Senior Software Engineer, Video

Remote

Imagine a product that reached millions of users without a single salesperson. That same product has been adopted by tens of thousands of schools, with limitless growth potential ahead. That's the opportunity at Screencastify — a massive market, incredibly engaged customer/fan base, and the chance to get in on the ground floor of it all.

Hi, we're Screencastify 👋

More than 15 million people use Screencastify to record, edit and share all sorts of amazing videos. We like to think that we've democratized video creation by making it simpler and more affordable than ever before.

Working at Screencastify

At Screencastify, we value accountability, commitment, and speed. We take our responsibility to our users very seriously, so when we miss a deadline, or slow down, it matters. 

We’re not a pay-your-dues culture; we will train you quickly and then give you substantial responsibility. The better the results you drive, the more you’ll be rewarded.

We’re a competitive culture in some ways, but not in others. On one hand, we love to win, hate to lose, and if you do great work, you’ll probably inspire someone working with you to try to do even better. But someone else does not need to lose for you to win.

We constantly challenge each other and push our quality of thought and work to new limits. But no matter how strong a disagreement may be, we want to work in a company of deeply good people who treat their colleagues exceptionally well. No matter how talented, we won’t hire jerks.

About the role

We built the simplest and most reliable screen recorder in the world, but that’s only the beginning. Our near future is full of ambitious new goals, features, and products that will enable us to further improve how we provide service to our users and accelerate our already fast growth.

We prioritize fast iteration without compromising quality while maintaining attention to detail that creates the kind of delightful interactions we’re known for. We’re looking for an experienced, compassionate, and thoughtful video engineer build efficient, reliable, and capable media infrastructures to unlock the power of Screencastify.

Why is this role special?

  1. Work with an extremely talented team. A team of less than 5 built a product used by millions of people. We've achieved more than teams 10x our size by solving problems that matter and putting product quality above all else.
  2. Tackle our most interesting and impactful problems. Our team is still small, and people wear many hats. You'd jump between product, marketing, internal tools, and design — participating in every phase from inception to implementation. Absolutely no boredom.
  3. Join us at a magical time. We're profitable and support tens of millions of users with a small team, which gives us a huge green field to work with. You'll join at the perfect time to shape how we grow from here.

What you'll do

  • Build new product features from start to finish: through conception, research, maintenance, and polish
  • Build improvements to performance, reliability, and product polish
  • Help define platform capabilities and implement core solutions using solid design principles, while balancing complexity, speed of implementation, reliability, and expandability
  • Diagnose and improve the quality of our end-to-end video experience
  • Uphold the highest standard of engineering excellence because the performance and reliability of media infrastructure directly impact our product experience and our overall brand
  • Build and improve processes and internal tools with simplicity and productivity in mind

You're perfect for this role if you...

  • Have 5+ years building Image, Audio, and Video Processing
  • Are comfortable with FFmpeg API and tools, ffprobe, and various video formats
  • Have experience encoding/decoding: HEVC, H264
  • Understand how muxing, demuxing, and transcoding can work together
  • Have experience working with backend systems
  • Have experience with large distributed systems and collaborating cross-functionally between groups with different technologies and pipelines
  • Care about the business implications of anything you build. You're not just going after cool stuff — you understand the balance between craft, speed, and the bottom line
  • You understand the basics of observability and monitoring
  • Have the ability to work in multi-functional teams
  • Are flexible, dedicated, and curious

Benefits

  • Competitive compensation. We take a data-driven approach to our compensation strategy so all employees are paid competitively and equitably.
  • 401k plan. We want to invest in present you and future you, which is why we offer a generous 401k match with our 401k plan.
  • Minimum vacation policy. We recognize the importance of taking personal time off, and require our employees to take at least 15 vacation days per year. You’re also encouraged to take additional paid time off, as needed.
  • Flexible work policy. Gone are the days of being in an office from 9-5, Monday through Friday. We recognize there are better ways to measure productivity than counting the number of hours you’re in the office and that sometimes the office isn’t the best place to be productive.
  • Parental leave. Generous paid time off for parents to bond with the newest addition to their family!
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance. We cover 100% of employee medical premiums and 50% of employee dental & vision premiums. Plus, all employees receive a free One Medical membership.
  • Professional development. Each department has a professional development budget and employees are encouraged to take workshops, attend webinars, join associations, and anything else that could help grow their careers. Did we also mention employees get free access to Udemy for Business?
  • Divvy bike membership. If you’re in Chicago, take advantage of an annual Divvy membership -- on us.

We highly encourage you to apply for this position, even if you feel you do not meet all the requirements. You do not need to fit this exact mold.

At Screencastify, we foster an inclusive, supportive, fun and challenging team environment. We value having a team that is made up of a diverse set of backgrounds and respect the healthy expression of diverse opinions. We embrace experimentation and the examination of all kinds of ideas through reasoning and testing. Come join us as we continue to change the world through video.

Screencastify is an equal opportunity employer.

Our Future
Millions of videos are made with Screencastify every month. We’ve become one of the most trusted names in video.

But we’ve set our sights higher: only a small fraction of the world’s professional population communicates with asynchronous video today. Our aim is to transform workplace communication so that everyone can teach and learn more effectively. We need more team members to help us get there. We hope you’ll be one of them.

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Perks and Fun

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Competitive compensation.

We take a data-driven approach to our compensation strategy so all employees are paid competitively and equitably.

401k plan.

We want to invest in present you and future you, which is why we offer a generous 401k match with our 401k plan.

Minimum vacation policy.

We recognize the importance of taking personal time off, and require our employees to take at least 15 vacation days per year.

Parental Leave

Generous paid time off for parents to bond with the newest addition to their family!

Medical, dental, and vision insurance.

We cover 100% of employee medical premiums and 50% of employee dental & vision premiums. Plus, all employees receive a free One Medical membership. **HSA?

Flexible work policy.

Gone are the days of being in an office from 9-5, Monday through Friday. We recognize there are better ways to measure productivity than counting the number of hours you’re in the office and that sometimes the office isn’t the best place to be productive.

Professional development.

Each department has a professional development budget and employees are encouraged to take workshops, attend webinars, join associations, and anything else that could help grow their careers. Did we also mention employees get free access to Udemy for Business?

Book Club/Stipend.

Each month, get a book of your choosing on us! You’ll be joining a community of fellow bookworms who are always down to talk about what they’re reading in the monthly Screencastify Book Club. Whether it’s the latest sci-fi novel or the audio version of your favorite thriller, we want you to keep learning and expanding your literary horizons.

Giving Back.

Teachers are at the core of our business. We have a monthly recognition program celebrating our employees’ achievements by contributing to a DonorsChoose fund of their choice.

Divvy bike membership.

If you’re in Chicago, take advantage of an annual Divvy membership -- on us!

Friday Playlists.

We have enough Screencastify musicians to start a band and enough music lovers to fill the audience! Each week we curate a themed playlist that’s created by all of our employees. Check out some of our previous jams here.

DEIB Committee.

Our DEIB Committee is actively impacting Screencastify’s initiatives and practices. We strive to educate our employees on the systemic inequities in tech and the world while actively putting processes into place that challenge and guide our team members and organization to honor everyone’s strengths and drive innovative solutions. Join a community that is passionately educating themselves and our larger Screencastify Squad to be the most inclusive and equitable version of itself.

We highly encourage you to apply for this position, even if you feel you do not meet all the requirements. You do not need to fit this exact mold.

At Screencastify, we foster an inclusive, supportive, fun and challenging team environment. We value having a team that is made up of a diverse set of backgrounds and respect the healthy expression of diverse opinions. We embrace experimentation and the examination of all kinds of ideas through reasoning and testing. Come join us as we continue to change the world through video.

Screencastify is an equal opportunity employer.