Senior Software Engineer, Full-stack

As one of Ladder's earliest engineers, develop easy-to-use & functional services that improve upward mobility in America.

Position type
San Francisco, CA
A selfie with customers after a day of clinical training in Indiana
A selfie with customers after a day of clinical training in Indiana
A short team retreat on the coast of northern California
A short team retreat on the coast of northern California
Getting to know a customer over dinner
Getting to know a customer over dinner

Ladder creates upward mobility for American job seekers and simplifies hiring for employers. Right now, we're helping job seekers attend 3-14 week classes to become certified nursing assistants (CNAs), financing their tuition and placing them with employers immediately upon completion. For many, Ladder represents a new lifeline to economic stability and a better chance at a fulfilling career.

We raised a seed round from Union Square Ventures, Collaborative Fund, 8VC, Moxxie, and former leaders at Affirm, General Assembly, Twitter, and companies in education & media. We're well-funded and ready to improve upward mobility and the health care labor supply in America.

As one of our first engineers, you’ll lay the groundwork for a growing business. As a generalist, you’ll have an ownership role in multiple parts of our technology and work across the stack. Day to day, you’ll report directly to (and collaborate with) the CTO; discuss product challenges and objectives with the operations team; and bring the ability to both zoom out and dig in.

With everything you do, you’ll approach your work with deep empathy for our customers, many of whose lives often veer across the poverty line. That means a connection with Ladder’s mission and the spirit to work collaboratively and with humility. And it means creating the product, platform, and infrastructure that will help our customers fight an economic system that has worked against them.

Applications for this role are open

Fill out a short form and tell us why you're interested — we'll reach out to you with next steps if there's mutual fit. A resume is optional.

What you’ll do

  • Work closely with the CTO and engineering team
  • Build products & solutions across the stack, taking the initiative when possible
  • Engineer resilient and stable backend systems, databases, and APIs
  • Connect with external systems and architect fail-safe, auditable financial systems
  • Own responsibility for the success of projects by envisioning clear objectives and holding yourself & others accountable
  • Collaborate with the Operations team in a product manager-like capacity to understand stakeholders and needs
  • Respond to other job duties as they come up in a changing startup environment

What we’re looking for

Most successful candidates will have at least 2+ years of software engineering experience and have worked previously in JavaScript and/or TypeScript in some capacity.

You’ll bring to the table effective and empathetic communication skills and the understanding that everything — from the code you write to the discussions you lead — will have an impact on our team culture. Maintainability and moving fast will be a spectrum you deftly balance. You’ll foster and push for a learning and inclusive mindset.

Working at Ladder means acting on a passion for improving people’s lives through education and economic freedom. You won’t forget this: you’ll begin and end your day with deep empathy, excellent judgment and decision making, and the willingness to dig in and adapt.

Must haves

We’re looking for strong experience with

  • modern programming languages, particularly JavaScript and/or TypeScript
  • databases (PostgreSQL), modeling data, and writing performant queries
  • consuming and creating mission-critical APIs
  • developing scalable and production systems
  • building end-to-end solutions that include front-end and back-end work
  • working on a collaborative engineering team (Scrum, ticket management)


We prefer candidates that have worked with

  • React, Node.js, TypeScript, Gatsby, and GraphQL
  • serverless and container architectures on platforms like Google Cloud and AWS
  • small startup environments
  • companies adjacent or in fintech, healthcare, or education

At Ladder, we’re looking to hire people who are effective problem solvers. Please apply even if your experiences don’t exactly match what we’ve written in this job description. We’re committed to helping Americans increase their income with Ladder. If you’re passionate about equalizing access to opportunity, we want you to apply!

Competitive salary & equity

Market compensation and stock options, enabling you to join a rapidly growing company on the ground floor.

Flexible paid time off

Work-life balance is important. Take the time you need with our flexible policy — we'll even insist at least 5 days off every 6 months.

Remote thru end of 2020

We're remote thru at least 2020. If we return to an office, we'll offer an optional, team-aligned WFH day on Thursdays.

Health insurance, vision, & dental

Ladder offers you and your family an individual coverage HRA, covering $450 for you and $225 for your spouse and each dependent per month. This usually leaves little to no individual contribution.

Commuter benefits

If we return to an office, get $100/month on a benefits card towards subway, train, bus, parking, or Uber/Lyft costs.

Home-office stipend

To help you be productive, we provide a one-time $1,000 stipend to purchase equipment & furniture — like monitors or a new desk.

This list of benefits apply to full-time employees in San Francisco only.

A diverse and inclusive workplace

Ladder is committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law — including the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, under which we will consider all qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.