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Engineering Development Manager


The Instructables Engineering Development Manager is technically hands-on person responsible for leading and maintaining the Instructables community platform which supports over 250M curious doers every year.

As the Dev Manager, you are the gatekeeper for all technical work, owner of the stack/architecture, and responsible for the overall health and velocity of our engineering efforts. You are technically curious, a software engineer at heart, but you are also a strong written communicator who can keep the big picture ever-present, the one member of the team who must understand the whole system. You'll be comfortable pulling the plug on work that shouldn't be done, and comfortable selecting the "quick" solution when it is, for business purposes, better than the "complete" solution. On the other hand, you should also be comfortable building support for the complete solution to business stakeholders when the quick solution implies unreasonable technical debt.

Your days will be a mix of working with the product manager and designers to support the product roadmap, and prioritizing execution on the engineering side. User stories will come in defined from a product point of view. It is your responsibility to discuss the implementation strategy with engineers as appropriate, add technical detail, break up those stories into actionable work, assign them, and keep tabs on the parts of work (correcting course where necessary) as they re-assemble on the other side, complete. Once complete, you will close the loop to let relevant stakeholders know the status of new features. You'll need to be able to switch contexts quickly between an in-depth technical discussion on the finer details of one piece of work, and a broader discussion about future product changes. You are a part engineer, architect, scrum master, product manager, and people manager all rolled into one.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Ownership of the technology stack/architecture, site reliability, and devops
  • People-manage cross-functional engineers (3 front end, 2 back end, 1 systems, 1 QA)
  • Hiring, developing, and mentoring software engineers, qa, and sre/devops
  • Participate in, and manage the full development cycle: design, develop, QA, experiment, analyze, and deploy
  • Collaborating closely with PM and Design to architect features
  • Strong written communication skills. Your writing should be concise and clear in its specifications, but it will also need to "zoom out" and tell the product perspective on the engineering work being specified. You are responsible for giving the engineers enough "why" that they can attack the "how" with context to make sensible implementation decisions along the way.
  • Ability to understand the whole infrastructure from JavaScript through caching, load-balancing, backend services, and the database when guiding and troubleshooting the team through architectural decisions, and
  • Keep the whole product in mind as well. Delay projects with high cost in engineering resources, or low business value. "Refactor" projects such that 80% of the business value is realized with only 1/2 of the engineering cost. Simplify specifications to always build the minimum viable product as round 1.
  • Have a "spidey sense" for when features are being over-engineered, or when there "just must a simpler way".
  • Put on your data hat, and pull analytics and statistics from the MySQL database as necessary. Over time, you'll come to know the "shape" of the database schema better than anyone on the team.
  • Closely manage the engineering processes and workflows, from feature conception through meetings and QA.
  • Love "hacking" for the good of the product. If there's something you can do easily yourself without building a whole feature (and involving the whole team in a simple thing) -- do it!
  • Occasionally roll up your sleeves and write some code! This is perhaps only 10% of your time, but it can be useful when the project fills a key void in the calendar, or when you need to serve as a consultant for the team by understanding its workflows in depth.
Requirements:
  • Demonstrated ability to balance product, engineering, and business objectives
  • 5+ years writing code with direct contact with product teams
  • 3+ years managing, hiring and mentoring engineers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience leading Agile(ish) team meetings
  • Comfortable managing some remote workers and flexible schedules
  • Experience with the following is a plus: JavaScript, Varnish, HAProxy, MySQL, MongoDB, Java, Hibernate, Solr / Lucene, Python / Django, AWS, SEO
  • A passion for the Instructables community, and online education

This is a full-time position located in either our waterfront offices at Pier 9 in San Francisco, or in our Portland, OR office that is currently under construction. Please send your resume, cover letter, and, if you have one, your Instructables member name to auctoramentum at instructables dot com. Make the subject of your email robot-related, and, if possible, witty.


Product Manager


As the Product Manager, you will lead our mission to inspire and empower our curious community of doers to share their knowledge in ways that will in turn motivate others to transform their curiosity into action. With over 250 million visitors a year, this is an opportunity to have significant and meaningful impact while working alongside one of the nicest communities on the Internet.

We share a deeply held creed with our community of doers: the best way to learn something is to do it. In the trying and head-scratching and trying again, we see the best of what makes us human. Optimism and resilience are two halves of the same whole. Failure isn’t a stopping point, it’s a learning point. Courage is what dares us to do what we imagine. Collaboration makes us better. Different is good. These are our values in action, and why you would choose to come and join our cause.

This is not your typical product management role, as we believe that our community and product are one. Without our community, our product is only a shell. Along with having the expertise in building delightful intuitive online experiences, you will also be responsible for the overall health and growth of the Instructables community.

This role will oversee the creation and management for all new product features, community engagement programs, and operations. This includes site architecture, UI/UX, community relationship management, customer support, be nice enforcement, and content quality.

You will collaborate with our creative and platform team to define, design, and prioritize product initiatives that ensure the ongoing health of Instructables. This role also coordinates with our marketing, PR, legal, and policy teams for any inbound inquiries as well as proactive outbound communications.

Responsibilities

  • Set product strategy for the team to grow and sustain a healthy community
  • Recruit, manage, and grow the community team into highly productive and engaged staff
  • Lead product development of new features for users, admins, and moderators
  • Accountability for advertising and membership revenue
  • Ensure the teams and the Company speaks to the community with one consistent voice
  • Develop analytics reports and dashboards on community growth, quality, and content trends
  • Partner with Legal on how to handle legal impact of community behaviors, content, and third party requests
  • Handle all inbound marketing requests, and be the public face for media inquiries
  • Work with marketing and PR to flag and highlight positive community behavior and content
  • Monitor market growth in online user-generated communities to ensure the Company understands market changes in online community tools, issues, and trends

Requirements

  • Leader with strong people management and managerial skills
  • 5+ years in online product management role, ideally with a high traffic/impact website
  • 2+ years with direct community management, and/or customer service leadership
  • Strong operational execution skills with a clear focus on impact
  • Experience in managing complex and nuanced situations
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of online community platforms
  • Proven product management track record
  • Ability to effectively communicate information and ideas in written and verbal format to exec level, as well as public speaking engagements
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships across the company
  • Strong knowledge of principles of customer service and the ability to clearly understand and respond appropriately
  • Experience with organic SEO, online advertising, and managing budgets

This is a full-time position located in either our waterfront offices at Pier 9 in San Francisco, or in our Portland, OR office that is currently under construction. Please send your resume, cover letter, and, if you have one, your Instructables member name to auctoramentum at instructables dot com. Make the subject of your email robot-related, and, if possible, witty.


Working at Instructables
 

If you don't see an open position that fits you, please don't hesitate to drop us a line and say hi. We are always actively building our network of curious, creative talent with a passion for making. To introduce yourself, please send your cover letter and resume to auctoramentum at instructables dot com with a fun, robot-related subject line.


Autodesk Pier 9 Residency Program
 

The Pier 9 Residency Program gives creatives, innovators, and manufacturers a chance to work with us in our advanced digital fabrication workshops at Autodesk. Our residents explore every stage of the process of making things, from digital model to real-world physical objects. Together, we’re discovering ways to advance 3D design and fabrication technologies, to change design, engineering, and manufacturing as we know it. See the Autodesk Pier 9 Residency website for more information and instructions on how to apply.


About Instructables
 

Started in August 2005, Instructables provides a peer to peer learning platform to enable curious, passionate, and creative people to share and collaborate their most innovative projects, ideas, and hacks. The site is currently home to over 200,000 projects covering such diverse areas as crafts, art, kids, electronics, pets, bikes, cars, robotics, green projects, and cooking.  In 2011, we were acquired by Autodesk.  Our benefits are now super-charged!  

We're located at Pier 9 in San Francisco in the world's most advanced workshop directly on the bay with gorgeous natural light and unobstructed views of the Bay Bridge. In our shop, we have CNC everything, a 5-axis waterjet, an 11-axis mill, the largest collection of high-end 3D printers, a woodshop, a metal shop, an enormous test kitchen, industrial sewing machines, and a fully stocked electronics lab. See this Machine Catalog Instructable for a peek. 

If you want to work remotely
Click here for more information about helping out around the Instructables website.

 

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morgantor (author)2014-01-28

Not really, there's ways to emulate IE on a mac wo/ even downloading software!

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supercolor (author)2014-01-27

I´m just a man with something great ideas..

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gmoon (author)2014-01-24

Just an FYI: while Instructables isn't mentioned by name, the latest PopSci mag (Feb 2014) has a profile of Carl Bass (Autodesk CEO) and the Pier 9 workshop is mentioned in the article...

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Penolopy Bulnick (author)gmoon2014-01-26

In the printed article, there should be a little tiny mention that is off to the side in a text box.

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gmoon (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-01-26

aHa! You're right--Instructables is mentioned in the sidebar. Cool.

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Chikpeas Brother (author)2014-01-05

The Instructables workshop sounds like heaven on earth.

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Dear_Shashi (author)2014-01-02

hi, i really mad about electronics and DIY. I am a big fan of instructables and its really an honer to work with. i am too much interested from deep of my heart to work with. what i will do for that ? i am in India.

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Kiteman (author)Dear_Shashi2014-01-02

"Please send a resume, cover letter, your member name if you have one, and any other useful information to iwannawork at instructables dot com.  Make the subject of your email robot-related, and, if possible, witty."

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mnunesvsc (author)2013-12-12

i´d like to make things, like wings for easy transportation, can i be paid to do that ?

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imthedragon (author)2013-11-26

If i apply would i have to come to Pier 9 ??

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Kiteman (author)imthedragon2013-11-27

Probably.

If you want more details, I would contact the email addresses given in the text.

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imthedragon (author)2013-11-26

This opening is for which post ????

I m a PHP developer (INDIA)

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suckers (author)2013-11-21

How much do u make or is it a free job?

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Kiteman (author)suckers2013-11-21

It's paid, but you'd have to email HQ to find out exactly how much.

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irfankhan551 (author)2013-11-18
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Kiteman (author)irfankhan5512013-11-18

Pier 9 is the location in San Francisco where the Instructables staff are based.

(PS, if you hit the Reply button, it makes it easier to keep track of conversations.)

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irfankhan551 (author)2013-11-18

sir !
can we do work online from home country?
such as pakistan,India etc

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Kiteman (author)irfankhan5512013-11-18

Interns are based in Pier 9.

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Kiteman (author)2013-11-17

As long as you can get the appropriate visas, I don't see why not.

Why not apply? The worst you will get is a polite refusal.

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irfankhan551 (author)2013-11-17

hi !
south asian peoples can apply as interns of all shapes and size.

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Kiteman (author)2013-11-12

Dopy question, but, now that this topic has popped up again, are these vacancies still current?

Apart from interns, is there a specific deadline?

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wilgubeast (author)Kiteman2013-11-15

Still current. There is no specific deadline, but we're looking to fill the positions as soon as we can.

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Kiteman (author)wilgubeast2013-11-16

OK, thanks.

It was just that the very old posting date might cause confusion...

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creasty (author)Kiteman2013-11-14

https://www.instructables.com/id/Robot-vacuum-floor-cleaner/ we are not able to post any comment on this link,please check it,and replay,
https://www.instructables.com/id/Robot-vacuum-floor-cleaner/ we ae not able tp commenting on any instructable...there's one message get display like "please enter numer shown in image" but any number or name is not visible,please fix this error as soon as possible,we are not able to do communication for our project

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Kiteman (author)creasty2013-11-14

That's a known bug, which is already being worked on. Watch for an announcement in the forums about when it has being fixed.

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dnguyen36 (author)2013-11-14

I am studying in Hult International business school, SF.
I am looking forward an intern of instructables.
Is there any intern position for next summer?

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Kante Tech (author)2013-10-26

An internships as of now. I am a college freshman that has a lot to offer.

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Kiteman (author)Kante Tech2013-11-12

"To apply, send your cover letter, resume, and any other useful information such as a portfolio to iwannawork at instructables dot com. Make the subject line of your email to us robot-related, and, if possible, witty."

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martzsam (author)2013-04-22

Is it possible to apply for an internship as a student exiting high school and entering college? I start college in the fall and am currently looking for various internship opportunities.

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Kiteman (author)martzsam2013-04-22

If you read the full post;

"For summer 2013, we only have internship positions open for software engineering.  You must currently be in an undergraduate or graduate program to qualify."

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martzsam (author)Kiteman2013-04-22

I did see that. I was more interested by the opportunities beyond 2013.

"Instructables is seeking interns of all shapes and sizes! We're looking for people who take good pictures, write well, and want to share their knowledge and help us manage the community."

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astroboy907 (author)2013-04-13

I would totally do this Summer 2013 if I happened to live near Alemeda or Instructables HQ... of course, ya know, labor laws do interfere sometimes. And the fact that I live 800 miles away so commute would be a pain to say the least....


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GorillazMiko (author)2012-11-01

Any available internships for winter 2012?

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i know the reply is going to be no, but can 9 year olds do it ;)

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Don't doooooooooooooo it...

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2012-11-05

I remember when you'd be jealous of an intern...

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ASCAS (author)Kiteman2013-02-09

Hello MR. Kiteman!

Is there an age limit for the job? :D We would like to help out for free, just for instructables to be better place! I've been an instructable fan at the age of 10. Me and my friends have some programming capabilities, well we study in a Academics&Technical School. Building projects and programming is our hobby (HTML, CSS, JAVA, JQuery ,C++, Arduino), hope to spend my free time reaching out for some help :)))))

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Kiteman (author)ASCAS2013-02-10

You're 13, right?

I don't know Californian employment law, but in the UK you would be old enough for paid work, like a paper round or helping in a shop, as long as it did not interfere with school work, and as long as your school is satisfied that the work is safe.

So, what you need to do is find out what the legal position is in San Francisco (somebody at school should be able to help with that). Regarding safety, there are no tools at HQ more dangerous than those you'll use in "shop" lessons.

Assuming that goes well, you will then need to a proposal together for Ewihelm, the boss. Say what you could help with, what skills you have, maybe even suggest projects you could do independently.

Words of warning, though:

You need to remember that HQ is not a school or youthclub - the staff there are very friendly, some of the coolest people you'll ever meet, but they have their own jobs to do, and will not be able to monitor you and your safety as closely as you may be used to.

Having said that, good luck.

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ASCAS (author)Kiteman2013-02-10

Actually I'm 14. Thanks for the fast reply though! Oh I forgot to tell you, actually I live in the Philippines, pretty far from the US. I was thinking more of a home job (on the desk), like being the one to manage guide entries (source code improvements), sending some ideas and visual improvements (emailing the HQ codes). It would be fun to work with people in the HQ though.

I just realize that there's a certain section in ibles, I haven't gone into, the forum section! Well I could probably post articles about site improvements :))) I Guess the forum section doesn't get viewers as much as the ible guides.

- Thanks

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Kiteman (author)ASCAS2013-02-10

I doubt they would be able to organise that as official position, but there's nothing stopping you sending suggestions for improvements via the feedback section.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2012-11-08

Yeah...

To be fair, Instructables is certainly not the same as it was in those days*, and I am not at all the same person I was back then. :)

*Or perhaps as it was portrayed, I suppose.

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2012-11-08

It would be unnatural for the site to remain unchanging for so long, but I do believe that the heart & soul of the site are still there, behind the updates.

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caitlinsdad (author)Lithium Rain2012-11-02

I'm afraid if there were one internship left and both of you were standing there for the interview, I'd have to give it to....

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