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Engineering Manager (Los Angeles)

About Blavity, Inc.

Blavity, Inc. is a venture-funded technology and new media company, which was founded in 2014 with the simple idea of enabling Millennials of Color to tell their own stories. Today, we are home to the largest network of platforms and lifestyle brands serving the multifaceted lives of black millennials through original content, video and unique experiences. The company has grown into a market leader for black media, reaching 30 million millennial per month through its growing brand portfolio; Blavity, 21Ninety, AfroTech, Travel Noire, and Shadow and Act. We are 5 brands with one vision and limitless opportunity!

Assembled of passionate, high-energy, and focused rock-stars, our Blavity Team creates and executes with our values at the forefront of mind: 

  • Love of Community

  • Transparency and Communication

  • Collective Responsibility

  • Fail Fast

Blavity, Inc. is continuously looking for new team members to help us continue to scale, cultivate our community, and advance our strategic direction. We are headquartered in Downtown LA, and have a satellite work space in Atlanta. Join us!

What you will do...

The full-time Engineering Manager is responsible for leading, mentoring and empowering our dynamic team of engineers (FT and contractors), in addition to overseeing the product development life cycle across Blavity, Inc.’s brand portfolio. In collaboration with the Product, Design and Marketing Teams, this position will develop implementation plans which aligns with the overall technical vision of the company. 

The ideal candidate is/has been part of a technology start-up or digital media company and has experience as a Sr. Software Engineer or Architect in a Javascript of JVM-based stack. Additionally, he/she is a technical expert, effectively leads through company vision and values, effectively leads/ develops individuals and teams, and drives execution.

This position has the flexibility to be based/work out of LA or ATL and reports directly to the CTO. 

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Partner with company Executives to ensure the Engineering Teams are effective and aligned with Company goals

  • Collaborate with architects and technical leaders to help define, refine (as applicable) and achieve the overall technical vision of the company

  • Partner with Product, Design and Marketing to develop implementation plans in pursuit of company-wide strategy and goals

  • Oversee the planning, scoping, estimating and prioritization of complex projects

  • Recruit, retain and empower a diverse team of engineers that align with Blavity Inc’s values and mission.

  • Continuously refine and optimize engineering team structures to maximize each individual’s impact and create opportunities for professional growth

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Years of Experience: 10+ years of overall software development experience

Management Experience: 5+ years of hands-on technical management experience
Education: preferred Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Computer Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering 

Technology/System Requirements: 

  • Hands on experience with a front-end framework like ReactJS, VueJs/Nuxt or AngularJS/Angular

  • Expert Javascript background and hands on experience with back-end framework like NodeJS

  • Working knowledge of SQL or NoSQL database (i.e. Mongo, MySQL or PostgreSQL or MongoDB)

  • Experience with Docker, SCSS, Rest APIs, and GraphQL

  • Experience with cloud platforms like Google Cloud or AWS

Competencies: Functional/Technical expertise; Recruits/Selects Top Talent; Effective Communication; Cross Collaboration; Attention to Detail; Facilitates Change with Ease; Plans and organizes with Ease; Leads through Company Vision and Values; Coaches Team Effectively; Driving Execution; Properly Delegates; Proven Problem Solver; Analytical Thinker; Decision Maker; Effectively leads/develops individuals and teams; Demonstrates Good Judgement; Resilient/Demonstrates Flexibility/Adaptability 

Travel: 10-15%

Preferred Interests: Love for black music, politics and pop culture, and community

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