Open Source Programs Lead

  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Full-time

Company Description

TBD is Block's newest, emerging business unit- focused on building a future where every individual can access and participate in the global economy. The TBD team is on a mission to lead by example, inspiring the world to invest in & collaborate on open source standards and permissionless technologies for the public good. Join us as we build a financial system accessible for anyone who wants to participate.

Job Description

We’re going to make sending money as easy as sending an email — and we’re doing it all in the open. We know the best innovations on the web were born in public. They’ve been built with a diverse community of innovators – people willing to question how the internet can better connect us. This time, we want a more equitable economy.


As our Open Source Programs Lead, it’ll be your job to establish, grow, and advocate for one of the most important young communities in the world. We’re gaining momentum with our developing projects, and it’s critical that they are cared for. Our contributors deserve world-class programs, infrastructure, and tools to keep them connected and moving forward. Every single member of our community deserves an excellent experience, to feel valued and welcomed at every stage of their journey.

This is a multidisciplinary role in which you’ll be able to pull from your experience in strategy, community building, technical problem-solving, marketing, and program management. We don’t expect you’ll have dedicated history in each of these backgrounds, but you have likely shown impressive technical leadership developing public initiatives that put people first. You:


  • Believe that good technology is made by great people with excellent relationships.

  • Know how to protect communities to encourage contributions of all types, from varied perspectives.

  • Recognize that diversity in a community is its superpower.

  • Want to help technical project leads connect with their users and contributors.

  • Are excited to guide, and learn from, our open source engineers.

  • Will excel collaborating with various teams such as Developer Relations, Brand, Technical Partnerships, and others throughout TBD to deliver for our public contributors and surface their needs internally.

  • Appreciate the many forms of contribution beyond code and have ideas how to to encourage them.

  • Are excited to create an open source program that’s a model to the industry.


  • You’re experienced; you have 12+ years in open source or community organizing environments.

  • You devise strategy and bring it to life - you know how to focus on what’s needed and how to operationalize it to get there

  • You’ve built community development efforts and have a toolbox of techniques to get results

  • You enjoy getting hands on keyboards by applying technical solutions to policies and strategies you devise.

  • You have earned opinions on inclusive community development and are willing to fight for how they’re upheld in practice.

  • You have a vision for a comprehensive program - one that pulls together learning materials, documentation, API guides, tutorials, examples, events, and the tooling and processes which support them.

  • You know how to scale yourself and your expertise to build a collaborative team and evolve our open culture.

Additional Information

Block takes a market-based approach to pay, and pay may vary depending on your location. U.S. locations are categorized into one of four zones based on a cost of labor index for that geographic area. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future.

Zone A: USD $245,100 - USD $299,500
Zone B: USD $245,100 - USD $299,500
Zone C: USD $245,100 - USD $299,500
Zone D: USD $245,100 - USD $299,500

To find a location’s zone designation, please refer to this resource. If a location of interest is not listed, please speak with a recruiter for additional information. 

Benefits include the following:

  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans including company match 
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness programs, including access to mental health, 1:1 financial planners, and a monthly wellness allowance 
  • Paid parental and caregiving leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources
  • Paid Life insurance, AD&D. and disability benefits 
  • Perks such as WFH reimbursements and free access to caregiving, legal, and discounted resources 

This role is also eligible to participate in Block's equity plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies, and may be eligible for a sign-on bonus. Sales roles may be eligible to participate in a commission plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies. Pay and benefits are subject to change at any time, consistent with the terms of any applicable compensation or benefit plans.

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class. 

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page

Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, assessing candidates in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

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