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Khan Academy | Mountain View, CA
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Job Description

Khan Academy is looking for top-notch iOS and Android developers to help create mobile versions of our free virtual classroom for the world. Our small team is changing the face of education - join us on our mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

We're fun, quirky people at heart that come from a variety of backgrounds. Our team includes industry leaders from Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Pixar, Fog Creek, and tiny startups, as well as people with non-traditional backgrounds who didn't graduate from college. Together, we're a small but elite team, deeply invested in your future. We believe that no organization will be as invested in developing you as a professional.

Our developers tackle world-changing challenges that have never been solved before. Recent examples include:

Building innovative new ways to teach computer science ( http://ejohn.org/blog/introducing-khan-cs/ )
Designing a machine learning model to optimize a student's learning path ( http://david-hu.com/2011/11/02/how-khan-academy-is-using-machine-learning-to-assess-student-mastery.html )
Running A/B tests to increase learning and affect real lives (not just increase page views)
Reimagining ways for students to learn together online
Scaling all the infrastructure needed to handle millions of users

We believe mobile apps play an important role in the future of education, and we want you to deliver this vision.


Python, JavaScript (jQuery, Backbone), Google App Engine, Hadoop/Hive, Objective-C, and anything else that best solves the problem at hand
We're not religious about using a specific technology. We're religious about providing an incredible experience for Khan Academy learners


Lisp expertise. Actually, we don't require experience in any particular technology, but you should have an impressive collection of cool projects. We're confident that you'll be able to learn whatever languages and frameworks we throw at you (or, more likely, you throw at us).


A passion for software and engaging learning experiences, as well as desire to change the world
An ability to chew through difficult software problems. You probably noticed this ability not long after you first sat down in front of a computer. You leave a trail of successful software projects in your wake
Great intuition for how users like to learn. You have the motivation and courage to tackle any new subject you put your mind to, and not let go until you've mastered it


We may be a non-profit, but we reward our talented team well!

Competitive salaries and annual bonuses
Ample paid time off as needed - we are about getting things done, not face time
Delicious catered lunch daily plus tons of snacks and beverages
The opportunity to work on high-impact software and programs that are already defining the future of education
Great location: walking distance to Caltrain and downtown Mountain View
Awesome team events and weekly board game nights
The ability to improve real lives
A fun, high-caliber team that trusts you and gives you the freedom to be brilliant
Oh, and we offer all those other typical benefits as well: 401(k) + 4% matching & comprehensive insurance including medical, dental, vision, and life


Along with your resume, please include:

1) Links to any projects (we really like these). We especially like living, breathing projects; please do not send your code

2) A cover letter that includes why you want to join Khan Academy

And if you're feeling especially creative: Optionally include a link to a visualization that you've built on our programming platform ( http://cs-blog.khanacademy.org/p/build-visualization-on-our-programming.html ).


Sal's TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html
Lead developer Ben Kamens' blog: http://bjk5.com
You Can Learn Anything: https://www.khanacademy.org/youcanlearnanything
Our team: http://www.khanacademy.org/about/the-team
Sal's Interview with BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04hytg6

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.

About Khan Academy

Khan's Martial Arts Academy, Burke, Fairfax County, Virginia, combines traditional philosophy with modern day martial arts techniques in the teaching of Chung Do Kwon Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art.