Manager, Software Engineering

New York, NY
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Created: February 5, 2021



NYPL Digital is the department responsible for the digital transformation of the Library in order to facilitate the successful transition to the delivery of core patron-facing services through digital platforms. This role will help pave the way for the ethical and sustainable use of digital technologies in society and provide a sustainable approach to technology.

The successful candidate will lead and have a significant impact on a small but dedicated cross-functional team to iteratively develop innovative products for the library.  This is a two year grant funded role.

You'll have the opportunity to architect and implement our product and technical strategy. If you have experience in Ruby and/or Node.js and an interest in microservices, event-driven / serverless architectures, complex data structures, and graph databases, this is a unique opportunity to work on projects that will transform the way patrons interact with the Library.

Our expectations for this person are that within…

1 month, this person will:

  • Quickly acclimate to the Library's infrastructure, environments and deployment practices
  • Delegate and execute software development tasks, as directed by the Director of Digital Technology or the Team Lead, in line with our engineering workflows
  • Get to know and start to build cooperative relationships with their team; assess and communicate personal development plans and goals with team members

3 months, this person will:

  • Gain an understanding of NYPL’s engineering processes, products and visions.
  • Moderate design and architecture discussions within their team, and make decisions on issues that affect their entire team.

6 months, this person will:

  • Solicit, institute and maintain new best practices across their team.
  • Identify and remove duplicated or wasted effort across projects
  • Research and propose new technologies

12 months and beyond, this person will:

  • Guide their team members towards improvement and professional development.
  • Define & promote DevOps practices & demonstrate awareness of systems challenges & ensure smooth running of services.
  • Recognize and reward team members for outstanding procedures, behaviors, and practices; identify poor team performance and coach & counsel as required.

Principal Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director, Digital Technology, the Senior Software Engineer will:

  • Manage a team of software engineers, including task planning and code reviews.
  • Drive technical projects and provide leadership in an innovative and fast-paced environment.
  • Take responsibility for the overall planning, execution and success of complex technical projects.
  • Contribute technically to projects.
  • Contribute to strategic and tactical product planning.
  • Work closely with the product management team to ensure we're building the best products.
  • Tackle the complex and interesting challenge of solving business problems through software engineering.
  • Hold your own in technical discussion, be a subject matter expert, and have strategic influence
  • Communicate cross-functionally and drive engineering efforts

Required Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or certificate from specialized coding program
  • 3 years of hands-on technical leadership and people management experience.
  • 5 or more years of hands-on web development experience on relevant tech stac

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong experience building web applications in Ruby, PHP, Python or Java using a framework such as Rails, Symfony, Spring, etc. Understanding of front-end frameworks such as React is beneficial..
  • A proven track record of managing, developing, and mentoring software engineering teams.
  • Experience with Agile software development, for example Scrum or Kanban
  • Experience doing hands-on large scale software development and architecture

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10 years of relevant industry experience, with 5 years of hands-on technical leadership and people management experience (managing teams of 2 or more developers).
  • Experience with cloud platforms (e.g. AWS)
  • Experience with search technologies (e.g. Solr, Elasticsearch)
  • Experience with event-driven architectures.
  • Familiarity with CMS like Drupal is beneficial.
  • Experience with design systems (Carbon, USWeb, etc) is beneficial.

All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:

  • Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
  • Be Resourceful in solving problems 
  • Be Curious in all aspects of your work

Work Environment

Office Environment

Physical Duties

  • Limited physical effort is required
  • May require travel within NYC


Monday - Friday 9-5


Published: Friday, February 5, 2021 17:44 UTC

Last updated: Friday, February 5, 2021 17:44 UTC