Director of Engineering

Khan Academy - Mountain View, CA - Full time

Do you want to empower a team of experienced mission-driven software engineers who are transforming education? Khan Academy is on a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

As an Engineering Director at Khan Academy, you’ll embrace the role of enabling and growing engineers and managers, driving technical excellence, and working with your counterparts in design and product management to deliver world-class experiences for our learners. You’ll communicate exhaustively, taking care to make sure everybody understands where we’re going next and why. You are a respected technical thinker and a collaborative problem-solver. You protect creativity, enable and support good ideas, and help align visions across the organization. You’ll demonstrate great care for your team’s success and well-being. You’ll have the opportunity to mentor and develop a deeply motivated, diverse, and growing team.


  • A desire to change the world
  • Passion for helping other people succeed
  • A strong technical background and history of creating and managing high-performing teams
  • A track record of leading teams in delivering products using effective product development processes that you can teach and lead
  • Strong communication skills, both spoken and written — a history of blogging or essay-writing is super helpful
  • To command technical respect — you can dive into technical discussions and deeply understand and influence them while appreciating decision making processes
  • To enjoy the challenge and reward of giving feedback to coworkers
  • At least seven years of experience managing teams of software engineers and managers
  • The ability to organize, motivate, and drive a talented, creative, and technical team
  • Authorization to work in the US


We may be a non-profit, but we reward our talented team well

  • Highly competitive salaries and annual performance incentives
  • Ample paid time off as needed – we are about getting things done, not face time
  • Delicious catered lunch daily plus tons of snacks and beverages
  • The opportunity to work on high-impact software and programs that are already defining the future of education
  • Great location: walking distance to Caltrain and downtown Mountain View
  • Awesome team events and weekly board game nights
  • The ability to improve real lives
  • A fun, high-caliber team that trusts you and gives you the freedom to be brilliant – we treat new hires like co-founders
  • And we offer all those other typical benefits as well: 401(k) + 4% matching & comprehensive insurance including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance


  • Attach your resume below
  • In the space provided below, please briefly describe why you are interested in Khan Academy and our mission.
  • In the space provided below, address the following prompt: At Khan Academy, we believe that reaching all learners requires an engineering team that is diverse in every respect, and we are looking for individuals who will help us fulfill our mission by adding to the diversity of our team's experiences, perspectives, and mindsets. With that in mind, tell us briefly how your experiences and perspectives— whether personal, professional, academic or otherwise— could contribute to the diversity of our team.

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