Lead Software Engineer, DRive

Published on March 18, 2024

We’re here to deliver renters a home they love at the value they deserve. Whether renters are embarking to a new city, in search of a quieter neighborhood, or making the jump to a two-bedroom apartment — consider us the rental matchmaker. We’ve made it our mission to revolutionize renting by making it a stress-free, simple, and holistic experience, connecting ready-to-move renters with compatible city living. After renters answer a few quiz questions, our AI curates a list of properties that pair with their lifestyle and must-haves — finding them a Perfect Match.

At Apartment List, we’re on a mission to find every renter a home they love at the value they deserve. Finding the right place to live is one of the most important, time-consuming and expensive decisions that all of us make. Getting it right matters. We’ve helped millions of families find a home they love, and we’re just getting started.
And at Diffe.rent we’re using state-of-the-art AI technology to transform the apartment renting experience, making it easier for renters and property managers to connect. As a Lead Software Engineer on the DRive team, you will be a hands-on engineering leader, ensuring efficient delivery of cross-functional projects, tech consolidation, and product initiatives.  Reporting into the Co-Founder and CTO of Diffe.rent (acquired by Apartment List in 2022), you will help build stronger internal partnerships by facilitating international collaboration on both ApartmentList and Diffe.rent AI specific initiatives.
While we are virtual first, given the importance of the collaboration with both US and Israeli based engineering teams, we are only considering candidates in the EST timezone. 
Here’s what you’ll do as part of the team:
Leadership and Management:
  • Be a facilitator of challenging projects, drive people towards action, employing analytical decision making through uncertainty
  • Manage and oversee the work of a small (to start) US-based DRive engineering team
  • Foster a collaborative environment that aligns with AL's culture and practices
  • Work closely with Diffe.rent’s CTO and AL’s engineering leader
Project and Technical Oversight:
  • Identify paths to move forward - unlock clarity
  • Lead both product initiatives and technical debt projects
  • Drive the consolidation of DRive's legacy tech stack with AL's broader R&D stack
  • Actively participate in engineering leadership forums to represent DRive’s interests and keep the DRive IL R&D leadership informed and vice versa
  • 50+% hands on work (to start)
Cross-Functional Collaboration:
  • Push and drive action in cross functional projects with both IL and US developers 
  • Work closely with global teams, including the DRive IL engineering manager and data science lead.
  • Coordinate with AL's US-based engineering leaders to ensure alignment and effective collaboration.
Here are the skills and experience you’ll need to be successful:
  • Experience: Software engineer level 5 possessing hands-on full stack capabilities with interest or experience in management roles
    • Startup experience and mindset 
  • Skills:  
    • Architecture and design
    • Grooming tickets
    • NodeJS
    • Python
    • Ruby on rails
    • React/NextJS
    • DB 
      • MongoDB 
      • Postgres or equivalent relational database
  • Cloud - GCP, AWS or similar
  • CI/CD - Jenkins, Github actions or similar
  • Leadership: You are a self-sufficient, natural leader that thrives in uncertainty and are able to push your agenda, align stakeholders and are simply getting things done
  • Result oriented: you think long term but want to see immediate results. You use experiments, qualitative and quantitative research to identify impactful business opportunities and establish clear action plans
  • Strong work ethic: willing to roll up your sleeves and get things done, identifying when going the extra mile is beneficial and following through
  • Ability to scope out and lead cross-functional projects
  • Experience working in scrum, agile practice
  • Advantage
    • Collaborating with Data Science teams
    • Global Team Collaboration: Experience working with international teams, with any familiarity with Israeli culture and practices being advantageous
    • Hebrew speaker
And here is what’s in it for you:
  • An opportunity to be a key player in a dynamic, international R&D environment
  • Working on cutting edge AI technologies including generative AI
  • A role that provides both technical challenges and leadership opportunities
  • A collaborative and supportive work culture focused on innovation and growth
  • Being in the center with the highest level of impact in the exciting field of prop-tech
  • Awesome working environment with people the genuinely enjoy their craft and one another
Here's the Pay Range:
At Apartment List, we carefully consider a variety of factors to determine compensation for each position, including the role, level, and work. The US base salary range for this position is $145,000 - $210,000 + bonus + equity, which reflects the compensation target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations. Please note, the compensation details provided do not include benefits and perks that we offer. 
We also rely on market indicators along with considering your work location, job related skills, experience and relevant education and training, to determine compensation that is fair and competitive for you. Apartment List will consider paying compensation near the higher of the range in exceptional circumstances, where candidates have the experience, credentials or expertise that would warrant such consideration. It is always our goal to hire exceptional talent and we would be happy to share more about compensation during the hiring process.
Here's what's in it for you (full-time employees only; does not apply to contract roles): 
  • Competitive Compensation: Including annual salary, pre-IPO stock options, and other financial compensation (if applicable)
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage: 100% of premiums covered for you AND all of your dependents
  • Unlimited Flexible Time Off: Unlimited FTO in addition to 12 company holidays per year, quarterly “recharge” days, and a week-long holiday break
  • Home Office Reimbursement: To cover home office furniture and supplies, monthly home internet, and monthly cell phone (if applicable)
  • Health & Wellness Reimbursement: To cover monthly gym membership or other qualifying expenses
  • Parental Support: Generous parental and family leave, fertility benefits, and employer-sponsored stipends towards family forming services
  • 401k Plan: To support you in your individual retirement goals
  • Team Events: Frequent team-building events, fun team off-sites, and bi-annual company meetups
  • Commitment to DEI: To prioritize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within our workplace and to stay true to our values and mission
  • Mentorship and Training: To get you onboard quickly, learn new professional skills, and invest in your career development
  • Impact and Visibility: To expose you to and provide the opportunity to work on highly strategic initiatives that will transform the business
  • Encouragement and Empowerment: To explore and adopt new technologies and drive meaningful decisions and outcomes
At Apartment List we believe that everyone deserves a home they love AND a career they love. We strive to build a diverse team that is a reflection of the people we serve; this is made possible through our commitment to fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity, and connectedness. 
As a proud equal opportunity employer, we celebrate the collection of individual differences, life experiences, ideas, perspectives, knowledge, and talent. We hire candidates of any race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital or family status, disability, Veteran status, and any other status.