Black Spectacles is where architects come to learn how to accomplish their next big thing. We're the only learning platform created entirely for architects. That means we know this industry inside and out, and so do our instructors. Our simple, easy-to-digest and in-depth video tutorials are taught by architects and designers who work on world-class projects. We're people who love design as much as you do, who have watched the sun come up after our fair share of all-nighters, and who turn every vacation in an architectural pilgrimage. We're just as crazy about architecture as you are. Whether it's getting licensed or learning new software to keep your skills current, everyone at Black Spectacles is committed to helping you get there. Benefits of working at Black Spectacles: At Black Spectacles, you'll find unmatched freedom to do world-class work, and ability to shape the direction of the company. If you're the kind of person who takes the bull by the horns, you can be sure that you through your work, you'll feel the impact you’re having in the company- on a daily basis. You'll be driven to excel in your work, receive the resources you need to achieve it, and the freedom to have no one in your way.

Black Spectacles

United States

Head of Engineering - Remote


Are you known for your ability to execute with a high degree of expediency and accuracy, and an analytical person comfortable taking the lead? If so, Black Spectacles’ Head of Engineering role may be the perfect opportunity for you to grow in your career!

At Black Spectacles, we’re a purpose driven company, aimed squarely at educating and inspiring architects across the world so they can thrive in their careers.

Our platform attracts architects around the world who want to push the limits of their industry. Our content — which includes podcasts, design tutorials and exam prep — helps architects keep pace with emerging technologies and software so they can do their best work.

Black Spectacles is Chicago-based with a fully remote staff. We are a Great Place to Work-Certified™ company and ranked #11 in Education on the INC. 5000 America’s Fastest Growing Company List in 2019. To keep that momentum going strong, we’re expanding our team of enthusiastic go-getters. We’re on the hunt for a Head of Engineering to manage and scale our technology team.

You will:

  • Develop Technology Leadership & Strategy (what technology should we use and why)
  • Understand and contribute to the development of Product Strategy
  • Recruit, manage and mentor/coach our technology team
  • Develop our Technology Culture: ie, standards and processes, and ensure their adherence
  • Develop goals for the team and work to ensure they achieve them
  • Manage workload for the dev team & ensure they hit their quality and deadline goals


  • You're willing and able to roll up your sleeves and code on day one.
  • You have a degree in Computer Science or relevant work experience.
  • You have over 6-8 years of direct hands on development experience, ideally full stack.
  • You have over 3 years of building and/or leading high performing engineering teams.
  • You have 5+ years of experience working in Agile environments.
  • You have experience coaching junior to mid-level engineers in their careers and experience.
  • You're not afraid to ask questions and are open to constructive criticism. You're an enthusiastic self-starter who takes ownership of your work.
  • You have experience with Javascript frameworks like Angular, React or Vue.js
  • You have experience working with API’s
  • Must be able to travel to Chicago for quarterly team meetings

Nice to haves:

  • Evaluation, configuration, and deployment of enterprise-grade, open-source software
  • Accountability for applications over their full life cycle
  • Experience with AWS (EC2, S3, SQS, etc)
  • Ideally you are language agnostic, but might have experience with PHP, Ruby on Rails, Python.


  • 'Work from wherever' policy
  • Unlimited Vacation
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield health, dental, vision, short-term / long-term disability and life insurance.
  • Flexible Savings Accounts and Health Savings Accounts
  • 401k with Employer match
  • Profit sharing program
  • Employee referral program
  • Frequent team events

Black Spectacles is an equal opportunity employer.