Quill is a nonprofit, open source web app that helps low-income K-12 students become great writers. Quill is now being used by 600,000 students from 2,000 schools across the country, and our mission is to help 10 million kids become great writers within the next five years. To reach these students, we are backed by foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,, and the AT&T Foundation.


  • Location:
    New York City
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Minimum qualifications

We are looking for a talented web developer with 2+ years of experience who is passionate about education and open source development. The developer’s primary responsibilities will be scaling our Rails services to grow from 30k to 100k daily active students over the coming year. You’ll be responsible for owning features by influencing the initial spec, building the backend APIs (mostly Rails), and writing the front-end code (mostly React), and maintaining the feature once deployed.

We’re a small team of nine working in the Financial District of New York City. You will be joining as our fifth engineer, and you will be directly involved with both building the app and testing it with students in classrooms. Fast Company recently featured Quill and explored how our automated writing feedback helps students revise their work and improve their skills:

You will be: 
- Building, extending, and refining features used by students and teachers. 
- Optimizing code for speed and scale 
- Working with members of our teacher and developer community 

To learn more about Quill, check out these links:

Preferred qualifications

You should have: 
- A passion for making education more accessible 
- 2+ years of professional web development experience 
- Experience in scaling high-throughput applications 
- Experience with Ruby/Rails 
- Experience with advanced SQL queries 
- Experience with TDD in both server and client side contexts 
- An understanding of RESTful web services 

A big plus would be: 
- Experiences with technologies such as React, Heroku, Firebase, AWS, and Postgres 
- Interest in Mobile Web Development, Natural Language Processing, and/or Machine Learning technology 
- Experience working with open source projects 

This is a full-time role in the Financial District of New York City. To apply, send us a resume, cover letter, and links to your blog, projects, Github, and any other resources that might help us understand your background and skills.