About this position
Lead our software crafters in maximizing their impact on client projects.
At 8th Light we consider software development a craft. Our team of expert developers and designers hold the title of "Crafter" to reflect our commitment to quality, our emphasis on continual learning, and our belief that software is truly a craft - something that we take pride in and pay great attention to.
We hold each other to the highest standards; and when we join a project, clients know what they're getting with 8th Light. It's not just our excellent team of dedicated professionals that sets us apart, but also our approach to delivering software and our roles as technical consultants.
We enjoy working with people who are empathetic, who are passionate about teaching and learning, and who value the work they do. If this approach to software development resonates with you, we'd love to talk.
A Consulting Crafter has worked as a professional software developer for multiple years and has experience managing teams of developers. This individual typically possesses the following skills and traits before joining 8th Light as a paid apprentice:
- Has delivered high-quality software as a developer on a team.
- Has demonstrated ability to lead projects.
- Very comfortable with Test-Driven Development and agile methodologies.
- Excellent communication skills and desire to build relationships in the software community.
- Avid learner. Highly driven to improve their skills.
We are fully committed to building the best team. One of the ways we demonstrate this commitment is through our apprenticeship program. Not only do we spend time and energy providing guidance and training to our apprentices, but we also compensate them during this period. While they aren't a billable member of a client project, they're still part of the 8th Light team and we believe they should be paid in that role.
The apprenticeship for this position is an intense period of learning focused on becoming a disciplined, skilled, well-rounded software crafter capable of delivering high-quality software as well as consulting with our clients.
Under the guidance of an experienced mentor, apprentices will embark on a process designed to hone their programming, client services, collaboration, leadership, and communication skills. They are expected to learn on their own while committing to and completing a variety of projects in different languages. They learn to lead by example, provide and receive honest feedback, and answer the questions a client doesn't ask.
Towards the end of the apprenticeship, apprentices will spend time shadowing and pairing with crafters on client projects. The apprenticeship period will conclude with a demonstration of the apprentice's work that will be evaluated by a review board comprised of 8th Light crafters.
Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, the individual will join 8th Light's team of developers and designers as a Consulting Crafter. In this role, expectations include:
- Manage high-level project roadmaps and serve as the principal consultant for large engagements.
- Identify business opportunities and work with directors to develop new service lines.
- Mentor project leaders and other crafters in communication and management skills.