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Lead DevOps Engineer


Austin, TX, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: IT
  • Industry: Consumer & Hardware
  • Post Date: 11/20/2023
  • Website:
  • Company Address: 1145 W 5th St, Austin, TX, 78703
  • Salary Range: $150,000 - $170,000

About Literati

Literati delivers fantastically curated books to kids, families and schools. Through our kids book clubs and school book fairs, we are committed to helping kids become confident and excited readers.

Job Description

Think of your favorite book from childhood. Got it? Great. Now, that warm, joyful feeling you have right now—that’s what we do. Literati is a modern children’s book company focused on building reading skills so kids can grow to be their best selves. We make it easy to find books kids love through school book fairs and book clubs using a unique mix of expert curation and data science. We’re on a mission to help parents ignite a love of learning and a love of life.
As a DevOps Lead, you will own our strategy for cloud infrastructure and developer tooling. You’ll assist other engineers with owning their own features from end-to-end through well-defined processes and templates while setting the standard for efficient, agile, and maintainable infrastructure, which helps us to respond rapidly to changing business needs while keeping costs low.
As the DevOps Lead at Literati, you will be the resident expert on all things related to cloud hosting, deployment, and infrastructure. You will help to craft and define our strategy to efficiently serve customers, keep costs down, and retain the ability to respond quickly to changing business needs. You will act as a mentor and coach to other engineers at Literati, helping them take end-to-end ownership of the features they build, including monitoring and on-call responses. You will help with tooling, scripting, and automation to make developers more productive.  While other engineers will have responsibility for on-call escalations for most issues, you will be part of a team that forms the “escalation of last resort” for service outages.
Literati’s current stack (which you will help to define and evolve) includes terraform-driven provisioning in GCP, helm-driven Kubernetes configuration for services, a mix of Django, nodejs, and WordPress application servers, and Postgres databases in cloud SQL. We monitor using PagerDuty, DataDog, Sentry, and cloud logging.
$150K – $170K • Offers Equity
5 years experience in DevOps, including designing and scaling infrastructure for small- to medium-sized startups
Expert-level skill with Kubernetes, Docker, and related technologies
Significant experience with cloud hosting (GCP, AWS, or Azure)
Expertise with hosting and deployment of the full web stack (DNS, SSL, NAT, load balancing, application servers, databases)
Strong skills in mentorship, documentation, and system-building
Experience with Terraform, helm, gitops, and infrastructure-as-code
Competency with Python or similar scripting languages
Skill with database administration, performance tuning, and query optimization
Literati was recently named Inc. magazine’s 7th fastest growing company in Texas, the 77th fastest in the United States and included in Built In Austin’s 2022 & 2023 Best Places to Work. Jessica Ewing, Literati’s Founder and CEO, was named one of “Google’s Top 12 Most Innovative Minds” by Fast Company. We’ve raised over $60M in venture capital to date, with key investors including Founders Fund, General Catalyst, Felicis,01A, and Stephen Curry’s SC30.
We offer competitive salaries, company equity, medical/dental/vision insurance, 401k, short-term disability insurance, parental leave, employee assistance programs, flexible work schedules, and untracked time off.
We are dedicated to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness that sees, reflects, welcomes, and celebrates the innovation and talent of a diverse array of people. We seek people with drive and a touch of alchemy. We also recognize that some people — particularly underrepresented groups, women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, etc. — may not be comfortable applying to a position unless they meet 100% of the qualifications. Even if your experience isn’t a precise match for the role, we highly encourage you to apply. And if your career has taken you to some spectacular — or spectacularly strange — places, we love a good story.

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