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Director of Engineering



Seattle, WA, USA · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2024


Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in K-12 schools and increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science as part K-12. The leading provider of K-12 computer science solutions in the largest school districts in the United States, Code.org also created the annual Hour of Code campaign, which has engaged more than 15% of all students in the world!


Are you passionate about computer science and education? Code.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing participation in computer science by making it available in more schools and increasing participation by young women and underrepresented students. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science should be part of the core curriculum, alongside other courses such as mathematics, biology, chemistry, or algebra!


As a Director of Engineering at Code.org, you’ll be responsible for:

  • Reporting to the CTO and leading three engineering teams (3 engineering managers and approx. 20 engineers) responsible for our student and teacher-facing products.
  • Working closely with our product and curriculum teams to execute on our roadmap.
  • Understanding the business needs across the organization to evaluate engineering resources and capacity, providing recommendations, and making tradeoffs, as needed.
  • Ensuring correct architecture and code quality of our products, working closely with engineers to make day-to-day technical decisions and tradeoffs.
  • Creating sustainable software, balancing feature delivery and timelines, and delivering excellent live site availability for our millions of students and teachers around the world.
  • Supporting the career development and growth of engineering managers and engineers across the student and teacher teams.
  • Working with the engineering managers to support hiring, retention, employee engagement, and performance management.
  • Representing the student and teacher-facing engineering teams as a member of our leadership team. Working with peers in leadership positions at Code.org to foster a healthy, engaged, and diverse culture at Code.org.


We seek candidates who have:

  • Passion for our mission of growing access to computer science education
  • Experience in people management, having led multiple teams of software engineers (manager of managers) with demonstrated success of delivering products
  • Proven ability to guide the planning and execution of software projects, balance trade-offs, and deliver on schedule
  • Relevant professional software engineering experience to provide technical mentoring, design, and architectural guidance to team members
  • Demonstrated experience in hiring, building, and developing diverse teams of software engineers
  • Experience supporting a production high-scale web-based software product or service
  • Experience in one or more of these technologies preferred: JavaScript, React, Ruby on Rails, SQL/Databases/MySQL, AWS

In addition, candidates must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Pass a pre-employment background check
  • Be willing to travel a minimum of two times per year for team events


Step 1: Informational Interview - learn more about the role and share your experience (30 minutes)
Step 2: Homework (~3 hours)
Step 3: Interviews with several members of the Code.org team (~ 3 hours)
Step 4: Final Interview (1 hour)
Step 5: Reference Checks

All interviews are currently being conducted virtually via Zoom


Our team will review all applications on a rolling basis and if we believe your qualifications would make a great fit, we'll contact you to schedule an informational interview.


The expected salary range for this position is $194,000 - $216,000. The actual offer will be at the company’s sole discretion and determined by relevant business considerations, including the final candidate’s qualifications, years of experience, and skillset.

We also offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees that includes:

  • Technology subsidy consistent with our Bring Your Own Device environment
  • Flexible, engaging, and remote working environment
  • Paid time off: 3 weeks vacation annually, sick leave, and 'winter break' office closure the two weeks that include Christmas and New Years
  • Medical, dental and vision premiums paid at 100% for FT positions and their dependents
  • Option to participate in 403b retirement plan
  • Annual professional development stipend
  • The opportunity to help students learn better and change the face of computer science

A unifying approach in a divided world

Code.org's global role in the K-12 computer science movement is only possible because we use a unifying approach across diverse and often divided stakeholders. At a time of increasing polarization, the idea of increasing opportunity for students unites people from across the political spectrum. Code.org's team members, students, teachers, and supporters have diverse and diverging view points, and they are all welcome in our mission. Read more.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.