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The Breyer Labs Social Impact Fellowship (Engineering)

In a Nutshell

Upsolve helps low-income families in financial distress access their legal and financial rights, through tech products, community, and education. Our mission is to fight for a legal and financial system we can all access. Our first product, a web app that helps families file for bankruptcy for free, has relieved $300 million+ in debt for low-income families suffering from medical bills, predatory loans, and layoffs. Today, Upsolve has 150,000+ members. Named to TIME’S 100 Best Inventions of 2020. Upsolve is fighting for racial, economic, and social justice at scale. Breyer Labs is one of America's leading venture capital and venture philanthropy firms.

Written by Upsolve Team.  
Updated August 23, 2021


Summary

The Breyer Labs Social Impact Fellowship is a good fit if you're currently thinking to yourself: "I want to finally have a social impact with my engineering skillset. But I'm not yet ready to make the leap long-term to a single organization, and I want to give myself breathing room before making my next career move." The Breyer Labs Social Impact Fellowship lasts 3, 6, or 12 months.

An Introduction to Upsolve

Upsolve helps low-income families in financial distress access their legal and financial rights, through tech products, community, and education. Our mission is to fight for a legal and financial system we can all access. Our first product, a web app that helps families file for bankruptcy for free, has relieved $300 million+ in debt for low-income families suffering from medical bills, predatory loans, and layoffs. Today, Upsolve has 150,000+ members. Named to TIME’S 100 Best Inventions of 2020. Upsolve is fighting for racial, economic, and social justice at scale.

Upsolve is funded by Y Combinator, Jack Dorsey, Eric Schmidt, the Robin Hood Foundation, Jim Breyer, Vinod Khosla, and Chris Sacca, the Hewlett Foundation, the Legal Services Corporation, and several others. To date, we've raised over $7 million.

Hear from our users about the difference Upsolve has made in their lives and watch our recent TED Talk, sharing our work and our vision for a more equitable legal and financial system. Read this post to learn more about where Upsolve is headed in the long run and how we see our advantages compounding over time: Understanding Upsolve.

Read more in-depth about what engineering at Upsolve is like. And here's our Culture Doc.

Interested? Reach out to rohan@upsolve.org.

An Introduction to Breyer Labs

Breyer Labs is one of the leading venture capital and venture philanthropy firms in America, backing technical teams pursuing novel and out-of-the-box opportunities.

The Breyer Labs portfolio includes Stash, Headspace, mPharma, Upsolve, Circle, BlockFi, and many leading organizations across health, financial inclusion, sustainability, and Blockchain.

The Breyer Labs Social Impact Fellowship

The Breyer Labs Social Impact Fellowship is a good fit for a senior software engineer who is looking to join Upsolve for 3, 6, or 12 months. We are looking for exceptional candidates with a strong track record of making a concrete difference.

This fellowship is a great fit for an individual who is interested in working at a social impact technology organization but not ready to make a commitment that is longer than a few months or one year. You want to give yourself some breathing room before deciding what's next in your career, while giving back to society.

As a Breyer Labs Social Impact Fellow, you will be treated as a full-time member of our engineering team. You will have the opportunity to extend your fellowship, based on your performance and our needs.

You should be looking for opportunities that will allow you to reach your full potential as an engineer, helping marginalized communities with the skills you've gained throughout your career. You must have a passion for social, economic, and racial justice.

You must care about working with a diverse team from all walks of life.

You must be ready to take ownership over new features and products at an organization that is well-funded, widely recognized, and relieves hundreds of millions of dollars of debt per year.

If you join us, we're committed to making Upsolve the most meaningful professional experience of your life.

The Breyer Labs Social Impact Fellowship is based in New York City.

We are looking for a fellow with the following specific traits and experience:

  • Exceptional track record in past organizations

  • You have a strong focus on social impact

  • You have a willingness to learn fast

  • You ship incrementally and love to iterate

  • You love data, analytics, and ways to measure features you ship

  • You can move fluidly between frontends, backends, and DevOps to ensure the greatest experience is delivered and supported

What You'll Get Out of It:

  • The chance to build a product that relieves hundreds of millions of dollars per year and transforms the lives of low-income and working-class families

  • The chance to get some breathing room before deciding what's next – you'll have the flexibility to pursue future roles in Big Tech, startups, and social impact organizations

  • The ability to ship live code within hours of starting

  • A welcoming and collaborative environment with people who are dedicating their lives to fighting poverty

  • An environment for rapid experimentation and ownership

  • Ownership of entire systems and features that deliver society-changing impact

  • Contributing to the foundation and culture of a young and growing organization

  • Experience working cross-functionally and exposure to a variety of business functions

  • We believe in competitive compensation

Read more about the specific technical learning opportunities and the concrete impact you'll have as an engineer at Upsolve.

Requirements:

  • 3+ years – ideally 5+ years – of experience writing production-grade code in a modern programming language

  • An incredibly high bar for velocity of shipping and the quality of your work

  • You build software that is explicit and intuitive

  • You’re pragmatic in knowing when to refactor and when to ship

  • Desired: Professional experience with NodeJS

  • Desired: Experience with cloud service providers like AWS

Interested?

We’d love to talk to you. Send an email to rohan@upsolve.org.

Upsolve is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that everyone should receive equal consideration and treatment in all terms and conditions of employment regardless of sex, gender(including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age(over40), physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, domestic partner status, military or veteran status, height, weight, AIDS/HIV status, and any other protected category under federal, state or local law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.



Upsolve is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that started in 2016. Our mission is to help low-income families who cannot afford lawyers file bankruptcy for free, using an online web app. Spun out of Harvard Law School, our team includes lawyers, engineers, and judges. We have world-class funders that include the U.S. government, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and leading foundations. It's one of the greatest civil rights injustices of our time that low-income families can’t access their basic rights when they can’t afford to pay for help. Combining direct services and advocacy, we’re fighting this injustice.

To learn more, read why we started Upsolve in 2016, our reviews from past users, and our press coverage from places like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

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