Front End Engineer

Who are we?

Recently voted Fast Company’s #1 Most Innovative Company in Education and #28 Most Innovative Company in the world, General Assembly is a venture-backed, post-Series D, NYC-based startup in our sixth year.  General Assembly transforms thinkers into creators through education and opportunities in technology, business, and design. We offer classes, workshops, long-form courses, and events in worldwide markets including New York where we are headquartered, Atlanta, Austin, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Melbourne, and Washington DC.  We also partner with Fortune 500 companies to spur innovation through increased digital fluency and more effective approaches to collaboration.

Who you are:

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, talented front end engineer to join our learning platform team and help build software to take our students’ education experience to the next level. You’ll be responsible for spearheading the development of a variety of user interfaces, from dashboards and visualisations, to interactive code editors. You’ll also be a key part of a fantastic cross-functional team of engineers, designers and product managers making a meaningful impact to the student experience. You’ll have:

  • 3+ years of experience as a front-end engineer
  • A track record of building bullet-proof, accessible user interfaces using standards-based HTML, cross-browser compatible CSS, and lint-free JavaScript
  • Proven experience building rich web applications with a contemporary JavaScript library and related tooling, like React, Redux, Webpack and ES6
  • Understanding of REST API design and communication best practices
  • Strategies to implement automated user interface feature and unit testing
  • Opinions on designing high quality, responsive and cross-platform user experiences

You may also have:

  • Practical knowledge of an MVC framework such as Ruby on Rails
  • Some experience with Heroku, Amazon Web Services and Docker
  • Contributed to a living styleguide that crosses product boundaries
  • Worked with remote engineers and across time zones using communication, planning and related tools like Slack, Jira and Github

What we build:

We are organized into small cross-functional product teams (a PM, a designer, a few devs) that focus on growing a single product from glimmer to gamechanger. Each team is free to determine their own tools & process. What are these teams working on?

What it's like to be on the team:

  • We use GitHub for code review, Code Climate and Semaphore to keep entropy at bay, and Heroku to focus on building things
  • We favor trying new things over fear of mistakes
  • We are anti-dogmatic: use whatever code editor you like, pair-program when you like
  • We try to seek a balance between sticking with what works and fearlessly exploring the new
  • We are always learning, always teaching
  • We are passionate about writing good code
  • We apologize for and learn from our mistakes
  • We have worked hard to build a culture of trust, continual improvement, and mutual support

We <3 remotes!

Even though GA is headquartered in New York City, more than half of our engineering team is not. We remote in from little towns and big cities from California to the Netherlands. And even our New York devs spend the odd day working from home or elsewhere.

We are serious about making remote collaboration work, with tools like Slack, Zoom/Hangouts, JIRA/Confluence, and Screenhero are a big part of our daily lives.

Four times a year, we fly the whole engineering team to New York for a few days of workshops, lightning talks, urban adventures, and an epic hackathon.


Position is full-time with competitive salary, stock options and great benefits. NYC only. Benefits include: 401k, iPhone + cell plan, Macbook + 27" monitor, medical + dental + vision insurance, MTA transit credit and 50% discounted gym membership (in NYC).


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