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VP of Engineering


Samasource is an award-winning nonprofit that provides sustainable pathways out of poverty to underprivileged youth throughout Africa and Asia. We partner with major Silicon Valley companies to provide dignified online work across Kenya, Uganda, Haiti and India. We combine the fast-paced, results-driven culture of a tech start-up with the passion for alleviating global poverty of a non-profit. We like to move quickly and get things done. If you join us, you will be part of a dynamic team that is passionate about making an impact.


We are a rapidly growing and diverse team looking for candidates who thrive in a start up environment with a large degree of personal responsibility and ownership. These are some of the things we believe in:

  1. Resourcefulness: Jugaad is Hindi for doing more with less. Another word for this is scrappiness. We believe in being as resourceful as the people we serve.
  2. GTD: We have created a culture of getting things done. We avoid recklessness while being proactive, following through on what we start, and do not fear experimentation.
  3. Transparency: We aim for everything we do to pass the New York Times Test.
  4. Team Work: We encourage input from all levels of our organization and in return expect people at all levels of our team to be able to execute on these ideas.
  5. Social Mission First: We always consider the good we can do before we think about income, PR or success for ourselves. Finding work for the people who need it most is what drives us.
  6. Innovation: Good technology is at the core of our value proposition to the workers we serve. We respond quickly to new market opportunities.
  7. Equality and Respect: Sama means equal. Everyone deserves the chance to succeed. We don’t accept limits and we maintain a sense of humility in dealing with our people, our workers, and our supporters.


Samasource’s team is looking for an experienced engineer to lead the technology division of the company and be a partner in leading the organization. Our platform is built in Ruby on Rails; mastery of this technology and recent coding experience is a requirement of the role. Our compensation and benefits philosophy matches that of the best companies in Silicon Valley.


  • Maintain ownership of Samasource’s engineering vision across our web properties and backend work distribution platform
  • Work with management to set engineering priorities and resource needs
  • Aggressively build and grow a team of talented engineers to achieve our company’s vision
  • Successfully release product features in sprints of two weeks or less
  • Be a strong communicator of engineering goals, priorities and execution to Samasource board, management and staff
  • Write elegant, high quality, unit-tested code (be prepared to send in samples of work that you're proud of)
  • Liaise with existing and prospective clients to communicate and negotiate the technical capabilities of our platform


Professional Attributes

  • 7+ years of engineering experience, preferably with some exposure to Ruby
  • Recent experience successfully translating company vision into concrete, measurable engineering deliverables and leading a team of at least 5 software engineers
  • Recent experience building and managing remote teams of engineers (offshore or onshore)
  • Prior experience using lightweight project management tools,
  • 3+ years of relational database experience
  • Strong understanding of Javascript and client-side technologies
  • A working knowledge of database and system administration (AWS, Postgres, Heroku)
  • Strong working knowledge of automated testing principles

Personal Attributes

  • Aggressive growth orientation
  • Strong orientation toward finding and implementing solutions
  • Deep commitment to building an ethical, world-class company with technology at its core
  • At home in a very fast-paced environment with a high level of ambiguity
  • Willingness to make this startup a major part of your life for the next two years
  • Eligibility to work in the United States


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