VP of Engineering

  • 1133 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

RockCreek is a leading global investment management firm that applies data-driven technology and innovation to sustainable investing. Our portfolio managers invest in emerging markets and alternatives, and our asset allocation teams invest in multi-asset class and outsourced CIO portfolios and customized solutions. RockCreek’s client base is made up of sophisticated institutional investors, including endowments, foundations, pension plans, and sovereign funds. The firm is highly focused on the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors and sustainable impact across portfolios to generate long-term returns. RockCreek is a collaborative environment that values openness, transparency, partnership, and knowledge sharing. Diversity, debate and a relentless drive to excel are foundations of our team culture.

Technology is a key, and growing, part of our service offerings. We are committed to best-of-breed applications, automation, and solutions for managing funds and portfolios across our broad range of investment offerings. In addition to launching a dedicated advanced analytics team, we are currently consolidating our data assets into a large data lake on Amazon Web Services and providing a variety of API and programmatic access patterns.

Job Description

RockCreek is looking for a VP of Engineering to oversee technical business strategy, provide technical leadership, and build engineering teams with a strong vision and a clear mandate. In addition to having technical knowledge of core engineering fields, you understand how all the pieces fit together into integrated systems and how those systems impact performance.

The VP of Engineering will bring deep technical skills within a specific domain and excellent communication skills, a focused and empathic approach to leadership, and a bold and action-biased attitude to hard engineering problems:

  • Set the strategic direction of the engineering team, clearly establishing goals and objectives
  • Source, recruit, screen, hire, grow, and retain talent
  • Establish a culture of high productivity, collaboration and big impact, and empower each team member to bring their vision to life
  • Understand RockCreek’s business and work with team members throughout the company to develop our technology approach


A growth mindset and a bias toward action. You thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial firm and can adapt to changing priorities of a dynamic organization.

Hands-on development experience with JavaScript, or Ruby on Rails, or Node.js, or React.js

Familiarity with R, Python, D3.js and Data Science/Visualization tools are a plus

Practical industry experience working on AI, NLP, machine learning, or statistical analysis projects are a plus

Prior experience in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring cross-functional technical teams coupled with strong management and people development skills. You’ll need to delegate intelligently, deliver frequent and honest feedback, and deliver results

Ability to lead end-to-end development and release successful software solutions

Knowledge of AWS reference architectures, particularly in the context of:

  • API Gateway
  • Lambda functions and triggers from other AWS managed services

Appreciation of UI/UX, with understanding of Responsive & Adaptive Design principles

Disciplined approach to testing & quality assurance

Experience implementing core business strategies with technology by creating processes that scale, advancing architecture, and developing roadmaps

Experience managing vendors, budgets and delivery schedules

BS or MS degree in Computer Science or equivalent

Additional Information

Mission Statement:

RockCreek is a leading global investment management firm that applies data-driven technology and innovation to sustainable investing. We believe sustainability and diversity generate superior performance by investing in long term value. We have stable and long‐term partnerships with our clients and companies and attract the best mission‐oriented team. Sustainable investing extends throughout our investments, our diverse team and culture, our office environment, operations and travel.

ESG Policy:

Since our founding, RockCreek’s commitment to sustainable investing, long term value creation, and good governance has begun at home. We believe RockCreek’s entrepreneurial spirit, open culture, and diverse team lead to better investments on behalf of the universities, foundations, pension plans, and sovereign funds that partner with us. The way we operate our offices, procure services, and partner with stakeholders are all in keeping with our aim to have a positive impact on markets globally and reduce our carbon footprint. This strong stable culture values diversity and inclusion as well as a commitment to investing responsibly for long term returns. RockCreek is among the largest woman-founded firms in the world. Its founders have a deep commitment to sustainability as well as long experience with sustainable impact investing and ESG policies that date back to 1980s. This includes investing in energy, health, technology and financial inclusion.

RockCreek is a collaborative environment that values openness, transparency, partnership, and knowledge sharing. In a typical day you will interact with members of all of our teams; engineering is neither siloed nor cut off from the overall RockCreek business. You should be both interested and capable of learning the investment business as it relates to engineering, and creatively looking to enhance the overall RockCreek service offerings.