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Director of Engineering

Location: Bay Area preferred. Open to remote candidates based anywhere in the U.S.


Our company

UrbanFootprint is a software company that serves the ​world’s first Urban Intelligence Platform to public and private-sector organizations taking on the urban, climate, and social equity challenges of the 21st century. UrbanFootprint’s data and web-based geospatial software unifies previously siloed climate, environmental, urban, and socio-economic data and helps governments, utilities, financial institutions, and urban and transportation planners to answer fundamental resource questions — where to invest, where to deploy resources, and where to optimize for risk, return, resilience, and community.

Governments and businesses are investing in resilience at an unprecedented level. In the next ten years alone, they will spend over $8T on transitioning to a net-zero economy and building efficient, equitable, and sustainable practices. But they don’t know where to invest. They need clear and precise signals about climate threats and dynamic urban, mobility, and economic trends.

The iconic technology companies of this decade will be those that address social inequality and climate change at scale. This represents a once-in-many-generation opportunity to change the way organizations think—and it is a massive and accelerating multi-billion dollar opportunity.

In 2020, we grew revenue by over 4x. Our growing customer base extends across the energy, government, mobility, and urban development sectors. Fast Company has named us as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021 and a World Changing Ideas finalist, and we were named to the GovTech 100 list of top technology companies serving government agencies. 

We are growing our team to meet market demand and accelerate product development. We’re looking for the most inspired, most talented, and hardest working people to help us meet important global, societal, and business imperatives. We draw talent from the best technology companies and educational institutions, and attract people who want to apply their talent and creativity to solving hard technology and product-related problems and addressing the most pressing climate, equity, and urban challenges of our generation.  

The role

UrbanFootprint is looking for a Director of Engineering to lead our engineering team to build our next generation UrbanFootprint Cloud Platform.  We are looking for a pragmatic leader with strong emotional intelligence, experience growing and developing teams, and success in building a culture of engineering excellence.  As the leader of our engineering organization, you will partner with business stakeholders including Product and Data Science/Data Engineering to plan and execute against an ambitious product vision.  We have an exciting product roadmap ahead of us and need your help to drive the technology decisions and innovation that will help us create a world-class software platform.

What you’ll do

  • Partner with internal stakeholders to define an engineering strategy that supports business, financial, operational, and product goals.
  • Represent the Engineering function to key external stakeholders.
  • Ensure that engineering and product visions are aligned and that key engineering team members are front and center of product definition.
  • Manage execution and delivery through active management of product development timelines, setting realistic expectations, and applying rigorous scoping practice.
  • Promote and mentor engineering team members in cloud-native architecture design patterns and development strategies.
  • Oversee engineering’s contributions to UrbanFootprint’s Agile product development process.
  • Champion best practice engineering principles for building on AWS and GCP.
  • Drive continuous improvement in software development, resilience, and operational excellence.
  • Grow organizational capability within the engineering team. Recruit outstanding talent and foster an environment where that talent can thrive.
  • Build an engineering culture where all team members are engaged with its partners in Product and Data Engineering.
  • Manage and develop UrbanFootprint’s crew of senior software engineers.  Provide advancement and professional development opportunities.

Your background likely includes

  • 5+ years of experience leading engineering teams.
  • Impact from driving operational excellence including an understanding of SRE principles, observability, cost-optimized architecture design, data privacy, and security.
  • Experience building process and scaling engineering teams and infrastructure at a fast-growing startup.
  • High EQ leader with excellent communication skills. Able to earn trust/respect, rally a team around shared goals, and bring out the best in people.
  • A strong strategic business acumen and problem-solving ability, and a constant champion of continuous improvement.
  • Experience with any of React, Python, AWS, GCP, K8s/microservice patterns.
  • Has a track record of success working with Product and Leadership teams to push product development forward.

Bonus Qualifications

  • Broad experience of software engineering disciplines from Internet-based application development, data modeling, cloud architecture design, and API development. 
  • Experience working in a regulated industry and/or government customers.
  • BS/MS in Computer Science or related field or equivalent experience.

UrbanFootprint is committed to diversity in its workforce. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class.


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