VP Engineering at Sawyer

New York City, Brooklyn · Full Time
Sawyer connects children, parents, and providers of the best enriching childhood experiences through a suite of industry-leading technology solutions with a goal to ensure every child has the opportunity to discover their own love of learning. Read More
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Job Description

About Sawyer:

Sawyer is transforming the way parents access educational opportunities for their children by leveraging technology in the fragmented $80B childhood education industry (after school, early dev classes, preschool, camps, etc). Our mission is to give each child the opportunity to discover their own love of learning.

Our hyper­local marketplace is the first of its kind for the millennial parent: convenient, sophisticated and technical. Sawyer allows parents to discover and book the best educational classes and activities for their children.

Additionally, we are building a powerful platform for independent class providers. Sawyer is bringing the hundreds of thousands of educators online with our product which includes scheduling, payments, and communication (similar to Opentable).

We are backed by incredible investors and all have a background in tech and consumer products.

We believe that great companies are built around different backgrounds, experiences, and personalities. We’re committed to building a diverse, supportive, and engaging place to work and are excited to help you do the best work of your career.


The Vice President of Engineering will be the leader of the Sawyer engineering team. This hire will drive the technical execution of our product roadmap and manage a team of 5 software engineers today, growing to 20 in 2 years. This position reports directly to the CEO and work closely and collaboratively with the CTO. The VP of Engineering will be flexible and organizationally versatile, working directly with the management team in co-creating product strategy while working side-by-side with engineers toward technical execution of our projects. You will also orchestrate the processes and systems necessary to empower the developers to deliver quality projects on time.

Responsibilities include
Using your deep expertise in Software / Data Engineering practices to create and implement strong practices across multiple teams
Manage day-to-day operations (standups, sprint meetings, etc) of the engineering team
Manage the hiring pipeline for the engineering team as the company scales
Collaborating with the leadership team and others to make strong architectural decisions and execute across our technology platform
Leveraging agile practices to help the engineering team improve, remove technical debt, and deliver value to our customers both internal and external
Partner with Design + Product to deliver features and new products to match our company vision
Finding ways to foster collaboration, productivity and an engineering culture with a very high bar of quality
Being a strong role model with regards to work ethic, constant improvement, and culture

About you:

Everyone at Sawyer is what the Rails creators call Managers of one. We are curious, excited to learn, kind, and full stack humans. We thrive on trusting each other and knowing that support is how great teams exceed expectations. Engineering at Sawyer is not about building a cult of ideas based on the cool new thing, but we do want people who share our values on customers centric software design. We care about clean, easy to read, performant code that you’ll be looking forward to refactoring a year from now.

Being a Rails engineer you should be familiar with the in’s and outs of the framework, ruby and full stack web development (HTML, JS, CSS/SASS, SQL). It’s a bonus if you’ve worked with other languages as well, mostly because we think engineering is more than just knowing a language. Our team has experience building products in C++, PHP, Java, Python and Perl as well building mobile apps for iOS and Android in Objective C, Swift, and Java.

• 10+ years of relevant work experience
• Demonstrated experience managing engineering teams
• Extensive experience managing cross-functional workflows and managing technical output and performance
• Knowledgeable and comfortable with a wide variety of technologies
• Ability to uplift and empower the best engineers
• Strong passion and drive for excellence and success
• Bachelor's degree is required; Computer Science or Engineering undergrad majors preferred from a top university program.

• Competitive salary
• Company stock options
• Medical, vision and dental health plans
• Unlimited Vacation
• 401k plan and benefits
• Office perks: Unlimited Seltzer, candy, pretzels and occasional office sheet cake.

How to Apply:

Directly to the CEO, Email

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What We're Building

Sawyer connects children, parents, and providers of the best enriching childhood experiences through a suite of industry-leading technology solutions with a goal to ensure every child has the opportunity to discover their own love of learning.

We empower small business owners, enterprise organizations, non-profits, and traditional educational institutions by providing business intelligence tools to drive decision making, and we're helping parents navigate the intense, fragmented world of early childhood development by creating tools that help them balance and manage their children’s day-to-day lives.

We’re on a mission to change the way the world thinks about learning–that a great education isn’t just about high test scores or a flawless report card, it’s about building the capacity for discovery in our children through adventures that delight them today and prepare them for tomorrow.

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