Director of Engineering, Core Experiences

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Everyone is welcome at Handshake. We know diverse teams build better products and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups to apply.

If you are not sure that you’re 100% qualified, but up for the challenge – we want you to apply. We believe skills are transferable and passion for our mission goes a long way.

Your Impact:

Handshake is hiring a Director of Engineering reporting to the Vice President of Engineering on the Core Experiences team.

In this role, You will oversee all product development for the Core Experiences organization. You will be leading our next generation initiative to build Handshake into a strong platform, taking the experience from Transactional to Transformational. You will be responsible for the execution, quality, culture, staffing and hiring, and morale of this organization, thus being a key leader to driving Company Northstar Metrics around user adoption, engagement and experience.

You will also have opportunities to:

  • Work on complex technical challenges and enable millions of Core Experience seekers to connect with employers through Handshake’s platform.

  • Work with product and design closely to build 0-1 products.

  • Own a 20+ engineering organization by defining its culture, processes, and operating model, while heavily influencing the broader Engineering culture

Your Role:

  • Directly manage a team of Engineering Managers by defining their career development plans, setting specific goals, and motivating them to achieve results as part of their growth

  • Manage a 20+ person engineering organization by empowering your leaders to build effective, high-functioning teams.

  • Partner closely with key leaders across Handshake, including Design, Product Management, and Customer Support, to define the vision and strategy for the Core Experience product

  • Participate in technical decisions and provide technical coaching, helping tech leads to define and prioritize an engineering roadmap.

  • Represent the Core Experience Engineering team’s needs at the Engineering leadership level while helping to role out processes and programs across all of Engineering.

  • Lead with empathy as you help us nurture a culture of growth, inclusion, and belonging.

Your Experience:

  • Experience in managing other managers.

  • Proven track record of being able to lead multi-team Engineering organizations by leading through and influencing the leaders that report to you.

  • Understanding of how to build strong, diverse teams.

  • Background in software engineering and experience with web application platforms

  • Ability to understand the team’s overall technical challenges and architecture while quickly being able to understand technical details when diving deeper into problems.

  • Work cross-functionally with product managers, designers, and other engineering managers

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Excellent people management skills, focusing on supporting empowerment

  • Ability to provide strategic direction to Product, Engineering, and Design to shape the vision of the product.

  • Passion for helping teams and individuals grow, and for building an inclusive culture and diverse team

Compensation Range:

$260,000 - $310,000

For cash compensation, we set standard ranges for all U.S.-based roles based on function, level, and geographic location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. In order to be compliant with local legislation, as well as to provide greater transparency to candidates, we share salary ranges on all job postings regardless of desired hiring location. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including geographic location as well as candidate experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.

About Us:

Handshake is the #1 place to launch a career with no connections, experience, or luck required. The platform connects up-and-coming talent with 650,000+ employers - from Fortune 500 companies like Google, Nike, and Target to thousands of public school districts, healthcare systems, and nonprofits. Earlier this year, we announced our $200M Series F funding round. This Series F fundraise and new valuation of $3.5B will fuel Handshake’s next phase of growth and propel our mission to help more people start, restart, and jumpstart their careers.

When it comes to our workforce strategy, we’ve thought deeply about how work-life should look here at Handshake. With our Hub-Based Remote Working strategy, employees can enjoy the flexibility of remote work, whilst ensuring collaboration and team experiences in a shared space remains possible. Handshake is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Denver, New York, and London and teammates working globally. So, whether you live on the coasts, the midwest, or overseas, chances are we have a hub near you offering the best of both worlds. 

Check out our careers site to find a hub near you!

What We Offer:

At Handshake, we'll give you the tools to feel healthy, happy and secure.

  • 💰Equity and ownership in a fast-growing company.
  • 🍼16 Weeks of paid parental leave for birth giving parents & 10 weeks of paid parental leave for non-birth giving parents.
  • 💝Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision policies including LGTBQ+ Coverage. We also provide resources for Mental Health Assistance, Employee Assistance Programs and counseling support.
  • 💻Handshake offers $500/£360 home office stipend for you to spend during your first 3 months to create a productive and comfortable workspace at home.
  • 📚Generous learning & development opportunities and an annual $2,000/£1,500/2k€ stipend for you to grow your skills and career.

(US Handshakers)

  • 🏦401k Match: Handshake offers a dollar-for-dollar match on 1% of deferred salary, up to a maximum of $1,200 per year.
  • 🏝All full-time US-based Handshakers are eligible for our flexible time off policy to get out and see the world. In addition, we offer 8 standardized holidays, and 2 additional days of flexible holiday time off. Lastly, we have a Winter #ShakeBreak, a one-week period of Collective Time Off. 

(UK Handshakers) 

  • 🏦Pension Scheme: Handshake will provide you with a workplace pension, where you will make contributions based on 5% of your salary. Handshake will pay the equivalent of 3% towards your pension plan, subject to qualifying earnings limits.
  • 🏝Up to 25 days of vacation to encourage people to reset, recharge, and refresh, in addition to 8 bank holidays throughout the year.

(Berlin Handshakers)

  • ❤️Wellbeing Stipend
  • ✏️Productivity Stipend (60€/month for mobility in Berlin or 500€ one-off for home office set-up outside of Berlin)

Benefits above apply to employees in full-time positions.

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