Director of Engineering



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Director of Engineering

The role of the Director of Engineering at Lex is to be a hands-on builder, coder and team leader. You’ll closely partner with the CPO & CEO to create the future of queer connection & lead engineering to build impactful product features. You will be responsible for technical architecture, delivery and execution, and add significant fire power helping bring our largest, most complex features to life.

The Role

We’re looking for a Director of Engineering with experience building consumer apps across the stack to join our team. As the leader of the engineering team you'll collaborate directly with the Chief Product Officer and lead the engineering team to understand, build, and test new product features from conception to roll-out. Every week you'll ship new experiences to hundreds of thousands of users and see the impact directly.
This is a unique opportunity for someone who wants to be at the ground floor of a generational social app. We’re a creative and fast-moving team that’s passionate about unlocking the full potential of technology to help LGBTQ+ people build community and bridge the URL > IRL. If you are a product thinker and builder with exceptional technical acumen, and driven by connecting queer community, we’d love to work with you!

Who You Are

Long term vision, with a bias towards action. You’ll work closely with the CPO, CEO, and the engineering team to make high-level architecture designs that scale, with a bias towards shipping high quality code and product quickly.
You are excited by building. You’re ready to get your hands dirty writing code and shipping on a daily/weekly basis. You think quickly & collaboratively, and bring lots of creative ideas to consumer social apps.
You enjoy leading a small team towards building engaging, impactful consumer apps finding the best & fastest path towards delivering customer value. You like to to drive good design and architecture, know how to execute complex projects, and love mentoring and training other developers.
You’re an energetic, positive-thinker and comfortable adapting to change in a seed-stage startup environment. You push the team to meet company objectives and inspire them to think creatively.
You are a systems thinker with operational excellency: You are nimble in order to deliver value and resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways, and operationalize proccess and systems to drive long term effectiveness. Honest in time assessments and confidence intervals, and communicative when these change, with the ability to provide in-depth evaluation of technical complexities and present new solutions.
You’re passionate and up-to-date about with current business and technology trends, always curious to learn what new models and products are emerging and why they do / don’t work.

What You'll Do

You'll be leading the Lex Engineering team in designing, building, and ensuring the high quality of the Lex mobile app
You’ll be accountable for delivering features and implementing processes to ensure best practices across the engineering team.
You’ll be managing, hiring and retaining engineering talent in a highly competitive market, we are a 100% remote team.
You’ll identify problems and provide solutions to issues across the product and team, and come prepared with Plan B, C, D as needed.
You’ll navigate a rapidly changing market demands and incorporating feedback from users and stakeholders.

How we’ll be working together:

You’ll have great team spirit, possess knowledge and passion about queer culture
You’ll be part of a small startup team that works hard to be inclusive, intersectional and collaborative.
You should be comfortable with change, able to pivot quickly and creatively problem solve.
Your manager will be the CPO.
This will be a 100% remote role, based in the US. Must work in EST timezones.

What we value:

You have 5+ years as senior or Staff Engineer, acting as the tech lead for teams.
You have built React (with strong backend expertise preferable) products at scale of 1M+ MAU.
You are comfortable working across the stack, and you enjoy building features, as well as designing and scaling architecture.
You appreciate good design and you get excited to translate that into functional experiences that people use every day.
You are a product thinker who loves thinking about how technology can best be used to enhance peoples' lives.
You love what you do - you love using your technical skillset and knowledge to create well-crafted products that create meaningful value for people.
You are an excellent partner, collaborator and communicator across functions.

Tech Stack:

React Native
Google Cloud Platform & Firebase
Postgres, Algolia, Redis
Storybook, Figma
Fastlane, AppCenter


You have experience working on consumer technology products.
You have experienced in scaling products, from seed stage to beyond
NYC preferred but not required. Lex is based in NYC – the team works remotely in LA and Seattle as well.



How to Apply

We look forward to hearing from you! Email us at Jobs@lex.lgbt
Be sure to include:
Job title in the subject line
Tell us: Why Lex? and Why you? and attach resumé and portfolio
Send along any links you're comfortable with to best showcase the relevant things you've built, contributed to, etc. ex: Apps, Github, Websites, LinkedIn
If you don't find an open position that fits but are still really excited about Lex, send us your CV and note explaining why Lex and why you to jobs@lex.lgbt
Lex deeply values diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or zodiac sign.
In your application, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example - she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc).