Head of Information Security at Meetup

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Getting together with real people in real life makes powerful things happen. Side hustles become careers, ideas become movements, and chance encounters become lifelong connections. Meetup brings people together to create thriving communities. Show up. Change lives.

Meetup’s mission is to help people grow and achieve their goals through human connections. We truly believe that we are stronger when we live this mission together. This influences how we approach software engineering in a very particular way:

  • We embrace social coding practices. If you like pairing, mobbing, trunk-based and test-driven development, Meetup is for you.
  • We think that remote is the future of development, and we want to work with you wherever you live. We’re building a remote-friendly culture that’s positive, close-knit, and helps us build on our mission of connecting people around the world.
  • We’re passionate about making engineering choices that lead to faster feedback loops, including continuous-review security.
  • We build full-stack teams, and love it when people pick up new skills along the journey; we’re committed to a vision of Meetup as a place where people explore cross-disciplinary software challenges in every part of our codebase.
  • We write new code almost exclusively in serverless technologies like AWS Lambda and strive to ensure that our platform serves our engineers, not the other way around.

As the Head of Information Security, you will anchor Meetup’s capability in this area, help us build trust in the platform, and enable tight-knit, cross-disciplinary teams to ship effective, secure, safe software.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Define and drive the overall information security strategy and roadmap for the company. Provide high-level security guidance and leadership to our executive team, engineering leadership, and delivery teams.
  • Create a culture of continual improvement on information security from the ground up. Facilitate and guide blameless postmortems and work with teams to build security into the fabric of the code we create.
  • Help us build and maintain a stellar reputation with our users for information privacy, security, spam prevention, and account integrity.
  • Ensure ongoing compliance with applicable laws and regulations, in coordination with in-house counsel, and establish the policies, procedures, tools, configurations, training, and audits that comprise the program.
  • Create, validate and execute information security policies, standards, and procedures with a mix of good governance and high-trust cross-team collaboration.
  • Coordinate and track all information technology and security-related audits, including scope of audits, timelines, auditing agencies, and outcomes. Work with outside consultants as appropriate for independent security audits and penetration testing.
  • Ensure that security policies and procedures are regularly communicated to all staff. 
  • Continuously update the organization’s security strategy to leverage new technology or adapt to new and emerging threats.

You're our ideal team member if you have:

  • 8-10 years or experience in a technology environment, ideally with hands-on experience in a software engineering role and with consumer-facing systems and services, with 5-7 years of experience in security roles. Startup experience a plus.
  • Exposure to both containerization/cluster strategies and serverless architectures, and in security architecture for both applications and infrastructure, including system-level architecture, threat modeling, security assessments, and technical security controls.
  • The ability to distill requirements from non-technical staff, build working relations across teams, craft roadmaps and work with leadership stakeholders to continually re-plan and reprioritize.
  • A high degree of personal integrity, with the ability to handle confidential and otherwise sensitive matters professionally.
  • Have knowledge and experience in evolutionary architecture and patterns for resilient distributed systems.

Our teams use Typescript, Java, and Scala in the backend, Kotlin and Swift on mobile, Gatsby on the web, and write APIs in GraphQL and REST. Knowledge of these technologies isn’t necessary as long as you’re excited to learn about them.

Our team is bold, supportive, and passionate about bringing people together in real life to create community for everyone. We care about moving fast, real-world change, and building diverse, dynamic teams. You in?

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12 East 49th St, New York, NY 10017

An Insider's view of Meetup

What does your typical day look like?

As an engineer at Meetup, my mission is to build things that help product teams focus on our users and develop our product faster and with better quality. My team mob programs or pair programs by default, which works great for us because it increases code and architecture, knowledge sharing, focus, productivity and team bonding.

Jaclyn Jiménez

Senior Full Stack Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

I created my own professional development path by participating in the Employee Resource Group and Diversity & Inclusion council. Participating and organizing these company initiatives allowed me to stretch my leadership muscles, understand the value of empathizing with my colleagues, and appreciate the ability to use my voice to influence change.

Lee Upshur

Pro Support Specialist

What is your vision for the company?

Meetup empowers personal growth through real human connections because we see a future built on deep trust and collective effort. We are creating a world where people can turn to each other to improve their lives. We believe that real, human connection drives real change.

David Siegel


What's something quirky about your company?

What I enjoy the most about working at Meetup is the people. As a mission driven company with a focus on building community, our community sets a great example. I consider myself incredibly lucky to work amongst such incredible individuals. I feel seen, supported, and empowered to not only be my unique self, but to make the changes I know I can.

Irina Demchenko

Senior Support Specialist

What are Meetup Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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