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Senior Design Engineer - Gather

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About us

In the last few years, remote and hybrid work has had an explosion in popularity, giving workers an unprecedented level of access to opportunity and an increase in quality of life. However, our existing tools were not set up to do remote work well. Work can be isolating, transactional, and void of the camaraderie that makes everyone feel like they’re in it together.

To solve this, Gather builds virtual offices that bring the best of in-person work to remote. We’ve already seen success with our approach, with over 10,000 remote-first companies using our spaces every day. 

And yet it’s still the early days for our broader vision of the Metaverse. We’re excited about how the Metaverse can break down physical constraints that exist today, not just in where you can work, but which friends/family you can see, or what educational opportunities you can have access to. 

Join us in this mission!

Role Overview

Come dream with us

Gather is a small team right now, which means every individual has an extremely significant role in shaping and executing the company's vision. 

Questions we find ourselves asking:

  • How do we leverage virtual worlds to enable repeated, meaningful, natural connections vs. the transactional feeling of traditional video conferencing solutions?
  • How can we help people feel a deep sense of presence with their teammates?
  • How can we simulate the creative energy of whiteboarding with teammates? 
  • How can we empower users to customize their experience so they feel a sense of pride in their space?
  • … and more!

What You’ll Do

In this role, you’ll work directly as a Design Engineer for the Chief Product Officer. 

You’ll be a crucial part of our growing team to help us bring bold and creative ideas to life. With a product and canvas as rich and complex as Gather, we are biased toward prototyping and getting into code as quickly as possible to get an actual feel for our ideas. You’ll be at the center of this design-driven process, where you will drive and deliver some of our most important R&D and production features. Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Partner with designers and artists to bring novel concepts to life with working prototypes and demos with a strong bias for speed and learning. 
  • Partner with product engineering to ship features to production with extreme quality.
  • Help drive Gather's technical roadmap, particularly with an eye on design systems, frontend performance, and overall usability. 
  • Operate as a technical resource for the design team throughout the product life cycle.
  • Create and manage schedules and deliverables for complex projects.
  • Continuously polish and iterate on the existing user experience to make it more useful and delightful.
  • Lead and participate in prospect and customer interviews.

Who You Are

  • Frontend or product engineers who moonlight as designers or designers who moonlight as engineers are in our sweet spot. You'll be a good fit if you’ve played this role for 5+ years at a company that delivers high-quality products. 
  • Strong experience with Typescript/React architecture and development and HTML, CSS, and JS animations.
  • You are particularly strong at interaction design and prototyping. 
  • You have experience designing mobile and web consumer products at scale. Serious bonus points if you have worked in gaming and/or can demonstrate your passion for game design.
  • You can work on ambiguous, broad problems/opportunities and smaller, well-defined projects.
  • You are a critical participant in design reviews—delivering feedback to teammates to strengthen their work and soliciting feedback at every step of the process. 
  • You have exceptional verbal and written communication skills for technical and non-technical partners, internally and externally.
  • You are comfortable in ambiguous situations and dynamic environments and understand what fast-growing startups entail for designers.
  • You are scrappy, biased toward action, and love moving fast.
  • You enjoy spending time with customers and are adept at identifying the root problems that our product is uniquely positioned to solve.
  • You know how to build strong relationships cross-functionally.

US Salary Range

At Gather, compensation may vary outside of this range depending on a number of factors, including a candidate’s qualifications, skills, competencies and experience, and location. The base salary range for this position in the selected city is $155,000 - $180,000 annually and we encourage candidates outside of this salary range to apply.

Base pay is one part of the total package that is provided to compensate and recognize employees for their work, and this role may be eligible for a stock reward program.

  • Work remotely out of a state-of-the-art virtual office!
  • Competitive compensation, benefits, and meaningful equity
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their dependents
  • 401k and matching program
  • Generous PTO policy and mental health days to recharge
  • Meal stipend twice a week to keep you nourished
  • Remote work, education, and health & wellness stipend
  • Support for family planning & gender-affirmation
  • The opportunity to join a passionate team in building something that actually makes peoples' lives better, every single day

Gather is committed to building an inclusive and equitable workplace for individuals of all backgrounds. We strive to build a workplace where employees feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work, everyday. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Additionally, we're committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please notify the recruiter you are working with. We also ask that all applicants consider answering the voluntary demographic questions on our job application to help us track the inclusivity of our recruiting efforts and programs. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary and your answers will not be shared with the hiring team and will not impact the hiring decision.

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