Come lead a modern tech team building the future of planning in New York City

Jonathan Pichot
Jul 24 · 3 min read

Open until filled

In a nutshell

NYC Planning is hiring an Engineering Manager to lead the modernization of digital product development throughout our various application development teams. This new and exciting position at NYC Planning will help our agency build digital services at scale.

As the Senior Director, you will own our portfolio of digital products implemented in a number of technologies. You’ll establish a department-wide strategy and roadmap for building impactful digital products, modernizing legacy systems, and streamlining integrations. You’ll also set the vision of how to continue the transformation of development practices and enable your cross-disciplinary teams of product managers, developers, and designers to deliver high-quality digital products and services.

You’ll report to NYC Planning’s Chief Information Officer and routinely interface with executives at the agency, NYC Cyber Command, DoITT, and other key parties in the City.

Already interested? Apply here.

About NYC Planning’s IT and Digital Teams

NYC Planning’s IT division is responsible for the digital solutions that support the agency’s planners, urban designers, analysts, and its core functions. Our staff of 50+ specialists — in engineering, data, UI/UX, geography, and data visualization — continuously adapt with the ever-evolving technology industry. We design, build, and improve digital products that are the nervous system of the agency, and we’re committed to furthering transparency in planning and providing digital services to New Yorkers.

What will you be doing day to day?

  • You’ll manage teams of designers, engineers, and product managers
  • You’ll develop and promote a vision and roadmap for application modernization and digital transformation, making pragmatic decisions on the use of open source and reducing vendor lock-in
  • You’ll cultivate an environment where end users are engaged and educated so that informed feature development improves our products
  • You’ll uphold excellent user experience as a priority in feature delivery and product maintenance
  • You’ll assure that application development is done in accordance with department policies — and continuously advocate to improve those policies
  • You’ll collaborate with key partners to define and implement modern security practices in development and deployment of products
  • You’ll routinely engage with civic tech community to promote planning technology and best practices
  • You’ll promote a high-engagement culture marked by creativity, accountability, and sense of ownership

You should apply if:

  • You have the inspiring ability to unleash the creativity in others
  • You’re passionate about learning new technologies and sharing the latest best practices
  • You have experience as a technical manager with fluency in modern software development and are capable of making sound high-level technical decisions
  • You have experience in at least 3 disciplines supporting application development: product management, software engineering, DevOps, technical architecture, digital service
  • You have 5+ years of experience in software engineering / architecture, with at least 3 years managing technical teams of 4+ people
  • You have 5+ years of experience working in an agile, iterative development process and employing tools such as Git, Azure DevOps, CircleCI, Docker, and Ansible (or other CI/CD tools)
  • You have a deep understanding of cloud architectures and patterns on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, or Google Cloud
  • You have an understanding of the City’s tech environment and policies

What you get

  • Salary: $115,000–$135,000, commensurate with experience
  • New York City health benefits
  • 15 paid vacation days a year, with an additional 11 paid Federal holidays
  • Eligibility for a host of NYC retirement plans
  • Agency-issued MacBook Pro and dual-monitor workstation
  • Modern office in downtown Manhattan
  • Strong work/life balance

Apply here. We look forward to hearing from you!

NYC Planning Digital

Notes on data, engineering, and design @NYCPlanning

Jonathan Pichot

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Passionate urbanist, skeptical technologist • Building the future of planning at NYC Planning

NYC Planning Digital

Notes on data, engineering, and design @NYCPlanning

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