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Strategic Education, Inc. seeks a senior level, principal java engineer to assume responsibility for the development and support of SEI’s custom java applications, based on requirements and review meetings with project stakeholders.  As a critical member of a fully agile team working within a CI/devops culture, this role works across technology groups and departments, providing ongoing support and subject matter expertise for the organization.  The successful candidate will be a self-starter that will research legacy solutions, resolve technical debt, and dig into issues that may not have a documented or obvious solution.



  • Develop and document Capella University’s proprietary course development application utilizing java, spring, a graph database, and other enterprise and open source technology platforms
  • Assist in the conception and development of new custom applications to propel Capella/SEI’s business objectives
  • Contribute to other product development within the online campus ecosystem
  • Act as a leader and evangelist for agile, devops, and continuous integration
  • Attend requirements and status meetings; lead code review meetings
  • Provide third level maintenance and support
  • Mentor colleagues who are earlier in their careers
  • A commitment to high quality work; perfectionism, but a tempering ability to get through to launch
  • Other initiatives as assigned


The successful candidate will have ten years of experience, or more, with a primary focus utilizing the tools below -

  • Java
  • Spring Framework
    • Spring Boot
    • Spring Core
    • Spring Data REST
    • Spring MVC
    • Spring Security
  • Graph database
  • Kafka
  • Mulesoft
  • Oracle
  • Html5
  • KnockoutJS
  • RequireJS
  • Jquery
  • Bootstrap
  • Thymeleaf
  • Maven
  • Git


  • Partner closely with architects and developers to perform analysis, architectural and system design, development, and implementation of custom web-based applications
  • Ability to effectively diagnose, isolate, and resolve complex issues
  • Strong communication skills, including written, spoken  and presentation communications with the ability to translate complex technical terminology, concepts and issues in terms understandable to technical and non-technical management and staff
  • Excellent relationship-building, customer service, and problem resolution skills
  • Proven ability to work under limited supervision and exercise independent judgment and initiative 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage/coordinate multiple projects and successfully prioritize multiple tasks with good judgment and in an effective and productive manner
  • Able to serve as department representative/advocate on diverse cross-functional teams
  • Conducts code reviews and demonstrations
  • Provides input in to best practices techniques and tool selection
  • May coach/mentor less experienced developers

Education/Preferred Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in information technology or related field
  • Experience working with geographically dispersed resources preferred



Capella University
Capella Tower
225 S. 6th St., 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402

This is an on-site position located at Capella’s downtown Minneapolis headquarters. It requires the ability to work in downtown Minneapolis and in a high-rise corporate office setting.  Typical of a corporate office setting, Capella’s office space: 

  • is designed with an open work space setting and common fluorescent lighting 
  • includes frequent co-worker interaction and corresponding noise levels 
  • is subject to inside environmental conditions 

Sedentary work: 

  • this role is mainly a sedentary role with frequent sitting and occasional walking and/or standing.   
  • this role involves frequent usage of a telephone, PC and standard monitors.    
  • this role has minimal lifting requirements, may require exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects 

Requires minimal (0–10 percent) business travel: 

  • may occasionally require travel to on-site Capella events such as Commencement or off-site Capella University leadership meetings as requested and based on business needs. All travel must be pre-approved and arrangements made according to Capella’s policies/procedures.


  • the University’s general office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. Work hours and starting times may vary depending on the job and the business needs. Some positions will have a specified starting time, and may be earlier or later, depending upon business requirements.
  • the normally scheduled workweek for all full-time employees consists of 40-45 hours.
About Capella

Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 35,000 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

Higher Learning Commission contact information:, 800.621.7440

Equal Employment Opportunity

Capella is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden our academic experience and to reflect the diversity within our learner community. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the university and our corporate offices. Our goal is to create academic and business communities that are rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Capella is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disabled and Protected Veteran employer.  Visit the link below to access the EEO is the Law poster.


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