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.

Mid-Level Software Developer at RedShelf

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 very fast-growing startup (400% year over year) working out of the 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 is where it’s at.


What is the job?

We are looking for a candidate to fill a mid-level development role. This position will be responsible for writing clean, maintainable code to launch the next generation eReader for RedShelf. This position will be responsible assisting the team by adding eBook functionality, integrating with university learning software and building analytics. Previous work in the education/publishing industry would be awesome but is not required.

  • Responsible for participating in all aspects of delivery, including planning, design, code review, process improvement and code delivery
  • Proactively update stakeholders and maintain open communication
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned by management 

What are we looking for?

First and foremost, we are looking for someone who is passionate about development and the higher education market. Candidates should have about 5 years of experience in technology, with around 2-3 years as a developer, and 1-You should also have experience with Agile and/or Scrum development methods and the ability.


Written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholders including senior leadership, will be essential to this position, as-well-as being comfortable to develop and lead independently with little to no direction. We are looking for someone with a track record of balancing multiple priorities simultaneously with the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the business while meeting deadlines, simply because we are small, scrappy and wearing multiple hats comes with the job.


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


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
Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance

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