University of Waterloo

Full Stack Developer

Requisition ID 2024-12081
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$76,538 - $95,673
Job Category
Job Location : Location


Term: 2 years


Velocity makes founders go further, faster. Supported by the University of Waterloo, Velocity provides coaching, space, community, and connections to entrepreneurs trying to change the world. The demand for these services has grown beyond what can be delivered manually.


The Full Stack Developer will be part of a newly formed team, working directly with leadership, building founder-facing tools to automate standard processes and low-touch interactions.  This will increase responsiveness to founder requests and scale the number of founders that are served.


This position is contingent on funding. 


Software application design, development, and support

  • Design, develop, and maintain scalable web applications using modern front-end and back-end technologies with a strong focus on user experience
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams including product managers, designers, and other developers to scope project requirements, evaluate and select appropriate programming languages, frameworks, and tools, and ensure alignment with user needs
  • Lead the technical architecture and design discussions, providing valuable insights and recommendations to enhance application performance and usability
  • Conduct thorough code reviews to ensure code quality, adherence to best practices, and alignment with project requirements
  • Optimize applications for maximum speed, scalability, and responsiveness, while also identifying and addressing technical debt, performance bottlenecks, and other areas for improvement
  • Stay updated on emerging technologies and industry trends, and recommend adoption of new tools and techniques to improve development processes and enhance the user experience
  • Provide ongoing support and maintenance for deployed applications, troubleshooting issues, and implementing updates as needed to meet evolving user needs and technology advancements

Projects, requests, and operational tasks

  • Lead system or department projects that may include performing assigned project tasks, project planning, documenting, communicating, scheduling, organizing, or attending meetings
  • Complete departmental requests and ongoing operational tasks that include data extracts, data cleanup, database coding, data exchange, reporting, and technical support

Team Management and Leadership

  • Recruit, onboard, and train team members
  • Mentor and coach staff to enhance their skills and performance
  • Provide clear leadership and direction to the team, setting goals and expectations
  • Effectively prioritize team tasks and allocate resources to maximize efficiency
  • Foster a positive and collaborative work environment, promoting effective teamwork
  • Lead by example and cultivate strong work team dynamics to achieve collective goals


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a technology-related field such as computer science, web development or software engineering, or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of translating user requirements into feature roadmaps, scoping features based on risks and unknowns, and setting up sprint backlogs
  • 5+ years of designing, developing, testing, deploying, and maintaining web and mobile applications
  • 5+ years of choosing, setting up, and optimizing database systems and cloud infrastructure based on the speed, security, scalability, reliability, and cost of current and future project needs
  • Startup/scaleup experience is highly valued
  • Known for high quantity and quality of communication
  • Known for being a highly collaborative and supportive coworker
  • Proven adaptability in the face of changing priorities
  • Proven focus on tying work back to user problems and company objectives

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuk (Inuit), Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


Positions are open to qualified candidates who are legally entitled to work in Canada. 


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at  or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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