Khan Academy is looking for passionate software developers to help change education – join us on our mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
We are recruiting a creative engineer for a new Early Product Development team. This team will explore and propose future products in response to major open problems and opportunities facing Khan Academy.
Rather than shipping products at scale to learners in our existing product, this team will focus on ideation, rapid prototyping, and early validation. Once an embryonic product appears viable, this team will collaborate with production-oriented product teams to hand off implementation at larger scale. Think of this as a small startup team within the larger Khan Academy organization operating in a tight-knit, entrepreneurial way—but with the fringe benefits and support of a bigger company infrastructure.
We’re fun, quirky people that come from a variety of backgrounds. Our team includes people from Google, Apple, Facebook, Mozilla, Microsoft, Pixar, Fog Creek, and tiny startups. Khan Academy attracts talent from some of the top organizations in the Bay Area; our team includes individuals who attended private universities and community colleges, as well as folks who didn't graduate from college. Together, we’re a small but strong team, deeply invested in your future.
What you'll build:
In close collaboration with specialists in design, product, and learning, you’ll build rapid prototypes of possible future Khan Academy products. You’ll critique them together, try them out in classrooms or in small online experiments, and throw most of them away—then build some more.
- We're not dedicated to using a specific technology – we're dedicated to providing an incredible experience for Khan Academy learners
- We’ve built prototypes using Framer, React, Firebase, Swift, Processing, and custom prototyping frameworks.
- Excitement about helping Khan Academy bring a free, world-class education to the world.
- Eagerness to learn, educate, write code, and prototype products meant to be used by millions of learners and teachers.
- Experience building rich interactive prototypes. You’ll push the team and the mission forward with your contributions. We look for people who are strong communicators, who are thoughtful about their work, and who enjoy giving and receiving feedback.
- Tolerance for the realities of early product development: you’ll write scrappy code to test ideas quickly, throw out most of your work, ship none of it to production (directly), and live in permanent ambiguity.
- Empathy for learners around the world. You love learning and are excited about helping others learn to love learning. You’re motivated to learn new things and share what you learn with the world.
You don't need:
- 15 years' experience with React/Redux. Actually, we don't require experience in any particular technology. Our commitment to on-boarding and mentorship means you won’t be left in the dark as you learn new technologies.
We offer the following benefits:
We may be a non-profit, but we reward our team well!
- The opportunity to improve real lives, solve hard problems, and change the world.
- Competitive salaries and annual bonuses.
- Ample paid time off as needed. We’ll support you in maintaining a healthy life-work balance.
- Delicious catered lunch every day, plus tons of snacks and beverages.
- An inclusive, excited, and friendly team that trusts you and gives you the freedom to be brilliant.
- A great location – we’re only 0.5 miles from the Caltrain and downtown Mountain View. We also pay for remote employees to fly out a few times a year, and our San Francisco dwellers are encouraged to work from home a few days a week to save the commute time.
- Awesome team events and weekly board game nights.
- Oh, and we offer all those other typical benefits as well: 401(k) + 4% matching & comprehensive insurance including medical, dental, vision, and life.
How to apply:
- Attach your resume below
- Address the following prompt in the space provided below: At Khan Academy, we believe that reaching all learners requires an engineering team that is diverse in every respect, and we are looking for individuals who will help us fulfill our mission by adding to the diversity of our team's experiences, perspectives, and mindsets. With that in mind, tell us briefly how your experiences and perspectives— whether personal, professional, academic, or otherwise— could contribute to the diversity of our team.
- If you have it readily available, please include a link to a portfolio detailing your past projects and product work. We’d love to see both prototypes and finished products; for the latter, please make sure to tell us about the details of your specific involvement.
- If you’d like to provide a more traditional cover letter addressing your interest in KA (in addition to the diversity-based response), please feel free to attach that below.
To learn more about our work:
- Sal’s TED talk
- KA Engineering team blog
- Our long-term research team blog (this team will continue a project begun there)
- Former lead engineering manager Ben Kamens's blog
- Our team
- What our learners have to say about Khan Academy
As an organization and as individuals, we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, medical conditions, genetic information, disability, or Veteran status. We strongly encourage all candidates to complete the EEOC questions below so that we can continue to monitor our processes and ensure we are creating an environment that allows candidates to feel comfortable and display their best selves across many lines of difference.
Finally, if you feel under-qualified, remember that we’ve all been there too. Here are some great posts on building up the courage and skills to apply for your dream job, from awesome people who have worked at KA: