We are an ambitious team based in Chicago, focused on delivering eTextbooks more simply and affordably. Most of us at RedShelf were students not long ago and have experience with both paper and digital textbooks. This has allowed us to look critically at how software can be used to create eTextbooks that help students study, learn, and ultimately achieve their academic goals!We provide digital content from the world’s leading academic publishers, consumer trade publishers, self-publishers and a variety of other content creators. Our close partnerships with publishers and college bookstores have positioned RedShelf to bring affordable digital course materials to students and professors like you across the country.Our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) technology is accessible on any web-browser based device with no requirement to use a dedicated reader or download an application. With familiar tools such as bookmarking, highlighting, and note-taking, our eTextbook software allows students to study and learn like they would with paper. Our software also allows for digital advances, such as keyword search, dictionary look-up, and 24/7 access from nearly any device.


We at RedShelf were students not too long ago and started the company based on the idea that textbooks shouldn’t cost a fortune or weigh a ton. They should be affordable and easily accessible for everyone to use. Our top priority at RedShelf is to help transition the learning community from print to digital course materials and be advocates for students everywhere.


We are a fast-growing startup (400% year over year) based out of Boyce building in downtown Chicago. Our goal is to improve the higher education industry through digital textbooks by helping to reduce cost, increase access, and improve outcomes. Also, if you’re interested in wearing jeans to work and eating on a private rooftop deck for lunch, RedShelf may be the place for you.


What is this job?

We are looking for candidates who can fill a DevOps Engineer role. This position will primarily be focused on maintaining our systems in a High-Availability environment in line with DevOps philosophy and fully owning application from design to operations. This person will be designing, implementing, and maintain systems for deployment and infrastructure, ship code, as well as build, deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot as needed. Security threats is a concern for all businesses, RedShelf included. Therefore, the DevOps Engineer will be responsible for being vigilant and aware of new security threats; recommending/implementing new security technologies and policies.


RedShelf is in heavy growth mode, this means that monitoring resource utilization and capacity planning will certainly be something that occupies this person’s time. In addition, this individual will need to stay educated on tech trends: R&D of best software and hardware to help others be more productive and keep our applications at top performance. The DevOps Engineers will participate in agile planning processes for all work and advise developers on schema changes and optimizing performance. As you can see collaboration is part of our culture and important to our success.


What are we looking for?

What’s the most important thing for us? Someone who is passionate about technology and the higher education industry. Candidates should have about 3-5 years of experience in fast-moving and web-oriented development environment. Experience should mostly be within a DevOps/Site Reliability/Systems Engineer (Linux) based role. Also, having experience with AWS, Docker, SaltStack and Jenkins is an added plus. We run a Python house using PostgreSQL for the database, having experience in this tech stack will be vital to success. You should also have experience with Agile and/or Scrum development methodologies.


Possessing written and verbal communication skills and having the ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholder, including senior leadership, is essential for this position. We are looking for someone with a track record of balancing multiple priorities simultaneously with the ability to adapt to the changing business need.


Question of the year: What’s the tech stack?

Here come the bullet points. Ideally, you should have experience with these technologies or some equivalent. We are willing to train the right candidate if you are passionate about the position and our goals.

  • Python, JavaScript
  • Django, Celery, RabbitMQ, Elasticsearch, Redis, PostgreSQL
  • Ember, Mithril
  • AWS, Docker, Jenkins, Salt
  • Nose, QUnit, PhantomJS, pytest


Perks of the Gig (aka Benefits):

As we are a small and scrappy start up, everyone is expected to put in a little extra effort. We are the type of company where you will see the fruits of your labor immediately and not feel like you are just another cog in the machine. While we typically have longer workdays we certainly do have a lot of fun in the process. Our competitive compensation packages will usually include company stock options. In addition, we have annual “RedShelf Retreats”, frequent onsite and offsite events, including video game tournaments, sports teams (soccer, baseball, volleyball etc.) happy hours, volunteer work, and many more.


EEO Statement:

RedShelf is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, individuals with a disability, veterans, and others who would enrich the diversity of RedShelf are encouraged to apply.

Company Reviews

"I've been working at RedShelf for nearly 3.5 years. In that time I have been exposed to opportunities, projects and conversations most young professionals can only dream for. RedShelf is a fast-paced, learn-on-the-go atmosphere. You have the opportunity to work alongside bright minds in a collaborative environment that caters to individuals' professional growth."
Gordon Elson
Sales & Customer Care Director
at RedShelf
"My colleagues at RedShelf are some of the smartest, most personable, and highly motivated individuals I've had the pleasure of collaborating with! The fun and vibrant team culture first drew me to the company and makes it both exciting and enjoyable to go to work each day. The last thing I'll say is each person on the team has the amazing opportunity to make real impact, both in the development of her or his individual role and on the company as a whole."
Briana Haguewood
Publisher Relations Manager
at RedShelf
"Working at a startup like RedShelf is as demanding as it is rewarding. We’re building products that end up in the hands of students and professors across the nation. Being a part of something that big in such an established industry is really exciting.”
Drew Bollinger
Front-end Software Engineer
at RedShelf
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Why work with us
RedShelf is a digital textbook distributor and provider working with over 500 college bookstores and 2000 content creators to spur digital adoption on campuses world-wide. With a team of 45, we have established a very unique company culture that shines in everything we do. From our "all hands on deck" approach for sales meetings to our unique 1:1 meetings with our developing staff, we find that communication is key in keeping our culture. Our ambitious team enjoys the environment of RedShelf where they can learn, grow and work towards purposeful contribution and individual success.
Perks & Benefits
Passionate team impacting the education industry
Competitive compensation packages including company stock options
Annual RedShelf Retreats
Onsite and offsite events; happy hours, intramural sports, volunteering, office bags tournaments
Growth opportunities, impact our business and grow professioinally as quickly as the company has
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