Who: The Washington Student Achievement Council
Position: Software Developer
What: The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) links the work of the secondary schools, higher education, and state education agencies to achieve the mission of improving educational outcomes for students at all levels. Supported by a cabinet-level state agency, the Council proposes improvements and innovations needed to adapt the state’s educational institutions to evolving needs, and advocates for increased financial support and civic commitment for public education in recognition of the economic, social, and civic benefits it provides. The agency also conducts research and analysis, protects education consumers, manages the Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) college savings program, and administers state and federal financial aid programs.
Would you like a job where you use your abilities to help kids go to college? At the WSAC, we advance post-secondary educational opportunities through strategic planning, administration of financial aid, and advocacy. We’re also nerds who love technology and believe that web programming and automation are not only the coolest things ever, but are at the heart of any smoothly running organization.
In the Information Technology team, we value innovation, creativity, and independence. Employees are given room to experiment, fail, and ultimately come up with solutions that are even more awesome than originally envisioned. We use all of the flexibility we can muster to free our developers to do what they love to do — write code. Developers get powerful workstations, the latest versions of tools, standup desks if desired, triple monitors, flexible hours, telecommute options, and casual attire. We also have a forty-hour work week.
We are looking for a talented software developer to complete a four person team. This position will work on a broad array of projects for the agency, but will primarily focus on financial aid systems managed by WSAC. Many of these financial aid programs target low income families and provide lifetime access to higher education and the higher wage jobs. For more information, please see http://wsac.wa.gov/sfa-overview.
While we welcome experienced developers, we also encourage more recent grads to apply. Many of us started as interns, work studies, or came here after a first or second job out in the world. Whether your abilities come from coursework, a job, or your open source side-project, if you are comfortable doing a deep dive into code and can demonstrate that you really know your stuff, then please apply!
• Object oriented web apps using AngularJS, C#, ASP.NET, and MVC framework
• Entity Framework ORM
• Unit Testing
• Git source control
• Team City continuous integration server
• Jira bug tracker
• SQL Server database
• Object Oriented programming language (we use C#, but most staff came here with a Java
background and picked up C# quickly)
• Understanding of relational databases (we do full stack development)
• BS in Computer Science or related field
• Ability to design and implement projects in a self-directed fashion
• Ability to quickly assimilate whatever technologies are needed for a project (for instance, we
recently embraced Angular for most of our projects)
• Ability to take a project, overcome barriers, and just make it happen