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Engineering Manager

Rewiring America


Job Details

Full-time

6/10/2024


Full Job Description

Position Summary

In this newly-created position, you will lead software projects that support U.S. households as they transition to electric energy for their heating, cooling, cooking, cleaning, transportation and more. As an Engineering Manager, you will principally be responsible for managing 4-6 Software Engineers and working with the wider Product and Data Science teams to create and extend our websites and consumer-facing software tools. You’ll play a pivotal role in defining and creating the products, tools, and processes that allow us to make electrification projects preferable, affordable, and accessible for households nationwide. This position reports to Rewiring America’s VP of Engineering.

Requirements

What You’ll Do

You’ll create and maintain consumer-facing apps to reduce the friction involved in going electric. This could include educational materials, tools to connect with contractors or plan projects, personalized costs/savings for your home, help finding government incentives and utility rebates, or prequalification for financing. You’ll prove out new ideas, build iteratively, and solve for common and one-off needs across the web services, APIs, and applications you build.

You’ll also support the development of our main organizational website, including CMS and CRM integrations, development of our design system, and integration of localization and translation services. The Rewiring America website supports our work to build up the electrification movement, including enabling the growth of groups like Local Government Leaders for Electrification and our CEO Coalition.

Our Personal Electrification Planner is the foundation of our roadmap to serve households and homeowners with both self-serve and assisted experiences. You’ll work to meet the needs of early adopters and electrification enthusiasts who may find us organically, as well as low income and disadvantaged communities who may find us as part of our Rewiring Communities program. 

As part of a growing organization with ambitious goals, you may find yourself prioritizing hiring, writing or evaluating technical designs and documentation, rolling up your sleeves to build a demo, meeting with customers or partners, or scoping and kicking off new work. This is first and foremost a management role. While you should have sufficient and recent technical skills and knowledge to enable you to effectively support your team, it is not expected that you will be hands-on delivering code and directly running production systems in this role.

You will:

  • Develop a clear understanding of where your team’s work fits into the household electrification ecosystem, and uphold the key tenet of an integrated, “joined up” customer experience throughout.
  • Consult with the Community Implementation, Product, Data Science, and Growth teams from the earliest stage of project explorations.
  • Work closely across disciplines to prioritize and deliver a roadmap that meets the needs of households and the programs that serve them.
  • Manage and grow the team and its members, offering timely feedback and being a trusted coach and mentor.
  • Guide the team toward robust and scalable engineering designs that meet consumer expectations for speed, reliability, and availability.
  • Find the right balance across optimizing developer experience and tooling, improving low level infrastructure, and sustained delivery of the product roadmap.
  • Proactively mitigate issues through automated testing, continuous deployment, thoughtful monitoring and alerting, and a healthy postmortem culture.

Who You Are

As an experienced Engineering Manager you have a track record of running teams and delivering projects that make a meaningful difference to the customers they serve. As a product-minded engineer you consistently focus on the “why” of your work, meeting the needs of the real people behind the project requirements. You are driven by a commitment to Rewiring America’s values, vision, and mission.

You’re capable yet humble about build-vs-buy decisions: both willing and able to create software that meets our objectives, but equally comfortable driving the evaluation and implementation of SaaS or open source options where those are a better fit for our needs. You are both a people manager and a technical leader responsible for the growth and success of your team, and its members. As an experienced people manager you will have the ability to guide, coach, and mentor junior and senior engineers. As a technical leader you can create and evaluate engineering designs, or facilitate discussions to resolve complex tradeoffs.

Your work will have an immense impact on historically disadvantaged communities and our ability to reach our climate goals. With this comes a tremendous responsibility that you will meet with humility and empathy for the communities we serve. The successful candidate demonstrates enthusiasm for making electrification easy, and models excellence and integrity in all they do. The selected candidate will also possess the following Core and Preferred qualifications and characteristics:

Core

  • Strong commitment to the mission, policies, and goals of Rewiring America.
  • 5+ years experience as a hands-on software engineer, including technical leadership running projects, designing systems, mentoring or coordinating the work of multiple engineers.
  • 2+ years experience as a manager accountable for the success of a software engineering team, including planning the roadmap and continuous delivery of high quality software.
  • Experience successfully recruiting, managing, and retaining a fully remote team.
  • Willingness to travel 2-3 times per year for team retreats.
  • Collaborative and communicative work style.
  • Demonstrated communication ability across multiple mediums, with skill in delivering information in a concise and compelling manner.
  • Ability to scope work to meet high-level objectives and independently communicate status updates.
  • You enjoy collaborative code and methodology reviews and can provide thoughtful, constructive feedback to peers.
  • Demonstrated positive impact on the overall health and productivity of the groups you work with.

Preferred

  • Experience in — or at the intersection of — consumer-facing apps, climate, sustainability, renewable energy, building electrification, civic or government tech, nonprofits, political campaigns, or other relevant domains.
  • Experience with some of our current stack (Google Cloud Run, Postgres, Node.js, Typescript, Vercel, React, Next.js, Terraform) is helpful but not required.
  • Familiarity and interest in working with headless CMS systems (e.g. Contentful, Storyblok), design systems, and CRM integrations (e.g. Salesforce) is helpful but not required.

Benefits

Commitment to Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Rewiring America values diversity in all its forms and is committed to inclusive and transparent recruitment, hiring and promotion processes. Candidates of diverse backgrounds and lived experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Hiring Statement

Rewiring America is a project of Windward Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. Windward Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. Windward Fund ‘s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working. 

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $160,000 - $190,000 USD, commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees (and their families). Employees are able to enroll in 401k retirement plan and are eligible for a 3% automatic contribution and up to a 3% employer match on 401k contributions. Employees are also eligible for pre-tax transportation benefits. Employees will receive 160 hours of vacation time, 80 hours of health leave, up to 2 days of casual leave, and 20 hours of volunteer leave annually. Employees will also receive 13 paid holidays throughout the calendar year (15 days during Presidential and Congressional elections). We have an office closure between Christmas and New Year. Employees are eligible for 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave after 90 days of employment. Regular, full-time employees and part-time employees are eligible to take up to sixteen weeks of parental leave, in all cases related to birth, adoption, or foster care starting from the first day of employment. We offer access to professional development resources.

Application Procedure 

To apply or nominate a candidate, please submit an application and resume via the Rewiring America page at Workable.This position is open until filled, and we are moving quickly to fill this position -- apply as soon as possible. Candidate review and phone screens begin immediately and will be conducted throughout the search period.

E-Verify 

Windward participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with employees’ Form I-9 information to confirm authorization to work in the United States. Job candidates and employees authorized to work may not be discriminated against on the basis of national origin or citizenship status.

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