Volley

Voice-controlled games on smart speakers, TVs, and mobile

Director of Product Engineering

Location
San Francisco, CA
Job Type
Full-time
Experience
6+ years
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About the role

Summary of the Role

Volley Engineering is looking for a thoughtful, decisive, and innovative executive to run all development for its Alexa & Google Home product line. In this role you would assume responsibility for the quality, stability, and hiring of a twenty-person engineering team (and growing!)

This role reports directly to the VP of Engineering, and partners directly with Volley’s Director of Product & Head of Core Technology.

What you'll do at Volley

  • Lead the team responsible for Volley’s award-winning fleet of products on Alexa & Google Home
  • Oversee development of some of the most beloved game shows of the past half-century
  • Hire up brand new teams as new market opportunities emerge
  • Dig in with Typescript as you contribute to the roadmap of Volley’s best-in-class engine: GEV (The Good Engine for Voice)
  • Drive new DEIB initiatives so that Volley continues to be a vibrant, safe, and rewarding workplace

Stuff you may have done before

  • Founded and led a company of your own
  • Led a technical organization of 10+ people
  • Written or spoken extensively on tech, innovation, and/or leadership
  • Overhauled entire engineering groups
  • Created a framework or published a notable open-source library
  • Shipped some of the best products in the world
  • Driven company-wide adoption of a new language, technology, or practice
  • Mentored and provided extensive resources to first-time managers

Must-haves

  • A track-record of fighting for employee well-being, work-life balance, & DEIB
  • Empathetic, inspiring, and charismatic approach to tech leadership
  • Deep, opinionated expertise across multiple technical domains
  • Strong organizational vision and the conviction to fight for it
  • Ability to swiftly analyze data, reach a decision, and move on
  • Keen eye for quality, stability, and metrics

The hiring process

  • Stage 1 (Preliminary Video Call) with Adrienne Hatter, our Head of Technical Hiring
  • Stage 2 (Interview Video Call) with Aaron Sarazan, our VP of Engineering
  • Stage 3 (Full-Day Virtual “On Site”) with various partners, team-mates, and executives
  • [Executive Roles] Follow-Up Calls as needed

What's in it for you

  • Your medical, dental, and vision insurance is 100% covered by Volley, for yourself and all dependents and we match 401k!
  • We offer a flexible, hybrid work-from-home and in-office work model.
  • We offer 4 weeks of paid time off (enforced 2-week minimum), 16 paid holidays, 40 hours of bereavement leave, unlimited sick days, and 
  • Our generous parental leave policy includes 24 weeks at 100% pay for birthing parents and 12 weeks at 100% pay for non-birthing parents
  • A full breakdown of our benefits is here !

About Us

Volley develops voice-controlled games and entertainment apps for Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Our voice apps are world-class and attract millions of users every month.

We’ve created several of the top experiences for voice-controlled devices, including:

  • Song Quiz - a name-that-tune music trivia game
  • Jeopardy! - America’s Favorite Quiz Show®… now on Alexa!
  • Bedtime Stories - a soothing, narrated skill to help you fall asleep

We believe voice control will be the main way people access entertainment in their bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and cars. Our goal is to build a destination for interactive audio entertainment, as Netflix did for television.

Volley believes in an inclusive workplace and is committed to building a team from a variety of backgrounds. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive the other benefits and privileges of employment.

We’re a small but quickly growing team that truly enjoys working together. We love hanging out at happy hours, the funny and strange in Slack #random, and occasional karaoke sessions in our brand new Hayes Valley office. If this sounds like fun (we promise it is), get in touch!

Underrepresented candidates and candidates from nontraditional backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!

 

Why you should join Volley

Volley builds the best voice-controlled games and entertainment experiences for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, smartphones, and Fire TVs.

Popular Volley voice games include Song Quiz, Jeopardy!, and The Price Is Right.

Our voice apps are used by millions of people every month. We believe voice control will become the main way people access entertainment in their bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and cars, and our goal is to become the "Netflix of Voice" for this emerging category of devices.

We just raised our Series B round and we're growing fast!

Volley was founded by Max Child and James Wilsterman in 2016. We're a hybrid remote/in-person company, headquartered in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.

While we work to make home entertainment more accessible and engaging, we like to have fun along the way, with team lunches, Friday happy hours, and very active #food and #pets slack channels. If any of this sounds fun to you (we promise it is), come join us!

Read more about Volley's culture and mission here: https://www.volleythat.com/post/volley-mission-culture-and-what-we-create

Volley
Founded:2016
Team Size:75
Location:San Francisco
Founders
Max Child
Max Child
CEO
James Wilsterman
James Wilsterman
CTO