About the role

We’re looking for those development leaders who enjoy a sense of ownership, love mentoring and leading a development team, and still love coding. Each Technical Team Leader is partnered with the Product Manager and lead Designer to plan, manage, and lead the sprints for their product (or products, depending on the product’s size as part of the Legible platform).

Technical Team Leaders are senior developers (expected 33-50% of their time coding and designing), people managers (for up to 5 developers), and understand the importance of delivering on what’s committed to while making sure to have healthy and happy people. While you invest in your people, your leaders are going to be investing in you, helping you grow while making sure you’re happy and healthy. We’re different that way.

Our Product Delivery team has key values that are important to successful long-term success: Health & Family first, Be the Mentor you wish you’d had, have Courage, and Ownership. This translates into recognizing 3 different types of leadership, not just leading from the front, and if you want to be at the type of place where the CTO might Slack you and say you need to go away for a day to rebalance your work/life equation, then Legible’s the place. Diversity is extremely important to us and means everything from who you are, to making sure there’s room for your ideas at the table, that you’re listened to, and that you do the same for others. We want to bring your awesome here.

We’re looking for Technical Team Leaders who have a key strength in one of the following technical areas: Back-End, Data, or are Full-stack.

What you’ll be doing

  • Working as a leading member of a product team that’s one of several teams making Legible’s platform successful
  • Owning the technical part of delivery for your product team and overall quality
  • Sizing up potential features, breaking them down, and planning them out with the Product Manager and your team
  • Helping manage the tasks and sprints for your team, monitoring for issues, concerns, and changes to the plan that may be needed - working with the Product Manager
  • Taking care of your development team (1:1, performance reviews, etc.)
  • Reviewing PRs and giving constructive feedback to help others
  • Designing features and changes
  • Writing high-quality code that helps change the world (33-50% of the time)
  • Participating in production and platform direction and vision
  • Having a great time and finding both joy and purpose in your work. No, really. Seriously.
  • Remembering to submit a cover letter as per the part described below because we genuinely read those to learn more about you. One-time event.

Some of the things that likely describe your background:

  • You've succeeded through heroics too many times that you have have a pet-list of things you check for during planning,
  • You understand technical people and love helping people grow, you also know how to recognize them ‘running too hot’,
  • You have a strong sense of what “Capital D Done” means and lead by example
  • You know how and when to bring up uncomfortable truths, balanced with solutions and alternatives, to make your team successful - aware of the impacts, repercussions, and practicality of what you are proposing,
  • You've been responsible for critical projects/products or critical elements of projects/products that have made it to production, and been around to see great ideas or intents fall short or exceed expectations,
  • You have survived crazy debugging sessions in production and walked away with lessons learned about standards and things to check,
  • You've lived the experience of picking a new technology, or an unknown to your team technology, late enough in the process that you wish you could build a time-machine to stop yourself.
  • When supporting others (like with paired programming) you know when to disconnect and allow them to still earn their victory

About you

Some key things about you

  • Comfortable being part of a startup that’s growing by leaps and bounds
  • Driven to find clarity when faced with ambiguity
  • Leadership skills and understanding of how to lead from in front, in the middle, and behind
  • A sense of ownership and pride in quality of work
  • A love of helping others
  • Personal drive and a skilled organizer
  • Solid understanding of what it means to ‘ship product’ and be part of a team
  • Solid communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Great problem solving skills and ability to break problems down
  • Genuinely good and decent people who share our values
  • Read the part at the end of the job description where we asked you to please include a cover letter and what we’d like to know about you

Key experience and skills

  • At least 6 years of experience in development with significant depth in at least one of the following areas:
    • Front-End (React, JavaScript/Typescript, Apollo or similar technologies)
    • Backend (Javascript/Typescript, Node.js, Kafka, Graphite, or similar technologies)
    • Data (Postgres, SQL, Redis, MongoDB)
  • At least 2 years experience leading a team of 3 or more
  • Familiarity with cloud technologies such as AWS or Azure

Cover Letter

Resumes are great, but they don’t share your personality, your passion, or your story. We really would like you to include a cover letter and here’s what we’d like to know:

  • What should we call you (maybe it’s a short form of your name)?
  • What are your pronouns?
  • Is there anything about Legible that you connect with?
  • And tell us something fun about you. Are you a former bowling champ? Do you love Dungeons & Dragons? Maybe you’re a competitive knitter. Or perhaps you have family in a far off country that means the world to you. We want to know.

About Legible

Come join us on our mission to empower and connect authors and readers through open access to a global reading and publishing platform. Legible is making books beautiful and accessible.

At Legible, we’re transforming the world of stories; not just by creating a new and beautiful eBook platform to experience, but by making stories truly accessible. That means being available to everyone, everywhere, on any device, as well as working with assistive technologies, and making sure local and meaningful stories aren’t buried by search bias. Surrounding that, we’re going to be creating fantastic new ways for authors and readers to connect, with features to delight publishers big and tiny alike.

To make that magic happen takes amazing people. Sometimes that comes in the form of someone with untapped potential who needs to be given a shot, who wants a place where they can be heard and engaged, and sometimes amazing people come in the form of those seeking to quietly lead by example, sharing wisdom and wanting to mentor others.

We believe in the value of having a diverse team. Different backgrounds, upbringings, lifestyles, and perspectives make us stronger, wiser, and more capable. If you’re looking for somewhere that wants you for the awesome person you are, and not just what you can do, we just might be the place for you.

Our Community Values: Accessibility, Sustainability, Beauty, and Integrity

Why Legible?

Legible is a startup with a heart - a company that values equity and diversity at its very core; It is a place to grow and experience different areas of the business. We are a small but mighty team, who are just turning the page on a new and exciting chapter of growth.

We offer:

  • An inclusive working environment - anyone and everyone is welcome at Legible
  • A flexible working schedule
  • Great paid time off package, including a paid winter break
  • A comprehensive benefits package
  • A multitude of avenues for career growth and change
  • An open-door policy - you can approach any member of leadership with confidence
  • Community Values - We work together as a team to better our local and global communities. We are invested in making a positive difference in the world.

“Systemic racism is a machine that runs whether we pull the levers or not, and by just letting it be, we are responsible for what it produces. We have to actually dismantle the machine if we want to make change.” - Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

At Legible, we strive for diversity and inclusion to create a genuinely healthy and equitable workplace for everyone. We are committed to the ongoing process of building a culture of respect at every level, ensuring that everyone feels safe, supported, and valued.

Let's be real: employee handbooks always talk a lot about diversity and inclusion, but in the actual day-to-day, employees knowingly or unknowingly indulge in microaggressions toward BIPOC colleagues, claim that “sexism goes both ways,” and so on. At Legible, we know that oppression is systemic and structural. Cishet privilege, non-disabled privilege, white privilege, male privilege—these are real and have consequences for people. We're aware that being marginalized at work causes real distress, especially when accountability doesn't seem to exist.

How is Legible going to dismantle the machine and what makes us different? It starts here; everyone has an opportunity to join Legible and make a difference - our hiring process is fair and equitable. As a company, we will be devoted to providing regular training and info sessions to our employees to ensure that we are aware of our privileges and will work to address microaggressions on a daily basis. One look at Legible.com will show how committed we are to diversity and inclusivity. We are a company that will beautifully entwine, celebrate and support diverse cultures and varying beliefs.

A few years ago, an interviewer asked Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway smash-hit Hamilton, why his cast was so diverse. Miranda replied, "That's just what happens when you go looking for the very best people!" At Legible, we couldn't agree more!

Legible recognizes the right for human beings to self-identify. You are valued, safe, and supported.

To be considered for this position, you must be eligible to work in Canada and pass background checks