Varsity Tutors

Lead DevOps Engineer

Posted on Mar 21, 2023

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Job Details

Full Time
🇺🇸 United States

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About Varsity Tutors

Reinventing learning. Transforming lives. We are a purpose-driven company enabling access to high-quality instruction and transforming how people learn through technology and AI.

Join us in making a difference.

Crafting the future.

Join a team that’s passionate about harnessing the power of AI to transform the way people learn. Develop innovative solutions, leverage the latest technologies and maximize the potential of AI. Together we will create something truly meaningful and have a direct impact on the lives of millions of learners.

Join a talented team of engineers transforming the future of learning.

Building experiences. Developing people.

At Varsity Tutors, software engineers do more than write code. They actively participate in the conversation on what and how to build innovative systems and technologies that enable our clients to seamlessly connect with experts in any subject, anytime, anywhere.

Note: Please feel comfortable applying, even if you don’t meet all the requirements for the position. We’ll let you in on a secret: there’s no such thing as a “perfect” candidate. Everyone can grow at Varsity Tutors. Apply now if this is a role that would make you excited to come to work every day!

Varsity Tutors is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The Position

Varsity Tutors, a Nerdy company, is searching for a highly-skilled, action-oriented Lead DevOps Engineer. This role will work with the rest of the DevOps Team to ensure that Varsity Tutors delivers learning solutions that are highly scalable, flexible, and customer-focused. This person will also be proactive in driving the continuous improvement of our products and programs, helping to ensure better quality, security, and overall efficiency of our processes. This position is fully remote, with occasional travel for team or company get-togethers.


  • Creation and management of AWS cloud infrastructure and configuration as well as ensuring systems and services are leveraging best practices, security, and standards.
  • Strong experience and expertise with managing, securing, and scaling Kubernetes
  • Provide strong partnership with development teams to develop internal platforms and services to enable expediency and self-service for development teams.
  • Provide partnership with other teams such as financial, legal, and operations.
  • Provide, maintain, and optimize the build process to support continuous integration.
  • Investigate, debug and drive improvements to the engineering and build automation process.
  • Support and improve efficiency and effectiveness of tools (CI/CD, automated testing, automation and release).
  • Conduct security risk assessment activities including threat modeling, vulnerability analysis and analysis of mitigation solutions
  • Work cross-functionally to assess risk and help deliver countermeasures that protect customers and company data
  • Ensure that the SaaS services and associated infrastructure maintain required levels of security, availability, reliability, scalability, and performance to meet SLAs.
  • Build incident management, operational monitoring, and alerting capabilities to proactively report, troubleshoot, and fix problems.
  • With the team, own vendor management for existing and new vendors the team leverages.
  • Regular on-call rotations for team owned services and infrastructure.


  • 5+ years of industry experience enabling developers through DevOps
  • 2+ years as a Lead with experience in leading, coordinating, and delivering cross-team projects of considerable scope and complexity.
  • Industry experience with security and vulnerability of cloud infrastructure (prevention, detection, and remediation).
  • Strong experience building and maintaining AWS (Amazon Web Services) infrastructure (EC2, ELB, ALB, VPC, IAM, Route53, Lambda, Kinesis, CloudWatch, etc.).
  • Experience deploying and managing infrastructure with CloudFormation, CDK, and Terraform.
  • Experience with various programming languages (e.g. Python, Ruby, Golang, shell).
  • Strong experience with pipeline tools such as GitHub and Artifactory.
  • Diligent mentality, robust sense of responsibility/accountability and strong verbal/written communication, documentation, and collaboration skills.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with a team to develop and enhance amazing platforms and services.
  • Familiarity with SOC2, SOX and FERPA compliance

Our Hiring Process

  • We always use live video calls for our interview process.
  • It typically takes 2 weeks from start to finish (we can speed that up or go more slowly if your schedule needs that).

1. Meeting with hiring manager or director (1 hour)

  • Questions to get to know you, your background, and your technical abilities.
  • Sometimes includes in-depth technical questions or a coding exercise.
  • You'll also learn more about the specific team that you'd be on, their initiatives and projects, and their specific tech stack.

2. Conversation with a senior or principal engineer (1 hour)

  • Includes a coding exercise
  • You may use whatever programming language you're most comfortable with (we want to see you at your best)

3. Final round (30-45 minutes each)

  • A series of shorter interviews with three people (a mix of technical leaders and leaders in other departments or divisions).
  • You will see the full picture of our company values, culture, communication, and initiatives before you can make a decision.

4. Offer! 🥳


  • Competitive Salary plus Equity in the company
  • Healthcare Plans (Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Pet)
  • 401k Company Matching Plan
  • Maternity, Paternal, and Adoption Leave
  • Remote Position
  • Flexible PTO
  • Hackfest! (Multiple times per year)
  • Free Learning Membership for you and your household (1-1 tutoring hours, unlimited use of on-demand services, and access to our online classes)
  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help transform how the world learns!
  • A fun, collaborative, and team-oriented work environment with plenty of training and a feedback-rich culture
Lead DevOps Engineerat Varsity Tutors