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Lead Hacker - Hack Club
January 26, 2022
Burlington, Vermont
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Hack Club is hiring a Lead Hacker for Hack Club Bank.
Starting a nonprofit is hard, so we built Hack Club Bank for our community of 16,000+ teenage programmers. Within 24 hours of joining Bank, organizations get 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, access to a beautiful dashboard for managing their finances, and all financial and legal matters - from tax filings to payroll - handled. 50% of high school hackathons worldwide run on Hack Club Bank, and Elon Musk has tweeted that we're a "cool group".
Now, Hack Club Bank is expanding beyond just Hack Clubbers. Over 400 organizations running on Bank have transacted upwards of $4,000,000; from teenage-run hackathons to small-town newspapers.
With the right leadership, we hope to bring Hack Club Bank to thousands of organizations across the United States and process tens of millions of dollars in transactions. We think do-gooders need the same tools that software engineers do. For them, Bank is like GitHub: transformative. Right now, Bank is the only part of Hack Club that isn't open source. In the next year we want to open source it, build an amazing community of Hack Clubbers contributing to it, and onboard 1,000 new organizations through our partnership with Givebutter.

✨ The perfect candidate:

Loves coding, has senior-level expertise in Ruby on Rails, and has managed small teams of engineers before
Has a product-oriented mindset and believes in attention to detail for creating good user experiences
Has strong familiarity with open source, maybe even built or managed open source projects
Loves working with teenagers and/or has experience building resilient systems and implementing security best practices

We invite you to apply even if you don't perfectly check all the boxes.

Make Bank even more awesome.

Bank has been maintained by a small team of two full-time operations people, and on-and-off contributions by engineers and various contractors. The majority of contributions are actually made by Hack Clubbers! In this role, you will take point on bringing Bank to its full potential.
Hack Club Bank already powers our own transparent finances as well as those of many other organizations! These are just some of the initiatives we support:

The Charlotte Bridge, independent journalism based in Vermont
The Hacker Zephyr, the world's longest (by land) hackathon on a train
Hack Pennsylvania, the largest high school hackathon in Pennsylvania

This role is like being a founder or CTO of Bank; you'll work directly with real users as well as Zach, Hack Club's Executive Director, to define product roadmap and business strategy around making Bank better for Hack Clubbers. You will build and lead a team of Hack Clubbers to execute on the engineering roadmap and create a strong shipping culture around Bank, and lead and manage relationships with technical partners that integrate Bank into their products.
This role pays between $100K - $130K, depending on your experience— and we know that's probably less than you'd make elsewhere. We offer healthcare and 4 weeks paid vacation.
We have an in-person office in Burlington, Vermont where our 8 person team works collaboratively. While we have a strong preference for in-person and can assist with relocation, we're flexible and eager to accommodate for the right candidate.

The mission of Hack Club is to be a place where teenagers can become more technical, feel welcome in getting started, and feel inspired to build with code in ways that are always honest, transparent, high-integrity, kind, and friendly. We want teenagers to self-organize and assert themselves as persons.
Already, Hack Club is the largest network of teen coders in the country. We hope for a world where Hack Club becomes a nationwide cultural institution, creating a new generation of young people with the skills, network, and value system to become problem-solvers and builders for the 21st century— a new Boy and Girl Scouts.

How to apply: Email with "Hack Club Bank" in the subject line, 3 bullet points demonstrating why you would be exceptional for the role, and your resume / GitHub / GitLab / sourcehut.
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