Tigerpaw is on the prowl for a quirky, fun and friendly Director of Development to spearhead largescale software development projects, mentor a team of high-performers, and create the next generation of our multiple award-winning platform.
We’re looking for a highly motivated individual with proven software development experience who is as adept at motivating their team as they are at planning releases.
We have an exciting slate of projects in the pipeline and this role will be the fulcrum at every stage of the product lifecycle: planning, design, implementation, stabilization, launch, and the ever important post-final-release candidate stage of we-just-pushed-out-a-big-release-under-deadline-high-five-team-you-are-all-awesome-drinks-are-on-me-good-job-you-rock.
This hyper-organized Agile guru will have the pleasure — nay, the honor — of mentoring, leading, coaching, and fist-bumping our quirky development team to lead a dedicated group of programmers, software architects, product managers, and QA testers to pave smooth roadmaps, drive product development, create incredible product releases, and ninja-deflect distractions that may take their team off of hitting key milestones and deadlines.
The Director of Development will simultaneously lead the continued evolution and enhancement of our desktop application and the planning, creation, and launch of our fully web-based platform to take Tigerpaw into the next generation of SaaS sassiness.
While this focused individual doesn’t need to be an expert in other areas of business such as sales, marketing, or inter-office Mario Kart showdowns, they must understand the importance they play in propelling the business forward. The Director will be able to see the bigger picture and factor in key company goals that extend throughout the organization and align the development team’s priorities to best support those visions.
We want someone who is detail-oriented and able to juggle multiple competing lines that demand attention and the team’s resources, but who also gets excited to tackle the complex nature of large-scale development projects and bring order out of the chaos to create the next iteration of our business automation platform that serves more than 40,000 users around the world. The successful Director of Development will not be intimidated by the weight of leading a product that does support 40,000 users, and instead will immediately think how fun it would be to double, triple, and quadruple that number with feature enhancements and product innovation while enjoying a healthy dose of daily shenanigans with our team of Tigers.
We value passion, creativity, sound engineering practices, ownership and accountability, team collaboration, and building up others to make our team better through solid leadership.
If the idea of managing a great development team gets your blood flowing, in an environment that embraces modern ideas on leadership, company culture, and team building; if you put people first; and if you’ve read the leadership bios on this page and you’re not scared away by our quirky culture — then maybe you’re the Tiger we’re looking for. (There will be a Roar test.)
Summary and Responsibilities:
You may also be called upon to referee inter-departmental trivia contests, facilitate Settlers of Catan expansion disputes, and assist in the selection of beer and barbecue for team outings.
- Mentor and motivate a diverse team of talented software developers. You are a people person first who can see the numbers, not a numbers person first who can tolerate people.
- Manage day-to-day decisions of project teams, including bug priorities, work assignments, backlog prioritization, and work sequencing.
- Institute best practices for software development project management, improving upon existing processes and building new ones where necessary.
- Conduct interviews and hire to fill open positions within the team. (Our marketing team will rewrite roles to have the Tigerpaw flavor you read here.)
- Communicate openly and transparently with stakeholders and other senior management to report on project milestones and needs.
- Implement operational and strategic policies with clear directives and measurable SMART goals.
- Provide guidance within Agile and Scrum methodologies to drive project management forward and to help your team — and the company — achieve key goals.
- Ensure the development team is following defined processes throughout the product lifecycle to achieve delivery dates on time and with quality.
- Promote positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, no matter their title or preference for DC vs. Marvel, Star Trek vs. Star Wars.
- Embody and live by the company core values: Customer Success Driven; Passionate about Process; Adaptable to Change; Quirky, Fun and Friendly; Put People First.
- Embrace and enhance the existing Tigerpaw culture, in all its Tigery glory. (Tiger puns are a bonus.)
Qualifications and Core Competencies:
Think you’d be a good fit to join our Streak of Tigers? Here’s what we’re looking for:
- Proven management skills and the ability to lead, motivate, and develop a team of professionals capable of achieving aggressive business goals and objectives.
- Strong knowledge, understanding and hands-on experience with project scheduling, estimation and associated PM tools.
- Ability to interact effectively with a variety of contacts at all levels of the organization and be comfortable dealing with ambiguity and frequent changes in priorities and direction.
- Experience in system-level software design and development.
- Working knowledge, understanding and hands-on experience with the languages and the tools used throughout the software development lifecycle.
- Ability to provide a calming influence under pressure with a team-focused presence.
- Comfortable working in an environment where open-door policies are the norm, you are expected to speak up if you disagree, your team can chat with you any time and is welcome to talk with anyone else. We hate silos; we love communication; we believe great ideas can come from anywhere.
- Working knowledge on OS, data structure, algorithms, Microsoft .NET, emerging web technologies and database design.
- Knowledge of Quality Assurance best practices, principles, and policies.
- Ability to travel up to 5% of work time.
- 5+ years of industry experience.
- 5+ years of management experience.
- BS/BA degree or experience equivalent to a 4-year university education. A Master’s degree in Computer Science is preferred.
- Experience managing outsourced providers a plus.
- Experience shipping one or more large-scale, highly available applications a plus.
Bonus! You identify with most or all of the following:
- You have a lifelong love of learning and you’re not afraid to try new things.
- You can laugh at your mistakes and learn from them.
- You can laugh at your teams’ mistakes (with them; don’t be a jerk), and coach them to learn from their mistakes.
- You understand the importance in developing your team of developers’ development skills as well as developing their personal and professional development skills.
- If you were a House in Harry Potter you would be House Python because obvious. (Actually more like House .NET or House Angular but that didn’t work with the snake pun.)
- You understand what it means to be part of a no-ego team and you like the idea of getting to work with other fun, geeky, driven and productive professionals, multiple-disciplined thought leaders, and super nerds.
- You appreciate a good high-five from a teammate over a great idea or a completed project.
- You like the idea of trading in your blouses and blazers for wearing comic book, video game, or band shirts to work. (And you dig the idea of having a closet full of Tiger-themed work shirts — and yes, we have managed to create some that have a tiger wranglin’ a dragon on them.)
- You can take constructive criticism and feedback professionally and use it to help the team.
- You like Star Trek or Star Wars. There is no right answer, but you should probably have an opinion on the matter.
- You think silos are incompatible in a modern workplace environment (read: they’re stupid) and you welcome the opportunity to work in a no-silo environment where both you and your team are encouraged to work and play across department lines, roles, and titles.
- You have an upbeat attitude and you genuinely want to enjoy working with your team.
- You are more agile than Chow Yun Fat in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; you can drive sprints like The Flash while encouraging your team to “Run, Barry! Run!”; and you know how to lead a scrum with deftness and aplomb, including knowing that a team of overly caffeinated developers really doesn’t want to hear the word “aplomb” at their daily stand-up.
- You understand the complex relationship developers have with their code, and you’re eager to help your team do terrible things to semi-colons while interacting with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and with different skillsets and personalities. (You can work with super introverts as easily as the overly extrovert, mentoring the former to come out of their shells and coaching the latter to tone it down a skosh.)
- You get just as excited about completing a project and finding the perfectly coded solution as you do mentoring your team and helping them learn, grow, and improve their overall level of awesomeness.
- The opportunity to lead a dedicated team of passionate high-performers to deliver and execute on largescale development projects gets you excited. And the idea of helping to forge a modern workplace culture of empowered team members gets you pumped in a big way.
- You want to have fun, but also get $h!t done.
This position offers a highly competitive compensation package in a relaxed, quirky, fun and friendly company culture. You will be expected to dive in quickly, and you will have the backing and support of our entire team. (We may throw you into the deep-end of the pool, but we’ll give you metaphorical arm-floaty things.)
What are you waiting for? Let’s hear your Tiger roar! (That means apply if you think this sounds like a cool gig — and we promise, it is.)
This director-level, full-time position reports to our Chief Operating Officer Joel Vaslow.
CONTACT: Joel Vaslow, firstname.lastname@example.org