Software Developer
The Big Know
Minneapolis, MN

About $81,000 - $110,000 a year

About The Big Know

The Big Know is a trusted content and technology solution for organizations like UnitedHealthcare, U.S. Bank and Optum. Through our modern learning platform and cinematic content we create with popular experts, we deliver health literacy for the Netflix Age.Offering custom and licensable content solutions, The Big Know helps health innovators reach more people, lower costs to serve and improve health outcomes.

Why This Job Is Important

You'll contribute immediately to something real - we change lives by connecting great people with great content on an amazing platform!

You will help to define core architectural front and back end components of our system

This role is pivotal in helping our organization scale to the next level

We keep information super secure and helping with that is meaningful to our company and to our users

We are implementing some key features to our platform that are going to really level up our organization preparing us for the next level of growth.

Our company strives to engage people with programs that improve health leveraging education as the key means to health engagement. You will improve the lives of fellow human beings!

What You Will Be Doing

Working with stakeholders from the Design Team, Business Analysis, Client Management, and others in the organization to define, build, and test platform functionality.

Working on a cloud based Platform as a Server Provider

Focusing on delivering scalable solutions (we have high scale and continue to grow rapidly!)

Work with a RoR backend framework

Work with a Javascript, Vue.js based front end framework (among others)

Team up with local and offshore resources in a sprint based agile development environment

Work with PostgreSQL

Work with third party tools to ensure stack optimization

Integrate third party functional tools into our platform stack as appropriate

Not building an ERP back end business system - you'll have lots of interesting roles here!

What You Will Learn

What it means to work with a highly effective agile dev team that embraces the true nature of agile

How to build a beautiful end user first application

Understanding a mobile-first, reflow based web application that leverages responsive and adaptive patterns

The value of humble excellence, collaboration and teamwork, and balance in the work environment

You CAN have a role in defining process, features, and be accountable for the delivery of awesome software

There are really amazing people at The Big Know!

What You Are Good At

We are seeking a mid-level developer that thrives in small to medium sized company environments

You are entrepreneurial and willing to take risks, fail quickly, and learn

You like talking to people, debating issues, having a point of view and sharing it

You show a willingness to compromise

You appreciate how business dynamics shape the work of the dev team, and enjoy playing an active role in those business dynamics

This role will ideally be full stack with stronger emphasis on back end skillset, but able to architect and put in place front end patterns for team members to carry forward.

Our Backend Stack



SQL (PostgreSQL)

PaaS Stack Management (Ideally Heroku)


SAML 2.0 or other standard Auth frameworks

Some of our front end technologies







Responsive Design

Helpful General Skills


Bitbucket / GitHub







Memcached Cloud

Amazon Cloudfront

What You Have Most Likely Done

If you are a fit for this role you probably have some code or sites we can look at. We are interested in those. Be prepared to share sample sites, bitbucket or github code repos that you are able to share.

Worked in medium to small organizations

Worked in agile environments

Understand database design best practices

Interpreted or created wireframes and application designs

You've used different tools to prototype and test things prior to building

Have some backend dev experience

Have a decent amount of front end dev experience

You've worked with a handful of different technologies and frameworks

You've been part of working with a mixed on-shore / off-shore balanced team

You've contributed to the development of an application or two

You've got people who will say amazing things about the work you've done for them

You'll have a spirit of contribution, with a demonstrated desire to make a difference with the work you produce, and how you produce it