VP of Engineering

  • Executive
  • Employee - FT
  • San Francisco, USA
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Change.org is searching for a Vice President of Engineering with demonstrated excellence at driving high-velocity development for consumer internet products at scale. Your mission will be to lead the expansion of our platform to support hundreds of millions of people to take deeper and more regular civic action on the local and global issues they care about, with the goal of helping to create more participatory and responsive democracies around the world.

We’re a public benefit corporation and the largest tech platform focused on civic action in the world, with 80m monthly users, 50,000 campaigns launched on the site every month, 50 engineering staff, and a new revenue model that has grown by 500% in the past 2 years. We’re profitable, growing quickly, and rapidly scaling our impact. We have local teams supporting citizen-led campaigns in 18 of the world’s largest democracies, and our users win campaigns for change once every hour - from strengthening hate crime legislation in South Africa, to stopping corruption in Italy, to fighting the exploitation of the environment in Indonesia.

The VP of Engineering will be based out of our San Francisco office and report to our CEO. As a key member of our executive team, you’ll oversee all aspects of Engineering, which includes feature teams for growth, engagement, and revenue, as well as horizontal teams for Platform, Infrastructure, and Data Intelligence across our engineering offices in San Francisco, Victoria, B.C., and Paris. Our team of 50 engineers are committed to lean and agile development, have recently transitioned to an autonomous team structure, and leverage modern web technologies (we recently built a new high-volume communications stack using Elixir, migrated our Front-end to React, and began decoupling our services with an event-driven architecture). We are 100% cloud-based through AWS.

We are looking for an exceptional leader who can hire and inspire an outstanding team, create scalable and high-performing systems, and achieve ambitious company goals, while building a culture that is open, collaborative, and diverse. 

See below for the most important responsibilities, capabilities, values, and experience for this executive role.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Own the Engineering Team’s Vision, Structure & Strategy: Own the vision of the engineering team’s current and future org structure and strategy as we scale from 60 to over 100 engineers across 3 offices with the goal of continually improving our capacity for effective execution.
  • Grow & Support an Outstanding Team: Retain and expand a team of outstanding engineering leaders aligned with the org structure and strategy, and drive team-wide retention and performance through mentorship and inspirational leadership. 
  • Drive Key Company Results: Drive ambitious top-line company goals of growth, engagement, and revenue through rapid, effective execution on an ambitious product plan.
  • Maintain Performance, Stability, & Risk: Ensure we maintain strong processes for quality, risk management, high availability, and performance.
  • Collaborate across Countries & Cultures: Partner with peer executives in Product and our Country teams as well as with leaders based in 18 different countries to achieve joint goals.

Core Capabilities:

  • Leadership & Management: Demonstrated excellence in leading and managing a high-performing, agile engineering organization -- including attracting, mentoring, inspiring, and driving excellent results from a strong engineering team. A history of managing managers and coaching leaders, as well as strong communication skills with a variety of audiences, technical and non-technical.
  • Technical Depth & Breadth: Previous experience with global consumer internet platforms, with a broad technical understanding ranging from feature work to platform big data infrastructure. Experience with modern web technologies, with rapid deploy, rapid and automated scaling, and high volume, high availability distributed systems. 
  • Business Understanding & Strategy: Strength in understanding how engineering goals tie to overall company strategy and future vision, a capability of balancing resourcing trade-offs and many different considerations in technical and business decision-making. Strong skills with estimating, budgeting and planning. 

Core Values:

  • Mission first: You are low-ego and believe that the first priority should be advancing the mission of the organization.
  • Dedication to learning: You are open to and create a culture of honest, direct, regular, compassionate feedback and dedicated to fostering a culture of learning. 
  • Commitment to diversity: You have a deep commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive team, demonstrated through such things investing heavily in recruiting people from a wide range of backgrounds, removing unconscious bias in interviews, and ensuring staff can bring their full selves to work.  


  • Consumer Internet scale: You have worked on scaled platforms that have at least 1 million daily transactions (experience with systems of larger transaction volume is preferred, but not required). 
  • Growing & managing a team: You have scaled an engineering team and managed managers (experience leading teams with multiple layers of management is preferred, but not required).
  • High velocity, agile development: You have extensive experience in an engineering environment dedicated to high velocity, agile development (experience with autonomous teams is preferred, but not required).

Interested? Great! Here's what you should know:

This is a full-time role based in San Francisco, CA (USA) in our office in Potrero Hill. Our team is high impact, low ego, and has an amazing culture to be part of.

We especially encourage applicants of different backgrounds, cultures, genders, experiences, abilities and perspectives to apply. We’re actively working to increase the diversity of experience and perspectives on our team and are looking for someone who can help continue to lead that process. 

Change.org is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, physical disability, or length of time spent unemployed.

We’re working for a world where no one is powerless, and where creating change is a part of everyday life. We’re just getting started and hope you’ll join us.

Change.org Careers

Outsized impact

Change.org is the fastest growing social change organization in the world, empowering more than 200 million people to create change in their communities.

Amazing people

We are building a world-class team of technologists and creatives along with the most accomplished team of social movement creators in the world.

Extraordinary benefits

Plenty of vacation

Personal growth