Lead Developer Position

Lead Software Engineer

Location: Remote

A Little About Us:

ConnectPrep is an educational service company dedicated to providing the most effective educational experience possible. We are committed to change the way we look at education, by leading our students on a pursuit of academic excellence through innovation and dedication. We harness the latest advancements in online communications technology along with a cutting edge algorithmic software engine to create a tutoring experience that is more engaging and effective than any system currently used in the market today.
We are looking to add a new star to the team that shares our same commitments and ability to thrive at being the best. Do you want to Take Control of Your Future?

So What’s the Opportunity?

In this role you will have the opportunity to join a passionate team with the goal of building an education platform that will empower students globally to strive in their academic pursuits. ConnectPrep is looking for a talented programmer to lead our development team and build our analytics software as well as the next generation of iOS education games.
  • Be involved in problem solving, developing metrics modeling, and taking an active role in collaborating with the rest of the team
  • Write our full backend and API
  • Build out game mechanics and apply sound software engineering practices
  • Supporting an entire web stack
  • Utilize user feedback and metrics to deliver iterations of software features
  • Design levels, stories, and core gameplay
  • Provide technical feedback and direction to management and graphic artists on screen layouts and design
  • Build tools for graphics implementation
  • Develop an entire game based on team collaboration and direction
  • Introduce new UI design and ideas for our game platform
  • Convert design mockups into code
  • A competitive compensation package and equity opportunities to grow with our company
  • Working in a small team environment of dynamic minds

What are We Looking For?

BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science or similar technical discipline such as Applied Math, Physics, or Engineering
  • HTML5, CSS, JavaScript
  • Have experience with a modern MVC framework, such as ASP .NET MVC, Ruby on Rails, Node.js
  • Enjoy building front-ends with frameworks like Bootstrap, Backbone, Ember, AngularJS
  • Experience with MySQL or similar relational database like PostgreSQL
  • Test driven development
  • Bug tracking, staging, log monitoring
  • 2 + years of experience in designing multiplayer games or in software engineering
  • A passionate gamer and someone who wants to push the envelope with cutting edge technology
  • Strong math and quantitative skills
  • Solid skills with data structures and algorithms
  • Experience integrating front-end development such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Knowledge of MySQL TCP/IP, HTTP, and Unix experience
  • Experience in building back-end architecture such as Python and PHP
  • Proficient with Objective C and Cocoa for iPhone/iPad/and iPod Touch
  • Background in mobile analytics (Google Mobile, Aspalar, Flurry)
  • Experience writing and maintaining code using(C, C++,PHP, Python,AS3, Perl, etc…)
  • Strong Flash, WordPress, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • In-depth knowledge of (HTML 5, Oracle, and Ruby on Rails)
  • Acute attention to detail and a passion for building quality web applications
  • In-app purchase integration experience

How to Contact Us:

  • All applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or National of the U.S., an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, or an alien authorized to work in the U.S. for this employer and must be currently enrolled in college/university degree program.
ConnectPrep is an equal opportunity employer EEO/M/F/D/V.

Think you have what it takes? Apply Now!

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ACT Essay

Jon Aho

Development Team
Jon is a Electrical and Computer Engineering student at the University of Rochester. He’s been coding for nearly 7 years, and has a number of comprehensive software and hardware projects under his belt. Currently employed as a Research Fellow at his university, he also works at implementing the ConnectPrep Analytics website.

Jeremy Fine


Jeremy is our education guru. He has years of experience working as an educator with students of all ages, using cutting-edge academic and test-prep curricula to take learning to a new level. He has helped students score in the top percentiles on SAT’s, ACT’s, and receive top marks in many academic subjects. He brings a wealth of knowledge to our company, with a dynamic vision for innovation and market growth. Jeremy earned a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MPA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kevin Bretthauer

Kevin is the co-founder of Connect Prep, specializing in technology and online services. Kevin is an Oregon native and Stanford University graduate. He has years of experience working in sales and marketing in the petroleum industry and has managed projects involving the promotion of bio-fuels and emissions reducing products. When he’s not working, Kevin enjoys playing golf, traveling, and watching college football. He has a passion for education as well as creating interactive educational software that will be able help more students reach their educational goals.

Michelle Fine

Director of Operations
Michelle spent several years of her career in the fashion industry, learning about emerging trends in marketing and various aspects of planning a wholesale business. Michelle has had several opportunities to work directly with students, and her most recent transition into the field of education was inspired by her devotion to investing in the future of our youth and the fulfillment she experiences in this pursuit. She is eager to bring her experience and skill set to ConnectPrep to help all students reach new heights. Michelle graduated from the University of Florida with honors.

Scott Luntz

IT Team
Scott is a senior at Purdue University studying Cybersecurity.He works with the IT team and has a passion for Internet security and threat detection. His goal is to use his knowledge in information technology to improve vulnerability analysis and fix any potential cyber issue before it becomes a problem.

Jason Altabet

Analytics and Social Media Team

Jason has always had a thirst for education, whether it be for himself or for others. He is currently training to be a public speaking tutor for his university colleagues and, in addition, plays a central role on the Committee for Political Engagement, where he works to educate the student body on all matters political. At ConnectPrep he serves as the point man for social media, but when he gets the chance likes to try his hand at everything from analytics programming to web development. In his spare time you can expect to find him practicing fake law as a member of his school’s mock trial team, promoting class council initiatives, or working on his soccer “skills.” Jason currently attends the University of Rochester, majoring in Economics and Political Science.

Deanna Thompson

Data Analyst Team

Deanna recently graduated from the University of Rochester with a BS in chemical engineering and legal studies minor. During her time as an undergraduate, she served as a writing tutor, speaking tutor, trained prospective tutors, and eventually served as the tutoring group’s president. Deanna is excited to work for ConnectPrep, continue to assist the tutoring process, and use her engineering background to help develop ConnectPrep’s analytic programs.

Jon Aho

Development Team
Jon is a Electrical and Computer Engineering student at the University of Rochester. He’s been coding for nearly 7 years, and has a number of comprehensive software and hardware projects under his belt. Currently employed as a Research Fellow at his university, he also works at implementing the ConnectPrep Analytics website.

Matt Dombroski

Development Team
Matthew currently attends the University of Rochester studying for a degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering. He loves to design and build anything that catches his interest, from using only digital logic chips to construct a calculator or verilog code to design and test a CPU. He has also lead one week long science camps for the past two years, teaching young kids the basics of chemistry, physics, and electricity. Matthew is excited to put his talents and interests to use in helping implement the data analytics and graphics engines for ConnectPrep.


David Giannella

Development Team
David is attending the University of Rochester, pursuing a BS in Physics and Astronomy as well as a minor in Computer Science. He has gained knowledge of a number of programming topics including application development, data structures, and rendering. David is eager to use his programming skills to help ConnectPrep vault onto the web.

Philip Fenimore

Development Team
Philip is an undergraduate at the University of Rochester studying Computer and Electrical Engineering. He enjoys realizing ideas through coding, like creating a 3d interactive environment with C# and modeling complex mathematical systems with Matlab. Philip is excited to work for ConnectPrep, using his set of skills to maximum effect on the data analytics team.

Borja Rojo

Development Team
Borja Rojo is an Electrical and Computer Engineer at the University of Rochester, ’17, and also studies Computer Science and Audio Engineering. He has a passion for starting projects from the ground up and becomes inspired from reverse-engineering many kinds of systems. Now, he is helping design a portable ultrasound system to help with medical imaging on-the-go. Apart from his academics, you might see him designing a video game or recording his latest song. Here at ConnectPrep, he will be working on creating a web-based platform that automatically generates questions for students to study with and practice their skills.

Sam Callis

Social Media Team
Sam is a junior at the University of Rochester studying History with a minor in English literature. He has a deep passion for education and hopes to work in the field for the rest of his life.

Yiyuan Wu

Data Analyst Team
I graduated from University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics. I have tutored Algebra and Calculus I for undergraduate students throughout my undergraduate years. I am currently studying statistics at Rutgers University. I have a deep passion for education and believe that my mathematical and statistical skills can help improve the quality of education greatly.

Connor Barth

IT Team
Connor is a senior Electrical Computer Engineering student at the University of Rochester. He is currently employed as a IT Consultant at the Simon Business School. His main interests include computer technology and wireless communications. As the son of a college professor Connor not only enjoys the benefits of an engaged educational experience, but also understands the importance of learning and finding the correct educational environment. Connor looks forward to using his skills, passion and experience to help the ConnectPrep team succeed.

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