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Job Opening at AllPaws - A Fast Growing Startup Offering a Better Way to Adopt a Pet

Lead Developer Position

Job Description

DO YOU LOVE PETS? Are you a talented senior rails developer looking for a unique early-stage opportunity offering unlimited upside with a company that already has proven traction? Does the thought of helping thousands of pets each month get adopted make you excited? 

Then this might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you... 

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Rails/Full Stack engineer who is interested in joining a fast-growing early stage startup in the pets space. You will take over as the lead (and, at this stage, sole) developer of with the chance to lead its next stage of growth and help shape AllPaws and its culture from the technology side. You would be coming in as the #1 engineer - only with a site that has already achieved meaningful traction, growth, revenue, and media attention in its young life.  Our current Lead Dev will remain available to assist in order to help ensure a smooth transition.

In this role you will be responsible for all web-based technology and work closely with a proven founder to lead and evolve the organization’s online platform. You will have direct input into feature development, push code frequently, and your work will immediately impact thousands of users per day. Our plans are big, but the current team is small so you should be self-motivated and feel comfortable working independently. You should understand Rails best practices and be able to write clean forward thinking code. You must be able to confidently make architectural decisions for the future of the application, and follow through in implementation. With a small team, fit is super important so you must be (kinda) easy to get along with and possess a strong desire to innovate and test & optimize. 


  • You will be responsible for architecting, designing, scaling, performance tuning, and hosting rails applications. (We have a talented part-time sys admin who leads those functions)
  • You will be solely responsible for all web-based technical work and decisions
  • As we grow, you will spearhead building an engineering team 

Competitive Compensation Includes:

  • Competitive salary & guaranteed bonus
  • A generous equity/stock options package reflective of the early stage role and lead developer position
  • 100% paid Medical & Dental coverage
  • Flexible work schedule 
  • Unlimited vacation (take as much time off as you need while ensuring your work gets done)

This position is full-time and is conveniently based right next to Penn Station. While work hours can be flexible and work from home days are available, this position is on-location in our NYC office. Remote is not an option. 

To Apply:

Email resume, github link, and salary requirements to CONTACT[AT]ALLPAWS.COM

Skills & Requirements


  • 5+ years (minimum) developing full spectrum applications end to end
  • Must be comfortable with Rails best practices, conventions, and proven gems
  • Must be able to build the majority of common features in its entirely from writing responsive css/sass, uncluttered HTML, javascript to a Rails model/controller.
  • Must have strong intuition in deciding which technologies to employ in a feature, when it's appropriate to use a plugin, what indexes to add to a MySQL table, how to effectively scale resque workers with increasing payload
  • Must be completely comfortable working with Haml/Sass/Coffee syntax
  • Must be familiar with AWS - particularly RDS, OpsWork, S3, CloudFront
  • Must be able to write Splunk queries to create analysis dashboards
  • Must be comfortable analyzing NewRelic data and improving/debugging found issues
  • Must be familiar with Solr and how to implement sunspot solr gem

Required Skills

  • Ruby on Rails  - architecting, designing, scaling, performance tuning, and hosting rails applications.
  • JavaScript/CSS/HTML, CoffeeScript, Sass, Haml, Twitter Bootstrap Responsive Grid, jQuery - at least a moderate understanding/comfort level with implementing and editing elegant cross browser compliant designs.
  • Ability to own projects end-to-end
  • MySQL
  • Redis and Memcache
  • Resque and resque_scheduler for processing background jobs
  • Solr - big part of the current application’s offering
  • Mac / Linux development environment
  • Splunk and network logging is a plus

To Apply:

Email resume, github link, and salary requirements to CONTACT[AT]ALLPAWS.COM