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The augmented writing platform

Director of Language Engineering

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We believe that a great writing experience is fast, outcome-focused, and alive with your ideas. Going from start to finish on a document in three minutes. Knowing who will respond to anything you’ve written before you even press send. Writing software that puts your ideas at the center, with language that is certain to land the way you want.

Our Language Understanding team is growing, and we need the right Director to build and lead this critical organization.

We are committed to creating a user experience that is first and foremost great for writing. This focus on making a great writing experience is a central guiding tenet at this key inflection point in our growth: how do we build with user empathy while scaling up our technology, our team, and the scope of the language problems we solve?

You’ll bring experience that helps you to recognize opportunities and obstacles that lie along the road ahead. You’ll make informed decisions today to create the best environment for the future. You’ll join a welcoming and collaborative natural-language processing group that works closely with broader engineering and product teams — where everyone is passionate about building the best language experiences in the world.

You have built products that real people can use. Your experience in research and in industry shows you that model hyper parameters and data cardinality can only get you so far: implementation details are only the support system for a strong, informed conception of a problem and a vision of a transformative solution. You have the technical depth to collaborate and advise a team on both the theoretical and runtime details of a production implementation, and an ethical foundation that sharpens your focus on the transformative impact of language on people’s social realities.

What you’ll do at Textio:
* Connect product roadmap with language capabilities
* Create and lead a culture of strong accountability: you are committed both to the quality of our writing experience and to the engineering culture
* See things from the writer’s point of view: ultimately, our job is to make it easier for them to do their job
* Work closely with leaders in data science and data engineering to build the language understanding platform that powers Textio
* Synthesize viewpoints from across the organization, bring together complementary understandings of our language-analysis challenges, and evangelize a shared language-experience roadmap
* Combine training opportunities and hiring priorities to expand team capabilities and perspectives
* Plan and support execution to meet our needs in data acquisition, expert annotation, and crowdsourcing

We’d love to hear from you if:
* You have scaled data engineering teams through phases of significant growth, and learned things along the way
* You’ve led the full lifecycle of shipping production systems in multiple areas like natural language generation, natural language understanding/inference, dialogue systems, affect modeling, topic modeling, intent detection
* You welcome people’s differing strengths and perspectives as a team’s primary creative spark, and you build processes that empower everyone to make their best contributions
* You have championed healthy collaborations in the conception, experimentation, and delivery of outstanding language experiences
* You have deep understanding of the current state of the art in NLP, and a perspective on the future directions that will shape augmented writing
* You have a point of view but are low ego

Textio embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. Textio 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. If you require accommodation please contact Josh Potter at recruiting@textio.com or (206) 492-8337 ext. 785.

Working at Textio is outstanding. Learn more about our philosophy, benefits, and team at textio.com/careers. Reach out and share your story with us!