Director of Engineering, Gitcoin Labs

Company: Gitcoin

Salary: $200 - $150,000

Posted on: June 25, 2024

Company Email: [email protected]


Job Description

As the Director of Engineering for Gitcoin Labs, you'll lead our day-to-day
engineering function, managing a team and driving key technical decisions. You
will work directly with product and design to drive discovery of new customer
needs, understand the market, and identify new opportunities for us to succeed
in a rapidly-changing environment. Last year, we launched our all-in-one
grants tooling (Grants Stack), built on top of the Allo Protocol, and are
poised for enormous growth and adoption this year. This position is perfect
for a seasoned engineering leader who is excited to seize a market-defining
opportunity.

All roles at Gitcoin are customer-facing, and you should be equally
comfortable chatting with users on Twitter and Discord as you are prioritizing
work with the team. This position will have considerable exposure to leaders
in our organization and report to the GM of Labs.

While some of our other openings require deeply specialized knowledge of the
crypto & blockchain industry, the primary requirement for this role is a 5+
years of experience in engineering management and prior ownership of a product
line or significant revenue-generating feature set. Experience working with
EVM-based protocols, B2B SaaS, or marketplace products will translate well
into our environment, and experience working in open-source or Unix-style
environments is a huge bonus.

**Responsibilities:**
Work directly with the engineering team to make them more efficient and
effective in their day to day work. Act as a mentor and multiplier, enhancing
team capabilities and promoting a constructive engineering culture.

Lead from the front. Code every week, submit a PR every week.
Take ownership of solving “wicked problems” – things that are holding back the
team or product, but they can’t figure out how to solve on their own.
Drive technical architecture decisions and implementation, gathering input
from the CTO, engineering leaders, and product leadership.
Define and implement a strategic technology roadmap that balances our needs
for flexibility and rapid innovation with customer-facing reliability and
robustness.
Partner with product leadership, CTO, and GM to develop ways of working that
encourage innovation and intrapreneurship while keeping our core functionality
reliable
Becoming an expert in the Web3 grants space to understand the changing market
landscape, and develop strategies to maximize our advantages, address risks
and deliver measurable outcomes.

**Hazards:**
Navigating the rapidly evolving blockchain landscape while ensuring product
and system reliability.
Balancing innovation with the need to maintain robust, secure, and scalable
services.
Balancing the technology we have vs the technology we want.
Managing a diverse and distributed team in a highly dynamic and asynchronous
environment.

**Requirements:**
5+ years of experience as an engineering leader for software products
Proficiency in modern software development practices, devops methodologies,
and infrastructure automation.
Demonstrated ability to drive technical strategy and make data-driven
decisions that balance short-term needs with long-term goals.
Exceptional leadership and communication skills, with the ability to inspire
and motivate a team.
One day in crypto can be more eventful than a year in other industries. You’re
cool with change, but know how to create stability for your team in this crazy
environment.
This role requires business fluency in English. You’re able to structure
working hours within GMT-5 to GMT +1 and be online daily from 1pm UTC to 6pm
UTC.
Strong interest in Web3. Previous work experience in Web3 or a relevant field
(marketplace products, open source) is an advantage.

**About Gitcoin**
Since 2017, Gitcoin has been building tools that enable communities to fund
what matters to them. Through our Gitcoin Grants Program, we've distributed
over $50M to early stage builders championing projects across DeFi, Ethereum
infrastructure, open source software, and beyond. We’ve taken the success and
learnings of the Gitcoin Grants Program and used it to build our open-source,
on-chain Grants Stack product that anyone can use to create and manage grants
programs in Web3.

Gitcoin Labs is a contributor to the Gitcoin DAO and Ethereum ecosystem. Our
charter is to support the growth of Gitcoin through product development and
adoption. We’re a leading organization in Web3 that’s trusted by partners
across the ecosystem; including Polygon, zkSync, Base, Avalanche, and more.

We welcome all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, religion,
gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin,
genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Compensation will be competitive
and commensurate with experience.