We build “You Need a Budget,” the best budgeting software and educational resources around. (Those in the know call us YNAB, which is pronounced “why-nab.”) For more than a decade, people have been buying YNAB and then telling their friends what a difference it has made in their lives. Google us, or read some of our reviews on the app store, and you’ll see what we mean. We love building something that has a huge positive impact on people’s lives.
For this position, YNAB is looking for an experienced IT professional with a broad technical background to help us with the administration, management, and support of a wide range of internal systems and applications. We want someone who is earnest about tech and finds joy in helping their teammates.
The person in this role will be appreciated from day one, as you'll be YNAB's first IT hire! YNAB has been growing steadily, and frankly, we've exceeded the point where we need an experienced and skilled tech generalist to help us get the maximum benefit from our internal systems. That's where you come in!
We have one overarching requirement when it comes to joining our team: our Core Value Manifesto has to really click with you. If you’re nodding emphatically while reading this, you’ll probably like it here, and we can’t wait to connect with you!
Of course, we have some firm* requirements too, like five years of professional experience in some IT capacity.
*Well, firm-ish. If you know you’re a great fit for this role but fall a little short of the five-year requirement, we encourage you to go ahead and apply. We don’t need you to be the perfect candidate on paper.
On a similar note, we know impostor syndrome can be a powerful force, and may discourage fantastic people from applying. Please apply anyway. Many of us here have it too, so you’re in good company.
Okay, let’s talk about life at YNAB, and then we’ll go into detail about what we’re looking for.
Although you’ll be YNAB’s first IT hire, you won’t be alone. You will join our near 50-person engineering group and work closely with our operations team and alongside our senior security engineer. You will also support awesome people from all parts of the organization who all have one thing in common: They are a joy to work with.
You won’t find heated arguments and raised voices here. We all love to solve problems in creative ways, and we regularly take time to geek out and show each other something cool we built or found to make our lives easier. We save our competitive spirit for YNAB’s external competitors (or the occasional lively board game session), but internally we build up our teammates and celebrate their successes.
We also work really hard, together, to make working at YNAB an amazing experience, and we were (humbly) proud to be named Fortune’s #1 Best Small Company to Work For the last two years. We have a team of truly exceptional people—the kind you’ll be excited to work with. Here’s how we operate:
YNAB appreciates, respects, and trusts the expertise and judgment of everyone in our engineering team, and this role is no different. Everyone is empowered to do what they think is right.
We also work collaboratively. We continuously seek a pragmatic balance between nimble flexibility and unity, structure, and security.
Even though our people are right a lot, it's okay to make mistakes here. We freely admit when we're wrong. If something doesn't go as expected, we learn, bounce back, and make corrections.
You won't be alone—others will be there to help, review, reassure, and back you up. We own our systems, applications, processes, and collective outcomes as a team.
We’ve always been a fully remote team, and have people all over the world. For this particular position, however, we’re only considering candidates located in the 48 contiguous United States. Wherever you are in that region, just make sure you have a reliable internet connection.
We want everyone to have a full life outside of YNAB, and we seldom work more than a standard work day. There have been a few occasions where things got busy and people had to put some extra time in. But then they took some extra time off, so it all balances out. We work hard and smart, but we’re in this for the long haul.
In this role, you’ll be collaborating with people across many time zones, so depending on where you live, some flexibility in working hours may be necessary to provide overlap for synchronous work. For example, if you’re on Pacific Time, you may need to work some early mornings to help YNAB team members in central Europe.
We want you to take vacation. In fact, we have a minimum vacation policy of three weeks per year. Five weeks feels about right (plus two extra weeks for our company-wide December break). It’s important to get plenty of downtime and get out and do something. We’ll look forward to seeing pictures of your adventures in our #office_wall Slack channel.
When the pandemic isn’t keeping us from traveling, we get the whole team together once a year to catch up on spreadsheets and powerpoints in a Best Western conference room. Just kidding. So far, we’ve done Costa Rica, a gigantic cabin in the mountains, a beach house in the Outer Banks, a ranch in Montana, and most recently, Laguna Beach. We do really fun things at these retreats, but the highlight is inevitably just being together and having a blast.
We’re serious about helping you improve your craft. We budget for it (hey-o!). Think conferences, Lynda/Skillshare subscriptions, books, and dedicated time away from work to learn something new. We love to see our people grow.
We offer excellent health, dental, and vision insurance for our US employees, where we cover 100% of the premium for you and your family. No need to check your vision, you read that right—100%. Although if you did need to check your vision, we’ve got you covered!
We also have a Traditional and Roth 401k option. YNAB matches your contributions, up to six percent of your paycheck. Matches vest immediately. (Are you a personal finance junkie like our founder Jesse? He set up YNAB’s 401k to have the lowest fee structure possible, where all plan costs are paid by YNAB, not your retirement nest egg. The investment funds available are fantastic, passively-managed, ultra low-cost index funds. Not a PF junkie? Trust us, it’s awesome.)
We also offer generous paid parental leave for all full-time team members. Here’s to increasing the world’s budgeters, one child at a time!
The starting salary range for this position is $60,000-$75,000 USD annually, depending on experience. We consider raises every year, and have a bi-annual profit-share bonus. YNAB wins, you win—that kind of thing.
If this sounds like your ideal environment, read on because now we want to talk about you. You will play a part in building something that helps millions of people discover budgeting as an essential financial and life-planning tool.
In this position, you'll do things like:
YNAB is an equal opportunity employer. We believe a diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, abilities, and experiences is critical to our success. We are passionate about creating a welcoming, supportive, and collaborative environment for all employees. All are encouraged to apply as we continue to grow a smart, experienced, and diverse team that loves working together to build something that matters.
We’re excited to hear from you!
P.S. If you’re not interested in this position right now, but know someone who might be, we’d appreciate you passing this along!