Higher Ground is bringing on a Head of Engineering to lead, shape, and scale its technology function. Our organization is scaling quickly (incl. network of 80+ schools with 2,000+ staff, recently acquired Altitude Learning Management SaaS platform). We’re looking for an individual who is both a big-picture thinker capable of surveying our vast landscape of technology needs and a hands-on doer with the skills to quickly solve problems and scale practical, effective systems. If you’re excited about working in an entrepreneurial environment and building technology to enable widespread change in education today, this role is for you.

Responsibilities

The Head of Engineering will scale our technology function and systems. This role will involve leading and continuing to build out a team. Key responsibilities are as follows.

  • Shape technology strategy and systems. Our rapid growth requires us to continuously improve and adapt our organization. This could mean thinking through our team structure as we scale, putting in place effective engineering practices with the team, or partnering with Product on the vision for how technology enables our programs in brick and mortar and virtual classrooms. You will drive the long-term strategy to help us scale and spearhead execution as we get ready for whatever is ahead.
  • Own and operationalize engineering and architectural approach. This role will be responsible for formalizing our architecture company-wide (across brands and global markets incl. US, China, Hong Kong, etc.). You will go from big-picture principles down into the nitty gritty of driving technical decisions on how we build and scale our platforms (incl. tools built in-house, 3 rd party software licenses, and integrations to bring the pieces together).
  • Shape the thinking on technical talent development and career paths. With a recent acquisition of a SaaS platform and team, we more and more need to think about career paths and professional development for technology profiles. You will formalize our principles here and put this into practical action, including ownership of our technical hiring approach, people management, etc.
  • Lead and build a high-performing team. The Head of Engineering will pick up reporting responsibility for our Engineering function (about ~15 people and counting) and will have the opportunity to build this team. You will shape the operating model and team structure and drive hiring.

Skills

We’d love to talk to you if you have…

  • 10+ years’ experience in Engineering preferably in a fast-growing company with 5+ years’ experience managing teams
  • Experience at a business strategy level (e.g., identify a business problem and partner cross-functionally to figure out the right technology solution, evaluate build vs. buy options, etc.)
  • Drive to build something, including a propensity to constantly look at processes to find ways to make them more efficient, collaborative, and scalable
  • Deep knowledge and experience with engineering practices, iterative software development methodologies, continuous delivery, etc.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, incl. ability to assess a situation by gathering facts and evaluating data
  • A passion for education and a sense of humor

About us

At Higher Ground, we’re driven by a deep desire to bring about widespread change in education today. Since our founding 4 years ago, we have opened 80 beautiful schools across the U.S. serving students from birth through high school. Now we’re virtual and going global. We offer:

  • Fully remote work
  • A competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • 100% tuition discount for two children at any school within our network
  • A network of supportive peers and mentors who regularly share best practices
  • Career growth and promotion opportunities
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