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VP — Engineering (Volunteer) 


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Position Summary

We are looking for a VP of Engineering who is passionate about leading product development, has an interest in building high engagement and high conversion consumer experiences for e-commerce, and wants to join our collaborative team to help build outstanding products. 


What You’ll Do:

  • Lead product development, and build high engagement and high conversion consumer experiences for e-commerce.
  • Hire a team of engineers and use web services and marketing technology stack for personalization. 
  • Report to Consumer E-commerce within the organization. 
  • Exhibit a deep understanding of consumer websites (including mobile web experiences), marketing technology platforms, e-commerce platforms.
  • Provide technical leadership in the areas of software design, development, and lead engineering teams, and manage a team of engineers. 
  • Create the selection of platforms and technologies necessary to create outstanding experiences for our products. 
  • Deliver personalized experiences for new vs. returning customers, applying a web services-based architecture to connect to Marketing Technology platforms.


What You’ll Bring:

  • 10+ years of software development experience. 5+ years of leadership experience leading engineering teams. 
  • Experience building consumer-facing e-commerce websites, checkout and shopping carts, e-commerce platforms, integrating with marketing technology products. 
  • Experience in the integration with CMS technologies, A/B testing frameworks, email platforms, audience segmentation platforms.
  • Experience building scalable applications in cloud-based applications. 
  • Expertise in building websites using relational databases such as MS SQL or MySQL or cloud-based Nosql data stores such as DynamoDB.
  • Experience in software development principles and methodologies such as Agile.
  • Experience working remotely with teams.
  • Organization, motivation, and curiosity. 
  • The ability to juggle and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously.
  • A collaborative spirit and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.



  • Channel your passion in a stimulating environment.
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations in an up-and-coming organization.
  • Develop new skills and gain valuable experience that can enhance your professional trajectory.
  • Do amazing work on a flexible, part-time basis.
  • Have fun while you make a difference. 
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