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Requisition Number 17-0648
Post Date 10/11/2017
Title Director, Engineering - Intellus
Organization Name Macmillan Learning
City Los Altos
State CA
Description Macmillan Learning is a division of the family-owned Holtzbrinck group of companies and is one of the leading educational technology companies. Through deep partnership with the world's best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire student curiosity and measure progress. Macmillan Learning is comprised of renowned brands including Bedford/St. Martins, W.H. Freeman, Worth Publishers, Sapling Learning, Late Nite Labs, Hayden-McNeil, and Dynamic Books. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. The successful candidate for this position will become an employee of Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group, LLC, d/b/a Macmillan Learning.
Requirements Intellus empowers instructors to quickly access high-quality open educational resources (OER), as well as their institution’s academic library materials to help replace expensive course materials, while providing powerful, real-time insight into students’ engagement with the assigned content.

We build immersive problem-solving experiences, rich interactives and simulations, and adaptive, personalized learning pathways. We’ve got a stacked roadmap and need a dynamic servant-leader to help us drive our development.

The successful candidate will understand and translate business needs into workable technology solutions that meet the needs of customers via software systems that scale both technically and operationally. The Director of Engineering will lead our agile application development teams focused on sophisticated problem-solving experiences and adaptive learning. The position reports directly to the VP, Technology.

Additionally, the position will be responsible for coordinating long-term architectural roadmaps for a very technical and scalable area, driving continual improvements to the efficiency and flexibility of the platform while maintaining a high bar for performance and availability.

The Director of Engineering will lead several Agile teams, and have multiple stakeholders internally and externally. You will also drive strategic planning, project execution, development of engineering talent, and continue to operate and improve what is already a stable and high performing platform.

Major Responsibilities:
• Establish and evolve consistent technology frameworks, platforms, standards and processes that enable developers to implement compelling software.
• Develop and implement rigorous and automated software quality testing processes and tools to make software delivery times faster without compromising quality.
• Effectively manage a small technical team, which includes but not limited to, defining short and long-term career objectives, overseeing and increasing the quality of the team’s deliverables and either updating or developing standards and best practices to improve the overall efficiency of the development team

Required Skills/Knowledge:
• Experience designing and developing large scale, high traffic applications.
• Outstanding interpersonal communication skills
• Ability to successfully lead a team to meet critical customer project deadlines.
• Demonstrated leadership qualities and self-sufficiency.
• Must be analytical and self-motivated
• Team-oriented, enthusiastic, and able to cultivate a positive environment in a fast paced setting.
• Demonstrated ability to exercise sound business judgment to determine logical solutions to customers’ technical issues.

Experience Needed:
• 6 - 10 years’ industry experience in a software development organization
• 4 - 6 years’ experience directly managing an outstanding technical team
• Must have a proven track record for achieving customer satisfaction, managing customers’ needs and expectations and effectively communicating the project’s progress.
• Demonstrated knowledge and use of leading edge technology for communication and presentation to all audiences including C-level executives.

Educational Background Required:
• Bachelor’s degree (BS or BA) in Computer Technology or other related technical discipline OR 7 years’ professional technical experience.
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