Engineering Manager at Handshake

San Francisco · Full Time

We're using technology to change the lives of students across the country. Help us as we democratize the university recruitment space.

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Job Description

Our mission is to democratize opportunity - to make it easy for any student to build a great career, no matter where they go to school, what they're majoring in, or who they know.

Backed by $34m from Spark Capital, Kleiner Perkins, True Ventures and Lightspeed Partners, Handshake has partnered with 500 universities (schools of all sizes and locations, including Stanford, Princeton, UVA, Michigan, Texas, Spelman and Harvey Mudd), and has more than 8 million student profiles and 200,000 companies recruiting on our platform, including 100% of the Fortune 500. Our extensive data on students' interests and historical career outcomes gives Handshake the unique ability to help students imagine, plan and jumpstart their future careers.
We welcome all people. We celebrate diversity of all kinds and are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We seek to hire, develop and retain talented people from all backgrounds.

Join our passionate, diverse team at our beautiful offices in the heart of the Mission in San Francisco!

What does an Engineering Manager do at Handshake?

Handshake is building a diverse engineering organization comprised of all background, identities, and perspectives, that values creating a high quality, high impact product. We are looking for an experienced Engineering Manager who can lead, grow, and mentor the engineers building our student-focused products.

What We’re Excited for You To Collaborate, Contribute and Work On:

We're focusing on innovating Handshake’s core experience for students, employers, and universities, while constantly improving our technical foundation and user experience.

We’re excited for you to focus on:

Leading, coaching and inspiring our Student Engineering organization.
Motivating and ensuring the timely, quality-focused delivery of new features and projects
Ensuring the team’s growth by ensuring the right processes are in place, communication is efficient, and hiring the right talent to fill in the gaps
Partnering closely with key stakeholders across Handshake including - customer support, product management, and design
Leading with empathy as you help us nurture a culture of growth, inclusion, and belonging

What we look for:

At least 2+ years of experience in engineering management, preferably working on consumer-facing products
A background in software engineering - the ability to understand the team’s technical challenges and architecture is key to success
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Excellent people management skills, focusing on supporting empowerment
Product-focused mindset
Passion for helping teams and individuals grow
Passion for building an inclusive culture and diverse teams

Technologies we work with:

Ruby on Rails, Objective-C/Swift, Android
React, TypeScript, Webpack, ReduKubernetes, PostgreSQL, Redis, Memcached, Elasticsearch


Stock: Sizable ownership in a fast-growing company.
401k: We care about your ability to save for your future.
Family Focus: Parental leave (12 weeks maternity / 4 weeks paternity), and flexibility for families.
Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world.
Healthcare: World-class medical, dental, and vision policies.
Goodies: Whatever hardware and software you need to get the job done.
Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, sports, game nights, book clubs.
Learning: Learning & Development opportunities for you to grow your skills and career.
Great team: Working with fun, hardworking, nice people who are committed to making a difference!
...And much more!

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What We're Building

Handshake is the college career network of the future, launched in 2014 to to transform the recruiting experience for college students, career centers and employers. Our mission is to democratize access to opportunity:

To help every college student find the right job for them, no matter where they go to school, what they’re majoring in, or who they know.

We do this by connecting students to a national network, all built on a rapidly scalable mobile infrastructure. Handshake’s network gives students access to more career opportunities, provides employers with efficient access to talent, and gives colleges more tools to drive student engagement.

Handshake currently supports over 170 universities, 3 million student profiles, and 100,000 companies (including 95% of the Fortune 500).

Headquartered in San Francisco, Handshake, has raised $34 million in funding from investors including Spark Capital and KPCB. Read more at www.joinhandshake.com.

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