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DevOps Engineer

San Mateo, CA | Engineering

Job Description

Rafter, Inc. the leading course materials management platform, lowers the cost of education by providing colleges and universities with much needed tools to manage the rapidly changing world of course materials on campus. To learn more visit www.rafter.com and watch our video. Rafter evolved from BookRenter.com, the first online textbook rental site, launched in 2008 with a mission to make education more affordable by allowing students to rent textbooks for up to 80% off the retail price. Rafter is one of the few private ed tech companies that is truly lowering the cost of higher education for students. By working directly with more than 300 schools to turn the painful and archaic process of managing course materials into a low cost, student-centric service, Rafter has saved students more than $300m. By taking an enterprise approach to course materials management, the Rafter Course Materials Network takes a more holistic approach that provides colleges and universities with a path to discover, adopt, distribute and manage physical and digital course materials.




DevOps Engineer


Position Summary:

In order to meet our explosive growth, we are seeking a DevOps Engineer to join our team.  We've already invested in automating many parts of our infrastructure and deployment systems but we're looking for you to help us make them even better.  The DevOps group at Rafter strives to improve our processes so our engineering and operations teams can work smarter and faster.  Above all, we are looking for a candidate that is passionate about DevOps and a strong believer in the concept "infrastructure as code".


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Building and improving our automated infrastructure through Chef
  • Improving site performance, monitoring, and overall stability of our platform
  • Supporting our engineering and operations teams to meet infrastructure needs
  • Improving our deployment and release processes
  • Troubleshooting site issues


Minimum Requirements:

  • Strong Linux skills (preferably Ubuntu)
  • Sound programming fundamentals with a passion for elegant code
  • Experience scaling web applications
  • Experience managing web servers



  • Hands on experience with configuration managements tools and concepts (Chef, Puppet, etc.)
  • MySQL experience from both a developer and administrator perspective
  • Experience with advanced networking and high availability systems
  • Experience with cloud computing and/or AWS
  • Experience with disaster recovery and resilience



We offer competitive salary, benefits, and the chance to improve the lives of millions of students!

Read more about our success:

Rafter Experiences 1,400 Percent Annual Revenue Growth in On-Campus Commerce:




To learn more about Rafter, visit us on the web at www.rafter.com.

Rafter is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

“Veterans of the United States Armed Forces are encouraged to apply.  Thank you for your service.”

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