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Engineering Manager

Job Details

Remote - San Francisco, CA
Fully Remote
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$160,000.00 - $200,000.00 Salary/year


Common Sense ( is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. 


Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Apple TV,, Xfinity,, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 70,000 member schools use our ratings, curriculum, and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, and legislators to improve the media, tech, and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.


The Engineering Manager will lead an Engineering team for Common Sense Media and oversee the development, back-end systems, and infrastructure of all client-facing digital products for our Families division, which provides parenting advice along with media ratings and reviews (of movies, TV shows, books, apps, games, and more) to help parents and caregivers make informed decisions about their kids' consumption of digital content. Operating as full-stack engineer, this role will also lead a team dedicated to the architecting, developing, and maintaining of client-facing digital products. The primary focus will be on translating organizational and customer requirements into seamless, engaging interactive applications. 


This role will collaborate very closely with the Head of Product, as well as the Product, QA, and Design teams, to realize and successfully deliver ambitious product visions and road maps.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate a keen interest in exploring emerging digital technologies, while remaining up to date with best practices in coding and development. Moreover, they will be enthusiastic about motivating and guiding a team of engineers. This is a hands-on Engineering Manager role that requires ongoing code development alongside management of the Engineering team.

LOCATION: Fully remote or San Francisco/Bay Area based

REPORTS TO: Chief Product & Technology Officer 

SALARY: $160,000-$200,000



  • Strategic Alignment: Develop and oversee technology road map for the Families division that is aligned with overall organizational objectives.

  • Cross-Functional Collaboration: Collaborate with Engineering lead for Education and Privacy to align and streamline technology road maps, and align them with the overall technology strategy.

  • Product Road Map Consultation: Be a thought partner to the Head of Product to help develop and deliver product road maps.

  • DevOps Leadership: Oversee back-end and infrastructure design and architecture, and extend robust operating support to the Families, Education, and Privacy divisions.

  • Team Leadership: Lead the formulation and management of Engineering team goals, ensuring alignment with product road map and technology strategy.

  • Mentorship: Provide mentorship and advice to engineers within the team and across engineering teams, and foster the professional development of team members by providing regular feedback, setting achievable goals, and creating opportunities for skill enhancement.  

  • Culture Building: Cultivate a culture of continual learning and improvement within the team, encouraging the exploration of new technologies and contemporary development methodologies. 



  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience.

  • At least 5 years of experience as a Senior Engineer mentoring engineers and leading complex solution design. 

  • Experience working in a LAMP stack with PHP skills is a must.

  • Experience in app development using Flutter and QA processes. 

  • Strong grasp of DevOps: workflow automation, including GitHub Actions and Cloudflare.

  • Demonstrated proficiency writing standards-compliant HTML5 and CSS3.

  • Understanding of current best practices in front-end and mobile development, including responsive design, touch interfaces, performance optimization, and progressive enhancement. 

  • Up-to-date knowledge of contemporary engineering and development practices. 



  • Extensive experience with Drupal (Version 10+) and its universe of contributed modules.

  • Experience with Lando and Dockerized containers. 

  • Proficiency with JavaScript in a cross-browser, cross-device environment (both jQuery and vanilla JS). 

  • Fluent in Agile development and use of Jira. 



  • The chance to work with talented, passionate professionals.

  • A great health and welfare benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, fitness and a matching 401(k).

  • An organization that offers work/life balance.

  • The opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of kids and families!


Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our values, please visit our statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Common Sense will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on the condition that the applicant subsequently passes a criminal background check. If the background check indicates a prior criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction should result in denial of employment.