VP Engineering or Director of Engineering

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The League is a pre-series A mobile dating app startup backed by IDG Ventures, xSeed Capital, Cowboy Ventures, Structure Capital, Sherpa Ventures, and many notable angels. The Founder is a Stanford MBA (ex-Google, ex-Salesforce) with a strong product sense (engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon) and a fierce determination to change the dating space for the better. The League is live in six cities, brings in WELL OVER SIX FIGURES of revenue each month, and has hundreds of thousands of people in other metros waiting for its launch in their city. 

Job Description

We have found product market fit, a successful business model, and we are finally ready for a senior technical leader who will come in, take charge, and bring our iOS and Android apps to the next level! As the VP-Engineering at The League, you will be responsible for building our in-house engineering team and driving the The League App forward in quality, features, and scalability. We’re looking for an exceptionally talented senior backend engineer who has scaled platforms to at least 1M DAUs and has made the jump to management, but is not afraid of getting their hands dirty on the back-end. As an experienced engineer you will set the quality bar and be relied upon to deliver an app experience that is in a league of its own.

THE STACK: Our app is built on Node.js, Postgres, Redis, ElasticSearch, and our frontend is iOS and Android.

THE TEAM: Our team is growing rapidly, currently with about 8 engineering contractors: 3 front-end, 4 back-end, and 1 back-end intern. We have 1 full-time onsite tester working alongside an outsourced QA team. We have another 8 full-time people on the support and marketing side.

Job Duties

  • Build out an awesome best-in-class engineering culture!

  • Own the product roadmap and work with PM & CEO to add new items to it regularly. Make technical and product decisions based on roadmap.

  • Own and monitor product analytics, recommend improvements to increase revenue and engagement, decrease churn.

  • Source, vet, and hire full-time engineer employees.

  • Manage engineers and contractors.

  • Create weekly sprints.

  • Mentor junior engineers.

  • Dictate deployment workflow process to ensure highest level of productivity.

  • Code review PRs to ensure engineers are following best practices.

  • Build engineering culture; hold engineers accountable when sprints are missed; reward engineers when they make it.

  • Handle all Dev Ops, lead search for Dev Ops team if needed.

  • Own engineering budget and reduce burn strategically.

  • Prioritize pivotal with PM weekly.


Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years experience in software/computer engineering

  • At least 2 years managing teams of engineers.

  • Experience hiring and building a team from the ground up.

  • Experience collaborating with other engineers to create apps with significant design and back-end engineering aspects

  • Proven experience implementing and monitoring in-app analytics.

  • Natural at debugging and profiling own applications.

  • Experience with AWS, basic dev ops, and scaling infrastructure to support increases in users.

  • Experienced in SQL and Postgres.

  • Familiar and up-to-date on mobile architecture design.

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related discipline

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of experience developing, releasing and maintaining native iOS or Android applications. (We’d love to see your work in the App Store!)

  • Deep knowledge of the iOS SDK, Swift (Android a bonus!).

  • At least 2 years of experience building in Node.js

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


  • Fill out our internal application at bit.ly/LeagueEng


  • Extremely competitive, willing to match

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