Black Spectacles
Chicago, IL

Lead Software Engineer at Black Spectacles

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Are you known for your ability to execute with a high degree of expediency and accuracy, and an analytical person comfortable taking the lead? If so, Black Spectacles’ Lead Software Engineer role may be the perfect opportunity for you to grow in your career!

At Black Spectacles, we’re a purpose driven company, aimed squarely at educating and inspiring architects across the world so they can thrive in their careers.

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 Chicago-based with a fully remote staff. We are 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 Lead Software Engineer to manage our technology team and lead the charge of migrating us to a new tech stack. You will be building the technological future of Black Spectacles.

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


  • You have experience with Javascript frameworks like Angular, React or Vue.js
  • You have experience working with API’s
  • You're willing and able to roll up your sleeves and code on day one.
  • You have a degree in Computer Science or relevant work experience.
  • You have over 6 years of direct hands on development experience, ideally full stack.
  • You have over 3 years of building and/or leading high performing engineering teams.
  • You have over 5 years of experience working in Agile environments.
  • You have experience coaching junior to mid-level engineers.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to travel to Chicago for quarterly team meetings

Nice to haves:

  • Ideally you are language agnostic, but might have experience with PHP, Ruby on Rails, Python.
  • Evaluation, configuration, and deployment of enterprise-grade, open-source software
  • Accountability for applications over their full life cycle
  • Experience with AWS (EC2, S3, SQS, etc)


  • 'Work from wherever' policy
  • 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
  • Employee referral program
  • Frequent team events

Black Spectacles is an equal opportunity employer.

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Where we are

To ensure the safety and comfort of our employees, we are all working from home right now. Our pets are our new Office Managers.

Technology we use

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

What are Black Spectacles Perks + Benefits

Black Spectacles Benefits Overview

At Black Spectacles we put a lot of stock in taking care of each other and ourselves. We subscribe to “work hard, play hard,” and our benefits package reflects that. You’ll get unlimited vacation, profit sharing and performance bonuses, team weekly lunch, company outings and more. We have implemented a "Work From Wherever" policy indefinitely and have been staying connected with virtual workouts and a weekly "Quarantini" happy hour.

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
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
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Black Spectacles works 9 hour days Monday - Thursday, so we can have half days on Fridays!
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

An Insider's view of Black Spectacles

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Long running inside jokes meets heavy GIF usage meets a variety of nerdy hobbies.


Director of Customer Success

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Sales and Marketing are always in sync with messaging to our customers, both for B2B and B2C initiatives. One of our core values is "world class or not at all." We've found that this overarching theme helps steer everyone on the team towards the same goal: a world class customer experience during the buying process and the customer journey.


Sales Manager

What makes someone successful on your team?

To be successful on the team, one must assimilate themselves into the team already in place. Our entire team is adaptable and eager to learn. Age does not matter as long as one can learn new skills, provide new ideas, and different points of view. Lastly, supporting each other and giving everyone respect is essential to the team's success.


Community Manager

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Each quarter, the whole company assembles to brainstorm our key projects. It’s an opportunity for everyone in the company to have input and see which projects generate excitement and momentum across teams - and to come up with how we want to celebrate achieving them. Big goals = big celebration. This year we're headed to Vegas, baby!


Learning Design Manager

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

In a word, our work-life balance is “healthy.” Working beyond a 40-hour week is not expected, nor is it a regular occurrence. But, every single person here is an A-player and will work to produce world class results. We encourage everyone to lead physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles, and we genuinely care about each other’s personal lives.


Technology Manager

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