Senior Engineering Manager: Communities

GitHub is changing the way the world builds software, and we want you to help build GitHub. 

We're looking for a Senior Engineering Manager to join a passionate, collaborative, distributed group of engineers on our team. 

The Communities team works on a series of products, a mixture of existing and new/experimental, that improve the Open Source experience for contributors and maintainers. Some of our projects include Sponsors, Discussions, New User Signup flow, Issue Forms, Interaction Limits, and more!

A day in the life of a Senior Engineering Manager:

Our team is fully remote and distributed across Europe, Canada, and US and also has contractors across other countries (ex: Brazil) which means we work asynchronously most of the time. Your typical week would include:

  • Collaborating with product, design, data science, support, and other stakeholders (including the leadership team and sometimes entities like legal, international expansion, security, etc.) to understand the problems we want to solve, exploring how we can solve them, and what our users have said about the problems and solutions so far
  • Discussing and collaboratively solving engineering and product problems with engineering collaborators synchronously via Zoom or asynchronously via Slack and sometimes Issues, Discussions or Google Docs
  • Coordinating and communicating with partner team leads for planning purposes
  • Communicating effectively with product stakeholders
  • Conducting 1:1s with direct reports to provide regular feedback and ensure career growth and progression
  • Working with your manager in your 1:1 meetings to grow yourself and career
  • Working with your peer Engineering Managers in the team
  • Talking with users to discover what they love and what their pain points are
  • Balancing the growth of a product or feature and the people on that team with the growth of your reports (we work in a more flexible way where your project’s team can comprise of any Eng ICs in the department; doesn’t only have to be your reports)


  • People Management
    • Meet with direct reports (and other team members) 1:1 on a regular basis
    • Cultivate an environment where team members are empowered and demonstrate a strong sense of ownership and belonging
    • Ensure that individuals on the team are learning, growing, and advancing in their respective careers through mentorship and sponsorship
  • Project Leadership
    • Find and introduce new ways to help the team understand and improve their tempo, shipping iteratively to learn, and making decisions to move forward
    • Collaboratively define, scope, prioritize, and estimate work
  • Groom the backlog in collaboration with your PM, Designer, and tech lead. Group, break down, and edit issues such that engineers can complete them more easily
  • Establish technical plans with your project tech lead and other team members for more complex or unknown areas that require definition and validation
  • Work with engineering, design, and product leadership to ensure alignment and progress towards meeting milestones
  • Ensure the team ships products, features, and bug fixes regularly with architecturally consistent, high quality software
  • Communication and Advocacy
    • Give and receive feedback to grow yourself and the team
    • Drive conversations around technical issues and engineering practices, suggesting improvements and ideas as you see them
    • Communicate effectively with the team and company ensuring clear understanding of the direction of the projects and the reasoning behind decisions


There are only a handful of folks who meet all qualifications. We care more about hiring managers that have a track record of caring deeply about shipping software that helps people with their work than checking all of the qualifications off. So whether you meet all the qualifications or a partial set, we want to hear from you.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Strong written communication skills
  • High degree of empathy
  • 3 years experience in a leadership role(s) (does not have to be professional experience)
  • Experience working asynchronously on a remote, distributed team (does not have to be professional experience)
  • Strong attention to detail, planning, and organization
  • Experience communicating with and presenting to a large number of stakeholders, including product and executive stakeholders
  • Experience executing initiatives in an iterative fashion
  • Experience developing a strategy and roadmap for your teams
  • Passionate about fostering good engineering practices and processes
  • Passionate about growing individuals and guiding them in their career progression


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience managing teams
  • Experience building, operating and maintaining resilient, scalable distributed services
  • Experience with Rails
  • Experience building highly available services at scale
  • Knowledge of testing, profiling, and debugging practices

Location: In this role, you can work remotely from anywhere in the following Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario


Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.

Leadership Principles:

Customer Obsessed - Trust by Default - Ship to Learn - Own the Outcome - Growth Mindset - Global Product, Global Team - Anything is Possible - Practice Kindness

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where many Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The rest of our Hubbers work remotely around the globe. Check out an updated list of where we can hire here:

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

GitHub is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles. We embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. Also, if you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!

Please note that benefits vary by country. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your Talent Partner.


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