Front-End Lead

Boston, MA

"Preparing both students and teachers for Writing, Reading and Critical Thinking in the Common Core Era."

AcademicMerit, based in Portland, Maine, is a developer of an award-winning suite of online professional-development, assessment, instruction, and learning solutions—solely focused on literacy in grades 6-12—that provides schools with a much-needed bridge from simply being informed about the Common Core State Standards to actually implementing them.


As Front-End Lead, you will have the opportunity to engage in full-stack development, visualization, user analytics, distributed systems, Docker container-based services and machine learning algorithms. Your work will constantly be driven by end-user-focused development to increase learning efficacy and user engagement using data and usability. You will also have ample opportunity to refactor, reimplement and drive innovation. In the end, you will have the final responsibility of delivering high-quality software that is well-tested for the end users’ needs.

We respect people who continuously improve, learn and take pride in delivering software products that people would love to use. You will work closely with the design team, stakeholders and CTO to deliver welldefined front-end components that integrate with back-end services. We build with ReactJS, APIs in Python, Git, Webpack, NPM variety of data stores, continuous integration, AWS, Selenium, Browserstack, Docker — and we’re always open to speeding up our development process and scaling our system.


  • 5-10 years of demonstrated experience in understanding complex user needs with multiple stakeholders and providing practical solutions that can work in production
  • Extensive experience developing and debugging with Javascript and ReactJS, developing testable components, solving front-end performance issues, and collaborating in GitHub
  • Experience in writing API documentations and keeping them consistent for team collaboration and communication
  • A keen eye for good software-engineering practices (i.e. experience in dealing with bad code and improving or refactoring with good design)
  • Experience automating solutions, while making them clearly understandable to other developers
  • Highly collaborative and able to communicate both interpersonally and in your code (we love COMMENTS and the ability to think about future developers!)
  • A willingness to dive into other’s code, refactor and rewrite, if it’s best for maintenance and end user
  • Desire to continuously, learn, improve and apply new technologies that will increase operational efficiency and effectiveness
  • Experience in Agile sprints a plus


  • Compensation: $110,000 to $140,000, commensurate upon experience
  • The ability to work on-site in our Boston office or remotely

Ogden Morse

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