Software Engineer, Lead

StoryBlocks, Arlington, VA or Remote

Our mission is to provide creative content that everyone can afford.

We are seeking a Lead Software Engineer to join our growing engineering team to focus on enabling growth for our Enterprise business. Our Enterprise business has been in hyper-growth mode, and this role contributes to acquiring, activating, and retaining Enterprise customers by building internal tools as well as customer-facing products.

This role can be remote, anywhere in the US, or based out of the Arlington, VA headquarters.

Who You Are:

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer (Team Lead) to join our company. Our ideal teammate is highly collaborative, humble, and curious about customer problems. We value our team's diverse backgrounds and are always looking for candidates with unique experiences and skill sets. Storyblocks is technology-agnostic, so we care less about what programming languages you know and more about your ability to solve problems. A Lead Software Engineer at Storyblocks typically has 5+ years of experience as a developer with strong leadership acumen. 

What you’ll do:

  • Manage an engineering team following agile principles
  • Coach, mentor, inspire and support a team of 2-4 engineers
  • Work closely with our team of analysts, product managers, and engineers to build impactful, lasting, productions-scale solutions
  • Lead by example through hands-on coding, code reviews and sprint planning
  • Collaborate with the product team to understand business requirements and influence technical strategy conversations across the engineering team
  • Share knowledge through internal forums such as lightning talks

What You Bring to the Table:

  • Management experience: You have at least one year of being a manager (conducting 1:1s, giving feedback, coaching, delivering performance reviews)
  • Full-stack experience: You have experience writing well-designed, well-tested, and easy to read code. Full-stack knowledge is a plus, but isn't required.Experience with modern JS frameworks (e.g. React/Redux) and PHP/Python is a plus.
  • Curiosity: You are interested in solving hard problems, and enjoy exploring new technologies and ideas. You enjoy diving into unknown territory with the help of your team.
  • Ownership mentality: You believe in "leaving it better than you found it", whether that means refactoring some code, adding a unit test, or following up on a customer issue.
  • Growth mindset: You are eager to find ways to improve yourself and your team. You are open to feedback from your teammates and actively participate in code reviews.
  • Team player: You work best as part of a team (no matter where they're located). You are humble, supportive, and empathetic. You foster an inclusive environment for your team and are always open to new ideas.
  • Mentor: You maintain a high bar for quality and lead and mentor other engineers.

Who We Are:

Storyblocks is a different kind of content company delivering a fresh approach to meet the creative needs of a new generation of storytellers. Built on the belief that all stories deserve a chance to be told, Storyblocks provides video, audio, images and easy to use creative tools through its unique subscription model. By offering unlimited downloads and continually adding fresh content, Storyblocks challenges the paradigm that your ambitious vision requires deep pockets. We are committed to empowering storytellers by removing creative barriers and democratizing video creation. 

Driven by a set of five company core values, our culture is shaped by a love for data, fearless communication, community, zero egos, and everyone emptying the dishwasher (both literally and figuratively). 

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Storyblocks has been recognized as one of Washington D.C.'s Top Workplaces by The Washington Post, among the Best Places to Work by the Washington Business Journal, and by the Washingtonian as one of DC’s 50 Great Places to Work.

The Engineering team at Storyblocks is a key component of the business, and we work on complex and interesting projects at a fast pace. We value software engineers who think critically and effectively weigh the benefits of software implementations to deliver maximum value. Our core mission is to deliver the right piece of content to the right person at the right time. With millions of pieces of content in our libraries, and users with a wide array of tastes and preferences it is easier said than done, but that is part of the fun!

What We Bring To The Table:

  • Competitive and fair compensation -  Our investments in our Enterprise efforts start with our people , and that means that performance is met with an incredibly robust compensation package! For each title, we have consistently applied competitive salary bands based on market data and benchmarks. What you’ve been paid before, fear of conflict, or willingness to negotiate does not play a part.
  • 401(k) retirement plan: We offer both a Traditional and Roth 401(k) with a company match.
  • Company-paid medical - Our medical, dental and vision premiums are covered 100% for you and your dependents. 
  • Paid parental leave - Welcoming new family members is exciting, but it can also be challenging. We offer twelve weeks paid leave for primary caregivers and four weeks for secondary caregivers. Additionally, we have a dedicated private nursing room available to new parents.
  • Unlimited vacation - At Storyblocks we take vacation seriously. That means take the time off when you need it. Don’t worry about tracking hours or accounting for partial days. Typically employees take about three or four weeks each year.
  • Flexible work-from-home options - Much of our workflow is online, and for meetings, we have dedicated video-conferencing setups. As long as you deliver results, you are welcome to get your work done outside of the office or during unusual times when desired.
  • Company-sponsored mentorship and growth - We have a formal mentorship program that involves regular career and growth conversations. “360-degree” feedback is collected twice a year and synthesized into actionable, peer-reviewed, performance reviews. We happily foot the bill for conferences and online courses that will add value to the organization. We encourage attending meetups and are happy to host them as well.
  • Casual Work Environment - Sure we all get dressed up once in a while, but in general we want you to be comfortable at the office – whatever that means to you (flip-flops, shorts, jeans, etc.).
  • Fully stocked kitchen - Everyone gets input on the food and drinks we stock in our shared refrigerators and snack room. We have multiple mechanisms for making coffee and cold-brew kegs are often on tap.
  • Dogs in the office - We love dogs and we will probably love your dog too. With help from a calendar, we allow employees to bring in their dogs to help guide us through the day.

Storyblocks supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class.

About StoryBlocks

Our History

StoryBlocks (formerly VideoBlocks) was founded in 2009, with one mission: to provide premium creative content that we can all afford. While still in high school our founder Joel Holland and fellow students started a small TV show that focused on helping kids figure out what they wanted to do with their lives. They interviewed over 150 awesome career professionals for the show, and while the interviews contained extremely powerful advice, the production value of the show was lacking, because they had no budget. In one specific instance, Joel had just interviewed superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger – which was extremely exciting. They had this awesome footage of his advice for teens and they weren’t able to make the video look professional since it was cost prohibitive to purchase b-roll, music, professional graphics or other stock media. So Joel decided to start a company that would make stock video affordable to everyone, regardless of budget.

After high school, Joel pooled his savings and purchased some professional video equipment. He then hit the road for one year, traveling to over 30 US cities shooting video, editing in the hotel room, and selling the clips so that he could afford to purchase the next plane ticket and hotel room. Fast forward eight years and StoryBlocks now has over 35 employees.

StoryBlocks now makes it affordable for video editors and enthusiasts of all kinds to afford stock video and production music, not just those who have large budgets. We are proud that we enable thousands of schools to enhance their curriculum with our content; we enable thousands of churches to make their services more engaging; we make it affordable for tens of thousands of freelancers to increase the quality of their productions without breaking the bank; and we make it possible for thousands more to simply learn and enjoy video editing with some assistance from our content.

We have since become the largest distributor of stock video with over 23 million downloads and are excited to continue building StoryBlocks into a truly amazing company that makes a positive impact on the lives of our customers and employees. Our goal is to become the first place that content creators go to when working on a creative project.

Want to learn more about StoryBlocks? Visit StoryBlocks's website.