Director of Engineering

| Chicago

Want to help make the world a safer, more sustainable and more creative place? It may sound like a lofty goal, but that’s exactly what we’re doing at Black Spectacles. Our platform attracts architects around the world who want to push the limits of their industry. Our content — which includes podcasts, design tutorials and exam prep — helps architects keep pace with emerging technologies and software so they can do their best work.

Black Spectacles is a Great Place to Work-Certified™ company and ranked #11 in Education on the INC. 5000 America’s Fastest Growing Company List in 2019. To keep that momentum going strong, we’re expanding our team of enthusiastic go-getters. We’re on the hunt for a Director of Engineering to manage and scale our technology team.

You will:

  • Develop Technology Leadership & Strategy (what technology should we use and why)
  • Understand and contribute to the development of Product Strategy
  • Recruit, manage and mentor/coach our technology team
  • Develop our Technology Culture: ie, standards and processes, and ensure their adherence
  • Develop goals for the team and work to ensure they achieve them
  • Manage workload for the dev team & ensure they hit their quality and deadline goals

Requirements

You have 10 or more years experience in development and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (or related field) or equivalent work experience.

You're not afraid to ask questions and are open to constructive criticism. You're an enthusiastic self-starter who takes ownership of your work.

You’ve lead a team and managed people, and understand what being a technology mentor means.

Required prior successes:

  • Migration of monolithic application(s) to a microservice architecture
  • Deployment of orchestration services (e.g., Kubernetes, CloudFormation, etc.)
  • Evaluation, configuration, and deployment of enterprise-grade, open-source software
  • Accountability for applications over their full life cycle

Additional nice-to-have experiences include: Canvas, Moodle, Magento, Drupal, React (Angular or similar), integration of third party APIs, Amazon Elastic Beanstalk, EC2s, RDS (Aurora), Photoshop and/or Sketch basics.

Benefits

  • Unlimited Vacation
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield health, dental, vision, short-term / long-term disability and life insurance.
  • Flexible Savings Accounts and Health Savings Accounts
  • 401k with Employer match
  • Profit sharing program
  • Employee referral program
  • Free weekly team lunch
  • Commuter pre-tax program
  • Frequent team events & quarterly social gatherings
  • Work out of the inspiring 1871 space, access to events and mentors

Black Spectacles is an equal opportunity employer.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • OptimizelyAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • IntercomCRM
    • SalesforceCRM
    • Adobe CampaignLead Gen

Location

We're in River North in the heart of downtown Chicago.

What are Black Spectacles Perks + Benefits

Black Spectacles Benefits Overview

• Unlimited Vacation
• Blue Cross Blue Shield health, dental, vision, short-term / long-term disability and life insurance.
• Flexible Savings Accounts and Health Savings Accounts
• 401k with Employer match
• Profit Sharing Plan
• Employee referral program
• Free weekly team lunch
• Commuter pre-tax program
• Frequent team events & quarterly social gatherings
• Work out of the inspiring 1871 space, access to events and mentors

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Black Spectacles has core hours of Monday - Thursday 8a-6p and Friday 9a-1p
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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