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Packback Inc. Full Stack Developer in Chicago, Illinois

Packback is looking for a Full Stack Developer to support our mission to awaken and fuel the lifelong curiosity in every student. As a software engineer at Packback, you will be building features that empower students and professors to have a better learning experience.

Packback?s A.I.-powered platform is used by college professors to help their students fall in love with the subject matter, drive personalized learning, and most importantly, quantify and improve student critical thinking skills.

Key job duties include communicating well, providing thoughtful feedback to teammates, pairing, actively improving our team knowledge-base, and of course, writing code. You?ll be collaborating with our product team to design and implement new features, tackling bugs and tech debt, and incrementally improving our infrastructure and CI/CD pipeline.

Why You Should Work at Packback

Reach - Our platform, Packback Questions, is used by thousands of professors, and hundreds of thousands of college students, who collectively author millions of posts per semester. You will be a part of building a platform that has a huge impact on inspiring curiosity in students.

Training - We offer opportunities for learning and mentorship. We value people who like to wear many hats. You can get involved with the front end, back end, infrastructure and data functions.

Ownership - Packback is a rapidly growing company. You will have responsibility for bringing innovative features to market while working closely with the product team.


We?re looking for somebody who is excited to work on both our frontend and backend codebases. To succeed, you should have experience with either:

  • Building single-page apps with a JavaScript framework (We use Angular, but mainly care that you?re solid with the tools of your choice)

  • Working with web frameworks (We use Laravel and Django, but again care mainly that you are a great developer)

Additionally, we?re looking for:

  • Experience writing unit and acceptance tests and a strong grasp of object-oriented programming concepts

  • 2+ years of software engineering experience, especially with web-based products. Transferable experience is more important than years of experience. If you have full-time development experience outside of school or a bootcamp, we encourage you to still apply.

It's great if you have

  • Experience with SCSS / styling

  • Experience working on highly scalable cloud infrastructures

  • Comfort with Linux/UNIX systems

  • Open-source contributions with a variety of technologies

  • Startup or small company experience

Our commitment to diversity

Working in the Education Technology space, it is an ethical necessity for us to build a diverse and inclusive team in order to better consider the needs of our audience?s wide range of backgrounds and educational experiences. We provide regular training on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion to all employees.

Employees of color are invited to participate in a mentorship program with members of our executive team to build career skills and to help with career progression.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Perks of working at Packback

A culture that you can be proud to build: We work hard at building an inclusive culture of curiosity and continuous learning at Packback. In any role at Packback, being a good steward of our values and using them to inform decisions and communication can make an enormous impact on the business.

Work-life balance: Packback offers an unlimited vacation policy. Team members are encouraged to take time off for volunteer opportunities. We transitioned to full remote work for the time being, but have a lovely office located conveniently in Chicago?s Loop, close to CTA lines and Metra.

Competitive Benefits: Our salary ranges are competitive, and we set clear expectations for professional growth. We offer full health insurance; dental, vision, life, and short-term disability insurance; a 401k; and 6 weeks fully paid, gender non-specific extended leave policy (for either parent welcoming a new child through birth or adoption, to care for a family member in need, or for bereavement).