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Vice President, Engineering

| Austin
Civitas Learning is seeking an Engineering Leader to join its Global Leadership Team with proven expertise recruiting, retaining and developing world-class global engineering teams in a multi-application enterprise SaaS environment focused on product-led growth and scale.
As a successful and exciting innovator in Higher Education, Civitas Learning is bringing together the best of innovative technology, design thinking, and data science in its mission to help one million more students graduate by 2025. This SaaS company leverages a streaming data platform, machine learning services, and cloud-based applications to deliver analytics and actionable insights to administrators, faculty, advisors and millions of students to improve student success. 
Following new investment from leading technology investor Francisco Partners, the company is looking to continue to drive improvement into their best in class products. This Austin, Texas based position reports to the CEO and will lead a dedicated team of around 50 team members based in Austin, TX, Chico, CA and Pune, India. This exciting role provides an opportunity to collaborate with other technical leaders within the Francisco Partner portfolio of companies and the ability to define the future of the company while positively impacting the lives of millions of students.
  • Recruit, retain and develop exceptional engineering talent.
  • Cultivate a positive company culture that values cross team collaboration and trust.
  • Foster an innovative environment for building industry leading solutions.
  • Build and drive strategy to optimize the business, processes and products for effective SaaS delivery including driving continued improvement in efficiency of the technology platform.
  • Ensure Civitas continues to build reliable, scalable, secure, and a high performing technology stack.
  • Lead the product/technology’s overall advances to accommodate future features and capabilities while maintaining architectural integrity and adaptability.
  • Develop and manage an iterative agile development approach that aligns with an agile product planning process.
  • Work with the team to combine discrete leading adjacent products into a coordinated best-of-breed solution.
  • Lead with passion and by example a team motivated by the positive impact their product brings to the industry.
  • Establish and communicate clear metrics and processes for monitoring and delivering progress against objectives and timelines.
  • Collaborate with Product Management, Product Marketing, and Sales on future product enhancements supporting product vision and strategy.
  • Have a passion for making an impact on millions of students in Higher Education.
 Requirements & Profile
  • Previous experience leading engineering teams focused on product-led growth and scale from a multi-application enterprise SaaS platform, ideally in a vertical-specific business.
  • Thorough understanding of what it takes to manage a successful global engineering team and experience developing processes and infrastructure to enhance communication, collaboration and teamwork for onshore/offshore team members.
  • Proven expertise prioritizing and balancing product advancements and technical-debt requirements.
  • Driving and designing for product quality, performance and scale.
  • Proven experience decomposing product asks into plans that you deliver against.
  • Proven ability inspiring, motivating and growing mid-stage engineering teams that deliver quality products using an agile approach on a predictable timeline.
  • Superior ability to communicate complex topics to multiple audiences, at all levels and in all disciplines.
  • Thorough understanding of security principles - what it takes to secure data, and how to communicate security concepts to customers and stakeholders.
  • Strong background in quality and deployment infrastructure. Experience with leading automated and unit testing, continuous integration and continuous delivery platforms, and various testing methodologies.
  • 10+ years leadership experience and Technical degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related.
Technical Understanding
  • Big data analysis and machine learning concepts.
  • Data-driven approach with excellent analytical skills and an ability to identify trends, anomalies, anti-patterns etc.
  • Product integrations and migrations across technologies.
  • Optimizing and evolving agile engineering processes.
  • Software Design/Solution Architectures.
  • Amazon SaaS hosting and technologies.
  • Cost optimization in the design and delivery of hosted solutions.
  • Diverse experience in a range of modern and legacy application development, processing and persistence technologies.
 About Civitas Learning:
Civitas Learning partners with universities and colleges dedicated to helping more students learn well and finish strong. We provide tools and services for educators that bring together and make the most of their diverse and disconnected data streams; personalize information and support for their students; and deepen understanding of the impact of their student-success initiatives. Through our work together, our partners are empowering leaders, advisors, faculty, & students—and measurably improving enrollment, persistence, and graduation outcomes.
Today, Civitas Learning has more than 350 colleges and universities as customers, serving nearly 8 million students. Together with our growing community of customers, Civitas Learning is making the most of the world’s learning data to graduate a million more students per year by 2025.
Civitas Learning is located in the heart of downtown Austin, directly across from Lady Bird Lake and the Austin Hike and Bike Trail. Civitas offers a comprehensive benefits package including stock options, a company-wide bonus program, medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, onsite paid parking, 401-K Program and a flexible paid time off policy. Civitas Learning is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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We're in the heart of downtown Austin near great restaurants and watering holes. We also love our view of Lady Bird Lake.

What are Civitas Learning Perks + Benefits

Civitas Learning Benefits Overview

Civitas Learning offers medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a 401k plan. We also have a generous flexible, paid time off policy. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Our FSA allows you to utilize pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision expenses. The pre-tax contribution amount for 2018 is up to $2,650.
Disability Insurance
We offer short and long term disability coverage.
Dental Benefits
Keep your teeth clean! Our dental plan covers 100% of the cost of preventative care, including x-rays.
Vision Benefits
Our vision insurance plan provides 100% coverage for annual eye exams and lenses after a $10 copay. Frames and contact lenses are covered up to $130.
Health Insurance Benefits
We offer comparable health insurance plans and are fully insured. Offering both an HSA (with employer contribution) and an FSA.
Life Insurance
We cover basic life insurance with additional options to purchase individual and dependent plans.
Pet Insurance
We love pets so we offer pet insurance to cover your dog or cat for accidents, illnesses, wellness care and more.
Wellness Programs
We promote healthy habits so we partner with Global Fit to offer various wellness programs and discounts.
Onsite Gym
Our corporate headquarters offers an onsite gym to employees to get their workout on!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
We provide employees with a 401(k) option and auto enroll new employees at a 5% contribution.
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family is important. Primary caregivers receive 100% of wages for 12 weeks with the option to take an additional 4 weeks unpaid. Secondary caregivers receive 100% of wages for 4 weeks.
Flexible Work Schedule
We offer a flexible work day schedule to all employees, pending their manager's discretion.
Remote Work Program
We allow employees to occasionally work remotely, pending their manager's discretion.
Family Medical Leave
We offer up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year, as well as maintained health benefits, for any employee eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
We trust our employees to get their work done and take off time as needed, which is why we offer a paid, open leave vacation policy.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
We offer all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
We offer paid sick days for all employees.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
We are here to do great work - jeans and all!
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
We have a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, hot & cold brew coffee, tea, soda, and all of the flavored LaCroix you can handle.
Some Meals Provided
We provide catered lunches on Wednesdays and breakfast on Fridays.
Happy Hours
Our employees don't worry about where they will park—we cover garage or lot parking. For those who bike or ride to work, we offer a stipend.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

In addition to all of the wonderful perks and benefits we offer employees, we also have a diverse culture committee who's sole mission is to work together, with mutual respect of all perspectives, differences, and approaches, in advocacy of the current and future culture at Civitas Learning.

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