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Developer Relations Lead job in New York City

Kickstarter jobs
New York City, New York
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Kickstarter is seeking an empathetic and knowledgable software engineer to lead the growth and advocacy of our (yet-to-be-launched) public API as a Developer Relations Lead. This individual will be responsible for nurturing our third-party and developer ecosystem and for ensuring that developers have access to tools, knowledge, and examples for engaging with Kickstarter’s platform. In addition to overseeing relationships and integrations with third-parties, the Developer Relations Lead will also work across our engineering organization to ensure that we are “eating our own dog food”.

About the Team

Kickstarter’s nascent public, GraphQL-based API will enable developers and third-party partners to connect directly with our community. Working alongside the product organization at large, our small and mighty API team is defining the essential elements of our platform to unlock developers’ imaginations. As we grow closer to public launch, we’re having a dialogue with many of the third-party partners in our ecosystem about how our API product can improve the experiences of creators and backers. We work in close partnership with designers and product managers in an iterative and data-driven process, building and refining our platform to support our mission of bringing creative projects to life. 

In This Role, You Will: 

  • Define goals, priorities, and roadmaps for Kickstarter’s public API. 

  • Write, ship, and support our API implementation, documentation, and developer portal, with an in-depth understanding of best practices in API ecosystems. 

  • Advocate and promote Kickstarter by developing both in-person and online programs demonstrating platform integrations. 

  • Identify and engage strategic third-party partners and developers in Kickstarter’s ecosystem. 

  • Collaborate with our community outreach team to work with Kickstarter and Drip creators to ensure their needs are represented in our API and platform ecosystem. 

About You 

  • You have 4+ years of software development experience, and are adept at ideating and building an application end-to-end. 

  • You have demonstrated experience balancing your time between advocacy and implementation. 

  • You are a savvy communicator, both as a public speaker and as a technical writer, and are confident and comfortable presenting to a wide variety of audiences. 

  • You have a presence where developer communities congregate, and have a finger on the pulse of current trends in software development. 

  • You continuously demonstrate empathy with non-technical audiences. 

  • You are excited about traveling regularly, primarily in the U.S., to meet with Kickstarter partners and to speak at industry events. 

Kickstarter is an equal opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to fight for equality, we work to ensure a fair and consistent interview process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment.

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