Developer Advocate

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Databases are the beating heart of every business in the world.

Cockroach Labs is the team behind CockroachDB, an open source, distributed SQL database. We aim to build infrastructure that keeps pace with the world, so developers can focus on what matters most: building the best products. Join us on our mission to Make Data Easy. Are you ready to aim high and build to last?

About the Role

We are looking for the very first hire onto our Developer Relations team at Cockroach Labs. Reporting to our VP of Engineering, the Developer Advocate will have the opportunity to define and create our developer and customer advocacy program. In this role, you will focus on building a community of CockroachDB users and building advocacy & expertise within our users so that they will organically speak about and recommend CockroachDB to their peers. Listening to the needs of developers is key, as is acting as a conduit between developers and our engineering and product teams. Being able to explain technical material at both a high level and a detailed level is imperative.

Note that while we are based in NYC, we are flexible on location (must be US-based).

You Will
  • Create and Curate - This is a new role for Cockroach Labs and you will have the unique opportunity to define our developer relations program and goals. You’ll craft original content and derivative works from existing material from adjacent teams.
  • Engage and Captivate - You are a respected member of the community and will be the voice of Cockroach Labs both in online forums and in-person events, engaging and helping developers understand and love CockroachDB while also celebrating the impact of our open-source contributors. You will speak at conferences and help drive our meetup strategy that will amplify the things developers care about. You will also work with our education team to help define workshops and training and sometimes help deliver this content to developer communities.
  • Drive Awareness and Adoption - You will be responsible for driving awareness and ultimately, developer adoption of CockroachDB by creating sample applications, plugging gaps in ORM toolkits, code snippets, etc. You will also help create a culture of developer advocacy within our company.
The Expectations

In your first 30 days, you will evaluate the existing Cockroach Labs community and our efforts within it and in the greater database community. We believe that it's important for you to take this first month to become familiar with our technology and our company.

For your next 30 days, you’ll be in research mode and will be focused on building out what will make Developer Relations successful at Cockroach Labs, both now and in the future. We will be looking to you as the expert and want you to feel empowered to influence the strategic direction of our community efforts. During this time, you’ll start engaging with the community through online forums and will start to attend events.

After 90 days, you will be fully integrated onto the team. You’ll be an active member in the community and will have built out, in partnership with other stakeholders on the team, our Developer Relations strategy for 2020 and beyond. 

You Have
  • 5+ years of experience as a Developer Advocate
  • 2+ years of managing experience. As the team grows, you will be responsible for helping to hire and manage the team
  • A BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge and experience with databases (RDBMS, NoSQL, etc), SQL, application architecture
  • Experience presenting to groups
  • A natural affinity to forge relationships with developers
  • A collaborative spirit and an ability to problem-solve
  • Excellent writing and project management skills
  • Ability to travel approximately 30-40% of your time
The Team

Reporting to Isaac Wong - VP of Engineering

Isaac is responsible for the health of the engineering organization at Cockroach Labs. He partners closely with teams to ensure we have a balanced culture that promotes quality and innovation in pursuit of our goals. Before joining Cockroach Labs Isaac was in life sciences for 16 years with Medidata Solutions where he had a front row seat on the exciting ride from a 30 person startup to more than 2000 people worldwide. But the lure of distributed, resilient, and consistent SQL databases, along with the amazing technology and culture at Cockroach Labs proved too much. When not working, he likes to draw, play the piano, and search NYC for cannolis with his wife and kids.

Our Benefits
  • 100% health insurance coverage (for you and your dependents!)
  • Paid parental leave (with baby bucks)
  • Flex Fridays
  • Flexible time off & flexible hours
  • Education reimbursement
  • Relocation support

Cockroach Labs is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you need additional accommodations to feel comfortable during your interview process, please email us at [email protected].


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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Location

53 W 23rd St , New York, NY 10010

What are Cockroach Labs Perks + Benefits

Cockroach Labs Benefits Overview

Flexible Working: You are free to arrange your work schedule to meet your individual circumstances.

Free Fridays: One day a week, focus on what drives and motivates you outside of your core work responsibilities. Dedicate time to a community project. Spend a day at home with the kids. Work on the next super feature. We’re convinced that providing adults with time to be creative outside of their day-to-day work yields better results.

Food for All: We provide food throughout the Cockroach Labs work week (Mon-Thu) and grab dinner twice a month as a team at one of NYC’s outstanding restaurants.

Events
 and Outings: Once a quarter we enjoy some downtime as a team, whether it’s catching the latest blockbuster, picnicking in Central Park, or strolling through a museum for inspiration.

Team Trips: Twice a year we voyage beyond Manhattan’s shores. These might be trips to the Caribbean or to the mountains. The connections made in these environments build friendships and deepen the ties which make working together fun and productive.

Flexible Time Off: We care about productivity, not face time. Take time off when you need it.

Learning is Good: We provide $1500 annually to support learning and development through workshops, conferences, and networking events.

Health & Retirement: 100% health insurance coverage for you & your dependents; One Medical membership; Gym discounts; free Citibike membership; 401(k).

Culture
Volunteer in Local Community
Cockroach Labs does at least two bi-annual team-wide volunteer days, partners with BUILD NYC, and for every referral that gest hired, we donate $2,500-$5,000 to the referrers charity of choice.
Eat Lunch Together
Daily Stand-up
Open Door Policy
Team-Owned Deliverables
Team-Based Strategic Planning
Group Brainstorming Sessions
Pair Programming
Open Office Floor Plan
Diversity
Unconscious Bias Training
Mean Gender Pay Gap Below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
100% Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life, AD&D, and Disability Insurance for You, Your Spouse, Partner, and Dependents.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Equity compensation is determined by the impact we expect an individual to have in their role paired with the risk that earlier employees took in joining the company.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
8-12 Weeks of Family Leave + $500 Baby Bucks
Flexible Work Schedule
Cockroach Work Week: In-office Monday thru Thursday, with the option to work remotely on Fridays. Core Office Hours: 10am-4pm (except Tuesday Team Meeting from 5:00pm-6:00pm)
Remote Work Program
Return-to-Work Program Post Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Pre-tax Commuter Account & Paid Citi Bike Membership
Company Outings
Monthly Company Activities & Bi-Annual Company Trips
Free Daily Meals
Lunch Monday thru Thursday & Team Dinners Every Other Tuesday
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Relocation Assistance for You and Your Family to Move to NYC
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
$1500 Learning & Development Stipend + $1500 for Associated Travel
Diversity Program
Lunch and Learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross Functional Training Encouraged
Promote from Within
Mentorship Program
Our mentorship program includes Cross-department program, Career mentoring.
Continuing Education Stipend
We offer $2500 annualy for continuing education.
Time Allotted for Learning
Acme Co. allows employes to set aside 20% of working hours for learning.
Online Course Subscriptions Available
Customized Development Tracks
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