
  • Healthcare
    • Medical (2 plan options with Cigna including an option for 100% employee coverage)
    • Health Savings Account (HSA) with annual employer contribution starting at $1,500 or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), depending on plan election
    • Dental (plan with MetLife offering 100% employee coverage)
    • Vision benefits (plan with Cigna offering 100% employee coverage)
    • Short + Long Term Disability (100% employer paid)
    • Life + AD&D (100% employer paid)
    • Additional Voluntary Life + AD&D insurance available
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Added compensation
    • 403(b) Retirement Plan with 5% employer contribution + additional 5% employer match
    • Stipends (virtual office set up and monthly remote work support)
  • Future growth opportunities within the organization

We work to maintain the best possible environment for our staff, where people can learn and grow. We strive to provide a diverse, collaborative, team-oriented, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning, and culture.


To apply for this opportunity, send your resume and cover letter with salary expectations.


Common App

Arlington, VA



Posted date

Over a month ago

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