Join Our Team

At Desmos, we like hard problems, which is why we've picked one of the toughest ones in education: making challenging math engaging and accessible to everyone. We work in the middle intersection of great curriculum design and cutting edge technology, and we're hiring.

The Perks

We believe that great work requires a great workplace, thoughtful colleagues, a balanced life, and minimal distractions. Here is what it means to work at Desmos.

Great benefits.

Full medical, vision, and dental insurance, catered lunch every day, unlimited vacation days whenever you need them.

Productive environment.

No mandatory meetings, bureaucracy, or artificial barriers. Full transparency and participation in company goals and direction.

Competitive compensation.

We offer substantial equity, competitive salary, and retirement matching to every fulltime employee. We want everyone to feel both financially secure and deeply invested in the future of the company.

Work-life balance.

We value results over hours, and sustainable, long-term success over short-term wins. We also love sleep.

Our Story

At Desmos, our mission is to help every student learn math and to love learning math. Our free graphing calculator is upending a multi-decade monopoly, making math available to the billions of students in the world by breaking down barriers of income and even disability. The graphing calculator services over 40 million users per year with excellent feedback from classroom teachers and glowing coverage from CNN, Bloomberg, USAToday, and others.

Our free graphing calculator has raised the standard for digital math tools and we're now working to raise the standard for digital math content, combining the best ideas from education research, technology, and design. The activities we’re designing have a large and growing community of millions of students and teachers around the world.

Our offices are located in the heart of San Francisco, in a beautiful, sunny office in SOMA, and we're backed by Google Ventures, Kapor Capital, and Learn Capital. Our investors are fantastic, but our business model is strong enough that we are funding our newest projects with our own revenue, all while giving away our graphing calculator at no cost to teachers and students.

Desmos is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Furthermore, we believe that diversity leads to stronger teams, better products, and more successful companies. Come join us as we tackle the hard problems we love and build an enduring company in the process.


Available Positions:

Software Engineer

Desmos is on a mission to improve the quality of math education in every classroom. We do this by letting teachers and students access rich, interactive, and pedagogically sound math experiences right on their browser. Building high-quality math content is no easy task, and requires close collaboration between teachers, designers and engineers, as well as constant testing in real classrooms.

Our engineering team builds elegant and flexible systems that can quickly respond to design and pedagogy demands. We are often tasked with coming up with creative solutions to get an interaction feeling just right. We empower our teachers and designers to create delightful and meaningful math experiences.

What you should show up ready to teach anyone on your first day:

  • How a healthy engineering culture and practices help build production quality software.
  • A 5-minute summary of any basic computer science topic.
  • Design decisions in a piece of code you wrote, including alternatives and trade offs you made.
  • How you would improve this piece of code?

What you’ll learn more about after you’re hired:

Within your first week, you’ll:

  • Introduce yourself on Slack to your new co-workers!
  • Learn about our process for writing, testing, and deploying code.
  • Ship your first piece of code to production!

Within your first month, you’ll:

  • Familiarize yourself with Typescript and our in-house, front-end framework.
  • Complete your first user-facing feature in collaboration with other teams (design, business, teaching faculty).
  • Start reviewing code from other engineers on the team, bringing your keen eye for pragmatic and elegant solutions to challenging problems.

Within your first three months, you’ll:

  • Be the technical lead on your first major project, guiding it from design to implementation.
  • Participate in goal setting to help determine the direction of the company and our engineering priorities for the near future.
  • Visit a classroom to watch students use our technology to learn mathematics.

Within your first year, you’ll:

  • Attend a math education conference with the Desmos team to get to know our users and better understand the role that Desmos plays in the classroom.
  • Be a technical lead on a quarter level goal for the company.
  • Become the company’s expert on one or more areas of the code base.
  • Help hire and onboard new members of the engineering team.
  • Take a vacation to recharge. We do our best work when we’re happy and well-rested.

Learn more about our company! Then send an email to careers@desmos.com with “Software Engineer” in the subject. Include your resume and a cover letter that helps us understand your preparation for the work we’ve described above.

Director of Business Development

We license our Calculator API via SaaS agreements to the world’s biggest publishers including Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Cambridge University Press. We’re looking for a self-driven sales leader to accelerate our growth and expand our reach around the world. Thankfully, you’re a pro at handling complex customer relationships. You’ll drive business development, forecast accurately and achieve strategic goals by leading customers through the entire business cycle. You’ll also build the BD team you need to exceed our ambitious revenue targets.

What you should show up ready to teach anyone on your first day:

  • The ins-and-outs of your favorite B2B sales strategy.
  • Three best practices for how to motivate sales people.
  • How to set revenue targets that are ambitious yet achievable.
  • A passion of yours outside of work.

What you’ll learn more about after you’re hired:

  • How Desmos cultivates enduring and successful customer relationships.
  • Why students and teachers love Desmos so dang much.
  • How we’ve grown without needing a marketing team (here’s a hint, here’s another).

Within your first week, you’ll:

  • Introduce yourself on Slack to your new co-workers!
  • Learn about our existing customers and the value that Desmos brings their businesses.
  • Listen in on conversations with potential and existing customers.

Within your first month, you’ll:

  • Visit a class of students that’s learning math with Desmos.
  • Practice describing and showing the value of Desmos to colleagues and friends.
  • Meet executives at key customers.
  • Brainstorm new markets and verticals where we should license our API.

Within your first three months, you’ll:

  • Balance your time between closing new business and maintaining existing accounts.
  • Attend an ed tech conference where you’ll pitch the API to industry executives.
  • Comfortably lead conversations where you determine the customer’s timeline, decision-makers, budget and product fit.

Within your first year, you’ll:

  • Develop and close business with large publishers around the world.
  • Project and execute on sales targets, hitting (and exceeding) revenue goals.
  • Recruit and mentor BD team members to accelerate revenue growth.
  • Drive company strategy to help more students love learning math.

Some fun facts about Desmos that help our business development team succeed:

  • Desmos has over 8 million monthly active users – that number is only growing.
  • Desmos is the official calculator of the digital SATs and digital ACTs, and a growing list of state tests.
  • Desmos is beloved in the educator community (just check with any family member in middle or high school or any teacher friends).

Send an email to careers@desmos.com with “Business Development” to apply or learn more!

Office Administrator

At Desmos, we build technology that helps students learn math and love learning math. We get our tools out in the world by working closely with teachers, schools, and partner companies to reach millions of students. The Office Administrator makes sure we’re managing this outreach smoothly and working at our best. We’re looking for someone with a knack for details, a passion for operations, and who wants to improve processes.

Desmos is based in the heart of San Francisco, and we’re looking for someone who can work from our office.

What you should show up ready to teach anyone on your first day:

  • Examples of a well organized project plan, and how to measure effectiveness of that project.
  • How to construct an effective email that is both persuasive and tightly written.
  • A 5-minute summary of a process you’ve proudly improved.

What you’ll learn more about after you’re hired:

  • How we’ve built a swell of brand love without a marketing team.
  • What a Desmos Fellow is and how the Fellows program works.
  • The everyday magic and elbow grease that goes into running a small business.

Within your first week, you’ll:

  • Build a calendar of upcoming math conferences and workshops.
  • Learn and successfully implement the system for expenses and reimbursements.
  • Facilitate the smooth running of a productive office at the day-to-day level, which typically includes office catering orders, restocking supplies, and managing various contractors.

Within your first three months, you’ll:

  • Collaboratively work to plan a 250-person event at NCTM (National Conference for Teachers of Mathematics).
  • Organize travel, for both remote teammates and for conferences and events.
  • Manage inventory and order shipments on store.desmos.com.
  • Develop and document an improvement we could make to an existing standard or procedure.
  • Coordinate logistics for onsite interviews, ensuring a positive experience for candidates.

Within your first year, you’ll:

  • Arrange various events, both internal and external.
  • Organize and supervise all administrative and operational activities.
  • Help launch the 5th round of Desmos Fellows into the world.
  • Own invoicing and receivables, making sure we’re paying bills and getting paid on time.
  • Take a vacation to recharge. We do our best work when we’re happy and well-rested.

Learn more about our company! Then send an email to careers@desmos.com with “Office Administrator” in the subject. Include your resume and a cover letter that helps us understand your preparation for the work we’ve described above.

Copy Editor (Remote, Part-Time)

Desmos creates activities that help students learn math and love learning math. We are effective in that task when a) we use technology thoughtfully, b) we maintain close connections with the needs of teachers and students, and c) we write concisely, clearly, and correctly in our activities. Our current team leads our industry in the first two tasks and we are looking for support in the last task, someone to help us develop and maintain a style guide for writing, ensuring that we use the big letters and the small letters in the correct places.

What you should show up ready to teach anyone on your first day:

  • The most common grammatical, syntactical, or spelling errors you encounter when you edit text.
  • Your favorite ways to ensure that writing is concise, clear, and correct.

What you’ll learn more about after you’re hired:

  • The technologies and processes we currently use to send writing around the company for review.
  • Any necessary mathematical vocabulary.

Within your first week, you’ll:

  • Introduce yourself on Slack, our internal chat program, to your new co-workers!
  • Interview folks on our teaching faculty to get a sense of our goals for the project.
  • Learn our content management system. You’ll take a sample activity riddled with typos, grammar errors, and syntax errors, and edit it.

Within your second week, you’ll:

  • Take the style guide our novice copy-editors have developed and tighten it up. Add elements to our style guide and modify existing ones based on your experience as a copy editor.
  • Copy-edit a production math activity. (Not a sample activity!) Buckle yourself into our ticketing system where you'll receive an activity, edit it, and send it along for public distribution.

Within your first month, you’ll:

  • Work extremely productively with the authoring team you’re supporting – one mind shared by many people.

Learn more about our company! Then send an email to careers@desmos.com with “Copy Editor” in the subject. Include your resume and a cover letter that helps us understand your preparation for the work we’ve described above.