Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
We're looking for an Engineering Manager to join us in our mission to build the learning platform for children that will enable them to explore anything they wonder about. In this role you’ll report to our Director of Engineering, Chris Morris. On day one, you’ll manage seven experienced full-stack engineers, overseeing our core application architecture that powers multiple product experiences. You’ll work closely with Chris to plan out the growth of the team and you’ll lead the interview process for new engineers joining your team. We are looking to double the size of our engineering organization over the next 12 months (from 10 to 20) and you and Chris will coordinate on organizing the team as it grows.
At Mystery.org, we are a product- and engineering-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. Our CEO is a product builder and an experienced engineer. Since the beginning, we’ve obsessed over customer feedback and are constantly iterating and improving based on what we hear. We deploy code multiple times a day thanks to strong test coverage and continuous integration. We build the first version of features days of conceiving of them, moving quickly by downscoping and keeping feature teams small so they can make decisions.
This is an opportunity to do what you do best—empowering a group of talented engineers to do some of the most important work of their career.
We are headquartered in San Francisco but we hire engineers both locally and distributed across the U.S. This management position is open to both local and remote candidates.
- Are you experienced at leading a team of engineers? Can you easily recognize each individual’s strengths and opportunities for growth?
- Are you thoughtful about what minimal processes are worth putting in place to keep a team moving quickly without thrashing?
- Are you experienced with our web stack—Ruby, Postgres, Heroku—or excited to ramp up?
Package & Perks
If you’re looking for the basics:
- $4M in funding from leading education investors
- Revenue growing quickly (> $10M) and we’re already profitable
- Competitive salary
- Equity in a high-growth company
- 401K, health care, vacation
- Customers who love us
…but the real perks of working at Mystery.org are the quality of the people on your team and the problem we’re solving. Those things are what bring us to work every day.
At Mystery.org, we believe it’s important that children stay curious as they grow up. We will ensure that the next generation sees it’s an amazing world we live in, full of possibility and wonder — and that they learn how to figure things out for themselves.
We’re doing this by building the missing internet for children. Our first tool was created for children to use in the classroom. We have teachers signed up from 89% of elementary schools in the U.S. and now 50% of schools use us every month. We’ve created one of the fastest-growing learning resources and a brand that is loved by children. Now, we’re developing a new version of our product for parents and children to use at home.
For three years running, our sales have doubled. We’ve exceeded $10M in annual recurring revenue and are growing quickly.
When we talk about “the missing internet for children,” we intend to give children an experience that grownups take for granted: the ability to instantly explore anything they wonder about. Most adults don't realize how inaccessible knowledge is to children. For their first ten years of life, any time a child wonders something all they can do is ask grownups: parents at home and teachers at school. There are 1 billion children in the world today, and we’re making it possible for them to explore their questions, wherever they are. Over the past decade, grownups have been given this superpower but children have been left behind. So we're collecting every question children ask and creating video explanations for all of them. We think this will be the most important learning tool ever created.
Meet The Team
On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a group of ~50 people who are passionate about learning and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling a team of the best explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, Stanford, the Field Museum, and leading private schools. Our CEO, Keith Schacht, followed this by building a team of strong product engineers and designers. Keith was previously at Facebook as the product manager for News Feed and Messenger.
This focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with.
If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!