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Senior Staff Engineer - Platform Ecosystem



Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Discord is looking for a Senior Staff Engineer to join our Platform Ecosystem team to help lead the next era of Discord’s development platform. You will oversee the technical roadmap for Apps and Activities, working across APIs, SDKs, and Developer tools. You will work with teams across the organization including Engineering, Product, Data Science, Design, Infrastructure, and Customer Success to ensure that the technical strategy meets our goals.

Come help us build the app platform that inspires the next generation of developers at Discord.

What you'll be doing

  • Collaborate with leadership and senior engineers to improve upon the technical roadmap for Discord’s Developer Platform.
  • Work with Platform Ecosystem teams to develop SDKs, APIs and platform services.
  • Research and develop new parts of the platform. Scrutinize and reason on technology and architecture choices, identify tradeoffs and challenges, and get support from the team.
  • Collaborate with other staff engineers and partners across the organization to ensure technical understanding to other systems, products, and vision.
  • Participate at all levels of brainstorming, implementation and release.
  • Mentor the next generation of technical leaders at Discord.
  • Have a genuine say in the details, and have fun doing it!
  • You will report to the Director of Platform Ecosystem

What you should have

  • 8+ years experience as a software engineer, with experience as a technical lead and/or engineering manager.
  • Strong technical depth with JavaScript, with expertise or a desire to learn TypeScript and React.
  • Full-stack experience. We're a multi-platform team, so it's important to have a solid understanding of the development frameworks and fundamentals of one or more of our platforms: web (React, TypeScript), and backend (Python, Rust, and some Elixir)
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work well across different teams.
  • You seek out opportunities to mentor, coach, and sponsor other engineers in their career growth.
  • A strong product sense, maintain a high degree of empathy for your internal and external users and seek feedback from them about your work.
  • A strong sense of development ergonomics, and take pride in understanding your engineer customers.
  • Comfort working with ambiguity and get excited about working collaboratively to better define complex problems, figure out solutions, and then execute on them.
  • The ability how to strike a balance between speed and quality of features to create durable technology. You thrive on building scalable systems that are robust, failure-resistant, and easy to maintain.
  • A practice of keeping up with industry trends and assessing new technologies that can help us better solve problems.

Bonus Points

  • Experience building or maintaining developer-facing products, SDKs, libraries or services
  • Deep experience with designing APIs and API Platforms
  • Strong open-source leadership or contributions
  • Experience working across many programming languages or polyglot platforms
  • Experience making hard tradeoffs between important goals to get the right things built quickly

The US base salary range for this full-time position is ($256,000) to (279,000) + equity + benefits. Our salary ranges are determined by role and level. Within the range, individual pay is determined by additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Please note that the compensation details listed in US role postings reflect the base salary only, and do not include equity, or benefits.

Benefits and Perks

  • Comprehensive medical insurance including Health, Dental and Vision (plus up to $20,000 for gender affirmation procedures)
  • Mental health resources and quarterly wellness stipends
  • 16+ paid holidays, 4 weeks of PTO + use-what-you-need sick days
  • Paid parental leave (plus fertility, adoption and other family planning benefits)
  • Flexible long-term work options (remote and hybrid)
  • Volunteer time off
  • A diverse slate of Employee Resource Groups
  • Plus commuter contributions and other perks for office-based employees

About Us

Discord is a voice, video and text app that helps friends and communities come together to hang out and explore their interests — from artists and activists, to study groups, sneakerheads, plant parents, and more. With 150 million monthly users across 19 million active communities, called servers, Discord has grown to become one of the most popular communications services in the world. Discord was built without selling ads or user data and instead, offers a premium subscription called Nitro that gives users special perks like higher quality streams and fun customizations.

We’re working toward an inclusive world where no one feels like an outsider, where genuine human connection is a click, text chat, or voice call away. A place where everyone can find belonging. Challenging? Heck yes. Rewarding? Double heck yes. It’s a mission that gives us the chance to positively impact millions of people all over the world. So if this strikes a chord with you, come build belonging with us!