– Jace Mouse: Software Architect / Development Lead

Posted by | April 27, 2011 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: Chicago, IL


What We Do: At
Cappex, we help students find the right college – much simpler and easier than
anywhere else. Our revolutionary approach allows students to be sought by
colleges across the country, and our comprehensive college profile data, unique
admission chances tool and student reviews help students find their perfect
college fit. More than three million students are connecting with 1,600+
colleges every day on Cappex, with thousands more signing up every day. 
The Role:  Cappex is looking for a seasoned technologist
to join the CTO and tech team in building-out the world-class site.  We are primarily an agile Linux/Apache/MySQL/Java
shop, and we’re always looking to meet-up with people in the Chicago area who
are passionate about technology and startups.

The Ideal Candidate: You like to be judged on the quality and
quantity of features you release. You’re smart but not arrogant.  You’re cool but kind of geeky.  You love a challenging problem, but you don’t
mind getting your hands dirty on the more mundane things it takes to ship a
feature. You probably tinker with technology in your spare time. You have a
head for user experience and feel comfortable turning high-level business
objectives into features that real people can actually use and enjoy. You’re
not afraid to dig into technologies you’ve not used before.   

Required Skills:
  • Good grasp of core Java language, preferably
    with some JSP as well.
  • Strength in JavaScript and AJAX.
  • Working knowledge of HTML and CSS.
  • Experience working in a team-based
  • College-level education in software
    development – algorithms, data structures, etc.

The Role: Take an informal leadership position as a
hands-on expert and mentor to others. Take the lead on code reviews and the
more-complex projects. Dig into challenging issues, applying a methodical
approach to drive them to completion. Bring innovation by researching new
technologies and techniques. Partner with our DBA and our SysAdmin
to deliver well-rounded solutions.
Other Beneficial Experience:
  • Extensive CSS, including cross-browser
  • JavaScript and frameworks such as MooTools and JQuery.
  • JSP, PHP or similar scriptlet-based
    coding approaches.
  • SQL and Database Design
  • Linux and MySQL experience
  • Structured programming experience in Java,
    C, C++, or Ruby
  • Mobile device development
  • A/B or multivariate testing experience

More About Cappex: We got our start in 2006 and we’re off to a
raging success. We’ve just opened a great new office location in downtown
Highland Park, just a few blocks from the Metra stop
(Union Pacific North Line). The team here is first-rate — full of bright, talented,
fun and friendly people who have passion for helping students. We offer the
excitement of a start-up with the stability of a company that already has
several years under its belt.
Great Benefits: Cappex
has a fantastic benefits program, including: medical, dental, vision, paid time
off, 401K, and commuter (Metra or parking)
We have a preference for local candidates from the Chicagoland
area. Most of us commute from downtown – Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Lakeview, Roger’s Park, Evanston,
Ravenswood, and Lincoln Square (insert your neighborhood here).  We cannot offer sponsorship for this

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