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Director, Engineering

Location: Somerville, Massachusetts

Department: Engineering

Leave your boring job behind and step into the #PaintLife! At Paint Nite, we’re in the business of making people happy—how many companies can say that? Our employees love being part of a growing, profitable company that inspires creative thinking, encourages collaboration, and believes that every employee has the power to make an impact. As a constantly evolving company, your job description is dynamic–offering our employees exponential opportunities for professional growth. Last year, Paint Nite was ranked #2 on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America, and we’re not planning on slowing down any time soon!

Like we said, we’re in the business of happiness, and that starts with our employees. At Paint Nite, you’ll enjoy a brand-new office space complete with an in-house fitness facility and a full bar with two kegs of ice-cold beer. We offer unlimited PTO, flex hours, and great benefits—it’s no wonder Paint Nite is a fixture on Boston “coolest companies” lists!

We are looking for an experienced Director of Engineering with a blend of leadership and technical knowledge to lead a team of talented developers. The Director will also partner with Leadership and the Product Team to understand Paint Nite’s vision and execute on our key technology objectives in a timely manner.

You will:

  • collaborate with our Executive Leadership to understand the goals of the business, and drive that vision for the Company by prioritizing the critical objectives for our Tech Team
  • lead a team of seven developers; through providing mentorship and resources when needed
  • measure the Team’s performance by creating metric based goals, tied directly to development and quality, for the team to strive for
  • track development timelines, and negotiates feature sets with the Product Team
  • define the technical direction for the product
  • set code standards and ensure quality and production ready code
  • deliver quality results within rapid build and release cycles
  • work with the Director of QA & DevOps to ensure quality releases
  • ensure the software we produce meets best practices for quality, security, modifiability, and extensibility
  • be the voice of the Tech Team; communicating effectively with technical and non-technical staff
  • participate in production support & site support response as necessary

You have:

  • experience leading a small to mid-sized team of developers and a proven leadership ability and evidence of positively influencing cross-functional teams
  • partnered with senior leadership to understand the Company’s vision and identify the priorities your team must execute to achieve business objectives
  • 8+ years of Full-Stack Web Development experience
  • experience with a modern JavaScript framework (preferably React)
  • experience with SQL Databases such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc.
  • comfort with multiple styles of API: SOAP, REST, and GraphQL
  • proficiency with Python and Node.js
  • experience with modern mobile web technologies, approaches and concepts, such as responsive and adaptive web design, React, Webpack, SASS, and PostCSS.
  • a deep understanding of the entire web development process, from brainstorming and design to implementation and launch
  • experience building business systems based on digital marketing and SEO, credit card processing,
  • product selection and purchase, accounting and reporting.
  • experience in an Agile environment (plus if experienced with Kanban).

You are:

  • a natural, results-driven leader and accomplished developer who has pioneered a team to achieve company goals
  • a Node.JS expert, and experienced at finding solutions to complex problems
  • a confident decision-maker when necessary, you also value the opinions from other subject-matter experts
  • motivated by client satisfaction
  • able to recognize process flaws or areas of improvement, and are capable of influencing and implementing change
  • instinctually metrics driven and have used KPI’s to motivate and improve quality
  • passionate about motivating and professionally growing skills of the Tech Team as well as each person individually

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time; talk or hear; perform fine motor, hand and finger skills in the use of a keyboard, telephone, or writing. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; and reach with arms and/or hands. Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The employee will spend their time in an office environment with a quiet to moderate noise level.


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