Engineering Manager
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
RedShelf Mission & Values

To improve education through technology. RedShelf's values are: Betterment, Enthusiasm, Drive, Ingenuity, Collaboration and Accountability

Founded in 2012 and recently named one of the nation’s fastest-growing private businesses by Inc. Magazine, RedShelf is a Chicago-based EdTech company helping to make education both more affordable and more effective through the use of digital instructional resources. Partnering with more than 400 publishers and 1,900 campuses nationwide, we provide leading-edge digital course materials and an end-to-end Content Delivery System for effortlessly distributing those materials.   

 Job Summary:

We are looking for an Engineering Manager who is excited about leading, inspiring, and mentoring an engineering team. The technical and cross-functional problems in this role are equally as important, meaning this manager will need to develop partnerships with other teams to establish empathy and understand their use cases.


  • 5 years of experience with a Python framework and SPA JavaScript technologies like React & Ember.
  • 2+ years of engineering management experience. You should be able to describe why these teams were high functioning and what you specifically did to ensure engineers felt productive.
  • Partner with Senior Developers, Team Leads, Technical Architects, and DevOps within RedShelf to ensure architecture decisions adhere to our best practices.
  • Love helping engineers develop new skills and advance in their careers. You don’t shy away from performance conversations and you recognize the relationship between objective feedback and career growth.
  • Work with Agile metrics to understand the current velocity of the team and help the team be as efficient as possible, without risking quality.
  • Communicate well - verbally and nonverbally. You’re adept at understanding complex technical concepts and helping teams make decisions to move forward as well as communicating those decisions up.
  • Story breakdown - You should be able to lead the breakdown of a software feature into technical components that deliver value to the user.

Other Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Experience with Django and DRF
  • Experience with GraphQL and Apollo Server/Client
  • Experience with PDF, ePub document formats and full text searching using Elasticsearch
  • An understanding of web accessibility standards and experience meeting them
  • Experience with service workers and Indexeddb for offline/progressive web apps
  • Experience with node, nginx, celery, rabbitMQ


Why RedShelf?

RedShelf prides itself on maintaining an informal but fast-moving, hard-working, entrepreneurial culture. Our team members are smart, innovative, and passionate about improving education through digital technology.

We offer the best of both worlds: the energy and opportunity of a rapidly-growing organization, coupled with the stability of an extensive client base, strong financial backing, and proven track record of success. In addition to a forward-thinking environment with ample opportunity for professional and personal growth, our team members enjoy competitive compensation and benefit packages.

RedShelf is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, individuals with a disability, veterans, and others who would enrich the diversity of RedShelf are encouraged to apply.


Working at RedShelf

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Greg Fenton

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Reviews from current employees

My team cares about their work, is really skilled at what they do, and great at communicating
Accomplishing difficult tasks with a small, but powerful team.
Open to listening to feedback, good or bad, and considering changes to make RedShelf better.


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Perks and Benefits

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Work From Home Policy


eNPS Score

RedShelf's Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) is 6, as rated by 42 employees. This means 35% of RedShelf employees would encourage their friends to become coworkers today.

5 Cool Reasons to Work at RedShelf

  1. RedShelf is one of Chicago's fastest growing companies, making the Inc.5000 list four consecutive years.
  2. RedShelf was named 2021 Publishing Software of the Year
  3. Forbes named RedShelf one of America's Best Startup Companies in 2021
  4. RedShelf offers an amazing physical office, featuring rooftop views and easy access to Chicago's best.
  5. RedShelf is making a large-scale impact on education with technology.