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Software Engineer at Blackboard Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana

Posted in Information Technology 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

The Opportunity:
We’re looking for a Software Engineer to help us shape the future of education. With nearly 20,000 organizational customers and millions of student users, Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company with the industry's most comprehensive student-success solutions. Our mission is to partner with the global education community to enable student and institutional success by leveraging innovative technologies and services. 

This role focuses on Blackboard Learn, where we pride ourselves on creating well-designed web and mobile solutions to support learners, instructors, and administrators. Blackboard Learn allows learners and instructors to access online educational experiences wherever and whenever they want through web and mobile devices.  Our technology helps instructors breathe life into educational content, brings efficiency to day-to-day tasks, and empowers instructors with tools to engage and assess every learner. We help motivate learners by promoting collaboration, communication, and connections with their peers and instructors.


As a member of our Product Development organization, you’ll work in an agile environment delivering industry-leading SaaS products and web service platforms. You’ll be deeply involved in translating wireframes and sketches into working prototypes to refine user interface behaviors. 


As Software Engineer, you will be responsible for demonstrating expertise with Java and REST APIs. You will become an active member of an agile team of developers participating in daily stand-ups, design sessions, code reviews, and sprint demos. You will embrace test development as an integral part of what you deliver as a software developer. You will also be willing to respond to the unique challenges of delivering and maintaining cloud-based software including troubleshooting live production environments, minimizing downtime, and responding to client-reported issues.

The Candidate:

Required skills:

  • Light experience designing, writing, and deploying scalable software

  • Hands-on experience with the Java stack, SQL databases, and web application development

  • Excellent Object-Oriented design and coding skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences

  • Quick learner with strong problem-solving and analytical skills

  • Light experience writing unit and integration tests

  • Ability to work with a team of engineers on cross-functional agile projects

  • Understanding of data structures, algorithm analysis, and design skills

Preferred skills:

  • Experience with cloud-based hosting solutions (AWS)

The Team & Office:

Blackboard has an office in the vibrant and hospitable city of Indianapolis.   

  • State of the art, modern, new facility themed to reflect Indy's legacy as the racing capital of the world 

  • Located on a large pond with access to a nearby walking trail 

  • Within walking distance of Keystone at the Crossing Mall with access to many restaurants including PF Chang’s, Cheesecake Factory, and Maggiano’s  

  • Flexible hours and a relaxed environment 

  • Covered parking garage  

  • Frequent office-wide events like office golf, Indy500 Chair Races, as well as happy hours, lunches and breakfasts 

  • Office amenities including automatic espresso bars, free soft drinks and beverages, and a game room where you can kick back and relax with your coworkers 

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time.


Blackboard is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.