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Software Developer

Date: Oct 6, 2021

Location: Round Rock, TX, US, 78681

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Digital Production and Strategy at HMH is focused on building digital products that meet the challenges facing teachers and learners. Enabling and supporting a wide range of next generation learning experiences. We collaborate with our internal and external partners to design, and build custom applications and services used by millions.  We are creating teams full of innovative, eager software professionals who solution and produce the products that will transform our industry.  


Our team works within agile scrum teams with collaborating with multiple stakeholders who love solving problems, building high quality products and services. We use a wide range of web technologies incorporating front end, automation scripting and AI/ML into our products integrating with a number of HMH created learning tools and services.


Software Developer, Applications I is an entry level position working on the development of engaging and interactive web applications. As a developer you will contribute to the designing, creation, documenting, supporting and implementing of digital learning content on a production scale. This requires strong technical and communication skills that can be shared cross functional team members working an in an agile workflow.  


You will bring a strong technical web and mobile background with the ability to deliver solutions that work across numerous platforms using proven capabilities in coding, with solid problem-solving skills with the ability to communicate, enthusiastically, clearly and concisely to other technical and non-technical people within the larger HMH teams. Individuals in this role may be on development of our digital products both using front and backend web technologies in addition to use of APIs and SASS.


What You Need to be Successful:


  • Proven front end proficiency in developing Web Applications in JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3
  • Strong working skills in the areas of User Experience (UX) best practice 
  • Proven proficiency working with NodeJS and popular JavaScript frameworks
  • Knowledge of modern agile software development methodologies
  • Experience working with an Agile team on a large project(s)
  • Knowledge of JSON, RestFul APIs, XML and enterprise architecture 
  • A solid understanding of the software development lifecycle and tools including Source Control, Rapid Prototyping, Continuous Integration
  • Understanding of an animation software tools and frameworks, how they be developed and integrated into solutions to provide solutions that excite customers. 
  • Skilled in delivering quality products using latest web technologies with an ability to be productive in a wide range of environments, and comfortable adapting to unfamiliar tools
  • Likes to turn ideas into code, and making that code usable by your teammates, and the company at scale
  • Aware of Accessibility, Internationalization and Security criteria for modern Web development and best practices
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with fluency in English is essential


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Development of frontend software solutions using modern day JavaScript frameworks including ReactJS, Web Components, JQuery as well as integrating with HMH developed SDKs
  • Reading design specifications and applying of UI styling using SASS, Semantic HTML, CSS, SVG
  • Development of rich interactive applications using web technologies
  • Prototype development using rapidly delivering functioning code that can be instrumented and integrated into HMH systems. Prototypes will be used to get customer feedback on solutions and incorporate into our products
  • Scrum team participation, refining requirements, story analysis and pointing
  • Development of tools capable of working as CLI or CI applications using NodeJS, Python and popular JavaScript frameworks
  • Code reviews, documentation, and adherence to best practices




  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, or Multimedia, or comparable industry experience


Physical Requirements:

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.






Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.


For more information, visit http://careers.hmhco.com  



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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