Jobs

In addition to the roles listed below, we will soon be recruiting for a lead designer, data analyst/engineer, head of marketing & communications, and head of HR.

We are always open to connecting with candidates who are excited and think they may be a good fit for Mystery Science. Don’t hesitate to contact us at jobs@mysteryscience.com or sign up to be notified when we post new jobs.

Below are our current open positions:

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Senior Software Engineer

We're looking for a senior engineer experienced with the full web stack—someone who has owned production apps for many years, and loves solving user-facing product problems. As a senior engineer at Mystery Science you’ll work on all areas of the app, from front-end changes that millions of children will see, to scaling issues, to internal tools that automate our business. Engineers have a seat at the table for all decisions in the company. You’ll work alongside a strong engineering team that obsesses over customer feedback and is constantly iterating to improve based on what we hear. We release multiple updates to our website every day and implement new features days after conceiving of them. Our current stack is postgres-heroku-rails-backbone.

This is an opportunity to help fix science education for the next generation. Mystery Science has created the fastest growing science curriculum in the U.S. We’re already used by teachers in more than 10% of elementary schools in the country. We have an early product with lots of future plans, but our sales have already taken off. In an industry that is historically plagued by long sales cycle and high barriers to entry, we’ve sold thousands schools without a single sales person on staff. We’re backed by a great group of investors including Y Combinator, Learn Capital, and Reach Capital.

If you’re looking for the basics:

  • $4M in funding from leading education investors (and we’re already profitable)
  • Competitive salary
  • Equity in a high-growth company
  • 401K, health care, vacation
  • Customers who love us

…but the real perks of working at Mystery Science are the quality of the people on your team and the problem we’re solving. Those things are what bring us to work every day.

On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet 20 people who are passionate about science, children, and education, and who each love their respective crafts. You can meet our team here: http://mysteryscience.com/team.

We’re answering every question children ask about the world. Every child starts out fascinated by the world around them, but by middle school too many have lost this curiosity. Mystery Science helps children to stay curious. Our first product is a tool for teachers to use in the classroom. It contains a full curriculum that makes it easy for elementary teachers to re-create scientific discoveries rather than teaching dry vocabulary science. Through teachers we’re collecting every question children ask about the world and will create explanations for every question. Our second product is a visual Wikipedia for kids, enabling children to explore every question they have.

We’re on a mission to change the culture and create the next generation of problem solvers. We’re working on the most important infrastructure problem in the world today: our ability to pass on knowledge to the next generation. Richard Feynman explains the problem well. To paraphrase him: our modern lives are made possible by our knowledge of science and technology, yet remarkably few people have a scientific perspective on the world. At Mystery Science, we have developed a unique way to pass on this knowledge to the next generation and to do it at scale. The foundation of everything we do is a technology platform that enables us to create content at incredible speeds, automate and streamline internal business operations, and organize a massive set of knowledge about the world.

What we’re looking for in you:

  • You love working in and have deep experience with the full web stack. From cross-browser CSS fixes to database tuning, you’re comfortable up and down the stack.
  • You’re part engineer & product thinker. We know the best ideas come from a deep understanding of both domains.
  • You’re uniquely excited by the problem we’re solving.

If this is you, let’s talk.

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Production Manager / Managing Editor

We’re looking for an experienced Production Manager or Managing Editor to oversee the production of all our science content. In this role you’ll lead our team of talented content developers who are creating our unique science curriculum (three full-time and two contractors). In addition, you’ll focus on expanding this team by adding multiple new people to enable us to speed up our content production and expand our capacity.

  • Do you take pleasure in coordinating complex projects and creating a system to track all the details?
  • Do you have experience hiring and managing direct reports?
  • Do you operate with a natural sense of urgency, driving projects to completion by the deadline?

In this role you’ll report to our co-founder, Doug Peltz, who is the creative director behind our unique approach to explaining science. You’ll work closely with him and the team to bring a better science education to 25 million kids.

We are headquartered in San Francisco and this position is based in our office.

What is Mystery Science?

Mystery Science creates open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. We reach children before they've lost their natural curiosity so we can help the next generation develop a scientific understanding of the world. We are millions of children this school year by helping elementary teachers to teach science. Mystery Science is the fastest growing science curriculum in the U.S. and is already used by teachers in more than 20% of elementary schools in the country.

Mystery Science was started by two long-time friends, Doug Peltz and Keith Schacht. Doug was a master classroom teacher, a science department head, and the creator of an original science curriculum that made science the most popular subject at his school. Keith Schacht, our CEO, has started and sold three technology companies, was a product manager at Facebook, and a TED speaker. We’re backed by a great group of investors including Y Combinator, Learn Capital, and Reach Capital.

What is the Mystery Science team like?

On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and The Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with (http://mysteryscience.com/team).

We are a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.

What’s the next step?

If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!

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District Partnership Manager

We’re looking for a District Partnership Manager who can help school districts get started with Mystery Science. We want to make it as easy as possible for our district partners to rollout the Mystery Science curriculum to all their teachers. Your job will be to support existing and new districts as they use Mystery Science.

We are headquartered in San Francisco and this position is based in our office.

What is Mystery Science?

Mystery Science creates open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. We reach children before they've lost their natural curiosity so we can help the next generation develop a scientific understanding of the world. We are millions of children this school year by helping elementary teachers to teach science. Mystery Science is the fastest growing science curriculum in the U.S. and is already used by teachers in more than 20% of elementary schools in the country.

Mystery Science was started by two long-time friends, Doug Peltz and Keith Schacht. Doug was a master classroom teacher, a science department head, and the creator of an original science curriculum that made science the most popular subject at his school. Keith Schacht, our CEO, has started and sold three technology companies, was a product manager at Facebook, and a TED speaker. We’re backed by a great group of investors including Y Combinator, Learn Capital, and Reach Capital.

As a District Partnership Manager, you will:

  • Build relationships with district partners to ensure that they are successful with Mystery Science
  • Identify opportunities for solving challenges districts face
  • Reach out to new districts who want to use Mystery Science
  • Present Mystery Science to key district stakeholders
  • Manage a pipeline of prospective district partners
  • Develop and refine sales strategies
  • Represent district needs internally to the rest of our company to influence priorities

Requirements:

  • Excited by mission to inspire kids to love science
  • Phenomenal listener
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Analytical, thoughtful and amazing problem solver
  • Self-directed and goal oriented
  • Ready to thrive in a fast-moving startup environment
  • Knowledge of K-12 science curriculum and instruction

What is the Mystery Science team like?

On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and The Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with (http://mysteryscience.com/team).

We are a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.

What’s the next step?

If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!

Apply to this job

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Head of Customer Support

We are looking for a Head of Customer Support who is experienced in leading a team of support specialists to deliver incredible quality of service. We currently have four Teacher Success Advocates who do a phenomenal job helping tens of thousands of elementary teachers use Mystery Science. Our business is growing quickly and we’re hiring someone to lead this team and expand it, likely doubling the size by the end of 2018.

  • Are you passionate about wow’ing customer with exceptional support?
  • Do you love building a team to support a growing customer base?
  • Are you excited by creating processes to deliver consistent results?

In this role you’ll help define our vision and standards for customer support, you’ll operationalize it, and you’ll ensure our customers’ feedback is consistently advocated for internally to help drive product decisions. You will report to our Director of Teacher Happiness and work closely with our content, engineering and product teams to make sure their priorities align with what we’re hearing from customers. We are headquartered in San Francisco and this position is based in our office.

What is Mystery Science?

Mystery Science creates open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. We reach children before they've lost their natural curiosity so we can help the next generation develop a scientific understanding of the world. We are millions of children this school year by helping elementary teachers to teach science. Mystery Science is the fastest growing science curriculum in the U.S. and is already used by teachers in more than 20% of elementary schools in the country.

Mystery Science was started by two long-time friends, Doug Peltz and Keith Schacht. Doug was a master classroom teacher, a science department head, and the creator of an original science curriculum that made science the most popular subject at his school. Keith Schacht, our CEO, has started and sold three technology companies, was a product manager at Facebook, and a TED speaker. We’re backed by a great group of investors including Y Combinator, Learn Capital, and Reach Capital.

What we’re looking for in you:

  • You know the ins-and-outs of Zendesk or similar ticket support systems and can help us scale our systems to support our growing customer base with outstanding service.
  • You have experience managing a team of at least five support professionals. You also have experience hiring, interviewing and building out a strong team.
  • You are able to balance competing priorities and set clear goals for the team.
  • You have a strong sense of empathy and passion to ensure that our teachers have the best Mystery Science experience, and you're able to synthesize all the feedback we’re getting from customers into actionable items for our internal teams.
  • You have a vision for a great support experience and a commitment to consistently delivering it.

What is the Mystery Science team like?

On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and The Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with (http://mysteryscience.com/team).

We are a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.

What’s the next step?

If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!

Apply to this job