About the role

We’re looking for developers with amazing potential wanting to join a product team who is trying to change the world for readers, authors, and publishers. Our Product Delivery team has four key values that mean the world to us: Health and Family first, Be the Mentor you wish you’d had, Ownership, and Courage. All of these roll into doing what’s best for you, for the team, and for our product. If we don’t support you properly, there’s no team, and without a team, there’s no Legible.

If you’ve got less than 2 years of professional experience, you love building things with code, you want to be part of a great team, then keep reading. If you’re more senior, check out our other roles.

READ the Cover Letter section below, please. It really helps people stand out.

We’re looking for junior developers with skills in the following areas: React or React Native, Javascript and/or Typescript, GraphQL & Graphite, Postgres, Node.js.

What you’ll be doing

  • Working as a key member of a product team
  • Writing high-quality code that helps change the world
  • Learning how to break down bigger, more complex problems into smaller pieces
  • Reviewing PRs and giving constructive feedback to help others
  • Learning how to technically design features and changes
  • Learning how to identify and manage risk
  • Building up sound technical judgement
  • Troubleshooting and resolving issues
  • Working with an amazing group of people in a real startup

About you

Some key things about you

  • Comfortable being part of a startup that’s growing by leaps and bounds
  • Driven to find clarity when faced with ambiguity
  • You’ve likely been coding since well before you received any formal education
  • You have some leadership skills, whether that’s from in front, the middle, or behind
  • You have a sense of ownership of code you write
  • A love of helping others
  • Solid communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Great problem solving skills and ability to break problems down
  • Genuinely good and decent people who share our values

Key experience and skills

  • Generally have up to 2-3 years coding professionally
  • Hands-on experience with at least two of the following:
    • React or React Native
    • Javascript and/or Typescript
    • GraphQL & Graphite
    • Postgres
    • Node.js
  • Experience with Azure or AWS
  • Some form of formal technical education (whether it’s a bachelor’s degree or a diploma)
  • Solid understanding of at least 1 programming language (javascript, java, C#, etc.)
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools such as Git and GitHub
  • Ability to learn quickly, gel with a team, and collaborate

Cover Letter

Resumes are great, but they don’t share your personality, your passion, or your story. We really would like you to include a cover letter and here’s what we’d like to know:

  • What should we call you (maybe it’s a short form of your name)?
  • What are your pronouns?
  • Is there anything about Legible that you connect with?
  • And tell us something fun about you. Are you a former bowling champ? Do you love Dungeons & Dragons? Maybe you’re a competitive knitter. Or perhaps you have family in a far off country that means the world to you. We want to know.

About Legible

Come join us on our mission to empower and connect authors and readers through open access to a global reading and publishing platform. Legible is making books beautiful and accessible.

At Legible, we’re transforming the world of stories; not just by creating a new and beautiful eBook platform to experience, but by making stories truly accessible. That means being available to everyone, everywhere, on any device, as well as working with assistive technologies, and making sure local and meaningful stories aren’t buried by search bias. Surrounding that, we’re going to be creating fantastic new ways for authors and readers to connect, with features to delight publishers big and tiny alike.

To make that magic happen takes amazing people. Sometimes that comes in the form of someone with untapped potential who needs to be given a shot, who wants a place where they can be heard and engaged, and sometimes amazing people come in the form of those seeking to quietly lead by example, sharing wisdom and wanting to mentor others.

We believe in the value of having a diverse team. Different backgrounds, upbringings, lifestyles, and perspectives make us stronger, wiser, and more capable. If you’re looking for somewhere that wants you for the awesome person you are, and not just what you can do, we just might be the place for you.

Our Community Values: Accessibility, Sustainability, Beauty, and Integrity

Why Legible?

Legible is a startup with a heart - a company that values equity and diversity at its very core; It is a place to grow and experience different areas of the business. We are a small but mighty team, who are just turning the page on a new and exciting chapter of growth.

We offer:

  • An inclusive working environment - anyone and everyone is welcome at Legible
  • A flexible working schedule
  • Great paid time off package, including a paid winter break
  • A comprehensive benefits package
  • A multitude of avenues for career growth and change
  • An open-door policy - you can approach any member of leadership with confidence
  • Community Values - We work together as a team to better our local and global communities. We are invested in making a positive difference in the world.

“Systemic racism is a machine that runs whether we pull the levers or not, and by just letting it be, we are responsible for what it produces. We have to actually dismantle the machine if we want to make change.” - Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

At Legible, we strive for diversity and inclusion to create a genuinely healthy and equitable workplace for everyone. We are committed to the ongoing process of building a culture of respect at every level, ensuring that everyone feels safe, supported, and valued.

Let's be real: employee handbooks always talk a lot about diversity and inclusion, but in the actual day-to-day, employees knowingly or unknowingly indulge in microaggressions toward BIPOC colleagues, claim that “sexism goes both ways,” and so on. At Legible, we know that oppression is systemic and structural. Cishet privilege, non-disabled privilege, white privilege, male privilege—these are real and have consequences for people. We're aware that being marginalized at work causes real distress, especially when accountability doesn't seem to exist.

How is Legible going to dismantle the machine and what makes us different? It starts here; everyone has an opportunity to join Legible and make a difference - our hiring process is fair and equitable. As a company, we will be devoted to providing regular training and info sessions to our employees to ensure that we are aware of our privileges and will work to address microaggressions on a daily basis. One look at Legible.com will show how committed we are to diversity and inclusivity. We are a company that will beautifully entwine, celebrates, and support diverse cultures and varying beliefs.

A few years ago, an interviewer asked Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway smash-hit Hamilton, why his cast was so diverse. Miranda replied, "That's just what happens when you go looking for the very best people!" At Legible, we couldn't agree more!

Legible recognizes the right for human beings to self-identify. You are valued, safe, and supported.

To be considered for this position, you must be eligible to work in Canada and pass background checks

Compensation for this role is $65,000 - $75,000 per year - salary is dependent on experience.