Vox Media is hiring a

VP of Engineering

Washington, United States

Vox Media is a technology-driven media company. We're solving the problem of developing high-value digital journalism, storytelling, and brand advertising at scale—and empowering the smartest digital voices and their audiences with Chorus, our modern media platform.

Vox Media's eight distinct media brands are: SB Nation (Sports), The Verge (Technology and Culture), Polygon (Gaming), Eater (Food and Nightlife), Racked (Shopping, Beauty and Fashion), Curbed (Real Estate and Home), Vox.com (General News), and Re/code (Tech Business).

We are looking for a Vice President of Engineering (VPE) whose primary responsibility will be to attract diverse engineering talent and lead the team to achieve high velocity and deliver high quality products. You will be setting an engineering culture and will bring with you a long track record of inspiring, building, and leading a world class engineering team. The VPE will report directly to Vox Media’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

What You’ll Do:

The VPE is responsible for the people, processes, and plans required to successfully execute engineering projects at Vox Media. In this role, you will:

  • Collaborate with the CTO in defining and evolving the technical strategy and architecture. Ensure engineering teams have a shared mental model of and are working toward an architectural vision that supports the company’s strategic goals.
  • Support engineering directors in recruiting, hiring, and ensuring the productivity and happiness of the engineering team. Ensure they have the right tools, environment, and peers to succeed; identify and deal with poor performers; help good engineers grow into great engineers.
  • Implement engineering processes and tools. Lead the selection and implementation of development methodologies, bug tracking and collaboration tools, code and documentation standards, source control usage guidelines, and so on. Measure the effectiveness of and iterate on the ways we do technical interviewing, code reviews, etc. Create and evolve organizational structures and processes as the team grows. Define the way engineering gets done at Vox.
  • Plan engineering projects. Through delegation to engineering directors and principal engineers and hands-on contributions, translate functional requirements into actionable and pragmatic implementation plans, with large projects broken down into granular phases, including time and complexity estimates and the early identification of risks and important open questions. Ensure engineering teams take a safe and direct path from idea to shippable software, balancing the short-term pressures to build things fast with the long-term imperative to build things right.
  • Advocate for the needs of the engineering team. Always be aware of the daily distractions and the process and organizational failures that make them miserable or unproductive. Find and advocate for solutions. Ensure engineers have the tools, processes, environment, and engineering culture they need to be happy and successful.

What you’ll bring: 

  • 10+ years of software engineering experience and 3+ years of managing an engineering team.
  • Experience managing multiple technical platforms and migrating to newer ones when needed.
  • Hands-on, willing, and able to perform all software management tasks.
  • A loyal following of diverse engineering talent that you have hired and mentored
  • Experience scaling an engineering organization in a high-growth environment
  • Strong consensus building skills, negotiation, and decision-making skills, coupled with sound judgment.
  • Ability to both code and mentor and lead engineers at the technical level.

About working at Vox Media: This is a permanent, full-time position with excellent benefits—including flexible hours and generous parental leave. Vox Media strives to provide comprehensive healthcare options for our employees and to ensure that our healthcare and other benefits are LGBTQ-inclusive. You'll be joining a group of focused, hard-working, creative people who are passionate about doing work that's challenging and fun—and who strive to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

For more on the things we're building and problems we're solving, and what it's like to work on the Vox Product Team, see our Product Team blog.

Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply.  Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.