Engineering Director

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Posted
May 18, 2021
Full Time
Anywhere
Remote

Our Values

The Game Band is dedicated to making games that reflect the diverse world we live in, which means fostering an environment and community that reflects our world too. We hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to ensuring our company is an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming place to work.

The Role

The Game Band is seeking an Engineering Director to own the future infrastructure and design implementation of Blaseball. In this role, you will be in charge of Blaseball's architecture as it scales across multiple platforms and will coordinate with the Engineering and Design teams to oversee the future of Blaseball and its success.

As Engineering Director You Will

  • Lead the Engineering team, establish and improve engineering processes, and define our engineering standards to stay within scope and time budget
  • Work alongside producers and project managers to drive task management, create development timelines, and influence product roadmaps
  • Scale Blaseball to support multiple platforms (e.g. web, mobile, desktop) under a constantly evolving game design framework
  • Develop hiring strategies to recruit engineering talent
  • Write, test, and deploy code alongside engineers

Success as Engineering Director Looks Like

  • Blaseball continues to grow and adapt seamlessly, relying on your infrastructure and architecture as a solid foundation
  • Blaseball’s constant game design changes can be quickly deployed across multiple platforms
  • The engineering team feels empowered to work effectively using the processes you introduced
  • Your team is equipped with flexible code to implement and iterate new and exciting features in a fast-paced environment
  • The future of Blaseball has a clear and exciting roadmap that you feel ownership over with the Design team
  • You have the excitement that is needed to continue bringing Blaseball to fans in new and exhilarating ways across multiple platforms and experiences.

Requirements

  • Experience shipping at least one Games as a Service (GaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS) product
  • Experience with scaling infrastructure to support exponential user growth
  • Experience with relational databases (we use Postgres)
  • Experience in a leadership position and communicating across multiple departments
  • Familiar and up-to-date on web and mobile architecture design
  • Strong software development background
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Nice to Haves

  • Experience with some or all of our tech stack (React, Typescript, Node.js, Heroku, Postgres, and Fastly)
  • Deep knowledge of cloud architecture across Amazon Web Services (preferred), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform
  • Experience creating, deploying, and managing containerized services
  • Experience leading teams that ship public-facing software
  • Familiarity with Notion

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Who we are

The Game Band is a fully remote studio, currently making the popular internet sensation / cultural event Blaseball. Previously, TGB launched Where Cards Fall, winner of the Apple Design Award in 2020.

With Blaseball seeing viral success, TGB is excited to grow the team! We are hiring a number of key roles, looking for folks who will take ownership building systems and teams that will ensure a bright future for Blaseball.

If you aren’t familiar with Blaseball that’s ok; Blaseball is an absurdist, player-driven, browser-based fantasy “baseball” experience. It’s a simplistic simulation of a sport, where players can view, bet on, and contort the league’s rules via weekly elections. People Make Games has a great explainer if you want to learn more.

Our Goals

  • Continue to grow Blaseball’s player base in a sustainable way
  • Continue to explore themes of democracy, community, and collaboration
  • Expand Blaseball beyond a browser-based experience
  • Iterate on ethical and interesting ways to generate revenue while keeping the game accessible and available to everyone

What is it like to work on Blaseball?

Blaseball is Live in a way that maybe no other product is. We ship a whole new season, taking into account fan feedback and mobilization, and implementing new features and systems to drive the meta-story forward in real time.

For the first era of Blaseball, this cadence was extreme, so in the future we are designing a more sustainable cadence for the fans and ourselves.

We want to be very clear with applicants that they will not be expected to work 7 days a week. Just because Blaseball is online, doesn’t mean we have to be.

For technical / coding positions: it’s possible that at key times you will need to work Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, due to the natural cadence of Blaseball. We occasionally have to set up the dominos over the weekend, so the next season (week) can play out. In these cases you will be allowed to, and indeed forced to, take a “weekend” during the middle of the week.

What benefits do you offer?

  • 100% employer paid health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401k plan
  • Flexible hours
  • Remote friendly
  • Unlimited PTO

Thank you for considering The Game Band! Blaseball has an incredibly diverse and welcoming community, and we’re building a strong, diverse team to support it. We highly encourage you to apply. Even if you're not sure that you qualify, please contact us, we'd love to hear from you.

To apply, email us your resume at jobs@thegameband.com and feel free to include any details about yourself that you'd like to share. We are accepting applications ongoing as of right now but check back frequently for deadlines and updates. As we grow we will be posting new positions, and we will try to respond to as many applicants as we can.

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