Staff Software Engineer, Ecosystem

Remote - US / Canada Engineering

GitHub is changing the way the world builds software and we want you to help. We are looking for a Staff Software Engineer to work with a dynamic and distributed team building and expanding our platform. 

This role addresses the most challenging initiatives within the current and future architecture of our ecosystem engineering organization. We are looking for a candidate that is able to provide expert leadership to guide multiple teams through complex technical challenges, organize and direct decision making, apply pressure and provide assistance when needed. 

Together we are creating the tools and products that are integral to how people build software. We pride ourselves on being thoughtful, intentional, and productive. We hope you are as well 


  • Lead technical decision making and architecture
  • Architect and implement highly available distributed systems 
  • Mentor other engineers in their technical and architectural decision making 
  • Document the systems you help architect, build, and maintain
  • Maintain and improve APIs used internally at GitHub and externally by developers
  • Write, review, and maintain code primary in Rails, Javascript, and Go
  • Coordinate with product, design, and support to maintain a backlog of priorities
  • Improve the scalability and performance of our platform


  • 10+ years building web applications
  • 4+ years building large, high traffic web applications at scale
  • Experience with web applications in Ruby
  • Passionate about fostering good engineering practices and processes
  • Solid knowledge of testing principles
  • Experience with relational databases
  • Experience with API design
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience maintaining a public API over multiple years
  • Experience building or maintaining planetary scale engineering systems
  • Experience working with a remote, distributed team 
  • Experience using GraphQL in production environments
  • Ability to evaluate the trade-offs for building highly available distributed systems

Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. Over 40 million people use GitHub to build amazing things together across 100 million repositories. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.

Leadership Principles:

  • Customer Obsessed
  • Trust by Default
  • Ship to Learn
  • Own the Outcome
  • Growth Mindset
  • Global Product, Global Team
  • Anything is Possible
  • Practice Kindness

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where over half of our Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The other half of our Hubbers work remotely in 18 countries across the globe.

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

GitHub is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles. We embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. Also, if you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!

Please note that benefits vary by country, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your Talent Partner.



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