Our mission is to democratize opportunity - to make it easy for any student to build a great career, no matter where they go to school, what they're majoring in, or who they know.
Backed by $34m from Spark Capital, Kleiner Perkins, True Ventures and Lightspeed Partners, Handshake has partnered with 500 universities (schools of all sizes and locations, including Stanford, Princeton, UVA, Michigan, Texas, Spelman and Harvey Mudd), and has more than 8 million student profiles and 200,000 companies recruiting on our platform, including 100% of the Fortune 500. Our extensive data on students' interests and historical career outcomes gives Handshake the unique ability to help students imagine, plan and jumpstart their future careers. 

We welcome all people. We celebrate diversity of all kinds and are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We seek to hire, develop and retain talented people from all backgrounds.

Join our passionate, diverse team at our beautiful offices in the heart of the Mission in San Francisco!

What does an Engineering Manager do at Handshake?

Handshake is building a diverse engineering organization comprised of all background, identities, and perspectives, that values creating a high quality, high impact product. We are looking for an experienced Engineering Manager who can lead, grow, and mentor the engineers building our student-focused products.

What We’re Excited for You To Collaborate, Contribute and Work On

We're focusing  on innovating Handshake’s core experience for students, employers, and universities, while constantly improving our technical foundation and user experience.

We’re excited for you to focus on:

  • Leading, coaching and inspiring our Student Engineering organization.  
  • Motivating and ensuring the   timely, quality-focused delivery of new features and projects
  • Ensuring  the team’s growth by ensuring the right processes are in place, communication is efficient, and hiring the right talent to fill in the gaps
  • Partnering  closely with key stakeholders across Handshake  including - customer support, product management, and design
  • Leading with empathy as you  help us nurture a culture of growth, inclusion, and belonging

What we look for

  • At least 2+ years of experience in engineering management, preferably working on consumer-facing products
  • A background in software engineering - the ability to understand the team’s technical challenges and architecture is key to success
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent people management skills, focusing on supporting empowerment
  • Product-focused mindset
  • Passion for helping teams and individuals grow
  • Passion for building an inclusive culture and diverse teams

Technologies we work with

  • Ruby on Rails, Objective-C/Swift, Android
  • React, TypeScript, Webpack, ReduKubernetes, PostgreSQL, Redis, Memcached, Elasticsearch


  • Stock: Sizable ownership in a fast-growing company.
  • 401k: We care about your ability to save for your future.
  • Family Focus: Parental leave (12 weeks maternity / 4 weeks paternity), and flexibility for families.
  • Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world.
  • Healthcare: World-class medical, dental, and vision policies.
  • Goodies: Whatever hardware and software you need to get the job done.
  • Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, sports, game nights, book clubs.
  • Learning: Learning & Development opportunities for you to grow your skills and career.
  • Great team: Working with fun, hardworking, nice people who are committed to making a difference!
  • ...And much more!
We value diversity of all kinds, and are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome people of all different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives.